The Kansas Herpetofaunal Atlas began as a small personal project in 1999. A State Wildlife Grant awarded the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks allowed for additional enhancements and a significant increase in the number of specimen occurrence records. Additional assistance was provided by the Center for North American Herpetology, Kansas Herpetological Society, and with the assistance of many interested individuals. The Atlas continues to be maintained by the authors.
The Atlas is intended to serve both education and conservation. The information acquired through the grant and from interested participants serves as baseline data for further research, provides data to assist with conservation needs as they arise, and contributes to an increasing public awareness of the amphibians, reptiles, and turtles in the state.
The Atlas contains information on all known occurrences of Kansas' amphibians, reptiles, and turtles. Unique to the site, are the most up-to-date distribution maps of each species known to occur (or potentially occur) in the state. Each species account has text descriptions summarizing the distribution, fossil history, maximum size, taxonomy, and an ever-growing list of references.
The Atlas represents the work of thousands of individuals, whom over countless hours, collected and recorded the nearly 60,000+ specimens and observations presented herein. Our current high-level of understanding with respect to the Kansas herpetofauna is largely due of their efforts. There is still much to learn, and those people wishing to contribute to the Atlas, may do so by donating specimens or reporting observations to the address/email given of the principal investigator on the participants page. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Citation: Taggart, Travis W. and Curtis J. Schmidt. 2016.
Kansas Herpetofaunal Atlas: An On-line Reference. Electronic Database accessible
at http://webcat.fhsu.edu/ksfauna/herps. Sternberg Museum of Natural History,
Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA. Accessed: 2/9/2016 11:40:00 AM CST.
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