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Andreas Schmitz

Chargé de recherche


Biologie
Spécialité: Herpétologie
T +41 22 418 63 63
Muséum d'histoire naturelle
Route de Malagnou 1
1208 Genève

Chargé de recherche au département depuis décembre 2003. S'intéresse particulièrement aux reconstructions moléculaires des relations intragénériques net intergénériques des différentes familles de Squamata, ainsi qu'à la taxonomie et la zoogéographie des amphibiens anoures et des reptiles afro-arabiques et asiatiques fondées sur la morphologie et la génétique.

In my research I apply among others the knowledge won from newly discovered biodiversity to interpret the spacial and temporal history of different regional and continental biomes to understand the evolutionary processes which underlie the development and functionality of various species and their essential similarities or differences between different regions and continents. Any thus gained new data and knowledge are then used to address further evolutionary questions and this research is then used to optimize any applied conservation efforts.

As a herpetologist who is specifically specialized in two very different organism groups (amphibians and reptiles) I can take full advantage of the highly divergent ecological niches and requirements of those groups and thus use both of them as semi-dependent model groups with which I will be answer a large array of evolutionary questions.

My current and future research concentrates on the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula where several areas of global importance exist, and which e.g. in Africa comprise the largest area of afro-alpine habitats and some of the largest areas of tropical forest on the continent. Additionally to these famous rainforest refugia, recent and ongoing studies from me and my colleagues have shown very similar refugia patterns in the desert and savannah biomes of eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula which are of the highest importance for the evolution of the arid-adapted species in those regions. Even more, when it comes to pan-continent dispersal it now seems very likely that most of the larger faunal immigration waves from e.g. Asia to Africa are mostly based on these comparatively dry-adapted species, which nonetheless are often closely phylogenetically related to fully-adapted rainforest lineages in the African forest belt.

A special area of my interest is the Cameroon Mountain Chain in western Cameroon (this mountain chain reaches all the way from Mt. Cameroon in the south to the Tchabal Mbabo Mountains in the north-western part of the country). This region has only recently been shown to harbor one of the highest single most species rich fauna for one locality in all of Africa for both amphibians and reptiles (Mt. Nlonako: >100 species of amphibians and >90 species of reptiles). Even more species are currently being described from there and my studies indicate that this exceptionally high biodiversity is due to the “island structure” of the Cameroon Mountain Chain, where because of the recent climatic changes in this delimited region each peak seems to have been isolated for different time scales from its surroundings. This offers a unique opportunity to study short-scale evolution and how it can create discrete geographical entities within defined climatic montane boundaries by preventing gene flow between individuals even on comparatively close habitats. This rather recent radiation is further be embedded in a geologically dynamic history of the mountain chain which can also harbor the basis for high levels of endemism, evolving in isolation over millions of years.

A second center of interest continues to be West Africa, which has now proven to not only harbor a newly discovered endemic family of frogs (one of only 2 known in the whole of Africa) but ongoing follow-up studies also showed that very similar patterns of evolution seem to be present in several other amphibian groups in West Africa as well. Other than highlighting the importance of the Upper Guinean forests as an outstanding, but highly endangered biodiversity hotspot, the availability of the study material, limited adaptability and dispersion possibilities of the organisms studied (amphibians are thus excellent climatic indicators), will help us to date the climatic changes of the past in West Africa to an hereto unknown precision.

Profil

Parcours

A travaillé depuis 1995 au Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, Allemagne. Diplôme de Biologie (1998) de l'Université de Bonn (expert: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhme), avec une recherche concernant la systématique et la zoogéographie de l'herpétofaune d'une région montagneuse de forêts humides au Cameroun. Adjoint scientifique pour une année (1998-1999) dans un projet paléontologique de l'Institut de Paléontologie de l'Université de Bonn. Achèvement en 2003 de la thèse de doctorat à l'Université de Bonn (expert: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhme, ZFMK), avec un travail portant sur les relations taxonomiques et phylogénétiques des lézards scincidés. Plusieurs campagnes de récolte réalisées en Afrique tropicale et dans le sud-est de l'Asie tropicale (Indonésie).

Andreas received both his Diploma and his Ph.D. at the University of Bonn in Germany. He has worked in herpetology for over 20 years, first at the Zoological Research Museum in Bonn (ZFMK), Germany and since 2003 he is the leading Research Officer of Herpetology at the Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Geneva, Switzerland.

Spécialités (dans le domaine professionnel):
Andreas works primarily on the systematics, taxonomy, phylogenetics, and conservation of a multitude of amphibian and reptile groups mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Publications

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- ŠMÍD, J., MORAVEC, J., GVOŽDÍK, V., FRYNTA, D., LYMBERAKIS, P., KAPLI, P., WILMS, T., SCHMITZ, A., YOUSEFKHANI, S. H., RASTEGAR-POUYANI, E., CASTILLA, A., ELS, J. & W. MAYER (2017): Cutting the Gordian knot: phylogenetic and ecological diversification of the Mesalina brevirostris species complex (Squamata, Lacertidae). – Zoologica Scripta, in press.

- BAIER, F., SCHMITZ, A., SAUER-GÜRTH, H. & M. WINK (2017): Pre-Quaternary divergence and subsequent radiation explain longitudinal patterns of genetic and morphological variation in the striped skink, Heremites vittatus. – BMC Evol. Biol., 17: 132. DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0969-0

- LEACHÉ, A. D., GRUMMER, J. A., MILLER, M., FUJITA, M. K., WAGNER, P., BÖHME, W., SCHMITZ, A., LEBRETON, M., INEICH, I., CHIRIO, L., OFORI-BOATENG, C., ENIANG, E. A., GREENBAUM, E. & RÖDEL, M.-O. (2016): Bayesian inference of species diffusion in the West African Agama agama species group (Reptilia, Agamidae). – Systematics and Biodiversity, 15 (3): 192-203. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2016.1238018.

- METALLINOU, M., WEINELL, J. L., KARIN, B. R., CONRADIE, W., WAGNER, P., SCHMITZ, A., JACKMAN, T. & A. M. BAUER (2016): A single origin of extreme matrotrophy in African mabuyine skinks. Biology Letters, 12 (8).

- LIEDTKE, H. C., MÜLLER, H., RÖDEL, M.-O., MENEGON, M., GONWOUO, L.G., BAREJ, M.F., GVOŽDÍK, V., SCHMITZ, A., CHANNING, A., NAGEL, P. & S.P. LOADER (2016): No ecological opportunity signal on a continental scale? Diversification and life-history evolution of African true toads (Anura: Bufonidae). – Evolution, 70-8: 1717-1733.

- MEDINA, M. F., BAUER, A. M., BRANCH, W. R., SCHMITZ, A., CONRADIE, W. NAGY, Z. T., HIBBITTS, T. J., ERNST, R., PORTIK, D. M., NIELSEN, S. V., KUSAMBA, C., COLSTON, T. J., BEHANGANA, M., RÖDEL, M.-O. & E. GREENBAUM (2016): Molecular phylogeny of Panaspis and Afroablepharus skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) in the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. – Mol. Phyl. Evl., 100: 409-423.

- GAWOR, A., PHAM, C. T., NGUYEN, T. Q., NGUYEN, T. T., SCHMITZ, A. & T. ZIEGLER (2016): The herpetofauna of the Bai Tu Long National Park, northeastern Vietnam. – Salamandra, 52 (1): 23-41.

- SCHMIDTLER, J. F., RÖSLER, H., SCHMITZ, A. & N. ERNST (2016): Die Illustrationen amerikanischer Amphibien und Reptilien in den Nürnberger Prachtwerken von JOHANN WOLF (1818/1822): „Abbildungen und Beschreibungen merkwürdiger naturgeschichtlicher Gegenstände“ und JOHANN WAGLER (1821): „Die Amphibien. Heft I“. – Mertensiella, 21: 30-35.

- TAMAR, K., SCHOLZ, S., CROCHET, P.-A., GENIEZ, P., MEIRI, S., SCHMITZ, A., WILMS, T. & S. CARRANZA (2016): Evolution around the Red Sea: Molecular phylogeny and Phylogeography of the agamid genus Pseudotrapelus (Squamata: Agamidae) from Africa and Arabia. – Mol. Phyl. Evol., 97: 55-68.

- BAREJ, M. F., PFALZGRAFF, T., HIRSCHFELD, M., LIEDTKE, H. C., PENNER, J., GONWOUO, N. L., DAHMEN, M., GRÖTZINGER, F., SCHMITZ, A. & M.-O. RÖDEL (2015): The tadpoles of eight West and Central African Leptopelis species (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). – Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, 9 (2) [Special Section]: 5684 (e111).

- BAREJ, M. F., SCHMITZ, A., PENNER, J., DOUMBIA, J., SANDBERGER-LOUA, L., HIRSCHFELD, M., BREDE, C., EMMRICH, M., KOUAMÉ. N. G., HILLERS, A., GONWOUO, N. L., NOPPER, J., ADEBA, P. J., BANGOURA, M. A., GAGE, C., ANDERSON, G. & M.-O. RÖDEL: Life in the spray zone – overseen diversity in West African torrent-frogs (Anura: Odontobatrachidae: Odontobatrachus). – Zoosystematics and Evolution, 91 (2):115-149.

- ERNST, R., SCHMITZ, A., WAGNER, P., BRANQUIMA, M.F. & M. HÖLTING  (2015): A window to Central African forest history: distribution of the Xenopus fraseri subgroup south of the Congo Basin, including a first country record of Xenopus andrei from Angola. – Salamandra 51 (2): 147-155.

- BAREJ, M. F. PENNER, J., SCHMITZ, A. & M.-O. RÖDEL (2015): Multiple genetic lineages challenge the monospecific status of the West African endemic frog-family Odontobatrachidae. BMC Evol. Biol., 15: 67. [DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0346-9]

- ERNST, N., SCHMITZ, A., CHAI, N., RIGOULET, J., BOURGEOIS, A., KOHN, M., HANO, C. & I. INEICH (2014): An unexpected occurrence - a case study on an intergeneric hybrid in giant snakes. – Revue suisse de Zoologie, 121 (3): 293-317.

- KAPLI, P., LYMBERAKIS, P., CROCHET, P.-A., GENIEZ, P., BRITO, J. C., ALMUTAIRI, M., AHMADZADEH, F., SCHMITZ, A., WILMS, T., POUYANI, N. R., POULAKAKIS, N. (2015) [2014]: Historical biogeography of the lacertid lizard Mesalina in North Africa and the Middle East. – Journal of Biogeography, 42: 267-279. [DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12420].

- LEACHÉ, A. D., WAGNER, P., LINKEM, C. W., BÖHME, W., PAPENFUSS, T. J., CHONG, R., LAVIN, B. R., BAUER, A. M., NIELSEN, S., GREENBAUM, E., RÖDEL, M.-O., SCHMITZ, A., LEBRETON, M., INEICH, I., CHIRIO, L., OFORI-BOATENG, C., ENIANG, E. A., BAHA EL DIN, S., LEMMON, A. R. & F. T. BURBRINK (2014): A hybrid phylogenetic–phylogenomic approach for species tree estimation in African Agama lizards with applications to biogeography, character evolution, and diversification. – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 79: 215–230.

- ERNST, R., NIENGUESSO, A. B. T., LAUTENSCHLÄGER, T., BAREJ, M. F., SCHMITZ, A. & HÖLTING, M. (2014b): Erratum - ERNST, R., NIENGUESSO, A. B. T., LAUTENSCHLÄGER, T., BAREJ, M. F., SC[H]MITZ, A. & HÖLTING, M. (2014a): Relicts of a forested past: Southernmost distribution of the hairy frog genus Trichobatrachus Boulenger, 1900 (Anura: Arthroleptidae) in the Serra do Pingano region of Angola with comments on its taxonomic status. Zootaxa, 3795 (5): 600.

- BAREJ, M., SCHMITZ, A. & M.-O. RÖDEL (2014): Neue Froschfamilie in Westafrika entdeckt – wie die Gischt ihr Geheimnis preisgab. – Terraria/Elaphe, 47: 10.

- RÖDEL, M.-O., EMMRICH, M., PENNER, J., SCHMITZ, A. & M. F. BAREJ (2014): The taxonomic status of two West African Leptopelis species: L. macrotis Schiøtz, 1967 and L. spiritusnoctis Rödel, 2007 (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). – Zoosystematics and Evolution, 90 (1): 21-31.

- ERNST, R., NIENGUESSO, A. B. T., LAUTENSCHLÄGER, T., BAREJ, M. F., SC[H]MITZ, A. & HÖLTING, M. (2014a): Relicts of a forested past: Southernmost distribution of the hairy frog genus Trichobatrachus Boulenger, 1900 (Anura: Arthroleptidae) in the Serra do Pingano region of Angola with comments on its taxonomic status. - Zootaxa, 3779 (2): 297-300.

- BAREJ, M. F., SCHMITZ, A., GÜNTHER, R., LOADER, S. P., MAHLOW, K., RÖDEL, M.-O. (2014): The first endemic West African vertebrate family - a new anuran family highlighting the uniqueness of the Upper Guinean biodiversity hotspot. – Frontiers in Zoology, 11: 8. [DOI10.1186/1742-9994-11-8]

- BAREJ, M. F., RÖDEL, M.-O., LOADER, S. P., MENEGON, M., GONWOUO, N. L., PENNER, J., GVOŽDÍK, V., GÜNTHER, R., BELL. R. C., NAGEL, P., SCHMITZ, A. (2014) [2013]: Light shines through the spindrift – phylogeny of African Torrent Frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae). – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 71: 261-273. [DOI10.1016/j.ympev.2013.11.001]

- WAGNER, P., WILMS, T. M., RÖDDER, D. & A. SCHMITZ (2013): A great leap – the first record of Xenopus pygmaeus (Anura: Pipidae) from south of the Congo Basin. – Salamandra, 49 (4): 206-210.

- CHANNING, A., SCHMITZ, A., BURGER, M. & J. KIELGAST (2013): A molecular phylogeny of African Dainty Frogs, with the description of four new species (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Cacosternum). – Zootaxa, 3701 (5): 518-550.

- DOHERTY-BONE, T.M., GONWOUO, N.L., HIRSCHFELD, M., OHST, T., WELDON, C., PERKINS, M., KOUETE, M.T., BROWNE, R.K., LOADER, S.P., GOWER, D.J., WILKINSON, M.W., RÖDEL, M.-O., PENNER, J., BAREJ, M.F., SCHMITZ, A., PLÖTNER, J. & A.A.CUNNINGHAM (2013): Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians of Cameroon, including first records for caecilians. - Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 102: 187-194. (DOI: 10.3354/DAO02557).

- BÖHM, M., COLLEN, B., BAILLIE, J.E.M. et al. 2013 [2012]. The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation 157: 372-385.

- FLECKS, M., SCHMITZ, A., BÖHME, W., HENKEL, F. W. & INEICH, I. 2012. A new species of Gehyra Gray, 1834 (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from the Loyalty Islands and Vanatu, and phylogenetic relationships in the genus Gehyra in Melanesia. Zoosystema 34 (2): 203-221. [DOI: dx.doi.org/10.5252/z2012n2a2].

- GAWOR, A., CHAPUIS, S., PHAM, C.T., NGUYEN, T.Q., SCHMITZ, A. & ZIEGLER, T. 2012. Larval morphology in two species of the genus Theloderma (Tschudi, 1838) from Vietnam (Anura: Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorinae). Zootaxa 3395: 59-64.

- CHIRIO, L., INEICH, I., SCHMITZ, A. & TRAPE, J.-F. 2011. Note sur la systématique de quelques espèces du genre Prosymna Gray, 1849 en Afrique au Nord de l’équateur (Serpentes, Prosymnidae). Revue suisse de Zoologie 118 (1): 157-173.

- LHERMITTE-VALLARINO, N., BARBUTO, M. JUNKER, K., WANJI, S., INEICH, I., SCHMITZ, A. & BAIN, O. 2010 (2011). The lung nematode parasites of the genus Rhabdias (Rhabdiasidae): diversity and biology in the Chamaeleonidae (Squamata) and hypothesis on their evolution. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 135 (1-2): 109-118.

- NGUYEN, Q. T., SCHMITZ, A., ORLOV, N.L., NGUYEN, T.T., BÖHME, W. & ZIEGLER, T. 2011. A review of the genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) in Vietnam, with description of a new species from northern Vietnam and southern China and the first record of S. mimicus Taylor, 1962 from Vietnam. Journal of Herpetology 45 (2): 145-154.

- RÖDDER, D., SCHMITZ, A., ONORE, G. & BÖHME, W. 2011. New records of the endangered Pristimantis eugeniae (Lynch and Duellman, 1997) (Anura: Strabomantidae) from Ecuador. Herpetology Notes 4: 247-248.

- SCHNEIDER, N., NGUYEN, T.Q., SCHMITZ, A., KINGSADA, P., AUER, M. & ZIEGLER, T. 2011. A new species of karst dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Laos. Zootaxa 2930: 1-21.

- WAGNER, P., FREUND, W., MODRY, D., SCHMITZ, A. & BÖHME, W. 2011. Studies on African Agama. IX. New insights into Agama finchi Böhme et al. 2005 (Sauria: Agamidae), with the description of a new subspecies. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 25-34.

- WAGNER, P., MELVILLE, J., WILMS, T.M. & SCHMITZ, A. 2011. Opening a box of cryptic taxa? – The first review of the North African desert lizards in the Trapelus mutabilis Merrem, 1820 complex (Squamata: Agamidae) with the description of new taxa. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society163: 884-912.

- WILDENHUES, M. J., BAGATUROV, M.F., SCHMITZ, A., DAO, T.T. A., HENDRIX, R. & ZIEGLER, T. 2011. Captive management and reproductive biology of Orlov’s Treefrog, Rhacophorus orlovi Ziegler & Köhler, 2001 (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae), including larval description, colour pattern variation and advertisement call. Zool. Garten N.F. 80: 287-303.

- BAREJ, M.F., SCHMITZ, A., MENEGON, M., HILLERS, A., HINKEL, H., BÖHME, W. &
RÖDEL, M.-O. 2011. Dusted off – the African Amietophrynus superciliaris-species  complex of giant toads. Zootaxa 2772: 1-32.

- BAREJ, M.F., INEICH, I., GVOŽDÍK, V., LHERMITTE-VALLARINO, N., GONWOUO, N.L., LEBRETON, M., BOTT, U. & SCHMITZ, A. 2010. Insights into chameleons of the genus Trioceros (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) in Cameroon, with resurrection of T. serratus (Mertens, 1920). Bonn Zoological Bulletin 57(2): 211-229.

- BAREJ, M., BÖHME, W., PERRY, S. F., WAGNER, P. & SCHMITZ, A. 2010. The hairy frog a curly fighter - a novel hypothesis on the claw-like terminal phalanges and their biological significance (Anura: Arthroleptidae: Trichobatrachus). Revue suisse de Zoologie 117 (2): 243-263.

- BAREJ, M.F., RÖDEL, M.-O., GONWOUO, L.N., PAUWELS, O.S.G. & SCHMITZ, A. 2010. Review of the genus Petropedetes Reichenow, 1874 in Central Africa with the description of three new species (Amphibia: Anura: Petropedetidae). Zootaxa 2340: 1-49.

- BAUER, A.M., PARHAM, J.F., BROWN, R.M., STUART, B.L., GRISMER, L., PAPENFUSS, T.J., BÖHME, W., SAVAGE. J.M., CARRANZA, S., GRISMER. J.L., WAGNER, P., SCHMITZ, A., ANANJEVA, N.B. & INGER, R.F. 2010 [2011]. On the availability of new Bayesian-delimited gecko names and the importance of character-based species descriptions. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 278: 490-492. DOI 10.1098/rspb.2010.1330.

- LUTZMANN, N., STIPALA, J., LADEMANN, R., KRAUSE, P., WILMS, T. & SCHMITZ, A. 2010. Description of a new subspecies of Kinyongia uthmoelleri (Müller, 1938) (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) with notes on its captive propagation. Bonn zoological Bulletin 57 (2): 281-288.

- NGUYEN, Q.T., SCHMITZ, A. & BÖHME, W. 2010. Gekko ulikovskii DAREVSKY & ORLOV, 1994: a junior synonym of Gekko badenii SZCZERBAK & NEKRASOVA, 1994. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 57 (1): 15-17.

- NGUYEN, T.Q., NGUYEN, T.T., SCHMITZ, A., ORLOV, N.L. & ZIEGLER, T. 2010. A new species of the genus Tropidophorus Duméril & Bibron, 1839 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from Vietnam. Zootaxa 2439: 53-68.

- WILDENHUES, M.J., GAWOR, A., NGUYEN, N.Q., NGUYEN, T.T., SCHMITZ, A. & ZIEGLER, T. 2010. First description of the larva and juvenile stages of Rhacophorus maximus Günther, 1859 “1858” (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Vietnam. Revue suisse de Zoologie 117 (4): 679-696.

- ZIEGLER, T., NAZAROV, R., ORLOV, N., NGUYEN, Q.T., VU, T.N., DANG, K.N., DINH, T.H. & SCHMITZ, A. 2010. A third new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Truong Son, Vietnam. Zootaxa 2413: 20-36.

- CROTTINI, A., DORDEL, J., KÖHLER, J., GLAW, F., SCHMITZ, A. & VENCES, M. 2009. A multilocus phylogeny of Malagasy scincid lizards elucidates the relationships of the fossorial genera Androngo and Cryptoscincus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 345-350.

- HÖLTING, M., BÖHME, W. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. Range extension for the tree frog Leptopelis karissimbensis Ahl, 1929 in Rwanda (Anura: Arthroleptidae). Herpetological Notes 2: 45-47.

- KOCH, A., ARIDA, E., SCHMITZ, A., BÖHME, W. & ZIEGLER, T. 2009. Refining the polytypic species concept of mangrove monitors (Squamata: Varanus indicus group): a new cryptic species from the Talaud Islands, Indonesia, reveals the underestimated diversity of Indo-Australian monitor lizards. Australian Journal of Zoology 57: 29-40.

- LEACHÉ, A.D., CHONG, R.A., PAPENFUSS, T.J., WAGNER, P., BÖHME, W., SCHMITZ, A., RÖDEL, M.-O., LEBRETON, M., INEICH, I., CHIRIO, L., BAUER, A., ENIANG, E.A. & BAHA EL DIN, S. 2009. Phylogeny of the genus Agama based on mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 56 (4): 273-278.

- LÖTTERS, S., SCHMITZ, A., REICHLE, S., D. RÖDDER & QUENNET, V. 2009. Another case of cryptic diversity in poison frogs (Dendrobatidae: Ameerega) – description of a new species from Bolivia. Zootaxa 2028: 20-30.

- RÖDDER, D. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. Two new Pristimantis (Anura, Strabomantidae) belonging to the myersi group from the Andean slopes of Ecuador. Revue suisse de Zoologie 116(2): 275-288.

- VEITH, M., KOSUCH, J., RÖDEL M.-O., HILLERS, A., SCHMITZ, A., BURGER, M. & LÖTTERS, S. 2009. Multiple evolution of sexual dichromatism in Afrotropical reed frogs. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 388-393.

- WAGNER, P., BAREJ, M. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. Studies on African Agama VII. A new species of the Agama agama –group (Linnaeus, 1758) (Sauria: Agamidae) from Cameroon & Gabon, with comments on Agama mehelyi Tornier, 1902. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 56 (4): 285-297.

- WAGNER, P., BÖHME, W., PAUWELS, O.S.G. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. A review of the African redflanked skinks of the Lygosoma fernandi (Burton, 1836) species group (Squamata: Scincidae) and the role of climate change in their speciation. Zootaxa 2050: 1-30.

- WAGNER, P., INEICH, I., LEACHÉ, A., WILMS, T., TRAPE, S., MANE, Y., BÖHME, W. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. Studies on African Agama VI. Taxonomic status of the West African Agama (Sauria: Agamidae) with prominent tail crests: Agama boulengeri Lataste 1886, Agama insularis Chabanaud, 1918 and Agama cristata Mocquard, 1905. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 56(4): 239- 253.

- WILMS, T., BÖHME, W., WAGNER, P., LUTZMANN, N. & SCHMITZ, A. 2009. The Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Genus Uromastyx Merrem 1820 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae: Uromastycinae) – Resurrection of the Genus Saara Gray 1845 for the Species of the Iranoturanian Subregion. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 56(1/2): 55-99.

- BLACKBURN, D.C., KOSUCH, J., SCHMITZ, A., BURGER, M., WAGNER, P., GONWOUO, N.L., HILLERS, A. & RÖDEL, M.-O. 2008. A New Species of Cardioglossa (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the Upper Guinean Forests of West Africa. Copeia 2008(3): 603-612.

- CHANNING, A. & SCHMITZ, A. 2008 [2009]. Hiding in plain sight: another cryptic dainty frog from the highlands of Kenya (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Cacosternum). African Journal of Herpetology 57 (2): 75-84.

- CHIRIO, L., INEICH, I., SCHMITZ, A. & M. LEBRETON. 2008. New species of Trachylepis Fitzinger, 1843 from Central African forests (Squamata: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology 57(1): 13-28.

- WAGNER, P., KÖHLER, J., SCHMITZ, A. & BÖHME, W. 2008. The biogeographical assignment of a west Kenyan rain forest remnant: further evidence from analysis of its reptile fauna. Journal of Biogeography 35: 1349-1361.

- ZIEGLER, T., NGUYEN, Q.T., SCHMITZ, A., STENKE, R. & RÖSLER, H. 2008. A new species of Goniurosaurus from Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, northern Vietnam (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa 1771: 16-30.

- KOCH, A., AULIYA, M., SCHMITZ, A., KUCH, U. & BÖHME, W. 2007. Morphological Studies on the Systematics of South East Asian water monitors (Varanus salvator Complex) – Nominotypic Populations and Taxonomic Overview. pp. 109-180. In: Horn, H.-G., Böhme, W. & U. Krebs [eds.]: Advances in Monitor Research III, Mertensiella, 16, Rheinbach, 456 pp.

- WILMS, T.M. & SCHMITZ, A. 2007. A new polytypic species of the genus Uromastyx Merrem 1820 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae: Leiolepidinae) from southwestern Arabia. Zootaxa 1394: 1-23.

- ZIEGLER, T., BÖHME, W. & SCHMITZ, A. 2007. A new species of the Varanus indicus group (Squamata, Varanidae) from Halmahera Island, Moluccas: morphological and molecular evidence. Mitt. Mus. Nat.kd. Berl., Zool. Reihe 83: 109-119.

- ZIEGLER, T., SCHMITZ, A., HEIDRICH, A., VU, N.T. & NGUYEN, Q.T. 2007. A new species of Lygosoma (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from the Central Truong Son, Vietnam, with notes on its molecular phylogenetic position. Revue suisse de Zoologie 114 (2): 397-415.

- ZIEGLER, T., SCHMITZ, A., KOCH, A. & BÖHME, W. 2007. A review of the varanid subgenus Euprepiosaurus (Squamata: Sauria: Varanidae): morphological and molecular systematics, distribution and zoogeography, with a key for the identification of the members of the Varanus indicus and V. prasinus species groups. Zootaxa 1472: 1-28.

- HERRMANN, H.-W., SCHMITZ, A., HERRMANN, P.A. & BÖHME, W. 2006. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Tchabal Mbabo Mtns, Adamaoua Plateau, Cameroon. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 55 (1): 27-35.

- SCHÄTTI, B. & SCHMITZ, A. 2006. Re-assessing Platyceps ventromaculatus (Gray, 1834) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae). Revue suisse de Zoologie 113 (4): 747-768.

- BRANDLEY, M.C., SCHMITZ, A. & REEDER, T.W. 2005: Partitioned Bayesian Analyses, Partition Choice, and the Phylogenetic Relationships of Scincid lizards. Systematic Biology 54 (3): 373-390.

- HERRMANN, H.-W., BÖHME, W., EUSKIRCHEN, O., HERRMANN, P.A. & SCHMITZ, A. 2005. African Biodiversity Hotspots: The Reptiles of Mt. Nlonako, Cameroon. Revue suisse de Zoologie 112(4): 1045-1069.

- HERRMANN, H.-W., BÖHME, W., HERRMANN, P.A.., PLATH, M., SCHMITZ, A. & SOLBACH, M. 2005. African biodiversity hotspots: The Amphibians of Mt. Nlonako, Cameroon. Salamandra 41 (1/2): 61-81.

- LÖTTERS, S., SCHMITZ, A. & REICHLE, S. 2005. A new cryptic species of poison frog from the Bolivian Yungas (Dendrobatidae: Epipedobates). Herpetozoa 18 (3/4): 115-124.

- SCHMITZ, A., BRANDLEY, M.C., MAUSFELD, P., VENCES, M., GLAW, F., NUSSBAUM, R.A. & REEDER, T.W. 2005 [2004]. Opening the black box: phylogenetics and morphological evolution of the Malagasy fossorial lizards of the subfamily "Scincinae". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34 (1): 118-133.

- SCHMITZ, A., INEICH, I. & CHIRIO, L. 2005. Molecular review of the genus Panaspis sensu lato in Cameroon, with special reference to the status of the proposed subgenera. Zootaxa 863: 1-28.

- HERRMANN, H.-W., HERRMANN, P.A., SCHMITZ, A. & BÖHME, W. 2004 [2005]. A new frog species of the genus Cardioglossa (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the Tchabal Mbabo Mtns., Cameroon. Herpetozoa 17 (3/4): 119-125.

- INEICH, I., SCHMITZ, A., CHIRIO, L. & LEBRETON, M. 2004. New species of Leptosiaphos (Scincidae) from Adamaoua massif, Central-Northern Province Cameroon. J. Herpetol. 38 (4): 546-550.

- KÖHLER, G., BÖHME, W. & SCHMITZ, A. 2004. A new species of Echinosaura (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from Ecuador. J. Herpetol. 38 (1): 52-60.

- LÖTTERS, S. & SCHMITZ, A. 2004. A new species of tree frog (Amphibia; Hyperolius) from the Bakossi Mountains, South-West-Cameroon. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 52 (1/2): 149-154.

- MAUSFELD, P., SCHMITZ, A., INEICH, I. & CHIRIO, L. 2004. Genetic variation in two African Euprepis species (Reptilia, Scincidae), based on maximum-likelihood and Bayesian analyses: taxonomic and biogeographic conclusions. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 52 (1/2): 159-177.

- RÖDEL, M.-O., SCHMITZ, A., PAUWELS, O.S.G. & BÖHME, W. 2004. Revision of the genus Werneria POCHE, 1903, including the descriptions of two new species from Cameroon and Gabon (Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae). Zootaxa 720: 1-28.

- SCHMITZ, A., MAUSFELD, P. & EMBERT, D. 2004. Molecular studies on the genus Eumeces Wiegmann, 1834: phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic implications. Hamadryad 28 (1/2): 73-89.

- MAUSFELD, P. & SCHMITZ, A. 2003. Molecular phylogeography, intraspecific variation and speciation of the Asian scincid lizard genus Eutropis Fitzinger, 1843, (Squamata: Reptilia: Scincidae): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 3(3): 161-171.

- SCHMITZ, A., MAUSFELD, P., HEKKALA, E., SHINE, T., NICKEL, H., AMATO, G. & BÖHME, W. 2003 [2004]. Molecular evidence for species level divergence in African Nile Crocodiles Crocodylus niloticus (Laurenti, 1786). C. R. Palevol. 2(8): 703-712.

- AULIYA, M., MAUSFELD, P., SCHMITZ, A. & BÖHME, W. 2002. A review of the Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus Schneider, 1801), with the description of two subspecies from Indonesia. Naturwissenschaften 89: 201-213. [DOI 10.1007/s00114-002-0320-4]

- MAUSFELD, P., SCHMITZ, A., BÖHME, W., MISOF, B., VRCIBRADIC, D. & ROCHA, C.F.D. 2002. On the phylogenetic affinity of Mabuya atlantica Schmidt, 1945, endemic to the Atlantic Ocean archipelago of Fernando de Noronha (Brazil): necessity of partitioning the genus Mabuya Fitzinger, 1826 (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 241: 281-293.

- SCHINDLER, T., AGHAI SOLTANI, L., BRAUN, A., ELKHOLY, H. & SCHMITZ, A. 2001. Geologie und Paläontologie des Großaufschlusses Aegidienberg-Tunnel und Logebachtal-Brücke der ICE-Neubaustrecke Köln-Rhein/Main (Unter-Devon, südliches Siebengebirge, Rheinland): 7-68. In: BRAUN, A. & T. MOERS [eds.]: Geologie und Paläontologie im Devon und Tertiär der ICE-Trasse im Siebengebirge. Decheniana-Beihefte 39: 7-68.

- SCHMITZ, A. & AULIYA, M. 2001. An unusual escape reaction observed in Sphenomorphus sabanus (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Indonesia, with taxonomic comments. Herpetological Bulletin 76: 21-25.

- SCHMITZ, A., BÖHME, W., BISCHOFF, W., HALLERMANN, J. & DIRKSEN, L. 2001. Fast 1000 in nur 10 Jahren: Neubeschriebene Reptilientaxa der Jahre 1990 – 1999. Tier und Museum 7(2-3): 35-65.

- SCHMITZ, A., VENCES, M., WEITKUS S., ZIEGLER, T. & BÖHME, W. 2001. Recent maternal divergence of the parthenogenetic lizard Leiolepis guentherpetersi from L. guttata: molecular evidence (Reptilia: Sauria: Agamidae). Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierkde 51(2): 355-360.

- BÖHME, W., SCHMITZ, A. & ZIEGLER, T. 2000. A review of the West African skink genus Cophoscincopus MERTENS (Reptilia: Scincidae: Lygosominae): Resurrection of C. simulans (VAILLANT, 1884) and description of a new species. Revue suisse de Zoologie 107(4): 777-791.

- MAUSFELD, P., VENCES, M., SCHMITZ, A. & VEITH, M. 2000. First data on the molecular phylogeography of scincid lizards of the genus Mabuya. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 17(1): 11-14.

- SCHMITZ, A., EUSKIRCHEN, O. & BÖHME, W. 2000. Zur Herpetofauna einer montanen Regenwaldregion in SW-Kamerun (Mt. Kupe und Bakossi-Bergland) - III. Einige bemerkenswerte Vertreter der Familien Lacertidae, Scincidae, Varanidae, Elapidae und Viperidae. Herpetofauna 22(124): 16-27.

- SCHMITZ, A., EUSKIRCHEN, O. & BÖHME, W. 1999. Zur Herpetofauna einer montanen Regenwaldregion in SW-Kamerun (Mt. Kupe und Bakossi-Bergland) - I. Einleitung, Bufonidae und Hyperoliidae. Herpetofauna 21(121): 5-17.

- BÖHME, W. & SCHMITZ, A. 1996. A new lygosomine skink (Lacertilia: Scincidae: Panaspis) from Cameroon. Revue suisse de Zoologie 103(3): 767-774.

 

 

Projets

"USING THE SPACIAL AND TEMPORAL HISTORY OF AFROTROPICAL AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES AS MODEL-ORGANISMS TO UNDERSTAND EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES WHICH UNDERLIE THE DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTIONALITY OF SPECIES"