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AMNH Ichthyology collections moving to Gilder Center

Date Posted: 27 Jun 2018 (Show details)

The Ichthyology collections and staff at the American Museum of Natural History will be moving to new, on-campus temporary quarters on or around 16 July 2018, as the first phase of construction of a new home for the ichthyology department and its ~2.8 million specimens in the Museum’s new Gilder Center (see for more details). During the move, from mid-July through approximately mid- to late September 2018, we anticipate that the collections and department facilities will be unavailable to the research community. Thereafter, operations will resume in temporary quarters until we move to final quarters in the Gilder Center, at a date to be determined.

Questions related to the collections should be directed to Barbara Brown (bbrown [at] amnh [dot] org), and those about the Gilder Center project to Scott Schaefer (schaefer [at] amnh [dot] org).

Herpetology/Arachnology travel to Baja California

Date Posted: 9 May 2018 (Show details)

Join herpetologist Dr. Sara Ruane and arachnologist Dr. Lauren Esposito for 10 days of adventure in the heart of Baja California. Learn field techniques, proper handling, how to ID using keys. Possible herps include coachwhips, gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, desert iguanas, Bipes, banded geckos, leaf-toed geckos and many more... Other opportunities include small mammal trapping, arachnid hunting, tide pooling, beach combing for megalodon teeth, and exploring ancient middens. Plus time to catch some waves!

This course is geared towards adult participants (18+) with a love of the natural world looking for an experience of a lifetime.

June 25 - July 5, 2018
Ranchito Bajajaja, Scorpion Bay
San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico

$2000 includes all meals, lodging and ground transportation.

Sign up online at For more info and photos from previous years, please see: Questions? Contact info [at] islandsseas [dot] org.

Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Us

Date Posted: 1 Dec 2017 (Show details)

In light of a recent article written by one of our members and published in the Washington Post, ASIH emphasizes its commitment to conservation. Indeed, the Society’s Mission Statement includes the following: The programs of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are part of a global effort to interpret, understand, and conserve the Earth's natural diversity and to contribute to the wise use of natural resources for the long-term benefit of humankind.

8th Edition of Scientific and Standard English Names

Date Posted: 16 Sep 2017 (Show details)

The 8th Edition of the Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, (Herpetological Circular no. 43), which has recently been published by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), is available for download. The download link can also be found in Resources.

Past Contributors to the Scientific and Standard English Names List

The 8th Edition of the Scientific and Standard English Names List is the fourth complete document published by SSAR since Brian Crother was named chair of the committee in 1997 by SSAR president Henry Mushinsky. The committee is organized into subcommittees of experts on the separate taxonomic groups anurans, caudates, lizards (not including snakes), snakes, turtles, and alien (introduced) species. Since the inception of this committee, several contributors have come and gone, but their significant contributions to building the document remain. By its very nature, this document builds on the previous work of others who contributed to previous editions of this document. Because of this, these past contributors should also receive recognition for their work. While it is too late to include a “Past Contributors” in the 8th Edition, this companion note serves as that recognition now and will be included in the 9th Edition.

  • David M. Green: 7th Edition, Anura
  • Stephen G. Tilley: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Caudata (chair)
  • David B. Wake: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Caudata
  • Jack W. Sites, Jr: 5th Edition, Squamata - (excluding Snakes)
  • Jonathan A. Campbell: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Squamata - Snakes
  • Alexander Pyron: 7th Edition, Squamata – Snakes
  • Travis W. Taggart: 5th Edition, Squamata – Snakes
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cleared and stained female salamanderfish
blacktail rattlesnake and car on a road