The Science and Engineering Library in Nedderman Hall is hosting a new herpetology exhibit featuring the Temple Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), a relatively common species of viper found across the Sunda Shelf in southeast Asia, and research from recent trips to Indonesia by members of UTA’s biology department. The specimens will be on display through March.
“We have been on three trips to Indonesia so far and are leaving for a fourth in early May,” said Elijah Wostl, biology graduate teaching assistant. “The reptiles and amphibians of Indonesia have been understudied compared to neighboring countries. The objective of these trips is to discover and document the herpetological biodiversity in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.”
The trips have also expanded on the study of amphibians and reptiles on campus through the addition of new specimens to the vast collection housed in the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center.
The exhibit was designed by Dr. Eric Smith, associate professor of biology, and mounted by Wostl and Peace Ossom-Williamson, a UTA librarian for biology.