CUMV Herp Collection
The CUMV Herp Collection became one of the leading university
based herp collections in North America during the first half of
this century, largely because of the efforts of Professor Albert
Hazen Wright and his wife, Anna Allen Wright. The major strengths
of the collection, amphibians from the southeastern United States
and both reptiles and amphibians from the Northeast, reflects the
intensive collection by the Wrights. Much of the material
collected by the Wrights in New York and Georgia is not duplicated
elsewhere. At present, the cataloged collection contains 29,000
alcoholic specimens, 172 dry skeletons, and 457 cleared and
stained specimens. In all approximately 300 species of amphibians
and 500 species of reptiles are represented.
The last 15 years have been seen important acquisitions for the
collection. To complement our traditional strength in North
American taxa, we have made a concerted effort to obtain foreign
material, especially synoptic series representing geographic
areas. This material includes research specimens collected by Dr.
F. Harvey Pough in Western and South Australia. The donation of
his personal collection by Dr. Kraig Adler (Neurobiology and
Behavior) has added more than 100 new species to the collection.
Through collecting, exchanges and acquisition of other various
collections we now have good representation of Costa Rican
viperids, lizards from Western and South Australia, amphibians and
reptiles from Puerto Rico, snakes and lizards from Mexico, and a
more representative collection of African and European species.
Data for specimens and tissues contained in the CUMV Herp
Collection can be searched via via Arctos
For questions regarding the CUMV Herp Collection please contact
the Collection Manager