The Reptile Database

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European half finger ( Hemidactylus turcicus ), with 129 citations the species with the most extensive bibliography (as of 2011)

The Reptile Database is an online scientific database for systematic information on reptiles (in the paraphyletic sense). The focus of the database is on taxonomic data at the species level ; a data set is available for almost every species. The search engine is the most important tool for navigation. Each data set contains superordinate taxa , first descriptor , year of description, distribution at country level and a bibliography . Photographs are also available for some species. Since 2007, information on diagnostic features, etymology (mostly of the epithet ) and height information has been given in new data sets and, if possible, supplemented in old data sets.

The Reptile Database was founded at the end of 1995 as EMBL Reptile Database, and in mid-1996 the database went online with a search engine. The servers were provided by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). When the last employee of the Reptile Database left EMBL at the end of 2006, EMBL announced its support for the database. Finally, The Institute of Genomic Research (TIGR) offered to provide the servers. The start and orientation pages of the database founded in Germany are still stored on German servers, the actual data sets are now stored on servers in the Czech Republic . Peter Uetz and Jirí Hošek are currently responsible for The Reptile Database .

The reptile database links to specialist herpetological literature that is available online, for example Linnaeus'Systema Naturae ” or Bibrons and Duméril'sÉrpetologie Génerale ”. Currently (August 2020) The Reptile Database contains records of over 11,000 species of reptiles.

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  • P. Uetz, J. Goll & J. Hallermann (2007): The TIGR reptile database . elaphe 15 (3), pp. 22-25