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44. Rakotoarison, A.*, Scherz, M.D.*, Bletz, M.C., Razafindraibe, J.H., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2019) Diversity, elevational variation, and phylogenetic origin of stump-toed frogs (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Stumpffia) on the Marojejy massif, northern Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(2):115–123. [pdf]

43. Köhler, J., Vences, M., Scherz, M.D. & Glaw, F. (2019) A new species of nocturnal gecko, genus Paroedura, from the karstic Tsingy de Bemaraha formation in western Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(2):73–81. [pdf]

42. Scherz, M.D., Hutter, C.R., Rakotoarison, A., Riemann, J.C., Rödel, M.-O., Ndriantsoa, S.H., Glos, J., Hyde Roberts, S., Crottini, A., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2019) Morphological and ecological convergence at the lower size limit for vertebrates highlighted by five new miniaturised microhylid frog species from three different Madagascan genera. PLoS One, 14:e0213314. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213314 [pdf]

41. Scherz, M.D., Köhler, J., Rakotoarison, A., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2019) A new dwarf chameleon, genus Brookesia, from the Marojejy massif in northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 95:95–106. DOI: 10.3897/zse.95.32818 [pdf]

40. Chretien, J., Wang-Claypool, C.Y., Glaw, F. & Scherz, M.D. (2019) The bizarre skull of Xenotyphlops sheds light on synapomorphies of Typhlopoidea. Journal of Anatomy, 234(5):637–655. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12952 [Request PDF]

39. Ratsoavina, F.M., Raselimanana, A.P., Scherz, M.D., Rakotoarison, A., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2019) Finaritra! A new leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus) species from Marojejy National Park in north-eastern Madagascar. Zootaxa, 4545:563–577. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4545.4.7 [Request PDF]


38. Hutter, C.R., Andriampenomanana, Z.F., Razafindraibe, J., Rakotoarison, A. & Scherz, M.D. (2018) New dietary data from Compsophis and Alluaudina species (Squamata: Lamprophiidae: Pseudoxyrhophiinae), and implications for their dietary complexity and evolution. Journal of Natural History, 52:2497–2510. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2018.1543732 [Request PDF]

37. Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Rakotoarison, A., Wagler, M. & Vences, M. (2018) Polymorphism and synonymy of Brookesia antakarana and B. ambreensis, leaf chameleons from Montagne d’Ambre in north Madagascar. Salamandra, 54:259–268. [pdf]

36. Prötzel, D., Lambert, S.M., Andrianasolo, G.T., Hutter, C.R., Cobb, K.A., Scherz, M.D. & Glaw, F. (2018) The smallest ‘true chameleon’ from Madagascar: a new, distinctly colored species of the Calumma boettgeri complex (Squamata, Chamaeleonidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 94:409–423. DOI: 10.3897/zse.94.27305 [pdf]

35. Sentís, M.*, Chang, Y.*, Scherz, M.D., Prötzel, D. & Glaw, F. (2018) Rising from the ashes: resurrection of the Malagasy chameleons Furcifer monoceras and Furcifer voeltzkowi (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae), based on micro-CT analyses and external morphology. Zootaxa, 4483(3):549–566. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4483.3.7. [Request PDF]

34. Rasolonjatovo, S.M., Scherz, M.D., Raselimanana, A.P. & Vences, M. (2018) Tadpole predation by Mantidactylus bellyi Mocquard, 1895 with brief description of the site and morphological measurements of the specimen. Herpetology Notes, 11:747–750. [pdf]

33. Glaw, F., Scherz, M.D., Prötzel, D. & Vences, M. (2018) Eye and webbing colouration as predictors of specific distinctness: a genetically isolated new treefrog species of the Boophis albilabris group from the Masoala peninsula, northeastern Madagascar. Salamandra, 54:163–177. [pdf]

32. Hawlitschek, O., Scherz, M.D., Ruthensteiner, B., Crottini, A. & Glaw, F. (2018) Computational molecular species delimitation and taxonomic revision of the gecko genus Ebenavia Boettger, 1878. The Science of Nature, 105:49. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-018-1574-9 [pdf] [blog post]

31. Lehtinen, R.M., Glaw, F., Vences, M., Rakotoarison, A. & Scherz, M.D. (2018) Two new Pandanus frogs (Guibemantis: Mantellidae: Anura) from northern Madagascar. European Journal of Taxonomy, 451:1–20. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2018.451 [pdf] [blog post]

30. Scherz, M.D., Rakotoarison, A., Ratsoavina, F.M., Hawlitschek, O., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2018) Two new Madagascan frog species of the Gephyromantis (Duboimantis) tandroka complex from northern Madagascar. Alytes, 36:130–158. [pdf]

29. Gehring, P.-S., Siarabi, S., Scherz, M.D., Ratsoavina, F.M., Rakotoarison, A., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2018) Genetic differentiation and species status of the large-bodied leaf-tailed geckos Uroplatus fimbriatus and U. giganteus. Salamandra, 54:132–146. [pdf]

28. Bletz, M.C., Scherz, M.D., Rakotoarison, A., Lehtinen, R., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2018) Stumbling upon a new frog species of Guibemantis (Anura: Mantellidae) on top of the Marojejy Massif in northern Madagascar. Copeia, 106(2):255–263. DOI: 10.1643/CH-17-655 [Request PDF]

27. Prötzel, D., Vences, M., Hawlitschek, O., Scherz, M.D., Ratsoavina, F.M. & Glaw, F. (2018) Endangered beauties: three new species of chameleons in the Calumma boettgeri complex (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 184(2):471–498. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx112 [Request PDF]

26. Scherz, M.D., Hawlitschek, O., Razafindraibe, J.H., Megson, S., Ratsoavina, F.M., Rakotoarison, A., Bletz, M.C., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2018) A distinctive new frog species (Anura, Mantellidae) supports the biogeographic linkage of the montane rainforest massifs of northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 94(2):247–261. DOI: 10.3897/zse.94.21037 [pdf]

25. Augros, S., Scherz, M.D., Wang-Claypool, C.Y., Montfort, L., Glaw, F. & Hawlitschek, O. (2018) Comparative perch heights and habitat plant usage of day geckos (Phelsuma) in the Comoros Archipelago (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Salamandra, 54(1):71–74. [pdf]

24. Bellati, A.*, Scherz, M.D.*, Megson, S., Hyde Roberts, S., Andreone, F., Rosa, G.M., Noël, J., Randrianirina, J.E., Fasola, M., Glaw, F. & Crottini, A. (2018) Resurrection and re-description of Plethodontohyla laevis (Boettger, 1913) and transfer of Rhombophryne alluaudi (Mocquard, 1901) to the genus Plethodontohyla (Microhylidae: Cophylinae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 94(1):109–135. DOI: 10.3897/zse.94.14698 [pdf]

23. Prötzel, D., Heß, M., Scherz, M.D., Schwager, M., van’t Padje, A. & Glaw, F. (2018) Widespread bone-based fluorescence in chameleons. Scientific Reports, 8:698. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-19070-7 [pdf] [blog post]


22. Scherz, M.D., Vences, M., Borrell, J., Ball, L., Nomenjanahary, D.H., Parker, D., Rakotondratsima, M., Razafimandimby, E., Starnes, T., Rabearivony, J. & Glaw, F. (2017) A new frog species of the subgenus Asperomantis (Anura, Mantellidae, Gephyromantis) from the Bealanana District of northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 93(2):451–466. DOI: 10.3897/zse.93.14906 [pdf]

21. Scherz, M.D., Razafindraibe, J.H., Rakotoarison, A., Dixit, N.M., Bletz, M.C., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2017) Yet another small brown frog from high altitude on the Marojejy Massif, northeastern Madagascar (Anura: Mantellidae). Zootaxa, 4347(3):572–582. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4347.3.9 [Request PDF]

20. Ratsoavina, F.M., Gehring, P.-S., Scherz, M.D., Vieites, D.R., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2017) Two new species of leaf-tailed geckos (Uroplatus) from the Tsaratanana mountain massif in northern Madagascar. Zootaxa, 4347(3):446–464. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4347.3.2 [Request PDF]

19. Rakotoarison, A., Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Köhler, J., Andreone, F., Franzen, M., Glos, J., Hawlitschek, O., Jono, T., Mori, A., Ndriantsoa, S.H., Raminosoa Rasoamampionona, N., Riemann, J.C., Rödel, M.-O., Rosa, G.M., Vieites, D.R., Crottini, A. & Vences, M. (2017) Describing the smaller majority: Integrative taxonomy reveals twenty-six new species of tiny microhylid frogs (genus Stumpffia) from Madagascar. Vertebrate Zoology, 67(3):271–398. [highres pdf (72 MB)|lowres pdf (15 MB)]

18. Rakotoarison, A., Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2017) Rediscovery of frogs belonging to the enigmatic microhylid genus Madecassophryne in the Anosy Massif, south-eastern Madagascar. Salamandra, 53:507–518. [pdf] [blog post]

17. Prötzel, D., Vences, M., Scherz, M.D., Vieites, D.R. & Glaw, F. (2017) Splitting and lumping: An integrative taxonomic assessment of Malagasy chameleons in the Calumma guibei complex results in the new species C. gehringi sp. nov. Vertebrate Zoology, 67:231–249. [pdf] [blog post]

16. Scherz, M.D., Vences, M., Rakotoarison, A., Andreone, F., Köhler, J., Glaw, F. & Crottini, A. (2017) Lumping or splitting in the Cophylinae (Anura: Microhylidae) and the need for a parsimony of taxonomic changes: a response to Peloso et al. (2017). Salamandra, 53:479–483. [pdf]

15. Scherz, M.D., Hawlitschek, O., Andreone, F., Rakotoarison, A., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2017) A review of the taxonomy and osteology of the Rhombophryne serratopalpebrosa species group (Anura: Microhylidae) from Madagascar, with comments on the value of volume rendering of micro-CT data to taxonomists. Zootaxa, 4273(3):301–340. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4273.3.1 [Request PDF]

14. Lambert, S.M., Hutter, C.R. & Scherz, M.D. (2017) Diamond in the rough: a new species of fossorial diamond frog (Rhombophryne) from Ranomafana National Park, southeastern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 93:143–155. DOI: 10.3897/zse.93.10188 [pdf] [blog post]

13. Scherz, M.D., Daza, J.D., Köhler, J., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2017) Off the scale: a new species of fish-scale gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Geckolepis) with exceptionally large scales. PeerJ, 5:e2955. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2955. [pdf] [blog post detailing media coverage]


12. Hawlitschek, O., Wang-Claypool, C.Y., Scherz, M.D., Montfort, L., Soumille, O. & Glaw, F. (2016) New size record of the snake genus Liophidium by the island endemic L. mayottensis. Spixiana, 39(2):287–288. [pdf]

11. Lattenkamp, E.Z., Mandák, M. & Scherz, M.D. (2016) The advertisement call of Stumpffia be Köhler, Vences, D’Cruze & Glaw, 2010 (Anura: Microhylidae: Cophylinae). Zootaxa, 4205(5):483–485. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4205.5.7 [Request PDF]

10. Ceriaco LMP, Gutierrez EE, Dubois A, +493 signatories (2016). Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, 4196(3):435–445. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4196.3.9

9. Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Vences, M., Andreone, F. & Crottini, A. (2016) Two new species of terrestrial microhylid frogs (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Rhombophryne) from northeastern Madagascar. Salamandra, 52(2):91–106. [pdf]

8. Scherz, M.D., Vences, M., Rakotoarison, A., Andreone, F., Köhler, J., Glaw, F. & Crottini, A. (2016) Reconciling molecular phylogeny, morphological divergence and classification of Madagascan narrow-mouthed frogs (Amphibia: Microhylidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100(2016):372-381. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.019 [pdf]

7. Hawlitschek, O., Scherz, M.D., Straube, N. & Glaw, F. (2016) Resurrection of the Comoran fish scale gecko Geckolepis humbloti Vaillant, 1887 reveals a disjunct distribution caused by natural overseas dispersal. Organisms, Diversity & Evolution, 16:289–298. DOI: 10.1007/s13127-015-0255-1 [pdf]


Herpetologica_small6. Prötzel, D., Ruthensteiner, B., Scherz, M.D. & Glaw, F. (2015) Systematic revision of the Malagasy chameleons Calumma boettgeri and C. linotum (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Zootaxa, 4048:211–231. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4048.2.4 [Request PDF]

5. Scherz, M.D., Ruthensteiner, B., Vieites, D.R., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2015) Two new microhylid frogs of the genus Rhombophryne with superciliary spines from the Tsaratanana Massif in northern Madagascar. Herpetologica, 71(4):310–321. DOI: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-14-00048 [pdf]

4. Eudeline, R., Wang, C. & Scherz, M.D. (2015). Predation attempt of Rhombophryne laevipes by Compsophis albiventris. Herpetology Notes, 8:393–394. [pdf]

3. Scherz, M.D., Rakotoarison, A., Hawlitschek, O., Vences, M., Glaw, F. (2015) Leaping towards a saltatorial lifestyle? An unusually long-legged new species of Rhombophryne (Anura, Microhylidae) from the Sorata massif in northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 91(2):105-114. DOI: 10.3897/zse.91.4979. [pdf]


2. Martins, A.C., Scherz, M.D. & Renner, S.S. (2014) Several origins of floral oil in the Angelonieae, a Southern Hemisphere disjunct clade of Plantaginaceae. American Journal of Botany, 101:2113-2120. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1400470 [pdf]

1. Scherz, M.D., Ruthensteiner, B., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2014) A new microhylid frog, genus Rhombophryne, from northeastern Madagascar, and a re-description of R. serratopalpebrosa using micro-computed tomography. Zootaxa, 3860:547–560. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3860.6.3. [Request PDF]


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2. Book: Andreone, F., Crottini, A., Rosa, G.M., Rakotoarison, A., Scherz, M.D. & Raselimanana, A.P. (2018) Les Amphibiens du Nord de Madagascar. Association Vahatra, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 355 pp.


1. Book: Scherz, M.D., May, M., Taylor, J., Smith, N.J., Tsiafa, H.A., Danvi, M.T., Rakotomalala, M. & Rabemazaka, J. (2013) Project Kobokara 2011: Final Report. Amazon, Charleston SC, USA, 97 pp. ISBN 978-1482028751 [pdf]