Frank Glaw

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Frank Glaw (born 1966), German herpetologist. Work areas: Amphibians and reptiles of the Malagasy region: systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, diversity, bioacoustics.

  • Zoologische Staatssammlung München, München, Germany.

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  • Greenbaum, Eli; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, Miguel Vences & Frank Glaw. 2007: A phylogeny of the enigmatic Madagascan geckos of the genus Uroplatus (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa, 1493: 41–51.


  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008: A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation & Development, 3(1): 44–54.



  • Gehring, P.-S., A. Crottini, F. Glaw, S. Hauswaldt & F. M. Ratsoavina (2010): Notes on the natural history, distribution and malformations of day geckos (Phelsuma) from Madagascar.- Herpetology Notes, 3: 321–327.
  • Vences, M., Köhler, J., Crottini, A. & Glaw, F. 2010. High mitochondrial sequence divergence meets morphological and bioacoustic conservatism: Boophis quasiboehmei sp. n., a new cryptic treefrog species from south-eastern Madagascar. Bonn zoological Bulletin 57(2): 241–255. Full article (PDF) Reference page
  • Vences, M., Köhler, J., Pabijan, M. & Glaw, F. 2010. Two syntopic and microendemic new frogs of the genus Blommersia from the east coast of Madagascar. African Journal of Herpetology 59(2): 133–156. DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2010.512961 Reference page
  • Glaw, F., Köhler, J. & Vences, M. 2010. A new fossorial frog, genus Rhombophryne, from Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve, Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution 86(2): 235–243. DOI: 10.1002/zoos.201000006 Paywall Reference page
  • Rödder, D., O. Hawlitschek & F. Glaw (2010): Environmental niche plasticity of the endemic gecko Phelsuma parkeri Loveridge 1941 from Pemba Island, Tanzania: a case study of extinction risk on flat islands by climate change.- Tropical Zoology, 23(1): 35–49
  • Köhler, J., M. Vences, N. D'Cruze & F. Glaw (2010): Giant dwarfs: discovery of a radiation of large-bodied 'stump-toed frogs' from karstic cave environments of northern Madagascar.- Journal of Zoology, 282: 21–38
  • Gehring, P.-S., M- Pabijan, F. M. Ratsoavina, J. Köhler, M. Vences & F. Glaw (2010): A tarzan yell for conservation: a new chameleon, Calumma tarzan sp. n., proposed as a flagship species for the creation of new nature reserves in Madagascar.- Salamandra, 46(3): 167–179
  • Nagy, Z.T., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2010. Systematics of the snake genera Stenophis and Lycodryas from Madagascar and the Comoros. Zoologica Scripta 39(5): 426–435. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2010.00435.x Paywall Reference page
  • Vences, M., Andreone, F., Glos, J. & Glaw, F. 2010. Molecular and bioacoustic differentiation of Boophis occidentalis with description of a new treefrog from north-western Madagascar. Zootaxa 2544: 54–68. Preview. Reference page
  • Rösler, H. & Glaw, F. 2010. Morphologische Variation und Taxonomie von Hemidactylus brookii Gray, 1845 und Hemidactylus angulatus Hallowell, 1854 sowie phänotypisch ähnlicher Taxa (Squamata, Sauria, Gekkonidae). Spixiana 33(1): 139–160. Reference page
  • Vargas-Ramírez, M., M. Vences, W. R. Branch, S. R. Daniels, F. Glaw, M. D. Hofmeyr, G. Kuchling, J. Maran, T. J. Papenfuss, P. Široký, D. R. Vieites & U. Fritz (2010): Deep genealogical lineages in the widely distributed African helmeted terrapin: Evidence from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA (Testudines: Pelomedusidae: Pelomedusa subrufa).- Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56: 428–440
  • Glaw, F., Gehring, P.-S., Köhler, J., Franzen, M. & Vences, M. 2010. A new dwarf species of day gecko, genus Phelsuma, from the Ankarana pinnacle karst in northern Madagascar. Salamandra 46(2): 83–92. Full article (PDF) Reference page
  • D'Cruze, N., J. Köhler, M. Vences & F. Glaw (2010): A new fat fossorial frog (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Rhombophryne) from rainforest of the Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, northern Madagascar.- Herpetologica, 66(2): 182–191.
  • Köhler, J., M. Vences, M. Erbacher & F. Glaw (2010): Systematics of limbless scincid lizards from northern Madagascar: morphology, phylogenetic relationships and implications for classification (Squamata: Scincidae).- Organisms, Diversity & Evolution, 10: 147–159.
  • Bora, P., J. C. Randrianantoandro, R. Randrianavelona, E. F. Hantalalaina, R. R. Andriantsimanarilafy, D. Rakotondravony, O. R. Ramilijaona, M. Vences, R. K. B. Jenkins, F. Glaw & J. Köhler (2010): Amphibians and reptiles of the Tsingy de Bemaraha plateau, western Madagascar: checklist, biogeography and conservation.- Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 5(1): 111–125
  • Rocha, S., H. Rösler, P.-S. Gehring, F. Glaw, D. Posada, D. J. Harris & M. Vences (2010): Phylogenetic systematics of day geckos, genus Phelsuma, based on molecular and morphological data (Squamata: Gekkonidae).- Zootaxa, 2429: 1–28.
  • Glaw, F., Köhler, J., de la Riva, I., Vieites, D.R. & Vences, M. 2010. Integrative taxonomy of Malagasy treefrogs: combination of molecular genetics, bioacoustics and comparative morphology reveals twelve additional species of Boophis. Zootaxa 2383: 1–82. Preview. Reference page
  • Vieites, D. R., F. M. Ratsoavina, R.-D. Randrianiaina, Z. T. Nagy, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2010): A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships.- Salamandra, 46(1): 1–10
  • Vences, M., Glaw, F., Köhler, J. & Wollenberg, K.C. 2010. Molecular phylogeny, morphology and bioacoustics reveal five additional species of arboreal microhylid frogs of the genus Anodonthyla from Madagascar. Contributions to Zoology 79(1): 1–32. Full article (PDF) Reference page
  • Vallan, D., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. 2010. Forceps delivery of a new treefrog species of the genus Boophis from eastern Madagascar (Amphibia: Mantellidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 31(1): 1–8. DOI: 10.1163/156853810790457830 Reference page


  • Ratsoavina, F.M., Louis Jr., E.E., Crottini, A., Randrianiaina, R.-D., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2011. A new leaf tailed gecko species from northern Madagascar with a preliminary assessment of molecular and morphological variability in the Uroplatus ebenaui group. Zootaxa 3022(1): 39–57. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3022.1.3 Paywall Reference page
  • Pabijan, M., P.-S. Gehring, J. Köhler, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): A new microendemic frog species of the genus Blommersia (Anura: Mantellidae) from the east coast of Madagascar.- Zootaxa, 2978: 34–50
  • Wollenberg, K. C., D. R. Vieites, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): Speciation in little: the role of range and body size in the diversification of Malagasy mantellid frogs.- BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11: 217
  • Bauer, A. M., F. Glaw, P.-S. Gehring & M. Vences (2011): New species of Blaesodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ankarafantsika National Park in north-western Madagascar.- Zootaxa, 2942: 57–68
  • Glaw, F., J. Köhler & M. Vences (2011): New species of Gephyromantis from Marojejy National Park, Northeast Madagascar.- Journal of Herpetology, 45(2): 155–160
  • Vences, M., J. Köhler, D. R. Vieites & F. Glaw (2011): Molecular and bioacoustic differentiation of deep conspecific lineages of the Malagasy treefrogs Boophis tampoka and B. luteus.- Herpetology Notes, 4: 239–246
  • Miralles, A., J. Köhler, D. R. Vieites, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): Hypotheses on rostral shield evolution in fossorial lizards derived from the phylogenetic position of a new species of Paracontias (Squamata, Scincidae).- Organism, Diversity & Evolution, 11(2):135-150
  • Lehtinen, R. M., F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): Two new plant-breeding frog species (Anura: Mantellidae, Guibemantis) from southeastern Madagascar.- Herpetological Journal 21 (2): 95–112
  • Randrianiaina, R.-D., J. Köhler, J. Glos, M. Vences & F. Glaw (2011): Where to grow in the Tsingy? Limestone rock pools as breeding habitats of the relict frog Tsingymantis antitra from Madagascar and description of its tadpole.- Salamandra, 47(2): 77–89.
  • Miralles, A., Köhler, J., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2011. A molecular phylogeny of the "Madascincus polleni species complex", with description of a new species of scincid lizard from the coastal dune area of northern Madagascar. Zootaxa 2876: 1–16. Preview Reference page
  • Irisarri, I., M. Vences, D. San Mauro, F. Glaw & R. Zardoya (2011): Reversal to air-driven sound production revealed by a molecular phylogeny of tongueless frogs, family Pipidae.- BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2011, 11: 114.
  • Townsend, T. M., K. A. Tolley, F. Glaw, W. Böhme & M. Vences (2011): Eastward from Africa: palaeocurrent-mediated chameleon dispersal to the Seychelles islands.- Biology Letters, 7(2): 225–228.
  • Crottini, A., F. Glaw, M. Casiraghi, R. K. B. Jenkins, V. Mercurio, C. Randrianantoandro, J. E. Randrianirina & F. Andreone (2011): A new Gephyromantis (Phylacomantis) frog species from the pinnacle karst of Bemaraha, western Madagascar.- Zookeys, 81: 51–71
  • Randrianiaina, R.-D., A. Strauß, J. Glos, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): Diversity, external morphology and "reverse taxonomy" in the specialized tadpoles of Malagasy river bank frogs of the subgenus Ochthomantis (genus Mantidactylus).- Contributions to Zoology, 80(1): 17–65.
  • Reeve, E., S. H. Ndriantsoa, A. Strauß, R.-D. Randrianiaina, T. Rasolonjatovo Hiobiarilanto, F. Glaw, J. Glos & M. Vences (2011): Acoustic underwater signals with a probable function during competitive feeding in a tadpole.- Naturwissenschaften, 98: 135–143.













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