HerpNET Overview and Uses of HerpNET Data. Carol L. Spencer Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, CA. What are HerpNET data?.
Carol L. Spencer
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
The main purpose of HerpNET is to make museum collections data available on-line for use in museum, conservation and phylogenetic research and to retrospectively assign coordinates to collection localities using consistent and repeatable methods. HerpNET data include more than 4 million specimen records that are being georeferenced to over 750,000 unique collecting localities.
(BPBM, CAS*,CUMV, FMNH, INHS, KU, LACM, LSU, MCZ, MHP, MSU, MVZ, PSM, ROM, SBNHM, SDNHM, TCWC,THNC, UAM, UCM, UMBM, UNAM,UNSM, UTA, UTEP)
CAS in Myanmar predicts new areas where high species diversity for both tropical highland and xeric habitats
Importance of voucher specimens for re-checking identifications
Identifying hybrid zones
Tissues plus voucher specimen used to identify new species (e.g. 19 new species of Batrachoseps since 1985)
Can access species changes over time (genetics, morphology, diet, distributions, disease vectors, pesticide residues,etc)Benefits of using museum data
“At this point I wish to emphasize what I believe will ultimately prove to be the greatest purpose of our museum. This value will not, however, be realized until the lapse of many years, possibly a century, assuming that our material is safely preserved. And this is that the student of the future will have access to the original record of faunal conditions in California and the west, where ever we now work.”
Joseph Grinnell, 1910
Founding Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley