Unit for Integrative Zoology

Teaching and research in our group spans across a wide range of animals including vertebrates, arthropods, and lophotrochozoans. These are analyzed using various morphological and molecular methods, including immunolabeling, advanced light and confocal microscopy, 3D reconstruction, high speed video analysis, electron microscopy, and gene expression studies. The data generated are used in integrative and comparative approaches to elucidate body plan evolution, development, functional morphology, ecomorphology and phylogeny of non-model organisms.

New publications


Personality traits differentially affect components of reproductive success in a Neotropical poison frog.


Octopod Hox genes and cephalopod plesiomorphies


Odour cues rather than personality affect tadpole deposition in a Neotropical poison frog


New paper in Journal of Morphology

The unplumatellid Plumatella fruticosa found its home: Hirosella gen. nov. morphological arguments for the systematic placement of a freshwater...


New paper in Marine Biodiversity

Mating observation of giant sea spiders (Pycnogonida: Colossendeidae).


New paper in Organisms Diversity & Evolution

Boring bryozoans: an investigation into the endolithic bryozoan family Penetrantiidae.


New Paper in Insects

The Mouthparts of Female Blood-Feeding Frog-Biting Midges (Corethrellidae, Diptera)


New Paper in Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift

The snakeflies of the Mediterranean islands: review and biogeographical analysis (Neuropterida, Raphidioptera).


New paper in Spixiana

How many larval instars do Raphidioptera have?



Mario Oswald

Direct Insect Mortality by Different Mowing Practices: A Biomass-Based Quantification in Agricultural Grasslands


Klara Amplatz

Neuromuscular development in the scyphozoan Cassiopea xamachana, an emerging cnidarian model system


Anna Lanen

MicroCT scanning of Austrian lumbricid earthworm specimens as an attempt for species-level identification of juvenile Lumbricidae...