Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology) Amphibian and Reptile Collection

Latest version published by Field Museum on Jul 22, 2019 Field Museum

The collection serves as a major research resource for the national and international scientific communities and contains unique material of special historical and ecological significance. The collection database is accessible online on this website and through HerpNET. During the 1970’s, it was recognized as one of the five largest and most representative collections of amphibians and reptiles in the United States (Wake et al. 1975). Currently it ranks among the top six herpetological collections in the United States and one of the twenty largest in the World. Collection use has been growing steadily. Loan requests, visits by researchers, and information requests are at high levels. Zoologists, paleontologists, wildlife disease researchers and other disciplines utilize the collections. Regular collection users include professional scientists, agency personnel and students (undergraduate and graduate).

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 285,727 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    285727
  • Multimedia 
    6597

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 285,727 records in English (15 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (7 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (6 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Field Museum. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e48d6c49-34a3-4df6-8206-121c061f190d.  Field Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Sharon Grant
Technology Liaison to Science
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US 3126657203
http://www.fieldmuseum.org

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Sharon Grant
Technology Liaison to Science
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US 3126657203
http://www.fieldmuseum.org

Who filled in the metadata:

Alan Resetar
Collection Manager
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/alan-resetar

Who else was associated with the resource:

Custodian Steward
Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Collection Manager
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/kathleen-kelly
Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer

Geographic Coverage

Global

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]