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The "Círculo Herpetológico de Panamá" (CHP) is conformed by a group of Panamanian biologists interested in the study of the amphibians and reptiles of Panama.  The objectives and activities of this group include the research, education and conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of this country.  At present, Roberto Ibáñez D., Ph.D., is its director, and César A. Jaramillo, M.S., the secretary.

The CHP is an organization without lucrative purposes, funded in the year 1980.  It is recognized for legal actions by the Ministry of Gobierno y Justicia of Panama, under the November 25, 1993, resolution No. 392.  This society is also recognized by the Ministry of Educación as an educational organization, by the June 21, 1994, resolution No. 1618.  Furthermore, it has authorization from the Ministry of Hacienda y Tesoro for receiving tax deductible donations, by the November 24, 1994, resolution No. 201-2285.

The activities of the CHP have been oriented towards scientific research.  Results from various studies have been presented in publications and international and national conferences and meetings.  Many of these species deal with the description of new species, not previously known for science.  This kind of work is considered essential for increase the knowledge and the conservation of the species diversity present in Panama.

Other activities have been focused in determining the number of species of amphibians and reptiles present in Panama, and their geographic distributions.  To accomplish this goal, throughout 28 years, we have been working on building a reference collection (currently, it contains approximately 75% of the species that conform the Panamanian herpetofauna) that could facilitate the identification of these animals, because the country lacks of adequate and somewhat complete reference material.

Associated to this collection, we have elaborated a database, partially funded by IABIN (Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network) and the logistic and financial support from STRI (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute).  This database will provide quick information on the distribution and ecology of these species, valuable for any conservation effort.  In addition, it will allow a systematic search, and to locate tissue samples for DNA extraction, photographic images, audio recordings of anuran calls, etc., also useful in other biological studies.

 

Orden Family
 
Anura
Aromobatidae(54)Brachycephalidae(1739)Bufonidae(558)Centrolenidae(442)
Dendrobatidae(1010)Hemiphractidae(9)Hylidae(598)Leiuperidae(141)
Leptodactylidae(127)Microhylidae(36)Ranidae(100)Strabomantidae(45)
Caudata
Plethodontidae(141)
Crocodilia
Alligatoridae(2)
Gymnophiona
Caeciliidae(2)
Squamata
Amphisbaenidae(9)Anguidae(12)Anomalepididae(24)Boidae(42)
Colubridae(670)Corytophanidae(54)Elapidae(85)Gekkonidae(79)
Gymnophthalmidae(125)Hoplocercidae(13)Iguanidae(6)Leptotyphlopidae(6)
Phrynosomatidae(11)Polychrotidae(655)Scincidae(22)Sphaerodactylidae(71)
Teiidae(49)Viperidae(105)Xantusiidae(2) 
Testudines
Bataguridae(4)Cheloniidae(3)Emydidae(12)
Unknown
unknown(333)