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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

Phyllomedusa vaillantii
Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
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    George R. Zug
    Curator Emeritus

  • Phone: (202) 633-0738
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    PO Box 37012, MRC 162
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Education

B.S., Albright College, 1960
M.S., University of Florida, 1963
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1968

Research Interests

Herpetology/biology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles; currently focused on the systematics of the herpetofauna of Oceania and Burma.

Recent Publications

Gotte, Steve W., Jacobs, Jeremy F. and Zug, George R. 2016. Preserving reptiles for research. In: Dodd, C. K., Jr., Reptile Ecology and Conservation, A Handbook of Techniques. London: Oxford University Press, pp.73-86.

Miller, Aryeh H. and Zug, George R. 2016. An enigmatic ^Lygosoma^ (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from northern Myanmar. Herpetological Review, 47(3): 373-374.

Miller, Aryeh H. and Zug, George R. 2016. Morphology and Biology of the Asian Common Mockviper, ^Psammodynastes pulverulentus^ (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae): a focus on Burmese populations. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 129(1): 173-194.

Zug, George R. 2015. Morphology and systematics of Kalophrynus interlineatus-pleurostigma populations (Anura, Microhylidae, Kalophryninae) and a taxonomy of the genus Kalophrynus Tschudi, Asian Sticky Frogs. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 62(5): 135-190.

Lee, Justin L., Myint, Kyaw Thura, Mulcahy, Daniel G. and Zug, George R. 2015. Three Colubrid Snakes New To Myanmar. Herpetology Notes, 8: 217-220.

Nguyen, Truong Quang, Botov, Andreas, Le, Minh Duc, Nophaseud, Liphone, Zug, George R., Bonkowski, Michael and Ziegler, Thomas 2014. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern Laos. Zootaxa, 3827(1): 45-56.

Zug, George R. and Kaiser, Hinrich 2014. A new species of four-toed skink (Squamata: Scincidae: Carlia peronii species group) from Pulau Sukur, Indonesia, and biogeographic notes on the herpetofauna of Flores and Komodo. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(4): 379-392. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.379

Zug, George R. 2014. Comment on the proposed confirmation of the availability of Spracklandus Hoser, 2009 (Reptilia, Squamata, Elapidae). The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 71(4): 252-253.

Mulcahy, Daniel G., Martínez-Gómez, Juan E., Aguirre-León, Gustavo, Cervantes-Pasqualli, Juan and Zug, George R. 2014. Rediscovery of an Endemic Vertebrate from the Remote Islas Revillagigedo in the Eastern Pacific Ocean: The Clarión Nightsnake Lost and Found. PLoS ONE, 9(5): 1-8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097682

Zug, George R. 2013. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands: a comprehensive guide Berkeley: University of California Press. 306 pages.

Zug, George R. and Kaiser, Hinrich 2013. Kalophrynus Tschudi, 1838 (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae): proposed conservation by designation of a neotype for its type species Kalophrynus pleurostigma Tschudi, 1838. The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 70(2): 86-88.

Böhm, Monika, Collen, Ben, Baillie, Jonathan E. M., Bowles, Philip, Chanson, Janice, Cox, Neil, Hammerson, Geoffrey, Hoffmann, Michael, Livingstone, Suzanne R., Ram, Mala, Rhodin, Anders G. J., Stuart, Simon N., van Dijk, Peter Paul, Young, Bruce E., Afuang, Leticia E., Aghasyan, Aram, García, Andrés, Aguilar, Cé, Ajtic, Rastko, Akarsu, Ferdi, Alencar, Laura R. V., Allison, Allen, Ananjeva, Natalia, Anderson, Steve, Andrén, Claes, et al 2013. The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation, 157: 372-385. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.07.015

Zug, George R. 2013. Literature resources For “Reptiles And Amphibians Of The Pacific Islands: a comprehensive guide”. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service, 143: 1-32.

Zug, George R. and Kaiser, Hinrich 2013. Comment on the proposed conservation of Kalophrynus Tschudi, 1838 (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae) by designation of a neotype for its type species Kalophrynus pleurostigma Tschudi, 1838. The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 71(1): 28

Fisher, Robert N., Uili, Moeumu, Enoka, Fialelei and Zug, George R. 2013. Clarifying the distributional records for Hemiphyllodactylus typus (Bleeker, 1860) from Central Oceania. Herpetology Notes, 6: 247-250.

Zug, George R.. Data resources for Tropical Asian Dry Forest Amphibians and Reptiles. Smithsonian Institution. 2012.

Zug, George R. and Fisher, R. N. 2012. A preliminary assessment of the Nactus pelagicus species group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in New Guinea and a new species from the Admiralty Islands. Zootaxa, 3257: 22-37.

Zug, George R. 2012. Lizards of Tonga with a description of a new Tongan treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis Group). Pacific Science, 66(2): 225-237. doi:10.2984/66.2.9

Zug, George R. 2012. A new species of treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis species group) from Rotuma, south-central Pacific. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(1): 74-84. doi:10.2988/11-24.1

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