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

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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

Kaiser, Hinrich, Zug, George R. and Bauer, Aaron M. 2018. Germany's Zoological Collections: an International and Personal View on an Important Historical and Contemporary Scientific Resource. In: Beck, L. A., Zoological Collections of Germany.. : Springer International Publications,() pp.7-15.

Mulcahy, Daniel G., Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., Chand, Mia, Thura, Myint Kyaw and Zug, George R. 2018. Filling the BINs of life: Report of an amphibian and reptile survey of the Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) Region of Myanmar, with DNA barcode data. ZooKeys, 757: 85-152. doi:10.3897/zookeys.757.24453

Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., Connette, Grant M., Oo, Khin Swe, Zug, George R. and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2018. First record of the Malaysian Bridle Snake, Dryocalamus subannulatus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854), in Myanmar (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae). Check List, 14(2): 341-345. doi:10.15560/14.2.341

Grismer, L. L., Wood, Perry L.,Jr, Zug, George R., Thura, Myint Kyaw, Grismer, Marta S., Murdoch, Matthew L., Quah, Evan S. H. and Lin, Aung 2018. Two more new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Shan Hills of eastern Myanmar (Burma). Zootaxa, 4483(2): 295-316. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4483.2.4

Lee, Justin L., Vogel, Gernot, Miller, Aryeh H. and Zug, George R. 2018. Rediscovery of Xenochrophis bellulus (Stoliczka, 1871) from Myanmar (Serpentes: Natricinae) with comments on its taxonomic status. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 131(1): 19-35. doi:10.2988/17-00025

Mulcahy, Daniel G., Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H. and Zug, George R. 2017. Troublesome Trimes: Potential cryptic speciation of the Trimeresurus (Popeia) popeiorum complex (Serpentes: Crotalidae) around the Isthmus of Kra (Myanmar and Thailand). Zootaxa, 4347(2): 301-315. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4347.2.6

Zug, George R., Mulcahy, Daniel G. and Vindum, Jens V. 2017. Resurrection of Bronchocela burmana Blanford, 1878 for the Green Crested Lizard (Squamata, Agamidae) of southern Myanmar. ZooKeys, 657: 141-156. doi:10.3897/zookeys.657.11600

Connette, Grant M., Oswald, Patrick, Thura, Myint Kyaw, LaJeunesse Connette, Katherine J., Grindley, Mark E., Songer, Melissa, Zug, George R. and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2017. Rapid forest clearing in a Myanmar proposed national park threatens two newly discovered species of geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). PLOS ONE, 12(4): 1-18. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174432

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.

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

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. 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

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