Royal BC Museum - Herpetology Collection

Latest version published by Royal British Columbia Museum on Jan 15, 2019 Royal British Columbia Museum

The herpetology collection at the Royal BC Museum consists of approximately 1,800 specimens, with one type specimen, a Paratype of the Columbian tailed frog (Ascaphus truei). About 34 amphibian and 31 reptile taxa are represented in this collection, with more added every time researchers get out to survey new areas. The oldest BC specimen was collected in 1888. The herpetology collection grows by approximately five to ten specimens per year based on incidental collections and donations. 100% of the specimens are identified. The herpetile collection is comprised almost entirely of alcohol specimens, with a few dried turtle shells. Most specimens are sub-adult or adult, with the exception of amphibians, where tadpoles have been collected for most species. There is a strong geographical focus on British Columbia native species, but also includes some introduced species

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,897 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    1897
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    26

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Wheeler E (2018): Royal BC Museum - Herpetology Collection. v2.0. Royal British Columbia Museum. Dataset/Occurrence. https://doi.org/10.5886/c9s8bp

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Royal British Columbia Museum. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: cc75dca7-0de4-435b-8e3a-c1b2f1db8eed.  Royal British Columbia Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Canadensys.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Erica Wheeler
Head of Collections, Care and Conservation
Royal British Columbia Museum 675 Belleville Street V8W 9W2 Victoria British Columbia CA

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Erica Wheeler
Head of Collections, Care and Conservation
Royal British Columbia Museum 675 Belleville Street V8W 9W2 Victoria British Columbia CA

Who filled in the metadata:

Hugh MacIntosh
Collections Manager, Natural History Data
Royal British Columbia Museum 675 Belleville Street V8W 9W2 Victoria British Columbia CA

Who else was associated with the resource:

User
Hugh MacIntosh

Geographic Coverage

RBCM collections primarily focus on British Columbia and surrounding areas

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, -180]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1888-01-01 / 2018-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 10.5886/c9s8bp
https://data.canadensys.net/ipt/resource?r=rbcm_herpetology