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Historical collection of snakes from Brazil by herpetologist and biogeographer Paul Müller (1940–2010), deposited at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Germany

AutorInnen: 
França, R. C., França, F. G. R., Rödder, D., Solé, M.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2022
Vollständiger Titel: 
Historical collection of snakes from Brazil by herpetologist and biogeographer Paul Müller (1940–2010), deposited at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Germany
ZFMK-Autorinnen / ZFMK-Autoren: 
Org. Einordnung: 
Publiziert in: 
Bonn zoological Bulletin
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
https://doi.org/10.20363/BZB-2022.71.1.041
Keywords: 
Biodiversity, Reptilia, Serpentes, Southeast Brazil, South Brazil, Scientific Collections
Bibliographische Angaben: 
França, R. C., França, F. G. R., Rödder, D., Solé, M. (2022): Historical collection of snakes from Brazil by herpetologist and biogeographer Paul Müller (1940–2010), deposited at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Germany. - Bonn zoological Bulletin 71 (1): 41–49; https://doi.org/10.20363/BZB-2022.71.1.041
Abstract: 

Natural history collections are constituted of a wide variety of biological specimens preserved around the world. They represent a continuous source of knowledge and play a fundamental role in the synthesis on the diversity, composition, distribution, and conservation of species. Paul Müller (1940–2010) was a German zoologist who collected amphibians and reptiles in Brazil between 1964 and 1976, with the aim of increasing knowledge about the Brazilian fauna and understanding the general patterns of Neotropical biogeography. We examined and re-determined all snakes found in Paul Müller’s collection, deposited at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), and also reconstructed the itinerary of his journeys through Brazil. We identified 556 snake specimens belonging to 80 species from six families (Aniliidae, Boidae, Colubridae, Dipsadidae, Elapidae, and Viperidae). Müller collected snake specimens from all regions of Brazil, although most are from the south (76% of the species) and southeast (14% of the species). This relevant material
can contribute to historical, biogeographic and conservation studies of the Brazilian snake fauna.

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