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The International Herpetological Committee (IHC) acts as an advisory body to the WCH Executive Committee. The IHC provides and disseminates information about the WCH to the regional herpetological societies.

Regional Herpetological Societies

We provide links to any herpetological society which’ mission includes conservation and/or research and/or education and that encourages its members to follow relevant regional, national and international laws and ethical guidelines with respect to amphibian and reptile collecting, handling, keeping, and research. The presence of a link to the below societies does not imply formal endorsement by WCH or IHC.

The European Habitats Forum (EHF)


The EHF is a group of NGO networks that provide input and advice to DG Environment, particularly relating to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the establishment of the Natura 2000 network. The EHF meets with DG Environment twice a year after the Habitats Committee meetings and provides a co-ordinated means of communication between DG Environment and European nature conservation NGOs.

European Habitats Forum, c/o IUCN ROfE, Boulevard Louis Schmidt 64, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists is dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields. The programs of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are part of a global effort to interpret, understand, and conserve the Earth's natural diversity and to contribute to the wise use of natural resources for the long-term benefit of humankind


The ASIH publishes the journal Copeia


Herpetological Association of Africa (HAA)


The HAA is dedicated to the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, particularly those of Africa. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the herpetofauna of the world. The HAA publishes the African Journal of Herpetology and the newsletter African Herp News (Armenia)


An introduction to the Herpetofauna of Armenia.



The Center for North American Herpetology


The CNAH promotes the preservation and conservation of North American Amphibians, Crocodiles, Reptles and Turtles through education and information.




Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) promotes sound conservation and management of our native U.S. herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), and also through educational efforts to raise public awareness about the conservation needs of reptiles and amphibians.

The mission of PARC is simple: To conserve amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships


TanzaniaHerps provide the most current information available on the herpetofauna of Tanzanian Mountains, including information on identification, life history, habitat, status, threats, management concerns and distribution.


International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology


A not-for-profit organization, was founded 1998 in Guelph, Canada. The founders' conception was to launch a Society that can provide a forum for herpetologists, bibliophiles, and historians of biology to meet and share their common interests in the history of their science or hobby.






Editor: Allen Salzberg


HERPDIGEST is a free, electronically weekly collection of herpetological scientific and conservation news and articles from newspapers, the internet, government & non-profit press releases. Due to the different word-processing systems that the subscribers of this publication use, HERPDIGEST is not paginated. The articles are listed by number by number in the Table of Contents. To quickly acess the article just use "Find" to see out a unique word in the title. The editor reserves all rights to decide what should be included in this publication. Anyone wishing to reprint articles should rewrite them in digest form. Publications does not indicate endorsement by Herpdigest.


Subscription is free.


Herpetological Contents and Herplit Database

Editor: Breck Bartholomew


The Herplit Database consists of approximately 50,000 citations dating from 1586 to the present. The database is simply a compilation of the herpetological citations I have accumulated. This database receives no funding and makes no attempt to be comprehensive.


The Herpetological contents is a large list of recent issues of herpetological serial publications and offers links to online bibliographies


Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force


The DAPTF was established in 1991 by the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The Task Force Office is located at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. The DAPTF operates through a network of Regional Working Groups. Around 90 of these represent different regions of the world and collect geographical data on amphibian declines and their causes. The DAPTF Office seeks to maintain best practice and consistency of methodology among these groups. Other, issue-based Working Groups are concerned with specific topics, including: Disease and Pathology, Monitoring Techniques, Chemical Contaminants, Climatic and Atmospheric Change, and Captive Breeding.

DAPTF produces the Froglog newsletter.


Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)


Midwest Frogs


Frog Calls evolving "webumentary" Sponsored by the Chicago Herpetological Society


Herpetological Conservation and Biology


Herpetological Conservation and Biology is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, reviews, perspectives and correspondence on the life history ecology, management and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Its focus demonstrates the importance of natural history to conservation efforts


Sociedad Herpetológica Mexicana A.C.


The S.H.M. - A.C. formed in 1988 is a scientific society dedicated to the study of amphibians and reptiles; since 1989 publishes the Boletín de la Sociedad Herpetológica Mexicana


The New Zealand Herpetological Society


The NZHS was formed in 1969. The formally stated objective is " promote interest and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, plus to encourage the study of NZ's own species.


The Herpetological Society of Japan


Publisher of Current Herpetology and the Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of Japan


CHROMOREP: A Reptiles Chromosomes Database


The “Reptiles chromosomes database” is a catalogue of the karyological data of reptiles available so far and includes more than 2000 records.

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