NANFA-- Center for North American Herpetology

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 18 Mar 2004 19:54:48 -0500

I don't know how I got on these people's mailing list but it's always
interesting. The CNAH web site is an interesting resource for those of you
with herp questions.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
18 March 2004

CNAH Reaches the Quarter Million Visitor Mark

The Center for North American Herpetology, the most frequently
accessed academic herpetological web site on the internet worldwide,
recorded user 250,000 on 18 March 2004. The number of visitors that
then went on to access the various pages and gratis services provided
within the CNAH web site numbered in the millions. The CNAH web site
went online on 1 January 1998.

Why do herpetologists visit the CNAH web site?

Access the CNAH PDF Library. Download 110 herpetological articles
gratis. PDF articles are the future (and will eventually replace print
journals). Why? No dues, no trees chopped down, and, above all, fast
and free distribution of research and knowledge about amphibians,
turtles, reptiles, and crocodilians to any interested biologist.

Access the CNAH Directory of Herpetologists and be sure to add your
name to it. With 948 herpetologists registered, it is the largest such
internet directory in the world. Note: If you are already in the
directory, be sure and update your information if you haven't done so
recently. (Can't remember your password? Contact Joe Collins at

Access the CNAH Standard Common and Current Scientific Names List. It
is the only such list on the internet that is updated daily (by our
diligent foundation staff), thus ensuring that users of the web site
have instant access to any proposed taxonomic changes involving the
North American (north of Mexico) herpetofauna. Also, the CNAH list
keeps North American herpetologists apprised of the common names and
taxonomy that will appear in the next (fourth) edition of the
"Peterson Field Guide to Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and
Crocodilians of Eastern and Central North America."

Access the CNAH list of online herpetological collections of preserved
specimens. Its still the only centralized location where you can
access those collections that actually give you real locality data.

Access the CNAH list of jobs/positions for herpetologists. There
aren't that many jobs in our profession, so keep abreast of the few

Access our link sites; we have 500 links to North American
herpetological web sites, the largest such assemblage on the internet.

These are but a few of the many gratis services provided on the CNAH
web site. To the many of you who have contributed financially to our
foundation, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude. Your
generosity has ensured that The Center for North American Herpetology
is now permanently endowed, and will be operating through the next

Joseph T. Collins
Director, The Center for North American Herpetology
1502 Medinah Circle
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
(785) 749-3467


Joseph T. Collins The Wildlife Author Laureate of Kansas Adjunct Herpetologist, Kansas Biological Survey Adjunct Curator of Herpetology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History Emeritus, University of Kansas Natural History Museum Instructor (Herpetology), Washburn University


Definition: A species is "a single lineage of ancestral descendant populations of organisms which maintains its identity from other such lineages and which has its own evolutionary tendencies and historical fate" (Wiley, 1978, page 18).

HERPTILE, n. A completely illegitimate term that has been used recently in amateur literature as a short-hand reference to reptiles {and turtles} and amphibians. It is also occasionally used in professional literature by authors who apparently lack a classical background. . . . from Peters, James A. 1964. Dictionary of Herpetology. New York: Hafner Publishing Company.

Current mailing addresses:

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