Nikolai L. Orlov

Dr. Nikolai L. Orlov

Senior Research Scientist


Department of Herpetology
Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Universitetskaya nab., 1
St. Petersburg

Telephone: +7 (812) 323-31-40
Fax: +7 (812) 328-02-21


Research Interests

Amphibians and reptiles of Palearctic and Oriental Asia regions: biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, taxonomy, phylogeny, conservation, captive breeding.

Field Research

More than 60 field trips to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbajan, Northern Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Siberia, Far East of Russia, Kuril islands, Transbaikal region, Mongolia (four full seasons). Among them 21 field trips to Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Nepal and India.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Nikolsky's Herpetological Society under the Russian Academy of Sciences – since 2000

Research Projects

  • Methods of captive breeding of rare and endangered species of amphibians and reptiles (1970-1978; 1985 – to present)

  • Herpetological Research of Far East fauna (1974 – 1982)

  • Taxonomy, Biogeography and Ecology of viperid and colubrid snakes of the fauna of Caucasus, Middle Asia and Far East (1978 – to present)

  • Herpetological Research of Mongolia fauna (1982-1989)

  • Herpetological Research of the Eastern and South-Eastern Asia (1987 – to present)

Selected Publications

Ananjeva N. B., Borkin L. Ya., Darevsky I. S., Orlov N. L., 1998. Amphibia and reptilia. Encyclopedia of the nature of Russia.(Field Guide of amphibians and reptiles of Russia and adjacent countries). ABF Publishing Company. Moscow 574 pp. (in Russian).

Orlov N. L., I. S. Darevsky, R. W. Murphy, 1998. A new species of mountain stream snake, genus Opistotropis Gunther, 1872 (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), from the tropical rain forests of Southern Vietnam. Russ J. Herpetology, vol.5, n.1: 61-65.

Macey J. R., J. A. Schulte, A. Larson, B. S. Tuniyev, N. L. Orlov and T. J. Papenfuss, 1999. Molecular phylogetics, tRNA Evolution and historical biogeography in anguid lizards and related taxonomic families. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, vol. 12, n.3, August: 250-272.

Orlov N. L., I. S. Darevsky, 1999. Description of a new mainland species of Goniurosaurus genus, from the North-Eastern Vietnam. Russ J. Herpetology, Vol.6, n.1: 72-78.

Orlov N. L., A. Barabanov, 2000. Classification of the Agkistrodon halys-intermedius complex: a critical review. Russ J. Herpetology, vol. 6 n.3: 167-192.

Orlov N. L., R. W. Murphy, T. J. Papenfuss, 2000. List of snakes of Tam-Dao mountain ridge (Tonkin, Vietnam). Russ. J. Herpetology, vol.7, n.1: 69-80.

Orlov N. L., 2000. Distribution, comparative morphology and biology of snakes of Xenopeltis (Serpentes: Macrostomata: Xenopeltidae) in Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetology, vol.7, n.2: 103-115.

Orlov N. L., A. Barabanov, 2000. About type localities for some species of the genus Gloydius Hoge et Romano-Hoge, 1981 (Crotalinae: Viperidae: Serpentes). Russ. J. Herpetology, vol. 7 (2): 159-160.

Orlow N. L., Ho Thu Cuc, 2000. Die Ruder-bzw. Flugfrosche der Gattungen Polypedates Tschudi, 1838 und Rhacophorus Kuhl and Van Hasselt, 1822 der Bergwalder Vietnams. Teil.2. Die Gattung Rhacophorus. Herpetofauna, 22 (126), 5-15.

Orlov N. L., Ho Thu Cuc. The genus Rhacophorus (Anura, Rhacophoridae) of Vietnam. Journal of Biology (Tap Chi Sinh Hoc) No 22: 1B: 34-40 (in Vietnamese).

Ziegler T. H., W. Herrmann, P. David, N. Orlov, O. S. G. Pauwels, 2000. Triceratolepidophis sieversorum, a new genus and species of pitvipers (Reptilia: Serpentes: Crotalinae) from Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetology, vol. 7 (3): 199-214.

Hallermann J., N. B. Ananjeva, N. L. Orlov, 2001. On a remarkable collection of reptiles and amphibians collected by the German Indian expedition 1955-1958. Russ. J. Herpetology. Vol. 8(1): 59-68.

Orlov N. L., S. A. Ryabov, K. A. Shiryaev, Nguen Van Sang, 2001. On the biology of pit vipers of Protobothrops genus (Serpentes: Colubroidea: Viperidae: Crotalinae). Russ J. Herpetology, Vol. 8, n.2: 159-164.

Orlov N. L., A. Lathrop, R. W. Murphy, Ho Thu Cuc, 2001. Rhacophrid Frogs (Anura: Amphibia) in the northern Hoang Lien Mountains (mount Fan Si Pan, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province), Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpet., Vol. 8, n.1: 17-44.

Ugurtas I. H., T. J. Papenfuss, N. L. Orlov, 2001. New records of Walterinnesia aegyptia Latase, 1887 (Ophidia: Elapidae: Bungaridae) in Turkey. Russ. J. Herpet., vol.8, n.3: 239-246.

Orlov N. L., S. A. Ryabov, 2002. A new species of the genus Boiga (Serpentes, Colubridae, Colubrinae) from Tanahjampea Island and description of «black form» of Boiga cynodon Complex from Sumatra (Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpet., vol.9, n.1: 33-57.

Ryabov S. A., N. L. Orlov, 2002. Breeding of black mongrove snake Boiga dendrophyla gemmicincta (Dumeril, Bibron et Dumeril) (Serpentes: Colubridae: Colubridae) from Sulawesi Island Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpet., vol.9, n.1: 77-80.

Orlov N. L., S. A. Ryabov, 2002. Zur Kenntnis von Fea’s Viper, Azemiops feae Boulenger, 1888. Sauria, vol. 24 (1): 17-22.

Hikida T., N. L. Orlov, J. Nabhitabhata, H. Ota, 2002. Three new depressed-bodied water skinks of the genus Tropidophorus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Thailand and Vietnam. Current Herpetology. Vol 21(1): 9-23.

Orlov N., Ananjeva N., A. Barabanov, S. Ryabov, R. Khalikov, 2002. Diversity of vipers (Azemiopinae, Crotalinae) in East, Southeast, and South Asia: Annotated checklist and natural history data (Reptilia: Squamata: Serpentes: Viperidae). Faunistische Abhandlungen. Staatlishes Museum fur Tierkunde. Dresden. Bd. 23, Nr. 10. S. 177-218.

Orlov N., Ananjeva N., R. Khalikov, 2002. Natural history of pitvipers in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. in: «Biology of the Vipers», Schuett, G., Hoggren, M., Douglas, M., Greene, H. (eds.): 345-361.

Grismer L. L., Shi Haitao, N. L. Orlov, N. B. Ananjeva, 2002. A new species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from Hainan Island, China. Journ. Herp. Vol. 36, n.2: 217-224.

Orlov N. L., R. W. Murphy, N. B. Ananjeva, S. A. Ryabov, Ho Thu Cuc, 2002. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. A checklist. Part 1. Amphibia. Russ. J. Herpet., vol.9, n.2: 81-104.

Hallermann J., N. Ananjeva, N. Orlov, F. Tillack, 2002. The historical collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Burma (Myanmar) in the Zoologischen Museum Hamburg (ZMH) made by Leonardo Fea 1885-1889. Mitt. Hamburg Zool. Mus.: 25-36.

Herrmann H.-W., T. Ziegler, B. Stuart, N. Orlov, 2002. New findings on the distribution, morphology and natural history Triceratolepidophis sieversorum (Serpentes: Viperidae). Herp. Nat. Hist. 9(1): 89-94.

Bain R. H., A. Lathrop, R. W. Murphy, N. Orlov, Ho Thu Cuc, 2003. Cryptic species of a cascade frog from Southeast Asia: taxonomic revisions and descriptions of six new species. American Museum Novitates, N. 3417, 1-60.

Gumprecht A., Ryabov S., Orlov N., Shiryaev K., Panteleev D., K. Tepedelen, 2003. Die Bambusottern der Gattung Trimeresurus Lacepede. Teil VII: Anmerkungen zur Biologie, Haltung und Nachzucht von Trimeresurus sumatranus (Raffles, 1822) Sauria, Berlin, 25 (1): 37-44.

Tillack F., M. Lorenz, N. L. Orlov, N. Helfenberger, Karan B. Shah, W. Eckert, 2003. Shah-s Grubenotter Trimeresurus karanshahi Orlov & Helfenberger, 1997 – ein Juniorsynonym von Trimeresurus tibetanus Huang, 1982 (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae), mit Angaben zur Verbreitung, Biologie und Vorstellung neuer Farbvarianten aus Zentral-Nepal. Sauria, 25(2): 3-15.

Gumprecht A., Ryabov S., Orlov N., Shiryaev K., Panteleev D., K. Tepedelen, 2003. Die Bambusottern der Gattung Trimeresurus Lacepede. Teil VII: Anmerkungen zur Biologie, Haltung und Nachzucht von Trimeresurus sumatranus (Raffles, 1822) Sauria, Berlin, 25 (1): 37-44.

Orlov N. L., S. V. Kudrayvtzev, S. A. Ryabov, O. V. Shummakov, 2003. A new species of genus Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae: Colubrinae) and color atlas of boigas from Bengkulu Province (Sumatra, Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpetol. Vol.10 (1): 33-52.

Orlov N. L., Le Nguyen Ngat, Ho Thu Cuc, 2003. A New Species of Cascade Frog from Northern Vietnam (Ranidae, Anura). Russ. J. Herpetol. Vol.10 (2): 123-134.

Sideleva O. G., N. B. Ananjeva, S. A. Ryabov, N. L. Orlov, 2003. The comparison of morphological and molecular characters: Inheritance in family groups of rat snakes of Elaphe Genus (Serpentes: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. Vol.10 (2): 149-156.

Orlov N. L., S. A. Ryabov, Nhyen Van Sang, Ngueyn Quang Truong, 2003. New Records and Data on the poorly known snakes of Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. Vol.10 (3): 217-240.

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