Oregon Herpetofaunal Checklist Online

Made available as a gratis service by CNAH, the herpetofaunal checklist of the state of Oregon is done and has been uploaded. Based on the CNAH North American list, this state checklist will be updated simultaneously and daily when new discoveries are published that change the higher taxonomy (genus and family) of these creatures. Species-level changes will also be posted daily, but will not change on the Oregon web site until evaluated by systematists and published in the print version of the next edition of the CNAH common and scientific names list; these proposed changes will, however, be immediately accessible through the Oregon checklist, just as they are for the CNAH main list.

Most importantly, Oregon joins the other provinces and states of North America in having available standardized common names, eliminating the confusion and mistakes that can occur when these names are not uniform. This makes the list especially useful for government wildlife agencies, natural heritage programs, land managers, refuge managers and biologists, museums, universities, and zoological parks.

It is very important to use standardized common names for amphibians, reptiles, turtles, and crocodilians; doing so not only creates an historical trail through time, but also maintains a stability in the present as we embrace the turbulent taxonomic changes that are occurring now and will occur in the future.

To view any or all of the available North American provincial or state checklists, go to http://www.cnah.org/state_list.asp