Unser Team

Dr. Heiko Stuckas
Fachgebietsleiter Populationsgenetik


Stuckas H., Gemel R., Fritz U (2013): One extinct turtle species less: Pelusios sychellensis is not extinct, it did never exist. PlosOne 8:e57116.


Heß A.-K., Bartel M., Roth K., Messerschmidt K., Heilmann K., Kenchington E., Micheel B., Stuckas H. (2012): Expression M6 and M7 lysin in Mytilus edulis is not restricted to sperm but occurs also in oocytes and somatic tissue of males and females. Molecular Reproduction and Development, 79:517-524.

Bartel M., Hartmann S., Lehmann K., Postel K., Quesada H., Philipp E., Heilmann K., Micheel B., Stuckas H. (2012): Identification of sperm proteins as candidate biomarkers for the analysis of reproductive isolation in Mytilus: a case study for the enkurin locus. Marine Biology, 159:2195-2207.

Liebing N, Praschag P, Gosh R, Vasudevan K, Rashid SMA, Rao D-Q, Stuckas H, U Fritz U (2012) Molecular phylogeny of the softshell turtle genus Nilssonia revisited, with first records of N. formosa for China and wild-living N. nigricans for Bangladesh . Vertebrate Zoology, 62: 261-272.

Vamberger M, Stuckas S, Ayaz D, Aloufi AA, Els J, Mazanaeva LF, Kami HG, Fritz U (in press). Conservation genetics of the poorly known Middle Eastern terrapin Mauremys caspica (Testudines: Geoemydidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution. 

Kindler C, William R. Branch WR, Hofmeyr MD, Maran J, Široký P, Vences M, Harvey J, Hauswaldt JS, Schleicher A, Stuckas H, Fritz U (in press) Molecular phylogeny of African hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys Bell, 1827): implications for phylogeography and taxonomy (Testudines: Testudinidae). Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research.


Fritz U, Stuckas H, Vargas-Ramírez M, Hundsdörfer AK, Maran J, Päckert M (in press): Molecular phylogeny of Central and South American slider turtles: implications for biogeography and systematics (Testudines: Emydidae: Trachemys). Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research.

Vargas-Ramírez M, Stuckas H, Castaño-Mora OV, Fritz U (2011) Extremely low genetic diversity and weak population differentiation in the endangered Colombian river turtle Podocnemis lewyana (Testudines: Podocnemididae). Conservation Genetics, DOI 10.1007/s10592-011-0263-4

Stuckas H, Fritz U (2011) Identity of Pelodiscus sinensis revealed by DNA sequences of an approximately 180-year-old type specimen and a taxonomic reappraisal of Pelodiscus species (Testudines: Trionychidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2011.00632.x.

Praschag P, Stuckas H, Päckert M, Maran J, Fritz U (2011) Mitochondrial DNA sequences suggest a revised taxonomy of Asian flapshell turtles (Lissemys Smith, 1931) and the validity of previously unrecognized taxa (Testudines: Trionychidae). Vertebrate Zoology, 61:147-160.

Mende MB, Stuckas H, Hundsdoerfer AK (2011) Eight new microsatellite loci of the Western Palearctic Hyles euphorbiae complex (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae). Annales Zoologici Fennici, 48:142-146.

Sharma R, Stuckas H, Bhaskar R, Khan I, Goyal SP, Tiedemann R (2011) Genetically distinct population of Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) of India. Mammalian Biology, 76(4): 484-490.

Fritz U, Branch WR, Hofmeyr MD, Maran J, Prokop H, Schleicher A, Široký P, Stuckas H, Vargas-Ramírez M, Vences M, Hundsdörfer AK (2011) Molecular phylogeny of African hinged and helmeted terrapins (Testudines: Pelomedusidae: Pelusios and Pelomedusa). Zoologica Scripta, 40:115-125.

Vamberger M, Corti C, Stuckas H, Fritz U (2011) Is the imperilled spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) native in Sardinia? Implications from population genetics and for conservation. Amphibia-Reptilia, 32 9-25.

Vamberger M, Stuckas H, Fritz U (2011) Fifteen microsatellite markers for the stripe-necked terrapin Mauremys caspica (Testudines: Geoemydidae) and cross-amplification tests in M. rivulata. Conservation Genetics Resources, 3:87-89.

Pedall I, Fritz U, Stuckas H, Valdéon A, Wink M (2011) Gene flow across secondary contact zones of the Emys orbicularis complex in the Western Mediterranean and evidence for extinction and re-introduction of pond turtles on Corsica and Sardinia (Testudines: Emydidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49:44-57.


Ketmaier V, Stuckas H, Hempel J, Landeck I, Tobler M, Plath M, Tiedemann R (2010) Genetic and morphological divergence in the gravel bank grasshopper Chorthippus pullus (Acrididae) from contrasting environments. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 10:381-395.

Fritz U, Daniels SR, Hofmeyr MD, González J, Barrio-Amorós CL, Široký P, Hundsdörfer AK, Stuckas H (2010) Mitochondrial phylogeography and subspecies of the wide-ranging sub-Saharan leopard tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis (Testudines: Testudinidae) – a case study for the pitfalls of pseudogenes and GenBank sequences. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 48:348-359.

Hundsdoerfer A K, Sanetra M, Corbeil D, Stuckas H (2010) Eleven Hawkmoth Microsatellite Loci of Canary Island Hyles tithymali (Lepidoptera). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2: 241-244.


Stuckas H, Stoof K, Quesada H, Tiedemann R (2009) Evolutionary implications of discordant clines across the Baltic Mytilus hybrid zone (Mytilus edulis, Mytilus trossulus). Heredity, 103:146-156.

Stuckas H, Messerschmidt K, Putzler S, Baumann O, Schenk JA, Tiedemann R, Micheel B (2009) Detection and characterization of gamete specific molecules in Mytilus edulis using selective antibody production. Molecular Reproduction and Development, 76:4-10.

Sharma R, Stuckas H, Bhaskar R, Rajput S, Khan I, Goyal SP,Tiedemann R (2009) mtDNA indicates profound population structure in Indian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Conservation Genetics, 10:909-914.

vor 2009

Sharma R, Stuckas H, Moll K, Khan I, Bhaskar R, Goyal SP, Tiedemann R (2008) Fourteen new di- and tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the critically endangered Indian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Molecular Ecology Resources 8, 1480-1482.

Hauswaldt JS, Stuckas H, Pfautsch S, Tiedemann R (2007) Molecular characterization of MHC class II in a non-model anuran species, the fire-bellied toad Bombina bombina. Immunogenetics, 59:479-491.

Fischer A, Stuckas H, Gluth M, Russell TD, Rudolph MC, Beeman NE, Bachmann S, Umemura S, Ohashi Y, Neville MC, Theuring F (2007) Impaired tight junction sealing and precocious involution in mammary glands of PKN1 transgenic mice. Journal of Cell Science, 120: 2272-2283.

Stuckas H, Tiedemann R (2006) Eight new microsatellite loci for the critically endangered fire-bellied toad Bombina bombina and their cross-species applicability among anurans. Molecular Ecology Notes, 6:150-152.

Hartmann N, Stuckas H, Lucius R, Bleiß W, Theuring F, Kalinna BH (2003) Trans-species transfer of Wolbachia: microinjection of Wolbachia from Litomosoides sigmodontis into Acanthocheilonema vitae. Parasitology, 126:503-511.

Quesada H, Stuckas H, Skibinski DOF (2003) Heteroplasmy suggests paternal cotransmission of multiple genomes and pervasive reversion of maternally into paternally transmitted genomes of mussel (Mytilus) mitochondrial DNA. Journal of Molecular Evolution 57, Suppl I:138-147.