AG Steinfartz - Publikationen

Peer reviewed


Spitzen-van der Sluijs, A, Martel A, Asselberghs J, Bales EK, Beukema W, Bletz MC, Dalbeck L, Goverse E, Kerres A, Kinet T, Kirst K, Laudelout A, Marin da Fonte LF, Nöllert A, Ohlhoff D, Sabino-Pinto J, Schmidt BR, Speybroeck J, Spikmans F, Steinfartz S, Veith M, Vences M, Wagner N, Pasmans F, Lötters S 2016. Expanding distribution of lethal amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe. – Emerging Infectious Diseases, 22(7). (DOI: 10.3201/eid2207.160109).

Vences, M, Lyra ML, Perl RGB, Bletz MC, Stankovic D, Lopes CM, Jarek M, Bhuju S, Geffers R, Haddad CFB, Steinfartz S 2016. Freshwater vertebrate metabarcoding on Illumina platforms using double-indexed primers of the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene. – Conservation Genetics Resources, 8(1): 1-5. (DOI:10.1007/s12686-016-0550-y)

Merabet, K, Sanchez E, Dahmana A, Bogaerts S, Donaire D, Steinfartz S, Joger U, Vences M, Karar M, Moali A 2016. Phylogeographic relationships and shallow mitochondrial divergence of Algerian populations of Salamandra algira. – Amphibia-Reptilia 37: 1–8.

MacLeod A, Unsworth L, Trillmich F, Steinfartz S 2016. Mark-resight estimates confirm a critically small population size in threatened marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Salamandra, 52(1): 58-62.


Sabino-Pinto J, Bletz M, Hendrix R, Perl RGB, Martel A, Pasmans F, Lötters S, Mutschmann F, Schmeller DS, Schmidt BR, Veith M, Wagner N, Vences M, Steinfartz S 2015. First detection of the emerging fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Germany. Amphibia-Reptilia 36. (DOI:10.1163/15685381-00003008).

MacLeod A, Irisarri I, Vences M, Steinfartz S 2015. The complete mitochondrial genomes of the Galápagos iguanas, Amblyrhynchus cristatus and Conolophus subcristatus. Mitochondrial DNA (DOI:10.3109/19401736.2015.1079863)

Czypionka T, Krugman T, Altmüller J, Blaustein L, Steinfartz S, Templeton AR, Nolte AW 2015. Ecological transcriptomics – a non-lethal sampling approach for endangered fire salamanders. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12431).

MacLeod A, Rodríguez A, Vences M, Orozco-terWengel P, García C, Trillmich F, Gabriele Gentile G, Caccone A, Quezada G, Steinfartz S 2015. Hybridization masks speciation in the evolutionary history of the Galápagos marine iguana. Proceedings of the Royal Society B (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0425).

Unglaub B, Steinfartz S, Drechsler A, Schmidt B 2015. Linking habitat suitability to demography in a pond-breeding amphibian. Frontiers in Zoology. (DOI 10.1186/s12983-015-0103-3)

Reinhardt T, Steinfartz S, Weitere M 2015. Inter-annual weather variability can drive the outcome of predator prey match in ponds. Amphibia-Reptilia (DOI:10.1163/15685381-00002982)

Caspers BA, Steinfartz S, Krause ET 2015. Larval deposition behaviour and maternal investment of females reflect differential habitat adaptation in a genetically diverging salamander population. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 407-413.

Drechsler A, Helling T, Steinfartz S 2015. Genetic fingerprinting proves cross-correlated automatic photo-identification of individuals as highly effecient in large capture-mark-recapture studies. Ecology and Evolution 2015, 5(1): 141–151.


Vences M, Sanchez E, Hauswaldt JS, Eikelmann D, Rodiguez A, Carranza S, Donaire D, Gehara M, Helfer V, Lötters S, Werner P, Schulz S, Steinfartz S 2014. Nuclear and mitochondrial multilocus phylogeny and survey of alkaloid content in true salamanders oft he genus Salamandra (Salamandridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 73: 208-216.

Hendrix R, Fleck J, Schneider W, Schneider C, Geller D, Avci A, Olgun K, Steinfartz S 2014. First comprehensive insights into nuclear and mitochondrial DNA based population structure of Near East mountain brook newts (Salamandridae: genus Neurergus) suggest the resurrection of Neurergus derjugini. Amphibia-Reptilia 35 (DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002939).

Caspers BA, Krause ET, Hendrix R, Kopp M, Rupp O, Rosentreter K, Steinfartz S 2014. The more the better - polyandry and genetic similarity are positively linked to reproductive success in a natural population of terrestrial salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Molecular Ecology 23:239–250 (DOI: 10.1111/mec.12577).

Hauswaldt JS, Angelini C, Gehara M, Benavides E, Pollok A, Steinfartz S 2014. From species divergence to population structure: a multimarker approach on the most basal lineage of Salamandridae, the spectacled salamanders (genus Salamandrina) from Italy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70: 1–12 (doi.10.1016/j.ympev.2013.08.015).


Krause ET, von Engelhardt N, Steinfartz S, Trosien R, Caspers BA 2013. Ultrasonography as a minimally invasive method to assess pregnancy in the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra). Salamandra 49: 211 – 214.

Valbuena-Urena E, Steinfartz S, Carranza S 2013. Characterization of microsatellite loci markers fort he critically endangered Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). Conservation Genetics Resources (DOI 10.1007/s12686-013-0082-7).

Drechsler A, Geller D, Freund K, Schmeller D, Künzel S, Rupp O, Loyau A, Denoel M, Valbuena-Urena E, Steinfartz S 2013. What remains from a 454 run: estimation of success rates of microsatellite loci development in selected newt species (Calotriton asper, Lissotriton helveticus, and Triturus cristatus) and comparison with Illumina-based approaches. Ecology and Evolution 3: 3947-3957.

Ristau K, Steinfartz S, Traunspurger W 2013. First evidence of cryptic species diversity and significant population structure in a widespread freshwater nematode morphospecies (Tobrilus gracilis). Molecular Ecology 22(17): 4562–4575 (DOI: 10.1111/mec.12414).

Vences M, Hauswaldt S, Steinfartz S, Rupp O, et al. 2013. Radically different phylogeographies and patterns of genetic variation in two European brown frogs, genus Rana. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (doi: j.ympev.2013.04.014)

Reinhardt T, Steinfartz S, Paetzold A, Weitere M 2013. Linking the evolution of habitat choice to ecosystem functioning: Direct and indirect effects of pond-reproducing fire salamanders on aquatic - terrestrial subsidies. Oecologia online early (DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2592-0)


MacLeod A, Koch V, Garcia-Parra, Trillmich F, Steinfartz S 2012. New highly polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Galápagos marine iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus. Amphibia-Reptilia 33: 553-536.  (doi:10.1163/15685381-00002854)

Hauswaldt JS, Polok A, Angelini C, Steinfartz S 2012. First microsatellite loci for spectacled salamanders (Salamandrina perspicillata and S. terdigitata) endemic to the Apennine peninsula. Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 399-402. (doi 10.1007/s12686-011-9559-4)


Caspers B, Steinfartz S 2011. Preference fort he other sex: Olfactory sex recognition in terrestrial fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Amphibia-Reptilia 32: 503- 508.  (doi:10.1163/156853811X603265)

Krause TE, Steinfartz S, Caspers BA. 2011. Poor Nutritional Conditions During the Early Larval Stage Reduce Risk-Taking Activities of Fire Salamander Larvae (Salamandra salamandra). Ethology 117: 416–421. (doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.01886.x)

Hauswaldt JS, Angelini C, Pollok A, Steinfartz S 2011. Hybridization of two ancient salamander lineages: molecular evidence for endemic spectacled salamanders on the Apennine peninsula. Journal of Zoology 284: 248 - 256. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2011.00807.x)


Lanterbecq D, Glaberman S, Vitousek M, Steinfartz S, Wikelski M, Caccone A. 2010. Genetic differentiation between marine iguana breeding sites on the island of Santa Fé (Galápagos Archipelago). Journal of Heredity 101: 663-675. (doi:10.1093/jhered/esq067)

Hendrix R, Hauswaldt S, Veith M, Steinfartz S 2010. Strong correlation between cross-amplification success and genetic distance across all members of “True Salamanders” (Amphibia: Salamandridae) revealed by Salamandra salamandra-specific microsatellite loci. Molecular Ecology Resources. (doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02861.x)

Drechsler A, Bock D, Ortmann D, Steinfartz S 2010. Ortmann’s funnel trap – a highly efficient tool for monitoring amphibian species. Herpetology Notes 3: 13-21.


Steinfartz S, Glaberman S, Lanterbecq D, Russello M, Rosa S, Hanley TC, Marquez C, Snell HL, Snell HM, Gentile G, dell’Olmo G, Powell A, Caccone A. 2009. Progressive colonization and restricted gene flow shape island-dependent population structure in Galápagos marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:297 (doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-297)

Schlegel PA, Steinfartz S, Bulog B 2009. Non-visual physiology and magnetic orientation in the Blind Cave Salamander, Proteus anguinus (and some other cave-dwelling urodele species). Review and new results on light-sensitivity and non-visual orientation in subterranean urodeles. Animal Biology 59: 351-384.

Bock D, Hennig V, Steinfartz S 2009. The use of fish funnel traps for monitoring crested newts (Triturus cristatus) according to the Habitat Directive. Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, Supplement 15: 317-326.

Caspers B, Junge C, Weitere M, Steinfartz S 2009. Habitat adaptation rather than genetic distance correlates with female preference in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Frontiers in Zoology 6: 13. (doi:10.1186/1742-9994-6-13)


Hauswaldt JS, Fuessel J, Guenther J, Steinfartz S 2008. Eight new tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the agile frog (Rana dalmatina). Molecular Ecology Resources. 8: 1457–1459 (doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02217.x)

Veith M, Lipscher E, Öz M, Kiefer A, Baran I, Polymeni RM, Steinfartz S 2008. Cracking the nut: geographical adjacency of sister taxa supports vicariance in a polytomic salamander clade in the absence of node support. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47: 916-931 (doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.11.017)


Steinfartz S, Glaberman S, Lanterbecq D, Marquez C, Rassmann K, Caccone A 2007.  Genetic impact of a severe El Niño event on Galápagos marine iguanas. PLoS ONE 2(12): e1285. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001285)

Steinfartz S, Weitere M, Tautz D 2007. Tracing the first step to speciation - ecological and genetic differentiation of a salamander population in a small forest. Molecular Ecology 16: 4550-4561 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03490.x)

Schmidt BR, Schaub M, Steinfartz S 2007. Apparent survival of the salamander Salamandra salamandra is low because of high migratory activity. Frontiers in Zoology 4:19 (doi:10.1186/1742-9994-4-19)

Schulte U, Küsters D, Steinfartz S 2007. A PIT tag based analysis of annual movement patterns of adult fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in a Middle European habitat. Amphibia-Reptilia 28: 531-536.

Hoffman I, Steinfartz S, Wolf JBW 2007. Ten novel dinucleotide microsatellite loci cloned from the Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) are polymorphic in other pinniped species. Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 103-105 (doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01544.x)

Steinfartz S, Vicario S,. Arntzen JW, Caccone A 2007. A Bayesian approach on molecules and behaviour: reconsidering evolutionary patterns in Triturus newts  (Amphibia: Salamandridae). Journal of Experimental Zoology, part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 308B: 139-162 (doi: 10.1002/jez.b.21119)


Steinfartz S, Caccone A 2006. A set of highly discriminating microsatellite loci for the Galápagos marine iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus. Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 927-929 (doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01402.x)

Schlegel PA, Briegleb W, Bulog B, Steinfartz S 2006. Revue et nouvelles données sur la sensitivité à la lumière et orientation non-visuelle chez Proteus anguinus, Calotriton asper et Desmognathus ochrophaeus (Amphibiens urodèles hypogés). Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France 118: 1-31.

Köhler G, Steinfartz S 2006. A new subspecies of the fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra (LINNAEUS, 1758) from the Tendi valley, Asturias, Spain. Salamandra 42: 13-20.

Steinfartz S, Stemshorn K, Kuesters D, Tautz D 2006. Patterns of multiple paternity  within and between annual reproduction cycles of Salamandra salamandra under natural conditions. Journal of Zoology 268: 1-8.

Wolf J, Tautz D, Caccone A, Steinfartz S 2006. Development of new microsatellite loci and evaluation of loci from other pinniped species for the Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki). Conservation Genetics 7: 461-465.


Bonato L, Steinfartz S 2005. The evolution of the melanistic colour in the Alpine Salamander Salamandra atra. Italian Journal of Zoology 72: 253-260.

Steinfartz S, Küsters D, Tautz D 2004. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the Fire salamander Salamandra salamandra (Amphibia: Caudata). Molecular Ecology Notes 4: 626-628.

Weitere M, Tautz, D, Neumann D, Steinfartz S 2004. Adaptive divergence vs. environmental plasticity: tracing local genetic adaptation of metamorphosis traits in salamanders. Molecular Ecology 13: 1665-1677.

Veith M, Steinfartz S 2004. When non-monophyly results in taxonomic consequences – the case of Mertensiella within the Salamandridae (Amphibia: Urodela). Salamandra 40: 67-80.

Steinfartz S, Hwang U W, Tautz D, Öz M, Veith M 2002. Molecular phylogeny of the salamandrid genus Neurergus: evidence of an intrageneric switch of reproductive biology. Amphibia-Reptilia, 23: 419-431.

Steinfartz S, Veith M, Tautz D 2000. Mitochondrial sequence analysis of Salamandra taxa suggests old splits of major lineages and postglacial recolonization of Central Europe from distinct source populations of S. salamandra. Molecular Ecology, 9: 397-410.

Sparreboom M, Steinfartz S, Schultschik G 2000. Courtship behaviour of Neurergus. Apmphibia-Reptilia 21: 1-11.

Steinfartz S 1998. Über eine interessante Farbkleidveränderung bei Salamandra atra aurorae. Salamandra 34: 69-72.

Veith M, Steinfartz S, Zardoya R, Seitz A, Meyer A 1998. A molecular phylogeny of 'true' salamanders (family Salamandridae) and the evolution of terrestriality of reproductive modes. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 36: 7-16.

Mutz T, Steinfartz S 1995Mertensiella luschani flavimembris ssp.n., eine neue Unterart des Lykischen Salamanders aus der Türkei (Caudata: Salamandridae). Salamandra 31: 137-148.

Steinfartz S 1995. Zur Fortpflanzungsbiologie von Neurergus crocatus und Neurergus strauchii barani. Salamandra 31: 15-32.


Non peer reviewed

Hauswaldt JS,  Angelini C, Utzeri C, Steinfartz S 2008. Phylogeography and fine-scale population structure of the Spectacled Salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata and S. terdigitata). (pp. 291-294). In: Corti C. (ed.), 2008. Herpetologia Sardiniae. Societas Herpetologica Italica/Edizioni Belvedere, Latina, “le scienze” (8), 504 pp.

Steinfartz S, Tautz D 2002. Vor unserer Haustür entstehen neue Arten - Der Feuersalamander als ein natürliches Modell der sympatrischen Artbildung. Praxis der Naturwissenschaften 7/51 Jg. 2002, 3-8.

Schultschik G, Steinfartz S 1996. Ergebnisse einer herpetologischen Exkursion in den Iran. HERPETOZOA 9: 91-95.

Joger U, Steinfartz S 1995. Protein electrophoretic data on taxonomic problems in East Mediterranean Salamandra (Urodela:Salamandridae). Scienta Herpetologica, 1995, 33-36.

Joger U, Steinfartz S 1994. Electrophoretic Investigations in the Evolutionary History of the West Mediterranean Salamandra. Mertensiella 4: 241-254.

Joger U, Steinfartz S 1994. Zur subspezifischen Gliederung der südiberischen Feuersalamander (Salamandra salamandra-Komplex). Abhandlungen und Berichte für Naturkunde 17: 83-98.

Steinfartz, S 1993. Über eine Nachzucht von Heloderma suspectum im Terrarium. SAURIA 15: 3-8.

Steinfartz, S 1990. Der Feuersalamander als Salamandra salamandra infraimmaculata in Israel. SAURIA 12: 23-28.


Book chapters

Steinfartz S 2011. When hotspots meet: the Galápagos islands – a hotspot of species endemism based on a volcanic hotspot centre. Pages 453 – 468. In: Habel, J. C., Zachos, F. (Eds): Biodiversity hotspots, Springer Verlag.

Steinfartz S, Mutz T 1998. Mertensiella luschani (Steindachner, 1891) - Lykischer Salamander , Kleinasiatischer Salamander. In: Grossenbacher, K., Thiesmeier, B. (Eds.): Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, vol. 4/1:Schwanzlurche, pp. 367-397. Wiesbaden (Aula).

Franzen M, Steinfartz S 1998. Mertensiella - Kleinasiatische Salamander. In: Grossenbacher, K., Thiesmeier, B. (Eds.): Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, vol. 4/1:Schwanzlurche, pp. 323-328. Wiesbaden (Aula).

News and reports on my research

Auf Darwins Spuren. Bild der Wissenschaft Heft 6 (2002), p. 8 .

Von Feuersalamandern und neuen Arten (2003). DFG-Journal `forschung´, 2003 (1), pp. 16-18.

The Fire salamander: source for new species. German Research 2/2003, pp. 14-16.

Feuersalamander: Artbildung vor der Haustür. Jannis Ziemek; DATZ 2008: pp 72-73.