Frank Glaw

Frank Rainer Glaw
Born 22 March 1966
Düsseldorf, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Herpetologist

Frank Rainer Glaw (born 22 March 1966 in Düsseldorf) is a German herpetologist working at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München. Glaw studied biology in Cologne from 1987, where he completed his diploma.[1] Thereafter, he attended the University of Bonn, from which he graduated in 1989, after completing his Ph.D. thesis titled Untersuchungen zur Bioakustik, Systematik, Artenvielfalt und Biogeographie madagassischer Anuren about the frogs of Madagascar. Since 1997, he has been the curator of herpetology at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München. Glaw's focus during and after his thesis work was the herpetofauna of Madagascar. Since the end of the 1980s, he has been working closely with Professor Miguel Vences. Together, they published A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar in 1992, a benchmark work on the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar, which, supported by the World Bank, was translated into Malagasy and made freely available online. It is now in its third edition.[2]

Glaw is a contributing author on over 100 descriptions of Madagascan taxa,[3] such as the chameleon Brookesia micra, and the microhylid frog Stumpffia pygmaea[4]


  1. Glaw & Vences 2007, S. 496.
  2. Frank Glaw & Miguel Vences: A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw, Köln 2007. ISBN 978-3-929449-03-7.
  3. Beolens 2011, G.
  4. Zoologische Staatssammlung München 2005. Accessed 19. February 2012.

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