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8th Edition of Scientific and Standard English Names

Date Posted: 16 Sep 2017 (Show details)

The 8th Edition of the Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, (Herpetological Circular no. 43), which has recently been published by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), is available for download. The download link can also be found in Resources.

Past Contributors to the Scientific and Standard English Names List

The 8th Edition of the Scientific and Standard English Names List is the fourth complete document published by SSAR since Brian Crother was named chair of the committee in 1997 by SSAR president Henry Mushinsky. The committee is organized into subcommittees of experts on the separate taxonomic groups anurans, caudates, lizards (not including snakes), snakes, turtles, and alien (introduced) species. Since the inception of this committee, several contributors have come and gone, but their significant contributions to building the document remain. By its very nature, this document builds on the previous work of others who contributed to previous editions of this document. Because of this, these past contributors should also receive recognition for their work. While it is too late to include a “Past Contributors” in the 8th Edition, this companion note serves as that recognition now and will be included in the 9th Edition.

  • David M. Green: 7th Edition, Anura
  • Stephen G. Tilley: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Caudata (chair)
  • David B. Wake: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Caudata
  • Jack W. Sites, Jr: 5th Edition, Squamata - (excluding Snakes)
  • Jonathan A. Campbell: 5th, 6th, 7th Editions, Squamata - Snakes
  • Alexander Pyron: 7th Edition, Squamata – Snakes
  • Travis W. Taggart: 5th Edition, Squamata – Snakes

2017 Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

Date Posted: 12 Jan 2017 (Show details)

The 42nd Annual Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council is scheduled for February 24–26, 2017 at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Desert Tortoise Council is a private, non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species.

 

The 2017 Program will have sessions on renewable energy development and tortoise translocation, the latest research on deer in the arid Southwest, the Sonoran desert tortoise, the evolution of Gopherus and other topics. 

Joint Summer Meeting, North Central Division of AFS

Date Posted: 3 Jun 2016 (Show details)

The joint summer meeting of the American Fisheries Society's Centrarchid Technical Committee, Esocid Technical Committee, and the Walleye Technical Committee will be held at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium (Nebraska's state aquarium), Gretna, Nebraska, on July 26-28, 2016. One of the workshops will be featuring the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fishes Recovery Program.

For more information on this scientific meeting please contact:

Dr. Keith Koupal
University of Nebraska at Kearney
(308) 865-5326
koupalkd [at] unk [dot] edu

Scarlet kingsnake eating a green anole
photo of a coiled Western Diamondback Rattlesnake