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Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
bar Kevin de Queiroz
    Kevin de Queiroz
    Research Zoologist

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Related Links

Complete List of Kevin's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature
List of North American Amphibian and Reptile Species

Interviews and News Articles Lectures
Wired (2013)
National Public Radio (2007)
Discover (2005)
Scientific American (2004)
Folha de Saõ Paulo (2002)
Science (2001)
BioScience (2000)
NMNH Ligntening Talk


B.S. (Biology), University of California at Los Angeles, 1978.
M.S. (Zoology), San Diego State University, 1985.
Ph.D. (Zoology), University of California at Berkeley, 1989.

Research Interests

Theory and practice of systematic biology, phylogeny and evolution of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on iguanian lizards.

Recent Publications

de Queiroz, Kevin and Losos, Jonathan B. 2017. Anolis pulchellus (Puerto Rican Grass-bush Anole) and Sphaerodactylus macrolepis (Big-scaled Dwarf Gecko). Predator-prey interaction. Herpetological Review, 48(1): 184

Poe, Steven, Nieto-Montes, de Oca, Torres-Carvajal, Omar, de Queiroz, Kevin, Velasco, Julián A., Truett, Brad, Gray, Levi N., Ryan, Mason J., Köhler, Gunther, Ayala-Varela, Fernando and Latella, Ian 2017. A Phylogenetic, Biogeographic, and Taxonomic study of all Extant Species of Anolis (Squamata; Iguanidae). Systematic Biology, 66(5): 663-697. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syx029

de Queiroz, Kevin, Reeder, Tod W. and Leaché, Adam D. 2017. Squamata (in part) - Lizards. In: Crother, Brian I., Bonett, Ronald M., Boundy, Jeff, Burbrink, Frank T., Crother, Brian I., de Queiroz, Kevin, Frost, Darrel R., Highton, Richard, Iverson, John B., Jockusch, Elizabeth L., Kraus, Fred and et al. (eds.), Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, With Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding. Topeka: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles,() pp.38-58.

Bonett, Ronald M., Boundy, Jeff, Burbrink, Frank T., Crother, Brian I., de Queiroz, Kevin, Frost, Darrel R., Highton, Richard, Iverson, John B., Jockusch, Elizabeth L., Kraus, Fred, Krysko, Kenneth L., Leaché, Adam D., Moriarty Lemmon, Emily, McDiarmid, Roy W., Mendelson III, Joseph R., Meylan, Peter A., Reeder, Tod W., Ruane, Sara and Seidel, Michael E. 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding Topeka, Kansas: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. (; ) 102 pages.

Axtell, Ralph W. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2017. Holbrookia lacerata lacerata (Northern Spot-tailed Earless Lizard). [Geographic Distribution.]. Herpetological Review, 48(4): 812

Lyson, Tyler R, Rubidge, Bruce S, Scheyer, Torsten M, de Queiroz, Kevin, Schachner, Emma R, Smith, Roger M H., Botha-Brink, Jennifer and Bever, G. S. 2016. Fossorial Origin of the Turtle Shell. Current Biology, 26(14): 1887-1894. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.020

Buckley, Larry J., de Queiroz, Kevin, Grant, Tandora D., Hollingsworth, Bradford D., Iverson, John B., Pasachnik, Stesha A. and Stephen, Catherine L. 2016. A checklist of the iguanas of the world (Iguanidae; Iguaninae). In: Iverson, John B., Grant, Tandora D., Knapp, C. R. and Pasachnik, Stesha A., Iguanas: Biology, Systematics, and Conservation.(Herpetological Conservation and Biology) pp.4-46.

Torres-Carvajal, Omar, Venegas, Pablo J. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2015. Three new species of woodlizards (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) from northwestern South America. ZooKeys, 494: 107-132. doi:10.3897/zookeys.494.8903

Sherratt, Emma, Del, Rosario Casta, Garwood, Russell J., Mahler, D. L., Sanger, Thomas J., Herrel, Anthony, de Queiroz, Kevin and Losos, Jonathan B. 2015. Amber fossils demonstrate deep-time stability of Caribbean lizard communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(32): 9961-9966. doi:10.1073/pnas.1506516112

Buden, Donald W., de Queiroz, Kevin, Rooijen, Johan Van, Stinson, Derek W., Wiles, Gary J. and Robert, Sabrino 2014. New Information and Reappraisals Concerning Some Alien and Indigenous Snake Records from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Mariana Islands. Pacific Science, 68(2): 287-293. doi:10.2984/68.2.8

Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, Carole C., Barclay, M. V. L., Bates, J. M., Bauer, A. M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C. M., Berumen, M. L., Blackburn, D. C., Blum, S., Bolanos, F., Bowie, R. C. K., Britz, R., Brown, R. M., Cadena, C. D., Carpenter, K., Ceriaco, L. M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J. H., Clements, K. D., Collette, Bruce B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

de Queiroz, Kevin 2014. Popperian Corroboration and Phylogenetics. Systematic Biology, 63(6): 1018-1022. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syu064

Lyson, Tyler R., Schachner, Emma R., Botha-Brink, Jennifer, Scheyer, Torsten M., Lambertz, Markus, Bever, G. S., Rubidge, Bruce S. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2014. Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles. Nature Communications, 5 doi:10.1038/ncomms6211

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