Amphibian & reptiles anomalies & pathology international committee

Dear colleagues and friends!

Unfortunately, because of the current situation (COVID-19), the 3rd International Conference – Workshop: "Anomalies and Pathology of Amphibians and Reptiles: Methodology, Possible Reasons, Theoretical and Practical Significance" hold in the planned format is not possible. In this connection, we are planning to organize the meeting in September 2021.

More detailed information we will send you later. Thank you very much.

Please, take care and stay healthy. Sincerely, Organizing Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Leo Borkin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Vladimir Vershinin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), +79630482949.



Жан РостанThe Committee was established based on the initiative proposed at the international conference "Anomalies and pathology of amphibians and reptiles: methodology, evolutionary significance, an assessment of the health of the environment" (2013), at the Department of Biodiversity and Bioecology of the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics under the guidance of head of Department, doctor of science V.L. Vershinin with participation of Russian and foreign experts (Belarus, Japan, Germany, USA, Ukraine, France), in agreement (18.08.2014,) with the rector of the University V.A. Koksharov.

The ARAP Committee was named after the famous French naturalist (with kind permission of French colleagues), writer, philosopher, moralist of the twentieth century Jean Rostand, who worked a lot on this problem and published one of the first amphibian anomalies atlases in 1958.


 Committee Members:

Боркин Л.Я.

Leo Borkin
Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences
Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Вершинин В.Л.

Vladimir Vershinin
Ural Federal University, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Division
Ekaterinburg, Russia

 Дробенков С.М.

Sergey Drobenkov
Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Minsk, Belarus

 Охлер А.

Annemarie Ohler
National Museum of Natural History, Institute of Taxonomy, Evolution, Biodiversity
Paris, France

Дюбуа А.К.П.

Alain Dubois
National Museum of Natural History, Institute of Taxonomy, Evolution, Biodiversity
Paris, France

Кинев А.В.

Alexander Kinev
Creative Scientist inc.
Durham, USA

Некрасова О.Д.

Oxana Nekrasova
Institute of Zoology named after I.I. Shmalgauzen, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine


Ikuo Miura
Institute for Amphibian Biology, Hiroshima University
Hiroshima, Japan

Хенле К.

Klaus Henle
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Leipzig, Germany

Research in this field is very important and necessary in connection with the importance of assessing the status of populations of amphibians and reptiles, their conservation, development of new modern methods of assessing the state of the environment. The development of a unified system of classification and standardization of quantitative methods for assessing the distribution, rate and diversity of anomalies, as well as to assess the possibility of using morphological anomalies of amphibians and reptiles for bioindication and assessment of environmental health is extremely necessary.

The ARAP Committee brings together ideas and promotes the development of research priorities in the field of fundamental and applied aspects of the innovative areas related to the problems of evolutionary teratology, evolution and ecology of morphogenesis and environmental health.

The main objectives of the ARAP Committee are:

1. To promote research strategy in the field of mechanisms of morphogenesis, morphological anomalies (teratology) amphibians and reptiles.
2. To overcome fragmentation of researchers working in different departments and regions, coordination of research, publication and dissemination of scientific work.
3. To promote the protection of amphibians and reptiles and their habitats.
4. Further improve teratology and herpetology education in higher and secondary schools; active assistance in training of scientific personnel and develop their qualification in these scientific fields.
5. To promote international relations in the field of teratology, mechanisms of morphogenesis, herpetology.
6. Dissemination of knowledge on teratology, mechanisms of morphogenesis, herpetology, environmental and herpetofauna protection that is urgently needed.
7. To organize, maintain and update the website on the methodology and techniques of the study of morphological abnormalities in amphibians and reptiles, their use for assessing the health of the environment regularly.
8. Organizing workshops and conferences between leading specialists on the problem to improve the quality and scientific policy priority in relevant research (once every three years in UrFU).

Classification of Amphibian abnormalities
Slide deck PowerPoint (58Mb).