Museum of Zoology


The collection houses more than 26 000 specimens from more than 1 200 species. There are mainly skulls, skins but also skeletons and some material in alcohol. 

Our research is mainly embedded in the research area Biodiversity and Systematics. Other research includes morphological and ecological aspects of Rodents and Carnivora (eg.. Castor fiber, Lutra lutra, Felis silvestris).


 Monamerican cat (Cercopithecus mona) ♂  

Research focus

Focus of the research work is the participation in the project: Identifying the genomic loci underlying mammalian phenotypic variability using Forward Genomics with Semantic Phenotypes (hier Modul M1: Phenotyping“) of the interdisciplenary project which is funded by the Lebnitz Gemeinschaft (2016-2019).

The Project is reslised in a network in including , PhD student: Maria Jähde




  Institut Projekt  
Prof. Hermann Ansorge Senckenberg Görlitz SAW Projekt Wölfe
Prof. Jochen Hampe Universitätsklinik TU Dresden    
Dr. Nikolai Hecker MPI Dresden    
Dr. Micheal Hiller MPI Dresden    
Dr. Thomas Lehmann Senckenberg Frankfurt SAW Projekt Kopidodon (Messel fossil)
Dr., P.D. Irina Ruf Seckenberg Frankfurt SAW Projekt  
Dr. Heiko Stuckas Senckenberg Dresden SAW Projekt genetics of chiroptera and shrews
Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka IMP Wien SAW Projekt  
Prof. Dr. Madelaeine Böhme Senckenberg Tübingen   taxonomy of fossil Castoridae
Dr. Lutz Maul Senckenberg Weimar   fossile Castoridae
Dr. P.D. Thomas Moers Reichsmuseum Stockholm   fossile Nagetiere
Prof. Leonid Rekovets Universität Breslau   fossile Castoridae
Vitalii Demeshkant, pHd Student University of Breslau   tooth enamel of equidae and Cervidae
Dermoplastic: B24383 Wildcat (Felis silvestris) ♂ Harz, game enclosure Moritzburg, 02.04.1996; prep. J. Ziegler  

More on the Mammals of Saxony

In cooperation with the “Projektrguppe Säugetiere Sachsens” a bibliography on mammals from Saxony is maintained and the latest version from Dezembre 2011 can be found here.

Here are some informations on the distribution in an around Dresden (in German only) .