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36. Eliades, S.J., Colston, T.J., Siler, C.D. (2022) Gut microbial ecology of Philippine gekkonids: ecoevolutionary effects on microbiome compositions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 98: fiac124; doi:

35. Gebrewold, G., Colston, T.J., Abebe, A., Kourouma, K., Najjemba, R., Mulugeta, D., Lumma, H., Getahun, D., Gindola, Y., Abdella, S., Haile, T., Zolfo, M., Vanlerberghe, V. (2022) Distribution of snake species and snakebites in hotspots of Ethiopia. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 16: 45S-51S; doi: 10.3855/jidc.15973.


34. Gippner, S., Travers, S.L., Scherz, M.D., Colston, T.J., Lyra, M.L., Mohan, A.V., Multzsch, M., Nielsen, S.V., Rancilhac, L., Glaw, F., Bauer, A.M., Vences, V. (2021) A comprehensive phylogeny of dwarf geckos of the genus Lygodactylus, with insights into their systematics and morphological variation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 165: 107311; doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107311.

33. Smith, S.N., Colston, T.J., Siler, C.D. (2021) Venomous snakes reveal ecological and phylogenetic factors influencing variation in gut and oral microbiomes. Frontiers in Microbiology 12: 657754; doi:10.3389/fmicb.2021.657754.

32. Eliades, S.J., Brown, J.C., Colston, T.J., Fisher, R.N., Niukula, J., Gray, C.K., Vadada, J., Rasalato, S., Siler, C.D. (2021) Gut microbial ecology of the Critically Endangered Fijian crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis): effects of captivity status and host reintroduction on endogenous microbiomes. Ecology & Evolution 11: 4731–4743; doi:10.1002/ece3.7373.

31. Holding, M.L., Strickland, J.L., Rautsaw, R.M., Hofmann, E.P., Mason, A.J., Hogan, M.P., Nystrom, G.S., Ellsworth, S.A., Colston, T.J., Borja, M. Castaneda-Gaytan, G., Grunwald, C., Jones, J.M., Freitas-de-Sousa, L., Margres, M.J., Grazziotin, F.G., Junqueira-de-Azevedo, I.L.M., Moura-da-Silva, A.M., Zaher, E.H., Gibbs, H.L., Rokyta, D.R., Parkinson, C.L. (2021) Phylogenetically diverse diets favor more complex venoms in North American pitvipers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 118(17): e2015579118; doi: 10.1073/pnas.2015579118.

30. Margres, M.J., Rautsaw, R.M., Strickland, J.L., Mason, A.J., Schramer, T., Hofmann, E.P., Stiers, E., Bartlett, D., Colston, T.J., Gilbert, D., Rokyta, D.R., Parkinson, C.L. (2021) The tiger rattlesnake genome reveals how a complex genotype produces the simplest venom phenotype. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 118(4): e2014634118; doi:10.1073/pnas.2014634118.

29. Holding, M., Sovic, M.G., Colston, T.J., Gibbs, H.L. (2021) The scales of coevolution: Comparative phylogeography and genetic demography of a venomous snake predator and its ground squirrel prey provide insights into local adaptation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 132(2): 297–317; doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blaa192.

28. Singhal, S., Colston, T.J., Grundler, M.R., Smith, S.A., Costa, G.C., Colli, G.R., Moritz, C., Pyron, R.A., Rabosky, D.L. (2021) Congruence and conflict in the higher-level phylogenetics of squamate reptiles: an expanded phylogenomic perspective. Systematic Biology 70(3): 542–557; doi:10.1093/sysbio/syaa054.


27. Huff, E.M., *Schonour, R.B., Holding, M.L., Claunch, N.M., Ellsworth, S.A., Hogan, M.P., Wray, K.P., McGivern, J.J., Margres, M.J., Colston, T.J., Rokyta, D.R. (2020) Gradual and discrete ontogenetic changes in venom composition in two rattlesnake species associated with shifts in dietary ecology. Toxins 12: 659; doi:10.3390/toxins12100659.

26. Colston, T.J., Kulkarni, P., Jetz, W., Pyron, R.A. (2020) Phylogenetic and spatial distribution of evolutionary diversification, isolation, and threat in turtles and crocodilians (non-avian archosauromorphs). BMC Evolutionary Biology 20: 81; doi:10.1186/s12862-020-01642-3.

25. Colston, T.J., Smith, M.L., Noonan, B.P., Pyron, R.A. (2020) Availability of recently described Ptychadena (Anura: Ptychadenidae) nomina from Ethiopia. Zootaxa 4786(2): 289–294; doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4786.2.11.

24. Colston, T.J., Pyron, R.A., Bauer, A.M. (2020) A new species of African Snake-Eyed Skink (Scincidae: Panaspis) from Ethiopia. Zootaxa 4779(2): 190–200; doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4779.2.2.

23. Vacher, J., Chave, J., Ficetola, F., Sommeria-Klein, G., Tao, S., Thébaud, C., Blanc, M., Camacho, A., Cassimiro, A., Colston, T.J., Dewynter, M., Ernst, R., Gaucher, P., Gomes, J.O., Jairam, R., Kok, P.J.R., Lima, J.D., Martinez, Q., Marty, C., Noonan, B.P., Nunes, P., Ouboter, P., Recoder, R., Trefaut Rodrigues, M., Snyder, A., de Souza, S.M., Teixeira, M., Fouquet, A. (2020) Large scale DNA-based survey of frogs in eastern Amazonia suggests a vast underestimation of species richness and endemism. Journal of Biogeography 47: 1781–1791; doi: 10.1111/jbi.13847.


22. Ul-Hasan, S., Herzig, V., Adams, R.M.M., Rodríguez-Román, E., Trim, S., Reitzel, A., Moschos, S., Nobile, C., Keiser, C.N., Petras, D., Stiers, E.E., Moran, Y., Colston, T.J. Exploring the venom ecosystem: The emerging field of venom-microbiomics and the Initiative for Venom Associated Microbes and Parasites (iVAMP). Toxicon X 4: 100016; doi: 10.1016/j.toxcx.2019.100016.

21. Portik, D.M., Bell, R.C., Blackburn, D.C., Bauer, A.M., Baratt, C.D., Branch, W.R., Burger, M., Channing, A., Colston, T.J., et al. Sexual dichromatism drives diversification within a major radiation of African amphibians. (in press at Systematic Biology—doi:

20. Pyron, R.A., Reed, R.N., Colston, T.J., Rochford, M.R. Morphology and molecular data reveal invasion of Cryptic Golden Tegus, (Tupinambis cryptus (Murphy et al. 2016)) in Florida. BioInvasions Record 8: 465–470.

19. Weinell, J.L., Branch, W.R., Colston, T.J., Jackman, T.R., Kuhn, A., Conradie, W., Bauer, A.M. (2019) A species-level phylogeny of Trachylepis (Scincidae: Mabuyinae) provides insight into their reproductive mode evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 136: 183–195.


18. Dahn, H.A., Orosio, A. Colston, T.J., Strickland, J.L., Parkinson, C.L. (2018) Hidden diversity within the depauperate genera of the snake tribe Lampropeltini (Serpentes, Colubridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129: 214­–225.

17. Arteaga, A., Salazar-Valenzuela, D., Mebert, K., Peñafiel, N., Aguiar, G., Sánchez-Nivicela, J.C., Pyron, R.A., Colston, T.J., Cisneros-Heredia, D.F., Yánez-Muñoz, M.H., Venegas, P.J., Guayasamin, J.M., Torres-Carvajal, O. (2018) Systematics of South American snail eating snakes (Serpentes, Dipsadini), with the description of five new species from Ecuador and Peru. Zoo Keys 766: 79­–147.

16. Gebrewold, G., Colston, T.J., Hurisa, B., Mengesha, A., Abate, S., Urga, K., Dagne, Kifle. (2018) Toxicity evaluation of viper snake venoms and in vivo neutralization efficacy test of FAV-AFRIQUE and VECSERA antivenoms. The Ethiopian Journal of Public Health and Nutrition 2 (2): 78–82.


15. Smith, M.L., Noonan, B.P., Colston, T.J. (2017b) Correction to: ‘The role of climatic and geological events in generating diversity in Ethiopian grass frogs (Genus Ptychadena)’ Royal Society Open Science 4: 171389.

14. *Smith, M.L., Noonan, B.P., Colston, T.J. (2017a) The role of climatic and geological events in generating diversity in Ethiopian grass frogs (Genus Ptychadena). Royal Society Open Science 4: 170021.

13. Colston, T. J. (2017) Gut microbiome transmission in lizards. Molecular Ecology 26: 972-974.


12. Ceriaco, L. M. P., Gutierrez, E. E., Dubois, A., ŦColston, T. J., et al. (2016) Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa 4196(3): 435-445.           Ŧsupporting co-author/signatory.

11. Colston, T. J., & Jackson, C. R. (2016) Invited Review: Microbiome Evolution Along Divergent Branches of the Vertebrate Tree of Life: What’s Known and Unknown Molecular Ecology 25:3776-3800.

10. Gower, D.J., Wade, E.O.Z., Spawls, S., Böhme, W., Buechley, E., Siykes, D., Colston, T.J.   (2016) A new large species of Bitis Gray, 1842 (Serpentes: Viperidae) from the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia. Zootaxa 4093(1):041-063

9. Medina, M.F., Greenbaum, E., Bauer, A., Branch, W., Schmitz, A., Conradie, W., Nagy, Z. T., Hibbitts, T.J., Ernst, R., Portik, D.M., Nielsen, S.V., Kusamba, C., Colston, T.J., Behangana, M. (2016) Phylogeny and systematics of Panaspis and Afroablepharus skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) in the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 100: 409-423


 8. Colston, T. J., Barão-Nóbrega, J.A.L., Manders, R., Lett, A., *Wilmott, J., Cameron, G., *Hunter, S., Radage, A., Littlefair, E., Williams, R.J., Lopez Cen, A., Slater, K. (2015) Amphibians and Reptiles of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, México with New Records. Check List 11(5): 1759 * – undergraduate researcher

 7. Colston, T. J., Noonan, B. P., Jackson, C.R. (2015) Phylogenetic Analysis of Bacterial Communities in Different Regions of the Gastrointestinal Tract of Agkistrodon piscivorus, the Cottonmouth Snake. PloS one10.6: e0128793


 6. Nielsen, S.V. & Colston, T. J. (2014) The phylogenetic position of Ethiopia’s sole endemic and biogeographically enigmatic cordylid lizard, Cordylus rivae (Squamata: Cordylidae), and a discussion of its conservation status. African Journal of Herpetology 63(2): 166-176


5. Henderson, R.W., Pauers, M.J., Colston, T. J. (2013) On the congruence of morphology, trophic ecology, and phylogeny in Neotropical treeboas (Squamata: Boidae: Corallus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 109:466-475

 4. Colston, T. J., Grazziotin, F.G., Shepard, D. B., Vitt, L. J., Coli, G. R., Henderson, R. W., Hedges, S. B., Bonatto, S., Zaher, H., Noonan, B.P., Burbrink, F. T. (2013) Molecular Systematics and Historical Biogeography of Tree Boas (Genus Corallus). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 66(3): 953-959

 3. Schlupp, I., Colston, T. J., Joachim, B., Riesch, R. (2013) Translocation of cave fish (Poecilia mexicana) within and between natural habitats Environmental Biology of Fishes, 22(2): 228-233


2. Riesch, R., Colston, T. J., Joachim, B. L., Schlupp, I. (2011) Natural history and life history of the Grijalva gambusia Heterophallus milleri Radda, 1987 (Teleostei: Poeciliidae). Aqua, 17(2): 95-102


 1. Colston, T. J., Costa, G. C., Vitt, L. J. (2010) Snake Diets and the Deep History Hypothesis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 101: 476-486