Collection Statistics

As of March 2011, 300,761 specimens have been cataloged in the Department of Herpetology (this number includes lost and exchanged specimens and excludes larva and egg series, which are cataloged in lots).   The collection contains specimens from 166 countries with extensive holdings from the western United States, Baja California, and western mainland Mexico. The major strength of the California Academy of Science collection is in its coverage of the Old World, particularly Asia; the desert regions of North Africa; sub- Saharan Africa; East Africa; eastern Australia and New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. While holdings from the Neotropical and Palearctic regions are relatively modest, most nominal genera are represented by a reasonable diversity of species.

 

Contact the Department

  • Herpetology
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 415-379-5292 (direct)

Contact the Collections Manager

For inquiries please contact:

  • Jens V. Vindum
  • Senior Collections Manager
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 415-379-5292 (direct)