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b. Zamani, A., Vahtera, V., Sääksjärvi, I.E. & Scherz, M.D. (2020) The omission of critical data in the pursuit of ‘revolutionary’ methods to accelerate the description of species. Systematic Entomology, syen12444. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12444 (online ahead of print) [pdf]

a. Miralles, A., Bruy, T., Wolcott, K., Scherz, M.D., Begerow, D., Beszteri, B., Bonkowski, M., Felden, J., Gemeinholzer, B., Glaw, F., Glöckner, F.O., Hawlitschek, O., Kostadinov, I., Nattkemper, T.W., Printzen, C., Renz, J., Rybalka, N., Stadler, M., Weibulat, T., Wilke, T., Renner, S.S. & Vences, M. (2020) Repositories for taxonomic data: where we are and what is missing. Systematic Biology, syaa026. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syaa026 (online ahead of print)


55. Rancilhac, L., Bruy, T., Scherz, M.D., Pereira, E.A., Preick, M., Straube, N., Lyra, M., Ohler, A., Streicher, J.W., Andreone, F., Crottini, A., Hutter, C.R., Randrianantoandro, J.C., Rakotoarison, A., Glaw, F., Hofreiter, M. & Vences, M. (in press) Target-enriched DNA sequencing from historical type material enables a partial revision of the Madagascar giant stream frogs (genus Mantidactylus). Journal of Natural History, 54(1-4):87–118. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2020.1748243 [Request PDF]

54. Scherz, M.D. (2020) Diamond frogs forever: a new species of Rhombophryne Boettger, 1880 (Microhylidae, Cophylinae) from Montagne d’Ambre National Park, northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 96(2):313–323. DOI: 10.3897/zse.96.51372 [pdf]

53. Rakotoarison, A., Scherz, M.D., Köhler, J., Ratsoavina, F.M., Hawlitschek, O., Megson, S., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2020) Frogs of the genus Platypelis from the Sorata massif in northern Madagascar: description of a new species and reports of range extensions. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 96(1):263–274. DOI: 10.3897/zse.96.47088 [pdf]

52. Glaw, F., Scherz, M.D., Rakotoarison, A., Crottini, A., Raselimanana, A.P., Andreone, F., Köhler, J. & Vences, M. (2020) Genetic variability and partial integrative revision of Platypelis frogs (Microhylidae) with red flash marks from eastern Madagascar. Vertebrate Zoology, 70(2):141–156. DOI: 10.26049/VZ70-2-2020-04 [pdf]

51. Prötzel, D., Scherz, M.D., Ratsoavina, F.M., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2020) Untangling the trees: Revision of the Calumma nasutum complex (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology, 70(1):23–59. DOI: 10.26049/VZ70-1-2020-3 [pdf]

50. Rasolonjatovo, S.M., Scherz, M.D., Hutter, C.R., Glaw, F., Rakotoarison, A., Razafindraibe, J.H., Goodman, S.M., Raselimanana, A.P. & Vences, M. (2020) Sympatric lineages in the Mantidactylus ambreensis complex of Malagasy frogs originated allopatrically rather than by in-situ speciation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 144:106700. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2019.106700 [Request PDF]


49. Ratsoavina, F.M., Scherz, M.D., Tolley, K.A., Raselimanana, A.P., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2019) A new species of Uroplatus (Gekkonidae) from Ankarana National Park, Madagascar, of remarkably high genetic divergence. Zootaxa, 4683(1):84–96. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4683.1.4 [Request PDF]

48. Mohan, A.V., Gehring, P.-S., Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Ratsoavina, F.M. & Vences, M. (2019) Comparative phylogeography and patterns of deep genetic differentiation of two gecko species, Paroedura gracilis and Phelsuma guttata, across north-eastern Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(3):211–220. [pdf]

48. Mohan, A.V., Gehring, P.-S., Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Ratsoavina, F.M. & Vences, M. (2019) Comparative phylogeography and patterns of deep genetic differentiation of two gecko species, Paroedura gracilis and Phelsuma guttata, across north-eastern Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(3):211–220. [pdf]

47. Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Hutter, C.R., Bletz, M.C., Rakotoarison, A., Köhler, J. & Vences, M. (2019) Species complexes and the importance of Data Deficient classification in Red List assessments: the case of Hylobatrachus frogs. PLoS One, 14(8):e0219437. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219437 [pdf]

46. Rakotoarison, A., Scherz, M.D., Bletz, M.C., Razafindraibe, J.H., Glaw, F., Vences, M. (2019) Description of the lucky Cophyla (Microhylidae, Cophylinae), a new arboreal frog from Marojejy National Park in north-eastern Madagascar. Zootaxa, 4651(2):271–288. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4651.2.4 [Request PDF]

45. Scherz, M.D., Köhler, J., Vences, M., Glaw, F. (2019) A new yellow-toed Platypelis species (Anura, Microhylidae, Cophylinae) from the Maroantsetra region, northeastern Madagascar. Evolutionary Systematics, 3(1):75–83. DOI:10.3897/evolsyst.3.33417 [pdf]

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]

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