Herpetology Type Collection
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Nyctimystes trachydermis, YPM catalog no. 5435 (paratype)

The herpetology collection in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology houses type specimens of 10 taxa (totaling 119 specimens). Six of these taxa are from Haiti, the result of a joint expedition to that island in the 1950s by the Yale Peabody Museum and the Florida Museum of Natural History. Of the remaining taxa, 3 are from Papua New Guinea, and the last from Bolivia.

Recent expeditions by Peabody herpetologists have resulted in what are probably additional new species. Thus, the collection of type specimens is poised to grow.


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