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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

Phyllomedusa vaillantii
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
Wired (2013)
National Public Radio (2007)
Discover (2005)
Scientific American (2004)
Folha de Saõ Paulo (2002)
Science (2001)
BioScience (2000)


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

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, C. 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, B. B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

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

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

Castañeda, Maria d. R. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Phylogeny of the Dactyloa Clade of Anolis Lizards: New Insights from Combining Morphological and Molecular Data. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 160(7): 345-398. doi:10.3099/0027-4100-160.7.345

Noonan, Brice P., Pramuk, Jennifer B., Bezy, Robert L., Sinclair, Elizabeth A., de Queiroz, Kevin and Sites Jr., Jack W. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships within the lizard clade Xantusiidae: using trees and divergence times to address evolutionary questions at multiple levels. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69(1): 109-122. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.05.017

de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Nodes, Branches, and Phylogenetic Definitions. Systematic Biology, 62(4): 625-632. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt027

Venegas, Pablo, Torres-Carvajal, Omar, Duran, Vilma and de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Two sympatric new species of woodlizards (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) from Cordillera Azul National Park in northeastern Peru. Zookeys, 277(0): 69-90. doi:10.3897/zookeys.277.3594

Lyson, Tyler R., Bhullar, Bhart-Anjan S., Bever, Gabe S., Joyce, Walter G., de Queiroz, Kevin, Abzhanov, Arhat and Gauthier, Jacques A. 2013. Homology of the enigmatic nuchal bone reveals novel reorganization of the shoulder girdle in the evolution of the turtle shell. Evolution & Development, 15(5): 317-325. doi:10.1111/ede.12041

de Queiroz, Kevin and Donoghue, Michael J. 2013. Phylogenetic Nomenclature, Hierarchical Information, and Testability. Systematic Biology, 62(1): 167-174. doi:10.1093/sysbio/sys054

de Queiroz, Kevin 2012. Biological nomenclature from Linnaeus to the PhyloCode. Bibliotheca Herpetologica, 9(1-2): 135-145.

de Queiroz, Kevin and Reeder, Tod W. 2012. Squamata — Lizards. In: Crother, Brian I., Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, With Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding.. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, pp.32-51.

de Queiroz, Kevin 2011. Plural versus Singular Common Names for Amphibian and Reptile Species. Herpetological Review, 42(3): 339-342.

de Queiroz, Kevin and Donoghue, Michael J. 2011. Phylogenetic Nomenclature, Three-Taxon Statements, and Unnecessary Name Changes. Systematic Biology, 60(6): 887-892. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syr070

de Queiroz, Kevin 2011. Branches in the lines of descent: Charles Darwin and the evolution of the species concept. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103(1): 19-35. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01634.x

Castañeda, Maria d. R. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2011. Phylogenetic relationships of the Dactyloa clade of Anolis lizards based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 61(3): 784-800. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.07.004

Torres-Carvajal, Omar, Etheridge, Richard and de Queiroz, Kevin 2011. A systematic revision of Neotropical lizards in the clade Hoplocercinae (Squamata: Iguania). Zootaxa, 2752: 1-44.

Alföldi, Jessica, Di Palma, Frederica, Grabherr, Manfred, Williams, Christina, Kong, Lesheng, Mauceli, Evan, Russell, Pamela, Lowe, Craig B., Glor, Richard E., Jaffe, Jacob D., Ray, David A., Boissinot, Stephane, Shedlock, Andrew M., Botka, Christopher, Castoe, Todd A., Colbourne, John K., Fujita, Matthew K., Moreno, Ricardo Godinez, Boudewijn, F. Ten Hallers, Haussler, David, Heger, Andreas, Heiman, David, Janes, Daniel E., Johnson, Jeremy, de Jong, Pieter J., et al 2011. The genome of the green anole lizard and a comparative analysis with birds and mammals. Nature, 477(7366): 587-591. doi:10.1038/nature10390

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