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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum
Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum Ecuador, Napo Province. Photographed by Roy McDiarmid

The Division houses the amphibian and reptiles section of books and periodicals of the Natural History Branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. There are approximately 242 serial titles, many of them obtained through a comprehensive exchange program with other scholarly institutions and societies. Monographs (books) number 3,500 volumes. Access SIRIS, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries online catalog for holdings. The division staff holds and maintains its own library, principally a comprehensive herpetological reprint collection.


Amphibians & Reptiles Division Library
Photo by James Poindexter II.

In 1970 the Division had purchased the Ruthven Herpetological Reprint Collection from the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan. It complemented the existing collection of 1930s to the 1950s. There began an active solicitation of reprints and gift books.

In the mid-1970s, George Zug, curator, who arrived in 1969, created an extensive exchange collection using SHIS Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service publications for publishing both professional and amateur herpetological publications. This activity continues to the present, is worldwide, and covers the subjects of systematics, evolution, and natural history (behavior, ecology, etc.).