Amphibian Species of the World
Amphibian Species of the World 6.1: An Online Reference (ASW) is a herpetology 11 database. It lists the names of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians, which scientists first described each species and what year, and the animal's known range.
The American Museum of Natural History hosts Amphibian Species of the World. As of 2019, it contained more than 8000 species.
The Association of Systematics Collections (ASC) started this project in 1978 because the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) needed a database for animals. (The ASC later changed its name to Natural Science Collections Alliance.) The ASC's Stephen R. Edwards wrote Mammal Species of the World first and started Amphibian Species of the World second. Edwards decided to write about living amphibians because Richard G. Zweifel had just composed a large list of amphibian names and because experts from the University of Kansas were available to assist him. Darrel Frost joined the project to help Edwards. Frost planned to write Turtle and Crocodilian Species of the World next, but he left to complete his Ph.D. instead.
In 1985, the ASC gave the copyright for Amphibian Species of the World to the Herpetologists' League, and they added more amphibians to the database. The League and American Museum of Natural History put Darrel Frost in charge of the project. At the time, Frost was a curator at the American Museum of Natural History. Frost added more information for professional herpetologists to use and made many corrections. He added more species that had been discovered since 1985. The project's own page notes that there are ten times as many amphibian species known to science today than were known in the mid-1980s.
According to Amphibians.org, "For three decades ASW has been the primary reference for amphibian taxonomy." In 2013, Frost won the Sabin Award for his work on Amphibian Species of the World.
- "History of the project, 1980 to 2021". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
- "Darrel Frost wins the 2013 Sabin Award for Amphibian Conservation". Amphibian Survival Alliance and Amphibian Specialist Group. Archived from the original on 27 December 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
- Site hosted by American Museum of Natural History