Resources for Members

Standard Symbolic Codes for Institutional Resource Collections in Herpetology & Ichthyology

Download the current list (version 6.5, published 16 Aug 2016) as PDF or Excel file. More information is available on the Standard Symbolic Codes page.

Pamphlets and Position Paper

Members of the ASIH have produced several pamphlets and position papers in support of its members and pursuant to its general goals of knowledge and conservation. Notably, these include guidelines for the use of fishes, amphibians and reptiles in field and laboratory research, and position papers on specific issues of conservation interest. 


Position Paper

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

Ichthylogical Collections and Curation Practices

1978 ASIH report on Ichthylological collections and curatorial practices.

Curation Newsletters

Between 1980 and 1999 the ASIH Collections Committee published 12 "Curation Newsletters" on best practices and supplies.

2012 JMIH Collections Symposium

The Technology and Innovation in Herpetology and Ichthyology Collections was a full-day symposium for the 2012 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (and 7th World Congress of Herpetology) held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A total of twenty-four speakers contributed twenty-two 15-minute (or longer) talks on a wide variety of collections-related topics including: historical perspectives, digitization and georeferencing, tissue/DNA storage and recovery, NextGen sequencing, collections of histological, zoo and project-based specimens, use of collections in conservation and pedagogy, rehydration of fluid-preserved specimens, regulatory compliance, NSF programs and initiatives, and the tragic loss of the Instituto Butantan collection to fire.

See an overview, list of speakers, and abstracts from the symposium.

National Comparative Museum Salary StudyNational Comparative Museum Salary Study

Download the 2012 National Comparative Museum Salary Study prepared by the American Alliance of Museums.

Image Bank

The Image Bank images are available for downloaded and are intended for presentations, instructional media and similar uses. The terms of use are provided for each image.


This is a collection of curated links for Related Societies, General Resources, Herpetology Resources and Ichthyology Resources.


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western diamondback rattlesnake emerging from its hiding place
photo of a crawfish frog, Lithobates areolata
Collard lizard basking on a rock