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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
  • Fax: (202) 633-0182

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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

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

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

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.

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

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. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands: a comprehensive guide Berkeley: University of California Press. 306 pages.

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

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. 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.

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