The History of Zoological Collections in Trinidad and Tobago

Elisha S. Tikasingh


This history of collections of zoological specimens for museum and study purposes is presented in three periods: 1800 to 1899, 1900 to 1949, and 1950 to 2000. The history shows that most of the significant collections were made by local residents and are now located abroad. The most collected and studied groups are the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, butterflies, moths and other insects of medical, veterinary and agricultural importance. Preserved specimens of our fauna in local institutions are now so considerable that a national data base should be considered.

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