INHS Collections Data

Illinois Natural History Survey - Amphibian and Reptile Collection (INHS-HERP)

The INHS Amphibian and Reptile Collection contains approximately 40,000 catalogued specimens, representing 55 families and over 550 species (51% Amphibia, 49% Reptilia). The geographical emphasis is Illinois (75%). This is the result of the efforts of Phil W. Smith, who collected specimens from 1935 to 1949 for his comprehensive study “The Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois,” published in 1961. In addition to the Illinois material, the INHS collection also houses specimens from 45 other U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Most notable among these are specimens collected by P.W. Smith from California (1943-1952) and Mexico (1957-1965), specimens of S.A. Minton from Pakistan, Mexico and Texas and specimens from Thailand collected by R.W. Larimore (1963).

Fluid Collections Manager: Enrique Santoyo-Brito,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 21 May 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Cite this collection:
Illinois Natural History Survey - Amphibian and Reptile Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 4a086dbb-2b18-4ee9-a6dc-901da56c636a) accessed via the INHS Collections Data Portal,, 2024-07-19).
Illinois Natural History Survey
1816 S Oak St.
Champaign, IL   61820
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 50,528 specimen records
  • 47,793 (95%) georeferenced
  • 49,714 (98%) identified to species
  • 83 families
  • 331 genera
  • 915 species
  • 1,083 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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