Welcome to the Department of Herpetology Web Site
Welcome to the Department of Herpetology of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences!
We hope that you will enjoy our pages, dedicated to present our collections and ongoing research in herpetology.
Herpetologists of the Zoological Institute traditionally conduct research associated with the problems of biodiversity
of amphibians and reptiles of Russia and former Soviet Union (the Caucasus, Central Asia, eastern Siberia, the Far East,
the Central Chernozem Region) and other adjacent countries, including Mongolia. These studies typically include data
on taxonomy, natural history, ecology, phylogeny, and biogeography and speciation continuing the traditions established
in the last century. During the last decade, special attention has been given to long-term research on the herpetofauna
of tropical forests of Southeast Asia.