Scope and Contents note
Title: Paul Elias field notes
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0048
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material:
Date (inclusive): 1974-1977
This guide describes the Paul Elias field note volumes bound at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California,
Language of Materials:
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Processed by: Kira Dodd, November 2012
Encoded by: Christina V. Fidler, December 2012
[Identification of item], Paul Elias field notes, MVZA.MSS.0048, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California,
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In 1974, as an undergraduate working at the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Paul Elias traveled to
Finca Chiblac in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes of Guatemala. While there, he discovered two new genera of salamander, later
Nyctanolis pernix and
Bradytriton silus. Elias would continue on to receive a Master of Arts degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979
with his thesis, "The Salamanders of Northwestern Guatemala." He then earned a second Master of Arts degree in biology from
Harvard University in 1982.
Rhodin, Anders G.J. and Kenneth Miyata, eds.
Advances in Herpetology and Evolutionary Biology: Essays in Honor of Ernest E. Williams. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology,1983. Biodiversity Heritage Library PDF.
Papenfuss, Theodore J, Carlos Vásquez-Almazán, and Sean M. Rovito. “Rediscovery of the Endangered and Critically Endangered
endemic Guatemalan salamanders.”
Froglog 93 (2010): 1-4.
Scope and Contents note
The Paul Elias field note collection consists of two bound volumes. The first volume contains the journal of a 1974 trip to
Guatemala and retains its original binding. The second volume contains catalogues and journal entries from Guatemala and Mexico
between 1975 and 1977, originally maintained by the author in three-ring field note binders and later bound per Museum of
Vertebrate Zoology standards.
The arrangement of the collection is listed chronologically and in its original form. The sections are bound in the order
presented in this guide.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Central America, Guatemala