Natalia B. Ananjeva

Dr. Natalia B. Ananjeva

Head of the Department


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

Phylogeny of Iguiania and Gekkota; Squamate reptiles of Palearctic and South-Eastern Asia regions: biogeography, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution of integument and derivatives structures; phylogeography and ecology of wide distributed Eurasian amphibians and reptiles; conservation of amphibians and reptiles of North Eurasia.

Field Research

About 50 field trips to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Moldavia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbajan, Dagestan, South-Eastern and North-Western regions of European part of Russia; Iran, Turkey, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.

Professional Memberships

  • President of European Herpetological Society - from 2001

  • Academican of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences - from 2000

  • Vice-Chair of North Eurasia Expert group of SSC, IUCN - from 2001

  • Member of Steering Committee (SSC, IUCN) - from 2001

  • Vice-President of Nikolsky's Herpetological Society under the Russian Academy of Sciences - from 2000

  • Editorial Board of the Asian Herpetological Research Society

  • Associate Editor of «Russian Journal of Herpetology»

  • Member of Scientific Counseil of Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Director of Specialist Group on Reptiles on the North Eurasia under SSC, IUCN - from 2000

  • Honorary Professor of Haikou University, Hainan, China - from 2000

Research Projects

  • Ecology of Sympatric Lacertid Lizards (Eremias genus) in Kazakhstan (1968 - 1973)

  • Taxonomy, Biogeography, Phylogeny and Ecology of Agamid Lizards (1977 - to present)

  • Herpetological Research on Desert Lizards in Mongolia (1982 - 1986)

  • Herpetological Research in the International Aral Sea Project (1991 - 1992)

  • Fauna, Biogeography and Taxonomy of Reptiles of Arid Regions of the Palearctic Region (1988 - to present)

  • Structure and Diversity of Integumental structure of Squamata (1986 - to present)

  • Fauna, Biogeography and Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-Western Regions of Russia (1993 - to present)

  • Environmental effects of amphibians and reptlies in severly polluted and or destroyed habitat of Kazakhstan (1997 - 1999)

  • Biodiversity and taxonomy of herpetofauna of Indochina (1995 - to present)

  • Biodiversity, and molecular phylogeny of arboreal agamid lizards of South and Southeast Asia (1997 - to present)

  • Phylogeography and ecology of wide distributed Eurasian species (1997 - to present)

  • Status and conservation of reptiles of the North Eurasia (from 2000 - to present)

  • Phylogeny and biogeography of Palearctic lizards (from 1993 - to present)

Selected Publications

Ananjeva N., Iohanssen L., and Duisebayeva T. 2000. Skin receptors of Laudakia (Agamidae, Sauria) with some comments about scalation of Asian rock agamids. Russian Journal of Herpetology, V.7, N.1: 51-60.

Macey R. J., J. A. Schulte, II, A. Larson, N. B. Ananjeva, Y. Wang, N. Rastegar-Pouyani, R. Pethiyagoda and T. J. Papenfuss. 2000. Evaluating Trans-Tethis Migration: An Example Using Acrodont Lizard. Systematic Biology 49: 233-256.

Macey J. R., James A.Schulte,II, Haji G.Kami, Natalia B.Ananjeva, Allan Larson and T.J.Papenfuss. 2000. Testing hypotheses for vicariant separation in the agamid lizard Laudakia caucasia from mountain ranges of the Northern Iranian plateau. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 14(3):479-483.

Macey, J. R., N. B. Ananjeva, Y. Wang, and T. J. Papenfuss. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships among Asian gekkonid lizards formerly of the genus Cyrtodactylus based on cladistic analyses of allozymic data: Monophyly of Cyrtopodion and Mediodactylus. Journal of Herpetology, 34:258-265.

Ananjeva N.B., T.N.Dujsebayeva and U.Joger.2001. Morpological study of Squamate Integument:more evidence for the metataxon status of Leiolepidinae. Journal of Herpetology, Vol. 35, 3: 69-74.

Smirina E.M. and N.B.Ananjeva. 2001. About the aging and life longivity of desert lizards of Phrynocephalus genus. Zool. Journ., Moscow, N 1: 39-43.

Hallermann J., N. B. Ananjeva and N.L.Orlov.2001. On a remarkable collection of reptiles and amphibians ñollected by the German Indian Expedition 1955-1958. Russ. J. of Herpetology, vol. 8 (1): 25-34.

Kalyabina S.A., K.D.Milto, N.B.Ananjeva, U.Joger and M. Wink. 2001. Phylogeography of Lacerta agilis based on the Mitochondrial cytochrome b Gene Sequences:First Results. Russ. J. Herpetology, vol.8, n.2: 151-160.

Ananjeva N.B. and Kalyabina S.A. 2001. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA as a method of phylogenetic and biogeographic research in herpetology. First Meeting of Nikolsky' Herpetological Soc. Moscow: 18-21 (in Russian).

Kalyabina S.A., K.D.Milto, N.B.Ananjeva, L. Legal, U.Joger and M. Wink.2001. Phylogeography and taxonomy of Lacerta agilis: molecular approach. First Meeting of Nikolsky' Herpetological Soc. Moscow: 112-115 (in Russian).

Ananjeva N.B. and B. Stuart. 2001. The agamid lizard Ptyctolaemus phuwuanensis Manthey and Nabhitabhata, 1991 from Thailand and Laos represents a new genus. Russian Journal of Herpetology, vol.8, n.3: 165-170.

Orlov N., Ananjeva N., A.Barabanov, S.Ryabov and 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. And 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.):1-15.

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

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

Hallermann J., Natalia Ananjeva, Nikolai Orlov and Frank 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.

Ananjeva N.B. 2002.Biodiversity of herpetocomplexes of arid regions of Palearctic: comparative analysis of morphological, molecular and faunistic data. Arid ecosystems. Vol. 8, N. 17: 7-12.

Ananjeva N.B., Podlipayev S.A. and Pugachev O.N.2002. Bank of genetic resources. Zoology. 2002. Priroda: 17-18 (in Russian).

Barabanov A., Ananjeva N., T.Papensuss and Wang.2002. A new name for Phrynocephalus theobaldi orientalis Wang, Papenfuss et Zheng, 1999. Russ. J. of Herpetology, Vol. 9, n.1: 80.

Ananjeva N., Bakiev A., V.Garanin, A.Malenev. 2003.Chronics and information. International meeting «Snakes of Eastern Europe». Zool. Zhurnal.V.82, N.11: 1407-1408 (in Russian).

Ananjeva N.B. E.M.Smirina and N.G.Nikitina. 2003. Dentition of Phrynocephalus melanurus. Does tooth number depend on body size and/or age? Russ. J. Herpetology. Vol. 10. n.1: 1-6.

Pang Junfeng, Yuezhao Wang, Yang Zhong, A. Rus Hoetzel, Theodore J. Papenfus, Xiaomao Zeng, Natalia B.Ananjeva and Ya-ping Zhang. 2003 A phylogeny of Chinese species of the genus Phrynocephalus (Agamidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.Vol. 27 (2003): 398-409.

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

Orlov N., N.Ananjeva, S.Ryabov and D.Rao.2003. Venomous snakes of Southern China. Reptilia. The European Herp Magazine. N.31: 23-33.

Sideleva O., Ryabov S., Ananjeva N.B., Smirnova J. 2003. Inheritance of Morphological and molecular characters in family groups of snakes of Elaphe genus. Zool. Sessions. Annual Reports 2002 (Proc. Zool/Inst. RAS). Vol. 299: 121-130.

Ananjeva N. 2003. Comparative analysis of limb proportions in five sympatric Species of Eremias. Russ. J. Herpetology. V.10, N.2. P.140-145.

Ananjeva N., Orlov N. 2003. Die Amphibien und Reptilien eines TieflandfeuchtwaldShutzgebieted in Vietnam. Review to the monograph Of Thomas Ziegler. Herp. Review. V.34, N.4:404-405.

Ananjeva N.B. 2004. Phylogeny and biogeography of agamid lizards (Agamidae, Lacertilia, Reptilia): review of conceptions and results of molecular and morphological research. Uspechi sovremennoi biologii 124(1): 44-57 [in Russian].

Kalyabina-Hauf S., K. D. Milto, N. B. Ananjeva, U. Joger, T. I. Kotenko and M. Wink. 2004. Reevaluation of the status of Lacerta agilis tauridica Suchov, 1926. Russ. J.Herpetology. V.11 (1): 65-73.

Macey J.R.and N.B.Ananjeva. 2004. Genetic Variation among agamid lizards of the Trapelus agilis Complex in the Caspian-Aral Basin. Asiatic Herpetological Research.Asiatic Herpetological Research. V.10: 1-7.

Kalyabina-Hauf S., N. Ananjeva, U. Joger, P. Lenk, R.W. Murphy, B. L. Stuart , N.L. Orlov, Cuc Tho Ho and M. Wink. 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the genus Acanthosaura (Agamidae). Current Herpetology, Vol.23 (1): 12-19.

Ananjeva N., Darevsky I.S. 2004. Herpetological research in Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Basic zoological research. Theory and methods. Proc.Internat. Conference 170th Anniversary of Zoological Institute, 23-25.10.2002 S.D.Stepanyanz(ed.). KMK. P. 27-36.

Abramson N., Ananjeva N.B.,Pugachev O.N., Podlipayev S.A. 2004. DNA- Collection as the new approach to study and conserve biological diversity. Basic zoological research. Theory and methods. Proc.Internat.Conference 170th Anniversary of Zoological Institute, 23-25.10.2002. S.D.Stepanyanz(ed.). KMK. P. 41-50

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