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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

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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

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    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. 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. 2014. Comment on the proposed confirmation of the availability of Spracklandus Hoser, 2009 (Reptilia, Squamata, Elapidae). 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. 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 Q., 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 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. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 71(1): 28

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. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 70(2): 86-88.

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 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.. Data resources for Tropical Asian Dry Forest Amphibians and Reptiles. Smithsonian Institution. 2012.

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

Austin, Christopher C., Rittmeyer, Eric N., Oliver, Lauren A., Andermann, John O., Zug, George R., Rodda, Gordon H. and Jackson, Nathan D. 2011. The bioinvasion of Guam: inferring geographic origin, pace, pattern and process of an invasive lizard (Carlia) in the Pacific using multi-locus genomic data. Biological Invasions, 13(9): 1951-1967. doi:10.1007/s10530-011-0014-y

Zug, George R., Gotte, Steve W. and Jacobs, Jeremy F. 2011. Pythons in Burma: Short-tailed Pythons (Reptilia: Squamata). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(2): 112-136. doi:10.2988/10-34.1

Zug, George R. 2011. Tropical Asian Dry Forest Amphibians and Reptiles: A regional comparison of ecological communities. In: McShea, William J., Davies, Stuart James and Bjumpakpjan, Naris, The Ecology and Conservation of Seasonally Dry Forest in Asia. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, pp.275-303.

Zug, George R., Hamilton, Alison M. and Austin, Christopher C. 2011. A new Emoia samoensis group lizard (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Cook Islands, South-central Pacific. Zootaxa, 2765: 47-57.

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