Natalia B. Ananjeva

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Academic degree: Doctor of Biological Sciences
Academic title: Professor
Position: Head of Laboratory, Principal Researcher
Contact phone: +7 (812) 323-31-40, ext. 234
Educational background: Leningrad State University, 1968
  • “Ecology-morphological analysis of five sympatric species of desert lizards of Eremias genus.” (PhD)
  • “Phylogeny of agamid lizards and evolution of Palearctic agamid lizards.” (PhD habilitation)
Research interests: Morphology, ecology, taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, speciation of amphibians and reptiles.
Field studies: The Caucasus, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkey, Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Australia, Sri Lank.
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Pedagogical activity:
  • Member of the Expert Council of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for Biological Sciences — since May 2018
  • Deputy Chairman of the Dissertation Council for the defense of dissertations for the degree of Doctor of Sciences at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences D 002.223.03 — from September 2016
  • Member of the Scientific Council of ZIN RAS
Scientific projects and grants:
  • RSF 22-24-00079. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “Systematics and distribution of lizards in the Greater Caucasus: new approaches to solving old problems”
  • RFBR 12-04-00057. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “Phylogeny and patterns of speciation in recent groups of squamate reptiles in Eurasia: morphological and molecular analysis”
  • RFBR 12-04-93005-Viet_. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “Study and conservation of biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates in the north of Vietnam”
  • RFBR 14-04-92000 NNS_. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “Reconstruction of ancestral biodiversity in continental and island herpetofauna of Eastern Asia”
  • RFBR 15-04-01730. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “Study of taxonomic and evolutionary relationships in the genealogically related complexes of Palearctic reptiles: morphological and molecular analysis”
  • RFBR 15-29-02457 ofi_m. PI N.B. Ananjeva. “The collection of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences as an important tool and informational basis of fundamental biological research”
  • The head of St. Petersburg herpetological scientific school under support of grants of President of Russian Federation — from 2008.
  • RFBR 15-04-20632 Organization of the International Conference «The Actual problems of study and conservation of biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles of Eurasia»
  • RFBR 17-04-20583 Organization of the scientific Conference with International participation «Annual 185–years session of Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences»
  • RFBR 17-54-61015 Herpetological diversity, its conservation and evolutionary history in protected areas of Egypt across the Red Sea Rift
  • RFBR 18-04-00040 Analysis of ecogeographic trends and biodiversity structure in taxonomically problematic genera of Asian temporate and tropical reptiles
  • RFBR 18-04-20049 Organization of the International Conference «Modern State and perspectives of study and conservation of biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles of Eurasia»
  • RFBR 19-14-50038 Review of studies in Autotomy and Regeneration in Squamate Reptiles (Squamata, Reptilia): Defensive Behavior Strategies and Morphological Characteristics (Using Computer Microtomography Methods)–Expansion.
  • RFBR 19-54-54003 A region of high species richness: Herpetological exploration in high mountain of the frontier corridor between Vietnam and China
Selected Publications:
  • Macey J.R., Larson A., Ananjeva N.B., Papenfuss T.J. 1997. Evolutionary shifts in three major structural features of the Mitochondrial Genome among Iguanian Lizards. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 44(6): 660–674.
  • Macey J.R., Schulte J.A., Ananjeva N.B., Larson A., Rastegar-Pouyani N., Shammakov S., Papenfuss T.J. 1998. Phylogenetic relationships among agamid lizards of the "Laudakia caucasia"–complex: testing hypothesis of fragmentation and area cladogramm for the Iranian plateau. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 10(1): 118–131.
  • Hallermann J., Ananjeva N., Orlov N., Tillack F. 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. Inst., 99: 139–153.
  • Pang J., Wang Y., Zhong Y., Hoetzel A.R., Papenfuss T.J., Zeng X., Ananjeva N.B., Zhang Y.-P. 2003. A phylogeny of Chinese species of the genus Phrynocephalus (Agamidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 27(3): 398–409.
  • Macey J.R., Fong J.J., Kuehl J.V., Shafiei S., Ananjeva N.B., Papenfuss T.J., Boore J.L. 2005. The complete mitochondrial genome of a gecko and the phylogenetic position of the Middle Eastern Teratoscincus keyserlingii. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 36(1): 188–193.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Orlov N.L., Khalikov R.G., Darevsky I.S., Ryabov S.A., Barabanov A.V. 2006. Atlas of the reptiles of North Eurasia (taxonomic diversity, distribution, conservation status). Pensoft. 246 p.
  • Ананьева Н.Б., Орлов Н.Л., Калябина-Хауф С. А. 2006. Криптическое таксономическое разнообразие тропических агамовых ящериц Acanthosaura (Agamidae, Sauria). Успехи современной биологии, 126(5): 505–513.
  • Smirina E.M., Ananjeva N.B. 2007. Growth layers in different bones and acrodont teeth of the agamid lizard Laudakia stoliczkana (Blanford, 1875) (Agamidae, Sauria). Amphibia-Reptilia, 28(2): 193–204.
  • Melville J., Hale J., Mantziou S., Ananjeva N., Milto K., Clemann N. 2009. Historical biogeography, phylogenetic relationships and intraspecific diversity of agamid lizards in the Central Asian deserts of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53(1): 99–112.
  • Hoffmann M.M., Hilton-Taylor C., Angulo A., Böhm M., Brooks T.M., Butchart St.M., Carpenter K.E., Chanson J., Collen B., Cox N.A., Darwall W.R.T., Dulvy N.K., Harrison L.R., Katariya V., Pollock C.M., Suhel Q., Richman N.I., Rodrigues A.S.L., Tognelli M.F., Vié J.C., Aguiar J.M., Allen D.J., Allen G.R., Amori G., Ananjeva N.B., Orlov N.L. et al. 2010. The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates. Science. December 10th. 330. (6010).
  • Ананьева Н.Б. 2012. К вопросу о живорождении у агамовых ящериц (Sauria, Acrodonta, Agamidae). Зоологический журнал, 91(11): 1358–1365.
  • Baig K.J., Bohme W., Ananjeva N., Wagner Ph. 2012. A morphology-based taxonomic revision of Laudakia Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Agamidae). Vertebrate Zoology, 62(2): 37–60.
  • Parham J.F., Stuart B.L., Danilov I.G., Ananjeva N.B. 2012. A genetic characterization of CITES-listed Iranian tortoises (Testudo graeca) through the sequencing of topotypic samples and a 19th century holotype. Herpetological Journal, 22(2): 73–78.
  • Ананьева Н.Б., Голынский Е.А. 2013. Анализ распространения горной кольцехвостой туркестанской агамы Paralaudakia lehmanni (Nikolsky, 1896): использование программы Максент. Труды Зоологического института РАН, 317(4): 54–84.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Orlov N.L. 2013. Egg teeth of squamate reptiles (Squamata) and their phylogenetic importance. Biology Bulletin, 40 (7): 600–605.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Golynsky E.A., Yousefkhani S.S.H., Masroor R. 2014. Distribution and environmental suitability of the smallscaled rock agama, Paralaudakia microlepis (Sauria: Agamidae) in the Iranian Plateau. Asian Herpetological Research, 5(3): 161–167.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Uteshev V.K., Orlov N.L., Gakhova E.N. 2015. Strategies for Conservation of Endangered Amphibian and Reptile Species. Biology Bulletin, 42(5): 432–439.
  • Zinenko O., Stumpel N., Mazanaeva L., Bakiev A., Shiryaev K., Pavlov A., Kotenko T., Kukushkin O., Chikin Yu., Duisebayeva T., Nilson G., Orlov N., Tuniyev S., Ananjeva N., Murphy R., Joger U. 2015. Mitochondrial phylogeny shows multiple independent ecological transitions and northern dispersion despite of Pleistocene glaciations in meadow and steppe vipers (Vipera ursinii and Vipera renardi). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 84: 85–100.
  • Ананьева Н.Б., Доронин И.В. 2015. Илья Сергеевич Даревский: портрет герпетолога. Фотоальбом. СПб: Зоологический институт РАН. 103 с.
  • Smirina E.M., Ananjeva N.B. 2017. On the longevity, growth and reproductive characteristics of Lichtenstein’s Toadhead Agama, Phrynocephalus interscapularis Lichtenstein, 1856 (Agamidae, Sauria). Amphibia–Reptilia, 38(1): 31–39.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Orlov N.L., Nguyen T.T. 2017. New Species of Japalura (Agamidae: Lacertilia: Reptilia) from Central Highland, Vietnam. Asian Herpetological Research, 8(1): 14–21.
  • Nazarov R.A., Radjabizadeh M., Poyarkov N.A. Jr., Ananjeva N.B., Melnikov D.A., Pouyani E.R. 2017. A new species of frog–eyed gecko, genus Teratoscincus Strauch, 1863 (Squamata: Sauria: Sphaerodactylidae), from central Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 24(4): 291–310.
  • Macey J.R., Schulte J.A., Ananjeva N., Van Dyke E.T., Wang Y., Orlov N., Shafiei S., Robinson M.D., Dujsebayeva T., Freud G.S., Fischer C.M., Liu D., Papenfuss T.J. 2018. A molecular phylogenetic hypothesis for the Asian agamid lizard genus Phrynocephalus reveals discrete biogeographic clades implicated by plate tectonics. Zootaxa, 4467(1): 1–81.
  • Tuniyev B.S., Orlov N.L., Ananjeva N.B., Aghasyan A.L. 2019. Snakes of the Caucasus: taxonomic diversity, distribution, conservation. Moscow: KMK Scientifi c Press. 276 p.
  • Ananjeva N.B. Current State of the Problems in the Phylogeny of Squamate Reptiles (Squamata, Reptilia). 2019. Biology Bulletin, 9(2): 19–28.
  • Milto K.D., S.A. Saber, A.M. Nagy, R.A. Nazarov, D.A. Melnikov, and N.B. Ananjeva. 2019. First report on the reptiles diversity of Wadi El Gemal National Park, Eastern desert, Egypt. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 26(3): 175–184.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Golynsky E.A., Hosseinian S., Yousefkhani S. 2019. Analysis of the Distribution of Rock Agamas of Genus Paralaudakia Baig, Wagner, Ananjevaet Böhme, 2012 (Agamidae: Sauria, Reptilia): Use of Maxent Modeling. Biology Bulletin, 46(2): 179–185.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Ermakov O.A., Nguyen S.N., Nguyen T.T., Murphy R.W., Lukonina S.A., Orlov N.L. 2020. A New Species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Squamata: Agamidae) from Central Highlands, Vietnam. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 27(4): 217–230.
  • Gordeev D.A., Ananjeva N.B., Korost D.V. 2020. Autotomy and Regeneration in Squamate Reptiles (Squamata, Reptilia): Defensive Behavior Strategies and Morphological Characteristics (Using Computer Microtomography Methods). Biology Bulletin, 47(4): 389–398.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Milto K.D., Barabanov A.V., Golynsky E.A. 2020. An annotated type catalogue of amphibians and reptiles collected by Nikolay A. Zarudny in Iran and Middle Asia. Zootaxa, 4722 (2): 101–128.
  • Weinell J.L., Barley A.J, Siler C.D., Orlov N.L., Ananjeva N.B., Oaks J.R., Burbrink F.T., Brown R.M. 2020. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeographic range evolution in cat–eyed snakes, Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae) Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, XX: 1–16.
  • Ananjeva N.B., Gordeev D.A, Korost, D.V. The Review of the Autotomy of Agamid Lizards with Considerations about the Types of Autotomy and Regeneration. 2021. J. Dev. Biol., 32,
  • Liu S., Rao, DQ., Hou. MA., Orlov NL., Ananjeva NB. 2021. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Southern Yunnan, China. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 28 (4): 185-196.
  • Dujsebayeva T., Ananjeva N., Bauer A.M. 2021. Scale microstructures of pygopodid lizards (Gekkota: Pygopodidae): phylogenetic stability and ecological plasticity. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 28 (5): 291-308
  • Nikolai L. Orlov, Oleg A. Ermakov, Tao Thien Nguyen, Natalia B. Ananjeva. 2021. A new record of odd-scaled snake (Serpentes, Xenodermidae) from Vietnam: expanded description of Parafimbrios vietnamensis based on integrative taxonomy. ZooKeys 1048: 79-89 (2021)
  • Shuo Liu, Dingqi Rao, Mian Hou, Nikolai L. Orlov, Natalia B. Ananjeva and Dongru Zhang. 2022. Two new species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Reptilia: Agamidae) from Yunnan Province, China. 2022. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 29 (2): 93 – 109
  • Valentina F. Orlova, Evgeniya N. Solovyeva, Evgenyi A. Dunayev and Natalia B. Ananjeva. 2022. Integrative Taxonomy within Eremias multiocellata Complex (Sauria, Lacertidae) from the Western Part of Range: Evidence from Historical DNA Evidence from Historical DNA. Genes, 13, 941.
  • Neil Cox, Bruce E. Young, Philip Bowles, Miguel Fernandez, Julie Marin, Giovanni Rapacciuolo, Monika Böhm, Thomas M. Brooks, S. Blair Hedges, Craig Hilton-Taylor, Michael Hoffmann, Richard K. B. Jenkins, Marcelo F. Tognelli, Graham J. Alexander, Allen Allison, Natalia B. Ananjeva et al.. 2022. A global reptile assessment highlights shared conservation needs of tetrapods. Nature.
  • Ananjeva N.B., D. A. Gordeev, Nguyen Thien Tao, and N. L. Orlov. 2022. Analysis of Urotomy and Regeneration in Agamid Lizards of the Genus Mantheyus (Reptilia: Sautia: Agamidae: Draconinae) Using X-Ray Methods and a Computed Microtomography. Biology Bulletin, 49 (4), 309-317.