o -V3 ' to 1 a AUG 1 8 1966 UNIVERSITY The Great Basin Naturalist Published at Provo, Utah by Brigham Young University Volume XXIV June 11, 1964 No. 2 A BRIEF HISTORICAL RESUME OF HERPETOLOGICAL STUDIES IN THE GREAT BASIN OF THE WESTERN UNITED STAIES PART I. THE REPTILES^ Benjamin H. Banta and Wilmer W. Tanner INTRODUCTION Among the numerous accounts of the early travelers into the western United States are those reports which introduce to us the Great Basin and its natural history. In this presentation we will only briefly review the faunistic and systematic studies which are of historical importance to the herpetology of the Great Basin. Although many workers have referred in one way or another to this vast inland basin region, we will include only those accounts which have, in our opinion, made a contribution to a better understanding of our knowledge of the biology of its herpetofauna. We have, there-fore, been arbitrary in selecting only those studies which have dealt with Great Basin material. This has eliminated many excellent studies dealing with areas adjoining the basin itself. ITie Great Basin, consisting of a number of distinct and disjunct inland basins with its lakes and desert basins surrounded by usually north-south oriented mountains, is a most remarkable geographical region. Most Americans have heard of, and perhaps remember, some of the tales of pioneers who traversed the area a hundred years ago. However, few are aware of the contributions made by those natural-ists who for over a hundred years have been slowly extracting bit by bit a more comprehensive knowledge of the natural history from this still relatively inhospitable region. Both authors have not only lived for many years in the Great Basin, but have also done considerable herpetological field work in various portions of it. The senior author has lived a number of years in the western part (Lahontan Basin) and is familiar with the east-1. Part of this report was supported by a grant-in-aid from the Johnson Fund of the .ierican Philosophical Society awarded to the senior author (.Colorado College. Colorado Springs), other parts by the Brigham Young University sabbatical research program (Department of Zoology, B.Y.U., Provo, Utah;, and publication was supported by a grant-in-aid from the Society of the Sigma Xi and the Research Society of .ierica. For aid and courtesies shown, we wish to especially thank Vasco M. Tanner and D Elden Beck. 37



A brief historical resume of herpetological studies in the Great Basin of the western United States. Part I. The reptiles

B H Banta and W W Tanner
The Great Basin Naturalist 24: 37-57 (1964)

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