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


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 Journal of Experimental Zoology

Characterization of eyes, photoreceptors, and opsins in developmental stages of the arrow worm Spadella cephaloptera (Chaetognatha)


Convergence of Aquatic Feeding Modes in the Sauropsida (Crocodiles, Birds, Lizards, Snakes and, Turtles)


Aquatic Feeding in Lissamphibia


New paper in Spixiana

How many larval instars do Raphidioptera have?


New paper in PNAS

The sea spider Pycnogonum litorale overturns the paradigm of the absence of axial regeneration in molting animals.


New paper in Zootaxa

Tadpoles of Central Amazonia (Amphibia: Anura).


New paper in Journal of Morphology

Sexually dimorphic characters of the ultimate legs in lithobiid centipedes (Myriapoda, Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha): morphology and implications for...



Stefanie Gruber

Messung der Thoraxtemperatur von Tagfaltern (Papilionoidea) im Freiland


Simon Züger

Heavy element biomaterials and sclerotization gradients in the centipede forcipule