specimens from the collection stored on shelves

Welcome to the tetrapod collection, a division of the Museum of Biological Diversity.


Tetrapods (Latin: "four-footed") are vertebrate animals (animals with a backbone) that have four limbs. This includes amphibians (frogs & toads), reptiles (Lizards, snakes, turtles), birds and mammals.

The collection originated shortly after the founding of The Ohio State University in 1870. It grew as an important repository of birds in Ohio and of research expeditions worldwide.

Find out more about the collections' history.

The "people" of the collection are really all the animals; under the A-Z directory on the left you will find links to animal families represented in the collections. To search the entire database online please visit VertNet, an NSF-funded global museum database of vertebrate natural history collections.

If you have any questions about the collections please contact Angelika Nelson, curator of the collections since 2009.



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