NRM Herpetology Collection Resources

The herpetology collection dates from the early 1740s, and is rich in historical items, including Linnaean types. Collections come from all over the world and include representatives of most of the currently recognised families. Although we have a fair representation of Swedish amphibians and reptiles, the national herpetofauna is poor and a fair proportion of the collection represents tropical and subtropical regions. Noteworthy are Colombian and Ecuadorian collections made by Kjell von Sneidern and Rolf Blomberg, and Indochinese collections made by René Malaise and others.

You can access our Herpetology Collection Search Database using a Web browser that supports forms. The collection is still largely uncatalogued, however. We estimate that the Herpetology collection includes about 50,000 specimens in about 10,000 lots. Cataloguing proceeds using the MUSE collection management software. Today, more than 2,000 lots have been computer catalogued. Almost all the collection is preserved in alcohol (75-80% pure ethanol in distilled water). There are a few mounted skeletons and skins. The type collection is fairly small, holding species described mainly by L.G. Andersson, C. Linnaeus, E. Lönnberg, and H. Rendahl.

Thumbnail of Distribution Map of NRM Herptile Collection

The herpetology collection is managed by staff mainly concerned with the fish collection; including 2; permanent positions (curator, collection manager). We have several ill-delimited office and lab spaces, with computers, printers, x-ray machine, etc. We are short of microscopes, but can usually find facilities for visiting researchers. Guest rooms are available for a small fee. If you cannot visit us, we will be happy to send specimens to you, but please consider the loan conditions before writing.