פרופ' שי מאירי

סגל אקדמי בכיר בביה"ס לזואולוגיה
ביה"ס לזואולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר



2000-2004 Ph.D; Zoology, Tel Aviv University
1999-2000 M.Sc.; Zoology, Tel Aviv University
1997-1999 B.Sc.; Biology, Tel Aviv University


Academic Appointments:

2009-present Staff, Tel Aviv University
2005-2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College in London
2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tel Aviv University


Research Interests

last edit: July 2023



​We are interested in the different ways animal morphology and natural history becomes adapted to their biotic and abiotic environment. Some traits are extremely labile within species even across very restricted spatial scales (such as a group of islands) and temporal scales. Significant morphological changes can sometimes be detected over the course of a century or less, and presumably, they are evolutionary and adaptive.
We study natural history, life history, physiology and morphological variation within and between species at different spatial and temporal scales, and then compare the patterns of variation shown in whole clades or regions, to search for common evolutionary mechanisms that drive them. We mainly study reptiles, and often land vertebrates as a whole, both as models for biodiversity in general and because, well, they are fascinating in their own right!!

Our interests thus lay at an intersection of Evolutionary Biology, Biogeography, Macroecology and Zoology (mainly Herpetology, also Mammalogy and Ornithology, but we had and have projects on fish, frogs, and even, though we wil not always admit it, on arthropods)

We use four main approaches to study the phenomena we are interested in: Macroecological, Museum specimen based, lab based and field-based. We use published data, data we generate in the field, molecular data we obtain from specimens, and natural history, behavioural observations, life history data, and physiological data obtained in the field and in the lab

Macroecology & Conservation

The advantage of macroecology is that phenomena are studied at very large spatial, temporal and phylogenetic scales, enabling generalizations to be valid. A macroecological approach also allows us not to leave the air-conditioned lab during the Israeli summer. Or macroecological work mainly focuses on the diversity, life history and reproduction, ecology and island biogeography of reptiles. This often neglected group of terrestrial vertebrates is species rich (it is the largest tetrapod class) and highly variable. Reptiles are beautiful and fascinating animals as everyone who has studied them closely can attest. We are trying to erect a global dataset of the geographic ranges, ecological, morphological and natural history traits, as well as the phylogenetic relationships of reptiles that will allow us to seek patterns and test hypotheses regarding their evolution. We now also focus much attention on conservation and conservation planning, species assessments (Shai is the redlisting authority for the skink specialist group). This is done in collaboration with many scientists, especially Uri Roll and Dave Chapple

With the help David Orme,  Rich Grenyer, Aaron Bauer, and the members of our Global Assessment of Reptile Distributions working-group (GARD), we examine factors that affect the distribution and evolution of lizards.  We are trying mapping reptile distribution globally (a work that many of the lab's best alumni, especially Anat in charge of snakes, Yuval of tortoises, crocs and the tuatara, and Maria taking care of small-island reptiles led successfuly). Our wonderful collaborator, Uri Roll  is making the calls that require a responsible-adult. We study diversity patterns (e.g., Tal Raz's work), as well as other macroecological phenomena (relationships of features such as body size, range size, range position, macropgysiology, taxonomic trends, and trait geography etc.).  Enav studied the distribution of Palearctic lizards as well as their functional diversity, comparing them to the nested subset of Israeli lizards to examine the effect of scale on these metrics, as part of her PhD project (co-supervised by Yoni Belmaker). Nowadays Chen studies the diversity of burrowing reptiles, and Anuj studies the distribution of reptile activity times, whereas Anna studies the distribution of life history traits.

With Gopal Murali, a former postdoc at ours and Uri Roll's the lab, we study diversification rates of squamates, and of vertebrates in general. We aim to simultaneously test multiple hypotheses related to causes of variation in diversification rates - see here for details. Gabriel Caetano, meanwhile, looks at new ways to classify and assess extintion risk and threat status of reptiles, both using supervised machine learning methods to assign species with IUCN-like evaluations, and unsupervised methods to acheive a more nuanced view that more readily incorporates future threats, such as those of land-use change and climate change (which Gopal also studies intensively).
We are now working on producing better reptile maps, better assessments, and better trait data, to ask multiple questions regarding trait evolution and conservation status, among other things (and there is always room for the prospective student). Reut studies the combined effects of the double-whanmmy of climate and land use change on tetrapod extinction risk under several global change scenarios. Ben meanwhile is preparing a new red-list for Israeli reptiles and aim to work on invasive lizards in Israel, their spread, and how to mitigate their effects.

"No statistical procedure can substitute for serious thinking about alternative evolutionary scenarios and their credibility"   Westoby, Leishman and Lord, 1995. On misinterpreting 'phylogenetic correction. Journal of Ecology 83: 531-534.

Biodiversity, Phylogeny & Taxonomy of reptiles

We aim to help resolve the phylogeny, taxonomy and distribution of  reptiles worldwide, and especially in Israel  Thus, for example, we established the number, identity, phylogeography and distribution of Israeli "thin" racers of the Platyceps rhodorachis/saharicus/tesselata/ladacensis complex (Guy's MSc. project, which was done in collaboration with Roi Dor, there is only one: P. saharicus), and Simon's project on Micrelaps (again there is only one in Israel). Some of the lab's postdocs and former postdocs are actively working on deciphering the diversity of Israeli reptiles using molecular and morphological taxonomy methods. Thus for example Karin and Alex are working on Hemidactylus,  Tali and Marco are working on Chalcides sepsoides (and the Amaonian Plica), Tali also works on Myriopholis, and Marco studies the taxonomy of multiple reptile taxa including Elaphe and ​Pseudopus (with Daniel Jablonski), Tropiocolotes geckos, Telescopus snakes and other taxa. Roberta Graboski Mendes works (with Aaron Bauer) on a broad phylogenetic survey of all Israeli reptiles both within the country and by comparing them to populations ranging from the Sahara and the Sahel to southern Europe and the deserts of Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula.
The region as a whole, from Algeria, Chad and Lybia in the west, Sudan and S. Sudan and even further in the south, Lebanon and Syria in the north, and Jordan and Iraq in the east, as well as Israel itself, has a rich reptilian fauna that went mostly unstudied in terms of taxonomy and molecular phylogenetics. We hope to take steps to amend this (and are always happy to collaborate, and train new students in relevant methods).

Other taxa & projects

Quite often we study animals that are (horor, shock) not tetrapods. Thus Miachaela studies the ecology and phylogenetics of larval fishes, through their ontogenetic development (with Roi Holzman), Guy studies the taxonomy and phylogeny of Israeli leaf hoppers (Insecta: Hemiptera; with Christopher Dietrich), and the vertebrate and invertebrate communities of Mediterranean temporary pools are studied by Yan and Shoham (with Frida Ben-Ami) - looking at the factors contributing to their biodiversity and whether they promote biodiversity not only in winter when the pools are full but also in summer when they are dry.  Lastly, Adva studies an extinct tetrapod, a mammal, the water vole - and assesses its Pleistocene and Holocene populations (with Nimrod Marom) as well as the feasibility of its reintroductions. We aim to expand our probing into the biodiversity of Israel's Pleistocene and Holocene mammal fauna, collaborating with NimrodMeirav Meiri (yes, there is a relation), and Guy Bar-Oz.


We examine and measure museum specimens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles in museums across the world in order to study both current patterns of diversity and body size evolution – and temporal changes in both these axes that may have important conservation implications as well as teach us important lessons regarding the tempo and mode of evolution. Thus, for example, we study,  body size changes in recent time in relation to climate change and other anthropogenic influences with Inon Scharf - and as part of the PhD project of Shahar.

We likewise acquired a large dataset of carnivore skull and teeth measurements (currently > 24600 measured specimens belonging to 248 – nearly all carnivore species) and a slightly smaller dataset (~1000 specimens) of treeshrew measurements. We use these data mainly to examine the forces that affect body size evolution (often in collaboration with Tamar Dayan  and Dan Simberloff), especially in relation to insularity, climate, resources, and community composition.
And of course we use museum specimens from the collections of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and other institutions, for mapping species distributions (e.g., with Uri Roll and Enav Vidan), studying taxonomy and phylogeny (see above) as well as morphological evolution.

“...What is needed in a collection of natural history is, that it should be made as accessible and as useful as possible on the one hand to the general public, and on the other to scientific workers...  What the public want is easy and unhindered access to such a collection as they can understand and appreciate ; and what the men of science want is similar access to the materials of science. To this end the vast mass of objects of natural history should be divided into two parts, -one open to the public, the other to men of science, every day, and all day long." Tomas Henry Huxley 1877. On the study of biology. American Naturalist, 11: 210-221.

Field studies

We don’t participate in nearly as many field studies as we would like (but we’re working on remedying this). We are trying to survey the Israeli Herpetofauna and soricofauna (now here’s a term we assume no one has ever used before! shrew fauna) in the field. We also have a fascinating collaborative study (with Panayiotis Pafilis  in the University of Athens) where we study the life history of the lizards Podarcis erhardii and Podarcis gaigeae, and the geckos Mediodactylus kotschyi and Hemidactylus turcicus, as well as other lizards and snakes, on various islands in the Aegean Sea, GreeceThese small lizards (the lacertids similar to Israeli Phoenicolacerta laevis) often become larger on small islets, but sometimes grow smaller. Podarcis gaigeae get especially large on a speck of rock that different cartographers argue should be called either Mesa Diavates or Exo Diavates – a giant Diavates male can attain a mass of 20 grams, 3 times heavier than a mainland male. We do field work on Skyros and its adjacent islands, and especially, in the Cyclades Archipelago, and sometimes on other Greek islands trying to quantify morphological, life history, physiological endocrinological and behavioural differences between population inhabiting different islands (genetic differences were found to be minimal, but we are looking further into that as well, with Nikos Poulakakis). We also look hard for possible drivers for the observed differences, especially those related to arthropod abundance, vegetation structure, goat and sheep grazing, sea bird nesting and the usual suspects of island biogeography theory (area and isolation). We compare various traits and their variances between islands and to mainland populations. Rachel  is studying these lizards in Greece - and the tree gecko (M. orientalis/ M. kotschyi, interestingly it is not a tree gecko in Greece, but is mostly saxicolous there) in Israel as well.
Simon's project looking at the natural history of little-known Israeli snakes and lizards: Eirenis decemlineata, Ophiomorus latastii, and Micrelaps muelleri) across the Mediterranean biome in Israel. Rachel is studying microhabitat and its effects on Israeli reptiles along a climatic gradient. We try to study basic natural history of Israeli reptiles - and their conservation need, in the field as much as we can.

Reptile physiology

Rachel studies the effect of micro and macrohabitats on gecko physiology (water loss, digestive efficiency,  metabolic rates, temperature preference), managing more PIs than anyone else, being formally co-supervised by Dave Chapple, but collaborating with Panayiotis PafilisEran GefenEran Levin and potentially others I forgot. Shahar is taking a comparative approach, both macroecological and field and lab based, to study the effects that the diel cycle, thermal behaviour, season (brummating vs. active individuals), and geography, have on reptile metabolism, thermal traits, water loss rates, fatty acid utiization, and organ size (all in the lab of Eran Levin)



Bar, A., Haimovitch, G. and Meiri, S. 2021. Field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Israel. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main. ISBN 9783-89973-120-0.


Meiri, S.  SquamBase – a database of squamate (Reptilia: Squamata) traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography In Press.

Dubiner, S….. and Meiri, S. A global analysis of field body temperatures of active squamates in relation to climate and behaviour. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi: 10.1111/geb.13808. In Press

Dubiner, S…, Levin, E. and Meiri, S. Seasonal remodeling of visceral organs in the invasive desert gecko Tarentola annularis. Integrative Zoology, in Press.

Wotherspoon, L., Caetano, G. H. O., Roll, U., Meiri, S., Tingley, R. and Chapple, D. G. Inferring the extinction risk of Data Deficient and Not Evaluated Australian Squamates. Austral Ecology. Doi: 10.1111/aec.13485, in Press.

Lindken, T., Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sanchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D.  T., Jahnig, S. C., Jeschke, J.  M., Kennerley, R.  J., Lacher, T. E., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, S., Pasachnik, S. A., Reynoso, V. H., Stanford, C. B., Stephenson, P. J., Tolley, K. A., Torres- Carvajal, O., Waldien, D. L., Woinarski, J. C. Z. and Evans, T. 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.17107

Greenspoon, L., Rosenberg, Y., Meiri, S., Roll, U., Noor, E. and Milo, R. 2024. Reply to Santini et al.: Total population reports are necessary for global biomass estimation of wild mammals. PNAS 121: e2316314121. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2316314121


Raz, T., Allison, A., Avila, L. J., Bauer, A. M., Böhm, M., Caetano, G. H. O., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Doughty, P., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., Martins, M., Morando, M., Murali, G., Nagy, Z. T., Nogueira, C. C., Novosolov, M., Oliver, P. M., Passos, P., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Sindaco, R., Slavenko, A., Torres-Carvajal, O., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Zimin, A., Roll, U. and Meiri, S. 2024. Diversity gradients of terrestrial vertebrates - substantial variations about a common theme. Journal of Zoology, doi:10.1111/jzo.13130.

Chapple, D. G., Slavenko, A., Tingley, R., Farquhar, J. E., Camaiti, M., Roll, U. and Meiri, S. 2023. Built for success: Distribution, morphology, ecology and life history of the world's skinks. Ecology and Evolution 13: e10791. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10791

Shine, R., Meiri, S., Shine, T. G., Brown, G. P. and Goiran, C. 2023. The adaptive significance of large size at birth in marine snakes. Royal Society Open Science 10: 231429. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.231429

Bar, A. and Meiri, S. 2023. The Darwin award for snakes? Black whip snake, Dolichophis jugularis (Linnaeus, 1758) failed to eat a hedgehog in Israel. Herpetology Notes, 16: 877-879.

Banfi, F., Meiri, S., Shine, R., Van Damme, R. and Baeckens, S. 2023. Foraging mode constrains the evolution of cephalic horns in lizards and snakes. Biology Letters 19: 20230395. doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2023.0395

Liang, T. and Meiri, S. 2024. Lizard richness in mainland China is more strongly correlated with energy and climatic stability than with diversification rates. Journal of Biogeography 51: 140-155. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.14736

Dubiner, S., Jamison, S., Meiri, S. and Levin, E. 2023. Squamate metabolic rates decrease in winter beyond the effect of temperature. Journal of Animal Ecology 92: 2163-2174. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13997

Baeckens, S., Meiri, S. and Shine, R. 2023. Foraging mode affects extinction risk of snakes and lizards, but in different ways. Conservation Letters, 16: e12977. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12977

Schwarz, R., Stark, G., Levin, E., Chapple, D. G. and Meiri, S. 2023. Ecophysiological trait variation in desert versus Mediterranean populations of a gecko. Journal of Zoology, 321: 260-277. doi:10.1111/jzo.13116.

Ali, J. and Meiri, S. 2023. Ontogeny of islands associated with mantle-plume hotspots and its bearing on biogeographical models. Evolving Earth, 1: 100007. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eve.2023.100007

Chaitanya, R., Mcguire, J. A., Karanth, P. and Meiri, S. 2023. Their fates intertwined: Diversification patterns of the Asian gliding vertebrates may have been forged by dipterocarp trees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B., 290: 20231379. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2023.1379.

Shelomi, M. and Meiri, S. 2023. A practical guide to collections-based research on ecogeographic rules. Ecology and Evolution, 13: e10211. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10211

Murali, G., Meiri, S. and Roll, U. 2023. Chemical signaling glands are unlinked to species diversification in lizards. Evolution, 77: 1829–1841. https://doi.org/10.1093/evolut/qpad101

Dubiner, S., Meiri, S. and Levin, E. 2023. War prompts distress symptoms in Israeli blind snake. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 15: 23452–23454. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.8336.15.6.23452-23454

Vardi, R., Dubiner, S., Ben Bezalel, R., Meiri, S. and Levin, E. 2023. Do urban habitats induce physiological changes in Mediterranean lizards? Journal of Zoology https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.13089

Falaschi, M., Marta, S., Parrino, E. L., Roll, U., Meiri, S. and Ficetola, G. F. 2023. Global bioregions of reptiles confirm the consistency of bioregionalization processes across vertebrate clades. Global Ecology and Biogeography 32: 1272-1284. doi: 10.1111/geb.13694

Mi, C., Ma, L., Yang, M., Li, X., Meiri, S., Roll, U., Oskyrko, O., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Harvey, L., Jablonski, D., Safaei-Mahroo, B., Ghaffari, H., Smid, J., Jarvie, S., Mwangi, R., Masroor, R., Kazemi, S., Nneji, L., Fokoua, A., Taboue, G. C. T., Bauer, A. M., Nogueira, C. C., Meirte, D., Chapple, D., Das, I., Grismer, L. L., Avila, L., Ribeiro-Junior, M. A., Tallowin, O. J. S., Torres-Carvajal, O., Wagner, P., Ron, S., Wang, Y., Itescu, Y., Nagy, Z. T., Wilcove, D., Liu, X. and Du, W. 2023. Global protected areas as refuges for amphibians and reptiles under climate change. Nature Communications, 14: 1389. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-36987-y

Vardi, R., Dubiner, S., Ben Bezalel, R., Meiri, S. and Levin, E. 2023. Metabolic rate and evaporative water loss during a shedding event in the Mediterranean house gecko Hemidactylus turcicus. Reptiles & Amphibians 30: e18050. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v30i1.18050

Murali, G., Iwamura, T., Meiri, S. and Roll, U. 2023. Future temperature extremes threaten land vertebrates. Nature 615: 461–467. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-05606-z.

Greenspoon, L., Krieger, E., Sender, R., Rosenberg, Y., Bar-On, Y. M., Moran, U., Antman, T., Meiri, S., Roll, U., Noor, E. and Milo, R. 2023. The global biomass of wild mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 120: e2204892120. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.2204892120.

Jablonski, D., Ribeiro‑Júnior, M. A., Simonov, E., Šoltys, K. and Meiri, S. 2023. A new, rare, small‑ranged, and endangered mountain snake of the genus Elaphe from the Southern Levant. Scientific Reports 13: 4839. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-30878-4.

Meiri, S., Chapple, D. G., Tolley, K. A., Mitchell, N., Laniado, T., Cox, N., Bowls, P., Young, B. E., Caetano, G., Geschke, J., Böhm, M. and Roll, U. 2023. Done but not dusted: reflections on the first global reptile assessment and priorities for the second. Biological Conservation, 278: 109879. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109879

Slavenko, A., Allison, A., Austin, C., Bauer, A., Brown, R., Fisher, R., Ineich, I., Iova, B., Karin, B., Kraus, F., Mecke, S., Meiri, S., Morrison, C., Oliver, P. M., O'Shea, M., Richmond, J. Q., Shea, G. M., Tallowin, O. J. S. and Chapple, D. G. 2023. Skinks of Oceania, New Guinea, and Eastern Wallacea: an underexplored biodiversity hotspot. Pacific Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC22034

Das, S., Greenbaum, E., Meiri, S., Bauer, A. M., Burbrink, F. T., Raxworthy, C. J., Weinell, J. L., Brown, R. M., Brecko, J., Pauwels, O. S. G., Rabibisoa, N., Raselimanana, A. P. and Merilä, J. 2023. Ultraconserved elements-based phylogenomic systematics of the snake superfamily Elapoidea, with the description of a new Afro-Asian family. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 180: 107700. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107700.

Camaiti, M., Evans, A. R., Hipsley, C. A., Hutchinson, M. N., Meiri, S., Anderson, R. O., Slavenko, A. and Chapple, D. G. 2023. Macroecological and biogeographical patterns of limb reduction in the world's skinks. Journal of Biogeography doi: 10.1111/jbi.14547


Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., Koch, C., Flecks, M., Calvo, M. and Meiri, S. 2022. Dwarves in a big world: two new species of Tropiocolotes (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Sahara Desert, with the first detailed skull description to the genus. Journal of Herpetology 56: 396–421. https://doi.org/10.1670/20-103

Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A. M., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., Caetano, G. H. O., Herrera, F. C., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Martins, M., Morando, M., Murali, G., Nagy, Z. T., Novosolov, M., Oliver, P., Passos, P., Pauwels, O. S. G., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Ribeiro-Junior, M. A., Shea, G., Tingley, R., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J-F., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Roll, U*. and Meiri, S*. 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 31: 2437-2452. doi: 10.1111/geb.13598.

Meiri, S. and Levin, E. 2022. Revisiting life history and morphological proxies for early mammaliaform metabolic rates. Nature Communications 13: 5562. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32715-0

Caetano, G. H. O., Chapple, D. G., Grenyer, R., Raz, T., Rosenblatt, J., Tingley, R., Böhm, M., Meiri, S. and Roll, U. 2022. Automated assessment reveals that the extinction risk of reptiles is widely underestimated across space and phylogeny. PloS Biology, 20: e3001544. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001544

Cox, N., Young, B. E., Bowles, P., Fernandez, M., Marin, J., Rapacciuolo, G., Böhm, M., Brooks, T. M., Hedges, S. B., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Jenkins, R. K. B., Tognelli, M. F., Alexander, G. J., Allison, A., Ananjeva, N. B., Auliya, M., Avila, L. J., Chapple, D. G., Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., Cogger, H. G., Colli, G. R., de Silva, A., Eisemberg, C. C., Els, J., Fong, A. G., Grant, T. D., Hitchmough, R. A., Iskandar, D. T., Kidera, N., Martins, M., Meiri, S., Mitchell, N. J., Molur, S., Nogueira, C. C., Ortiz, J. C., Penner, J., Rhodin, A. G. J., Rivas, G., Rödel, M-O., Roll, U., Sanders, K. L., Santos-Barrera, G., Shea, G. M., Spawls, S., Stuart, B. L., Tolley, K. A., Trape, J-F., Vidal, M. A., Wagner, P., Wallace, B. P. and Xie, Y. 2022. A global reptile assessment highlights shared conservation needs of tetrapods. Nature, 605: 285–290. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04664-7.

Anderson, R. O., Meiri, S. and Chapple, D. G. 2022. The biogeography of warming tolerance in lizards. Journal of Biogeography 49: 1274-1285.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14380

Camaiti, M., Evans, A. R., Hipsley, C. A., Meiri, S., Hutchinson, M. N., Anderson, R. O., Slavenko, A. and Chapple. D. G. 2022. A database of the morphology, ecology and literature of the world’s limb-reduced skinks. Journal of Biogeography 49: 1397-1406. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14392.

Murali, G., Caetano, G. H. O., Barki, G., Meiri, S.* and Roll, U.* 2022. Emphasizing declining populations in the Living Planet Report. Nature 601: E20–E24. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04165-z.

Slavenko, A., Dror, L., Camaiti, M., Farquhar, J. E., Shea, G. M., Chapple, D. G. and Meiri, S. 2022. Evolution of diel activity patterns in skinks (Squamata: Scincidae), the world’s second-largest family of terrestrial vertebrates. Evolution, 76: 1195–1208. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14482.

Dembitzer, J., Barkai, R., Ben-Dor, M. and Meiri, S. 2022. Is it all about elephants? Explaining prey size decline in the Paleolithic Southern Levant. Quaternary Science Reviews 285: 107476. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107476.

Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., Tamar, K., Maza, E., Flecks, M., Wagner, P., Shacham, B., Calvo, M., Geniez, P., Crochet, P.-A., Koch, C. and Meiri, S. 2022. Taxonomic revision of the Tropiocolotes nattereri (Squamata, Gekkonidae) species complex, with the description of a new species from Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Zoologica Scripta, 51: 288-309. https://doi.org/10.1111/zsc.12532.

Dembitzer, J., Castiglione, S., Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2022. Small brains predisposed Late Quaternary mammals to extinction. Scientific Reports, 12: 3453. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07327-9.

Dubiner, S. and Meiri, S. 2022. Widespread recent changes in morphology of Old-World birds, global warming the immediate suspect. Global Ecology & Biogeography 31: 791-801. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13474.

Meiri, S. 2022. Population sizes of Tyrannosaurus rex cannot be precisely estimated. Frontiers in Biogeography, 4: e53781. https://doi.org/10.21425/F5FBG53781.

Dembitzer, J., Barkai, R., Ben-Dor, M. and Meiri, S. 2022. Levantine overkill: 1.5 million years of hunting down the body size distribution. Quaternary Science Reviews 276: 107316.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107316

Chaitanya, R. and Meiri, S. 2022. Can’t see the wood for the trees? Canopy physiognomy influences the distribution of peninsular Indian flying lizards. Journal of Biogeography 49: 1-12. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14298

Formenti, G., Theissinger, K., Fernandes, C., Bista, I., Bombarely, A., Bleidorn, C., Ciofi, C., Crottini, A., Godoy, J. A., Höglund, J.,Malukiewicz, J., Mouton, A., Oomen, R. A., Paez, S., Palsbøll, P. J., Pampoulie, C., Ruiz-Lopez, M. J., Svardal, H., Theofanopoulou, C., de Vries, J., Waldvogel, A-M., Zhang, G., Mazzoni, C. J., Jarvis, E. D., Bálint, M. and the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) Consortium (incl. Meiri, S.). 2022. The era of reference genomes in conservation genomics. Trend in Ecology and Evolution 2940, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2021.11.008.

Schwarz, R., Dror, L., Stark, G., Gefen, E., Kronfeld-Schor, N., Chapple, D. G. and Meiri, S. 2022. Conserved ecophysiology despite disparate microclimatic conditions in a gecko. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A, 337: 316-328. DOI: 10.1002/jez.2568​.


Barter, M., Bonifacio, L. R., Duran, A., Goulet, C. T., Tingley, R., Shea, G. M., Meiri, S*. and Chapple, D. G*. 2021. Predictors of geographic range size in Australian skinks. Global Ecology & Biogeography doi: 10.1111/geb.13419.

Murali, G., Gumbs, R., Meiri, S. and Roll, U. 2021. Global determinants and conservation of evolutionary and geographic rarity in land vertebrates. Science Advances 7: eabe5582. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abe5582.

Diniz-Filho, J. A. F., Meiri, S., Hortal, J., Santos, A. M. and Raia, P. 2021. Too simple models may predict the island rule for the wrong reasons. Ecology Letters 24: 2521-2523., doi: 10.1111/ele.13878.

Jung, M., Arnell, A., de Lamo, X., Garcia-Rangel, S., Lewis, M., Mark, J., Merow, C., Miles, L., Ondo, I., Pironon, S., Ravilious, C., Rivers, M., Schepashenko, D., Tallowin, O., van Soesbergen, A., Govaerts, R., Boyle, B. L., Enquist, B. J., Feng, X., Gallagher, R., Maitner, B., Meiri, S., Mulligan, M., Ofer, G., Roll, U., Hanson, J. O., Jetz, W., Di Marco, M., McGowan, J., Rinnan, D. S., Sachs, J. D., Lesiv, M., Adams, V. M., Andrew, S. C., Burger, J. R., Hannah, L., Marquet, P. A., McCarthy, J. K., Morueta-Holme, N., Newman, E. A., Park, D. S., Roehrdanz, P. R., Svenning, J-C., Violle, C., Wieringa, J. J., Wynne, G., Fritz , Strassburg, B. B. N., Obersteiner, M., Kapos, V., Burgess, N., Schmidt-Traub, G.  and Visconti, P. 2021. Areas of global importance for conserving terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5: 1499–1509. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01528-7

Fromm, A. and Meiri, S. 2021. Big, flightless, insular and dead: Characterising the extinct birds of the Quaternary. Journal of Biogeography, 48: 2350-2359. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14140.

Slavenko, A., Tamar, K., Tallowin, O. J. S., Kraus, F., Allison, A., Carranza, S. and Meiri, S. 2022. Revision of the montane New Guinean skink genus Lobulia (Squamata: Scincidae), with the description of four new genera and nine new species​. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 195: 220-278. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab052.

Liang, T., Meiri, S*. and Shi, L. 2021. Sexual size dimorphism in lizards: Rensch’s rule, reproductive mode, clutch size, and line fitting method effects. Integrative Zoology17: 787-803. https://doi.org/10.1111/1749-4877.12569. *: equal contribution.

Wahle, A., Rodder, D., Chapple, D. G., Meiri, S., Rauhaus, A. and Ziegler, T. 2021. Skinks in Zoos: A global approach on distribution patterns of threatened Scincidae in zoological institutions. Global Ecology & Conservation 30: e01800.

Chapple, D. G., Roll, U., Bohm, M., Aguilar, R., Amey, A. P., Austin, C., C., Baling, M., Barley, A. J., Bates, M. F., Bauer, A. M., Blackburn, D. G., Bowles, P., Brown, R. M., Chandramouli, S. R., Chirio, L., Cogger, H., Colli, G. R., Conradie, W., Couper, P. J., Cowan, M. A., Craig, M. D., Das, I., Datta-Roy, A., Dickman, C. R., Ellis, R. J., Fenner, A. L., Ford, S., Ganesh, S. R., Gardner, M. G., Geissler, P., Gillespie, G. R., Glaw, F., Greenlees, M. J., Griffith, O. W., Grismer, L. L., Haines, M. L., Harris, D. J., Hedges, S. B., Hitchmough, R. A., Hoskin, C. J., Hutchinson, M. N., Ineich, I., Janssen, J., Johnston, G. R., Karin, B. R.,  Keogh, J. S., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Lymberakis, P., Masroor, R., McDonald, P. J., Mecke, S., Melville, J., Melzer, S., Michael, D. R., Miralles, A., Mitchell, N. J., Nelson, N. J., Nguyen, T. Q., Nogueira, C. C., Ota, H., Pafilis, P., Pauwels, O. S. G., Perera, A., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Reed, R. N., Ribeiro-Junior, M. A., Riley, J. L., Rocha, S., Rutherford, P. L., Sadlier, R. A., Shacham, B., Shea, G. M., Shine, R., Slavenko, A., Stow, A., Sumner, J., Tallowin, O. J. S., Teale, R., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J-F., Uetz, P., Ukuwela, K. D. B., Valentine, L., Van Dyke, J. U., van Winkel, D., Vasconcelos, R., Vences, M., Wagner, P., Wapstra, E., While, G. M., Whiting, M. J., Whittington, C. M., Wilson, S., Ziegler, T., Tingley, R. and Meiri, S. 2021. Conservation status of the world’s skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and geographic patterns in extinction risk. Biological Conservation 257: 109101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109101

Schwarz, R., Stark, G., Antonopolous, A., Itescu, Y., Pafilis, P., Chapple, D. G. and Meiri, S. 2021. Specialist versus generalist at the intraspecific level: functional morphology and substrate preference of Mediodactylus kotschyi geckos. Integrative and Comparative Biology 61: 62–75. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icab066

Meiri, S., Murali, G., Zimin, A., Shak, L., Itescu, Y., Caetano, G. and Roll, U. 2021. Different solutions lead to similar life history traits across the great divides of the amniote tree of life. Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki 28: 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40709-021-00134-9.

Senior, A., Bohm, M., Johnstone, C., McGee, M., Meiri, S., Chapple, D. G. and Tingley, R. 2021. Correlates of extinction risk in Australian squamate reptiles. Journal of Biogeography 48: 2144-2152. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14140.

Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., Sanchez-Martinez, P. M., Moraes, L. J. C. L., de Oliveira, U. S. C., de Carvalho, V. T., Pavan, D., Choueri, E. H. L., Werneck, F. P. and Meiri, S. 2021. Uncovering hidden species diversity of alopoglossid lizards in Amazonia, with the description of three new species of Alopoglossus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmoidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59: 1322-1356. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12481

Norris, J., Tingley, R., Meiri, S. and Chapple, D. 2021. Environmental correlates of morphological diversity in Australian geckos. Global Ecology & Biogeography 30: 1086-1100. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13284

Pincheira-Donoso, D., Harvey, L., Cotter, S., Meiri, S. and Hodgson, D. 2021. The global macroecology of brood size in amphibians reveals a predisposition of low-fecundity species to extinction. Global Ecology & Biogeography 30: 1299–1310. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13287

Slavenko, A., Allison, A. Meiri, S. 2021. Elevation is a stronger predictor of morphological trait divergence than competition in a radiation of tropical lizards. Journal of Animal Ecology 90: 917-930. Doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13420

Itescu, Y., Foufopoulos, J., Schwarz, R., Lymberakis, P., Slavenko, A., Gavriilidi, I-A., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2021. The island of extremes: giants and dwarfs on a small remote island. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 28: 225-230.

Meiri, S. and Liang, T. 2021. Rensch’s rule – definitions and statistics. Global Ecology & Biogeography 30: 573-577. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13255.

Jablonski, D., Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., Meiri, S., Maza, E., Kukushkin, O. V., Chirikova, M., Pirosová, A., Jelić, D., Mikulíček, P. and Jandzik, D. 2021. Morphological and genetic differentiation in the anguid lizard Pseudopus apodus supports the existence of an endemic subspecies in the Levant. Vertebrate Zoology, 71: 175-200. Doi: 10.3897/vz.71.e60800


Jamison, S., Maza, E., Sinaiko, G., Tamar, K., Slavenko, A. and Meiri, S. 2020. To be or not to be tchernovi: a taxonomic revision of the snake genus Micrelaps (Squamata: Serpentes), in Israel. Zootaxa, 4881: 290–306.

Meiri, S., Avila, L., Bauer, A. M., Chapple, D. G., Das, I., Doan, T. M., Doughty, P., Ellis, R., Grismer, L. L., Kraus, F., Morando, M., Oliver, P. M., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Ribeiro-Junior, M. A., Shea, G., Torres-Carvajal, O., Slavenko, A. and Roll, U. 2020. The global diversity and distribution of lizard clutch sizes. Global Ecology & Biogeography 29: 1515–1530. DOI:10.1111/geb.13124.

Ribeiro-Junior, M. A., Meiri, S. and Fouquet, A. 2020. A new species of Alopoglossus Boulenger (1885) (Squamata, Alopoglossidae) from the lowlands of the Eastern Guiana Shield, with assessment of the taxonomic status of A. copii surinamensis. Journal of Herpetology, 54: 427–445.

Gumbs, R., Gray, C., Böhm, M., Hoffmann, M., Grenyer, R., Jetz, W., Meiri, S., Roll, U., Owen, N. and Rosindell, J. 2020. Global priorities for conservation of reptilian phylogenetic diversity in the face of human impacts. Nature Communications 11: 2616. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16410-6.

Shpirer, E., Haddas-Sasson, M., Spivak-Glater, M., Feldstein, T., Meiri, S. and Huchon, D. 2020. Molecular relationships of the Israeli shrews (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae) based on cytochrome-b sequences. Mammalia, 85: 79-89. https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2019-0143

Sion, G., Tal, R. and Meiri, S. 2020. Asymmetric behavior in Ptyodactylus guttatus: Can a digit ratio reflect brain laterality? Symmetry 12: 1490.

Roll, U. and Meiri, S. 2020. Glass houses? – A comment on ‘decolonising biogeography’. Frontiers in Biogeography 12: e46908.

Slavenko, A., Tamar, K., Tallowin, O. J. S., Allison, A., Kraus, F., Carranza, S. and Meiri, S. 2020. Cryptic diversity and non-adaptive radiation of montane New Guinea skinks (Papuascincus; Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106749. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106749

Tamar, K., Wiedl, H-G., Maza, E., Jablonski, D. and Meiri, S. 2020. Discovery of the black-headed ground snake Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus (Jan, 1862) in Cyprus (Reptilia: Colubridae). Zoology in the Middle East 66: 118-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2020.1757914

Doherty, T. S., Balouch, S., Bell, K., Burns, T., Feldman, A., Fist, C., Garvey, T., Jessop, T. S., Meiri, S. and Driscoll, D. A. 2020. Reptile responses to anthropogenic habitat modification: A global meta-analysis. Global Ecology & Biogeography 29: 1265-1279. doi: 10.1111/geb.13091.

Guedes, J. J. M., Feio, R. N., Meiri, S. and Moura, M. R. 2020. Identifying factors that boost species discoveries of global reptiles. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 190: 1274–1284. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa029

Uetz, P., Slavenko, A., Meiri, S. and Heinicke, M. 2020. Gecko diversity: a history of global discovery. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 66: 117-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22244662-bja10003

Tallowin, O. J. S., Meiri, S., Donnellan, S., Richards, S. J., Austin, C. C. and Oliver, P. 2020. The other side of the Sahulian coin: biogeography and evolution of Melanesian forest dragons (Agamidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 129: 99-113. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz125.

Meiri, S. 2020. What geckos are - an ecological-biogeographic perspective. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 66: 253-263. doi: 10.1163/22244662-20191075.

Stark, G., Pincheira-Donoso, D. and Meiri, S. 2020. No evidence for the “rate-of-living” theory across the tetrapod tree of life. Global Ecology & Biogeography29: 857-884. doi: 10.1111/geb.13069.

Ali, J., Aitchison, J. C. and Meiri, S. 2020. Redrawing Wallace’s Line based on the fauna of Christmas Island, eastern Indian Ocean. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society130: 225-237. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blaa018

Stark, G., Schwarz, R. and Meiri, S. 2020. Does nocturnal activity prolong gecko longevity? Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 66: 231-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22244662-20191074.

Meiri, S., Feldman, A., Schwarz, R. and Shine, R. 2020. Viviparity does not affect the numbers and sizes of reptile offspring. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 360-369. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.131250.

Itescu, Y., Foufopoulos, J., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2020. The diverse nature of island isolation and its effect on land bridge insular faunas. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 29: 262-280. doi:10.1111/geb.13024.

Schwarz, R., Itescu, Y., Antonopoulos, A., Gavriilidi, I-A., Tamar, K., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2020. Isolation and predation drive gecko life-history evolution on islands. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 129: 618–629. doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz187.


Vidan, E., Bauer, A. M., Hererra, F-C., Chirio, L., Nogueira, C. C., Doan, T. M., Lewin, A., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z., T., Novosolov, M., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Tallowin, O. J., Torres-Carvajal, O., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Wang, Y., Belmaker, J. and Meiri, S. 2019. The global biogeography of lizard functional groups. Journal of Biogeography, 46: 2147-2158.

Meiri, S. 2019. Endothermy, offspring size and evolution of parental provisioning in vertebrates. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 128: 1052-1056.

Uetz, P., Cherikh, S., Shea, G., Ineich, I., Campbell, P., Doronin, I., Rosado, J., Wynn, A., Tighe, K. A., McDiarmid, R., Lee, J. L., Kohler, G., Ellis, R., Doughty, P., Raxworthy, C. J., Scheinberg, L., Resetar, A., Sabaj, M., Schneider, G., Franzen, M., Glaw, F., Bohme, W., Schweiger, S., Gemel, R., Couper, P., Amey, A., Dondorp, E., Ofer, G., Meiri, S. and Wallach, V. 2019. A global catalog of primary reptile type specimens. Zootaxa 4695: 438-450.

Shine, R., Goiran, C., Shilton, C., Meiri, S. and Brown, G. P. 2019. The life aquatic: an association between habitat type and skin thickness in snakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 128: 975-986. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz136.

Tingley, R., Macdonald, S. L., Mitchell, N. J., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Meiri, S., Bowles, P., Cox, N. A., Shea, G. M., Bohm, M., Chanson, J., Tognelli, M. F., Harris, J., Walke, C., Harrison, N., Victor, S., Woods, C., Amey, A. P., Bamford, M., Catt, G., Clemann, N., Couper, P. J., Cogger, H., Cowan, M., Craig, M. D., Dickman, C. R., Doughty, P., Ellis, R., Fenner, A., Ford, S., Gaikhorst, G., Gillespie, G. R., Greenlees, M. J., Hobson, R., Hoskin, C. J., How, R., Hutchinson, M. N., Lloyd, R., McDonald, P., Melville, J., Michael, D. R., Moritz, C., Oliver, P. M., Peterson, G., Robertson, P., Sanderson, C., Somaweeraa, R., Teale, R., Valentine, L., Vanderduys, E., Venz, M., Wapstra, E., Wilson, S. and Chapple, D. G. 2019. Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biological Conservation 108203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108203

Pincheira-Donoso, D., Meiri, S., Jara, M., Olalla-Tarraga, M. A. and Hodgson, D. 2019. Global patterns of body size evolution are driven by precipitation in legless amphibians. Ecography 42: 1682-1690. doi: 10.1111/ecog.04644.

Conde, D. A., Staerk, J., Colchero, F., da Silva, R., Scholey, J., Baden, H. M., Jouvet, L., Fa, J. E., Syed, H., Jongejans, E., Meiri, S., Gaillard, J-M., Chamberlain, S., Wilcken, J., Jones, O. R., Dahlgren, J. P., Steiner, U. K., Bland, L. M., Gomez-Mestre, I., Lebreton, J-D., Vargas, J. G., Flesness, N., Canudas-Romo, V., Salguero-Gomez, R., Byers, O., Berg, T. B., Scheuerlein, A., Devillard, S., Schigel, D. S., Ryder, O. A., Possingham, H. P., Baudisch, A. and Vaupel, J. W. 2019. Data gaps and opportunities for comparative and conservation biology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA  116: 9658-9664, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1816367116.

Meiri, S., Belmaker, A., Berkowic, D., Kazes, K., Maza, E., Bar-Oz, G. and Dor, R. 2019. A checklist of Israeli land vertebrates. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 65: 43-50.

 Slavenko, A., Feldman, A., Allison, A., Bauer, A. M., Böhm, M., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Das, I., Doan, T. M., Hoogmoed, M. S., LeBreton, M., Martins, M., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z. T., Nogueira, C. C., Pauwels, O. S. G., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Roll, U., Wagner, P., Wang, Y. and Meiri, S. 2019. Global patterns of body size evolution in squamate reptiles are not driven by climate. Global Ecology & Biogeography 28: 471-483. doi:   10.1111/geb.128.

Ali, J. and Meiri, S. 2019. Biodiversity growth on the volcanic ocean islands and the roles of in situ cladogenesis and immigration: case with the reptiles. Ecography, 42: 989-999.

Rice, A., Smarda, P., Novosolov, M., Drori, M., Glick, L., Sabath, N., Meiri, S., Belmaker, J. and Mayrose, I. 2019. The global distribution of polyploid plants. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 265-273.

Kolker, M., Meiri, S. and Holzman, R. 2019. Prepared for the future: a strong signal of evolution towards the adult benthic niche during the pelagic stage in labrid fishes. Evolution 73: 803–816. doi.org/10.1111/evo.13694.

Schwarz, R., Stark, G. and Meiri, S. A 2019. A shift in reptile diversity and abundance over the last 25 years. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 65: 10-20.

Hernandez‐Salinas, U., Ramirez‐Bautista, A., Cruz‐Elizalde, R., Meiri, S. and Berriozabal‐Islas, C. 2019. Ecology of the growth of Anolis nebulosus (Squamata: Dactyloidae) in a seasonal tropical environment in the Chamela region, Jalisco, Mexico. Ecology and Evolution, 9: 2061-2071.


Meiri, S. 2018. Traits of lizards of the world – variation around a successful evolutionary design. Global Ecology & Biogeography 27: 1168-1172. doi: 10.1111/geb.12773.

Meiri, S., Raia, P. and Santos, A. M. C. 2018. Anagenesis and cladogenesis are useful island biogeography terms. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33: 895-896.

Stark, G., Tamar, K., Itescu, Y., Feldman, A. and Meiri, S. 2018. Cold and isolated ectotherms: drivers of reptilian longevity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125: 730-740.

Stark, G. and Meiri, S. 2018. Cold and dark captivity: drivers of amphibian longevity. Global Ecology & Biogeography 27: 1384-1397. doi: 10.1111/geb.12804.

Meiri, S. 2018. The smartphone fallacy – when spatial data are reported on spatial scales smaller than the organisms themselves. Frontiers in Biogeography 2018: e38642. doi: 10.21425/F5101-238642.

Tarr, S., Meiri, S., Hicks, J. J. and Algar, A. C. 2019. A biogeographic reversal in sexual size dimorphism along a continental temperature gradient. Ecography, 42: 706-716.

Itescu, Y., Schwarz, R., Donihue, C., Slavenko, A., Roussos, S. A., Sagonas, K., Valakos, E. D., Foufopoulos, J., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2018. Inconsistent patterns of body size evolution in co-occurring island reptiles. Global Ecology & Biogeography 27: 538-550.

Gainsbury, A., Tallowin, O. and Meiri, S. 2018. An updated global data set for diet preferences in terrestrial mammals: testing the validity of extrapolation. Mammal Review 48: 160-167.

Kotsakiozi, P., Jablonski, D., Ilgaz, C., Kumlutas, Y., Avci, A., Meiri, S., Itescu, Y., Kukushkin, O., Gvozdik, V., Scillitani, G., Roussos, S., Jandzik, D., Kasapidis, P., Lymberakis, P. and Poulakakis, N. 2018. Multilocus phylogeny and coalescent species delimitation in Kotschy's gecko, Mediodactylus kotschyi: hidden diversity and cryptic species. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 125: 177-187.

Tallowin, O. J. S., Tamar, K., Meiri, S., Allison, A., Kraus, F., Richards, S. J. and Oliver, P. M. 2018. Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 125: 29-39.

Itescu, Y., Schwarz, R., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2018. Lizard tail-loss rates on islands are not governed by longer life spans. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 63: 53-56.

Sinaiko, G., Magory-Cohen, T., Meiri, S. and Dor, R. 2018. Taxonomic revision of Israeli snakes belonging to the Platyceps rhodorachis species complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa, 4379: 301-346.

Amat, F. and Meiri, S. 2018. Geographic, climatic and biologic constraints on the age at sexual maturity in amphibians. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 123: 34–42.

Meiri, S., Bauer, A. M., Allison, A., Castro-Herrera, F., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Das, I., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Hoogmoed, M., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z. T., Nogueira, C. C., Oliver, P., Pauwels, O. S. G., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Shea, G., Sindaco, R., Tallowin, O. J. S., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J-F., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Wang, Y., Ziegler, T. and Roll, U. 2018. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity & Distributions 24: 262–273.


Roll, U., Feldman, A., Novosolov, M., Allison, A., Bauer, A., Bernard, R., Bohm, M., Chirio, L., Collen, B., Colli, G.R., Dabul, L., Das, I., Doan, T., Grismer, L., Herrera, F.C., Hoogmoed, M., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Lewin, A., Martins, M., Maza, E., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z., Nogueira, C.C., Pauwels, O.S.G., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Powney, G., Sindaco, R., Tallowin, O., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J.F., Uetz, P., Vidan, E. Wagner, P., Wang, Y.Z., Orme, D., Grenyer, R. and Meiri, S. 2017. The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1677-1682.

Schwarz, R. and Meiri, S. 2017. The fast-slow life-history continuum in insular lizards: A comparison between species with invariant and variable clutch sizes. Journal of Biogeography 44: 2808–2815. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13067.

Vidan, E., Roll, U., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Guo, P., Maza, E., Novosolov, M., Sindaco, R., Wagner, P., Belmaker, J. and Meiri, S. 2017. The Eurasian hot nightlife - environmental forces associated with nocturnality in lizards. Global Ecology & Biogeography 26: 1316-1325. doi: 10.1111/geb.12643.

Meiri, M., Barnes, I., Kosintsev, P., Meiri, S., Conroy, K. and Lister, A. 2018. Subspecies dynamics in space and time: a study of the red deer complex using ancient and modern DNA and morphology. Journal of Biogeography 45: 367-380. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13124

Novosolov, M., Rodda, G. H., Gainsbury, A. M. and Meiri, S. 2018. Dietary niche variation and its relationship to lizard population density. Journal of Animal Ecology 87: 285-292.

Novosolov, M., Rodda, G. H., North, A. C., Butchart, S. H. M., Tallowin, O. J. S., Gainsbury, A. M. and Meiri, S. 2017. Population density–range size relationship revisited. Global Ecology & Biogeography 26: 1088-1097. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12617

Meiri, S. 2017. Oceanic island biogeography: Nomothetic science of the anecdotal Frontiers of Biogeography 9: e32801. doi:10.21425/F59132081.

Gainsbury, A. and Meiri, S. 2017. Latitudinal diversity gradient and interspecific competition: no global relationship between lizard dietary niche breadth and species richness. Global Ecology & Biogeography 26: 563-572.

Itescu, Y., Schwarz, R., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2017. Intra-specific competition, not predation, drives lizard tail loss on islands. Journal of Animal Ecology 86: 66–74.

Tallowin, O. J. S., Allison, A. Algar, A. C., Kraus, F. and Meiri, S. 2017. Papua New Guinea terrestrial-vertebrate richness: elevation matters most for all except reptiles. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1734–1744. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12949.

Jamison, S., Tamar, K., Slavenko, A. and Meiri, S. 2017. Tarentola annularis (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae): a new invasive species in Israel. Salamandra 53: 299-303.

Karameta, E., Gourgouliani, N., Kouvari-Gaglia, D., Litsi-Mizan, V., Halle, S., Meiri, S., Sfenthourakis, S. and Pafilis, P. 2017. Environment shapes the digestive performance in a Mediterranean lizard. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 121: 883–893. 

Baar, Y., Friedman, A. L. L., Meiri, S. and Scharf, I. 2018. Little effect of climate change on body size of herbivorous beetles. Insect Science 25: 309-316.

Itescu, Y., Jamison, S., Slavenko, A., Tamar, K., Roussos, S. A., Foufopoulos, J., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2017. The herpetofauna of Folegandros Island (Cyclades, Greece). Herpetozoa, 29: 183-190.

Gavriilidi, I. A., Schwarz, R., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2017. Hellenolacerta graeca (Bedriaga, 1886), from xeric habitats in the south Peloponnese: ecological implications. Herpetozoa, 29: 202-204.

Karagkouni, M., Sfenthourakis, S. and Meiri, S. 2017. The Island Rule is not valid in terrestrial isopods (Crustacea: Oniscidea). Journal of Zoology 301: 11-16.

Slavenko, A., Tallowin, O. J. S., Itescu, Y., Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2016. Late Quaternary reptile extinctions: size matters, insularity dominates. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 25: 1308-1320. doi: 10.1111/geb.12491.


Tamar, K., Smid, J., Gocmen, B., Meiri, S. and Carranza, S. 2016. An integrative systematic revision and biogeography of Rhynchocalamus snakes (Reptilia, Colubridae) with a description of a new species from Israel. PeerJ, 4: e2769. DOI 10.7717/peerj.2769

Lewin, A., Feldman, A., Bauer, A. M., Belmaker, J., Broadley, D. G., Chirio, L., Itescu, Y., LeBreton, M., Maza, E., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z. T., Novosolov, M., Roll, U., Tallowin, O., Trape, J-F., Vidan, E. and Meiri, S. 2016. Patterns of species richness, endemism and environmental gradients of African reptiles. Journal of Biogeography 43: 2380-2390.

Itescu, Y., Schwarz, R., Moses, M., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2016. Record sizes for the Turkish house gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus, from Aegean islands, Greece. Herpetological Bulletin 138: 24-26.

Winter, M., Fiedler, W., Hochachka, W. M., Koehnke, A., Meiri, S. and De la Riva, I. 2016. Patterns and biases in climate change research on amphibians and reptiles. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160158. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160158.

Meiri, S. 2016. Small, rare and trendy: traits and biogeography of lizards described in the 21st century. Journal of Zoology 299: 251–261. doi:10.1111/jzo.12356.

Schwarz, R., Gavriilidi, I-A., Itescu, Y., Jamison, S., Sagonas, K., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2016. Mediodactylus kotschyi in the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece: distribution and habitat. Acta Herpetologica 11: 179-187.

Tamar, K., Carranza, S., Sindaco, R., Moravec, J., Trape, J-F. and Meiri, S. 2016. Out of Africa: Phylogeny and biogeography of the widespread genus Acanthodactylus (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 103: 6-18.

Raia, P., Passaro, F., Carotenuto, F., Meiri, S. and Piras, P. 2016. From evolutionary allometry to sexual display. The American Naturalist, 188: DOI: 10.1086/687252.

Meiri, S. and Chapple, D. G. 2016. Biases in the current knowledge of threat status in lizards and bridging the ‘assessment gap’. Biological Conservation 204: 6-15. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.03.009.

Tingley, R., Meiri, S. and Chapple, D. G. 2016. Addressing knowledge gaps in reptile conservation. Biological Conservation, 204: 1-5.

Roll, U., Mittermeier, J. C., Diaz, G. I., Novosolov, M., Feldman, A., Itescu, Y., Meiri, S. and Grenyer, R. 2016. Using Wikipedia page views to explore the cultural importance of global reptiles. Biological Conservation 204: 42-50.

Sabath, N., Itescu, Y., Feldman, A., Meiri, S., Mayrose, I. and Valenzuela, N. 2016. Sex determination, longevity and the birth and death of reptilian species. Ecology and Evolution 6: 5207-5220. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2277.

Tamar, K., Scholz, S., Crochet. P-A., Geniez, P., Meiri, S., Schmitz, A., Wilms, T. and Carranza, S. 2016. Evolution around the Red Sea: Systematics and biogeography of the agamid genus Pseudotrapelus (Squamata: Agamidae) from North Africa and Arabia. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 97: 55-68.

Pafilis, P., Meiri, S., Sagonas, K., Karakasi, D., Kourelou, E. and Valakos, E. D. 2016. Body size affects digestive performance in a Mediterranean lizard. Herpetological Journal 26: 201-207.

Feldman, A., Sabath, N., Pyron, R. A., Mayrose, I. and Meiri, S. 2016. Body-sizes and diversification rates of lizards, snakes, amphisbaenians and the tuatara. Global Ecology & Biogeography 25: 187-197. doi: 10.1111/geb.12398.

Shenbrot, G., Feldstein, T. and Meiri, S. 2016. Are cryptic species of the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa, Jaculus jaculus (Rodentia, Dipodidae), really cryptic? Re-evaluation of their taxonomic status with new data from Israel and Sinai. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 54: 148-159. doi: 10.1111/jzs.12121.

Karagkouni, M., Sfenthourakis, S., Feldman, A. and Meiri, S. 2016. Biogeography of body size in terrestrial isopods (Crustacea: Oniscidea). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 54: 182-188. doi: 10.1111/jzs.12125.

Novosolov, M., Rodda, G. H., Feldman, A., Kadison, A. E., Dor, R. and Meiri, S. 2016. Power in numbers. The evolutionary drivers of high population density in insular lizards. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 25: 87-95. doi: 10.1111/geb.12390.

Slavenko, A., Itescu, Y., Ihlow, F. and Meiri, S. 2016. Home is where the shell is: predicting turtle home range sizes. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85: 106-114.


Feldman, A., Bauer, A. M., Castro-Herrera, F., Chirio, L., Das, I., Doan, T. M., Maza, E., Meirte, D., Nogueira, C. C., Nagy, Z. T., Torres-Carvajal, O., Uetz, P. and Meiri, S. 2015. The geography of snake reproductive mode: A global analysis of the evolution of snake viviparity. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 24: 1433-1442. doi: 10.1111/geb.12374.

Tamar, K., Carranza, S., in den Bosch, H., Sindaco, R., Moravec, J. and Meiri, S. 2015. Hidden relationships and genetic diversity: Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Levantine lizards of the genus Phoenicolacerta (Squamata: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 91: 86-97.

Barun, A., Simberloff, D., Meiri, S., Tvrtkovic, N. and Tadic, Z. 2015. Possible character displacement of an introduced mongoose and native marten on Adriatic Islands, Croatia. Journal of Biogeography 42: 2257-2269.

Berkowic, D., Stokke, B. G., Meiri, S. and Markman, S. 2015. Climate change and coevolution in the cuckoo–reed warbler system. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 581-597.

Newbold, T., Hudson, L. N., Hill, S. L. L., Contu, S., Lysenko, I., Senior, R. A., Borger, L., Bennett, D. J., Choimes, A., Collen, B., Day, J., De Palma, A., Diaz, S., Echeverria-Londono, S., Edgar, M. J., Feldman, A., Garon, M., Harrison. M. L. K., Alhusseini, T., Ingram, D. J., Itescu, Y., Kattge, J., Kemp, V., Kirkpatrick, L., Kleyer, M., Correia, D. L. P., Martin, C. D., Meiri, S., Novosolov, M., Pan, Y., Phillips, H. R. P., Purves, D. W., Robinson, A., Simpson, J., Tuck, S. L., Weiher, E., White, H. J., Ewers, R. M., Mace, G. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W. and Purvis, A. 2015. Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity. Nature 520: 45-50. doi:10.1038/nature14324.

Slavenko, A. and Meiri, S. 2015. Mean body sizes of amphibian species are poorly predicted by climate. Journal of Biogeography 42: 1246-1254.

Meiri, S., Feldman, A. and Kratochvil, L. 2015. Squamate hatchling size and the evolutionary causes of negative offspring size allometry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 438-446.

Raia, P., Passaro, F., Carotenuto, F., Maiorino, L., Piras, P., Teresi, L., Meiri, S., Itescu, Y., Novosolov, M., Baiano, M., Martinez, R. and Fortelius, M. 2015. Cope’s rule and the universal scaling law of ornament complexity. The American Naturalist, 186: 165-175.

Itescu, Y., Slavenko, A., Schwarz, R., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2016. A new island record for Chalcides ocellatus (Forskal, 1775) from Kythnos, Greece. Herpetozoa 29: 98-100.

Slavenko, A., Itescu, Y., Foufopoulos, J., Pafilis, P. and Meiri, S. 2015. Clutch size variability in an ostensibly fix-clutched lizard: effects of insularity on a Mediterranean gecko. Evolutionary Biology 42: 129-136. DOI: 10.1007/s11692-015-9304-0

Scharf, I., Feldman, A., Novosolov, M., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Das, I., Bohm, M., Uetz, P., Torres-Carvajal, O., Bauer, A. M., Roll, U. and Meiri, S. 2015. Late bloomers and baby boomers: ecological drivers of longevity in squamates and the tuatara. Global Ecology & Biogeography 24: 396-405. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12244

Maza, E., Feldman, A., Fishelson, L. and Meiri, S. 2015. Platyceps largeni (Schatti, 2001) – sixth specimen and distribution extension. Check List 11: 1517-1518.


Tamar, K., Carranza, S., Sindaco, R., Moravec, J. and Meiri, S. 2014. Systematics and phylogeography of Acanthodactylus schreiberi and its relationships with Acanthodactylus boskianus (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172: 720-739.

Meiri, S., Kadison, A. E., Novosolov, M., Pafilis, P., Foufopoulos, J., Itescu, Y., Raia, P. and Pincheira-Donoso, D. 2014. The number of competitor species is unlinked to sexual dimorphism. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 1302-1312.

Feldman, A. and Meiri, S. 2014. Australian snakes do not follow Bergmann's Rule. Evolutionary Biology, 41: 327-335. DOI 10.1007/s11692-014-9271-x.

Itescu, Y., Karraker, N. E., Pritchard, P., Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2014. Is the island rule general? Turtles disagree. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 23: 689-700.


Novosolov, M. and Meiri, S. 2013. The effect of island type on lizard reproductive traits. Journal of Biogeography, 40: 2385-2395. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12179.

Scharf, I. and Meiri, S. 2013. Sexual dimorphism of heads and abdomens: different approaches to “being large” in female and male lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 110: 665-673. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12147.

Pincheira-Donoso, D. and Meiri, S. 2013. An intercontinental analysis of climate-driven body size clines in reptiles: no support for patterns, no signals of processes. Evolutionary Biology, 40: 562-578. DOI 10.1007/s11692-013-9232-9.

Meiri, S., Bauer, A. M., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Das, I., Doan, T. M., Feldman, A., Herrera, F-C., Novosolov, M., Pafilis, P., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Powney, G., Torres-Carvajal, O., Uetz, P. and Van Damme, R. 2013. Are lizards feeling the heat? A tale of ecology and evolution under two temperatures. Global Ecology & Biogeography 22: 834–845.

Pomerantz, O., Meiri, S. and Terkel, J. 2013. Socio-ecological factors and cognitive skills predict levels of stereotypic behaviour in zoo-housed primates. Behavioural Processes 98: 85-91.

Pincheira-Donoso, D., Bauer, A., Meiri, S. and Uetz, P. 2013. Global taxonomic diversity in living reptiles. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59741. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059741.

Hortal, J., Carrascal, L. M., Triantis, K. A., Thebault, E., Meiri, S. and Sfenthourakis, S. 2013. Species richness can decrease with altitude, but not with habitat diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110: E2149-E2150.

Roll, U., Tallowin, O., Berkowic, D., Maza, E., Ostrometzky, Y., Slavenko, A., Shacham, B., Tamar, K. and Meiri, S. 2013. Rueppel’s Snake-eyed skink, Ablepharus rueppellii (Gray, 1839) (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae): distribution extension and geographic range in Israel. Check List 9: 458-464.

Sagonas, K., Meiri, S., Valakos, E. D. and Pafilis, P. 2013. The effect of body size on the thermoregulation of lizards on hot, dry Mediterranean islands. Journal of Thermal Biology 38: 92-97.

Feldman, A. and Meiri, S. 2013. Length-mass allometry in snakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 108: 161-182.

McFadden, K. W. and Meiri, S. 2013. Dwarfism in insular carnivores: a case study of the pygmy raccoon. Journal of Zoology, 289: 213-221.

Novosolov, M., Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2013. The island syndrome in lizards. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 22: 184-191.




Davies, J., Cooper, N., Diniz-Filho, J. A. F., Thomas, G. H. and Meiri, S. 2012. Using phylogenetic trees to test for character displacement: a model and an example from a desert mammal community. Ecology, 93 (Supplement 6): S44-S51.

Meiri, S., Brown, J. H. and Sibly, R. M. 2012. The ecology of lizard reproductive output. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 21: 592-602.


Roll, U., Stone, L., Grenyer, R. and Meiri, S. 2011. Not so holy after all. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 57: 193-204.

Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2011. The tempo and mode of evolution: body sizes of island mammals. Evolution, 65: 1927-1934.

Meiri, S., Simberloff, D, and Dayan, T. 2011. Community-wide character displacement in the presence of clines: A test of Holarctic weasel guilds. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80: 824-834.

Meiri, S. 2011. Bergmann's Rule - What's in a name? Global Ecology & Biogeography, 20: 203-207.

Meiri, S., Raia, P. and Phillimore, A. B. 2011. Slaying dragons: limited evidence for unusual body size evolution on islands. Journal of Biogeography 38: 89-100.


Meiri, S. and Raia, P. 2010. Reptilian all the way? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107: E27.

Meiri, S. 2010. Length-weight allometries in lizards. Journal of Zoology, 281: 218-226.

Raia, P., Carotenuto, F. and Meiri, S. 2010. One size does not fit all: No evidence for an optimal body size on islands. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 19: 475-484.

Powney, G. D., Grenyer, R., Orme, C. D. L., Owens, I. P. F. and Meiri, S. 2010. Hot, dry and different: Australian lizard richness is unlike that of mammals, amphibians, and birds. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 19: 386-396.


Roll, U., Stone, L. and Meiri, S. 2009. Hot-spot facts and artifacts – questioning Israel's great biodiversity. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 55: 263-279.

Hortal, J., Triantis, K. A., Meiri, S., Thebault, E. and Sfenthourakis, S. 2009. Island species richness increases with habitat diversity. American Naturalist, 174: e205-e217.

Thomas, G. H., Meiri, S. and Phillimore, A. B. 2009. Body size diversification in Anolis: novel environment and island effects. Evolution, 63: 2017-2030.

Pafilis, P., Meiri, S., Foufopoulos, J. and Valakos, E. 2009. Intraspecific competition and high food availability are associated with insular gigantism in a lizard. Naturwissenschaften, 96: 1107-1113.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T., Simberloff, D. and Grenyer, R. 2009. Life on the edge: Carnivore body size variation is all over the place. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B., 276: 1469-1476.

Meiri, S., Guy, D., Dayan, T. and Simberloff, D. 2009. Global change and carnivore body size – data are stasis. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 18: 240-247.

Olson, V. A., Davies, R. G., Orme, C. D. L., Thomas, G. H., Meiri, S., Blackburn, T. M., Gaston, K. J., Owens, I. P. F. and Bennett, P. M. 2009. Global biogeography and ecology of body size in birds. Ecology Letters, 12: 249-259.


Meiri, S. 2008. Evolution and ecology of lizard body sizes. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 17: 724-734.

Meiri, S., Meijaard, E., Wich, S. Groves, C. and Helgen, K. 2008. Mammals of Borneo - small size on a large island. Journal of Biogeography, 35: 1087-1094.

Meiri, S., Cooper, N. and Purvis, A. 2008. The island rule: made to be broken? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 275: 141-148.


Meiri, S. and Mace, G. M. 2007. New taxonomy and the origin of species. PLoS Biology, 5: 1385-1386.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2007. Guild composition and mustelid morphology – Character displacement but no character release. Journal of Biogeography, 34: 2148-2158.

Meiri, S. and Thomas, G. H. 2007. The geography of body size – challenges of the interspecific approach. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 16: 689-693.

Meiri, S. 2007. Size evolution in island lizards. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 16: 702-708.

Meiri, S., Duckworth, W. J. and Meijaard, E. 2007. Biogeography of Mustela lutreolina (Robinson and Thomas, 1917) and a newly discovered specimen of from Java. Small Carnivore Conservation, 37: 1-5.

Davies, J. T., Meiri, S., Barraclough, T. G. and Gittleman, J. L. 2007. Species co-existence and character divergence across carnivores. Ecology Letters, 10: 146-152.

Meiri, S., Yom-Tov, Y. and Geffen, E. 2007. What determines conformity to Bergmann’s rule? Global Ecology & Biogeography, 16: 788-794.


Raia, P. and Meiri, S. 2006. The island rule in large mammals: Paleontology meets ecology. Evolution, 60: 1731-1742.

Duckworth, W. J., Lee, B., Meijaard, E. and Meiri, S. 2006. The Malay weasel Mustela nudipes: distribution, natural history and a global conservation status review. Small Carnivore Conservation, 34: 2-21.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2006. The generality of the island rule reexamined. Journal of Biogeography, 33: 1571-1577.


Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2005. Area, isolation, and body size evolution in insular carnivores. Ecology Letters 8: 1211-1217.

Meiri, S., Simberloff, D. and Dayan, T. 2005. Insular carnivore biogeography: Island area and mammalian optimal body size. American Naturalist, 165: 505-514.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T. and Simberloff, D. 2005. Variability and sexual size dimorphism in carnivores: Testing the niche variation hypothesis. Ecology, 86: 1432-1440.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T. and Simberloff, D. 2005. Biogeographic patterns in the Western Palearctic: the fasting-endurance hypothesis and the status of Murphy's rule. Journal of Biogeography, 32: 369-375.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2005. Variability and correlations in carnivore crania and dentition. Functional Ecology, 19: 337-343.


Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2004. Body size of insular carnivores: Little support for the island rule. American Naturalist, 163: 469-479.

Meiri, S., Dayan, T., and Simberloff, D. 2004. Carnivores, biases and Bergmann's rule. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 81: 579-588.

Meiri, S. and Yom-Tov, Y. 2004. Ontogeny of large birds: Migrants do it faster. Condor, 106: 540-548.



Meiri, S. and Dayan, T. 2003. On the validity of Bergmann’s rule. Journal of Biogeography, 30: 331-351.



Invited Chapters in Books:

Dayan, T., Meiri, S. and Friedman, A. L. L. 2018. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and Father Schmitz's collection. pages 65-76 in: Leshem, Y., Gren, H. and Amit, H. editors. 2018. Father Ernst Schmitz, priest and zoologist. The Holy Land at the beginning of the 20th Century. Carta, Jerusalem. In Hebrew.

Safi, K., Meiri, S. and Jones, K. E. 2013. Body mass evolution in bats. Pages 95-115 in: Body Size: linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group (eds. F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons). University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Meiri, S. 2009. Island Rule. Pages 492-496 in R. G. Gillespie and D. A. Clague (editors). Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Meiri, S. and Raia, P. 2009. Dwarfism. Pages 235-239 in R. G. Gillespie and D. A. Clague (editors). Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Publications (not peer-reviewed: notes, editorials etc.):

Türkozan, O., Javanbakht, H., Mazanaeva, L., Meiri, S., Kornilev, Y.V., Tzoras, E., Popgeorgiev, G., Shanas, U., and Escoriza, D. 2023. Testudo graeca Linnaeus 1758 (Eastern Subspecies Clades: Testudo g. armeniaca, Testudo g. buxtoni, Testudo g. ibera, Testudo g. terrestris, Testudo g. zarudnyi) – Armenian Tortoise, Zagros Tortoise, Anatolian Tortoise, Levantine Tortoise, Kerman Tortoise. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Stanford, C.B., Goode, E.V., Buhlmann, K.A., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(17):120.1–31. doi: 10.3854/crm.5.120.eastern. graeca.v1.2023; www.iucn-tftsg.org/cbftt/.

Meiri, S, 2022. Biodiversity Research and Higher Education at the Research Universities of Israel – an update. Submitted to the environmental committee of the National Council for Civilian Research and Development. https://lifesci.tau.ac.il/sites/lifesci.tau.ac.il/files/media_server/lifesci/zoology/Meiri-Israel%20Biodiversity%20scientists%202010-2022.pdf

Meiri, S., Ribeiro-Junior, M. A. and Fouquet, A. 2021. Science may be better served by sticking to scientific issues rather than by calling authors holding different opinions names. Zootaxa 5047: 195–196. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.0000.0.0

Meiri, S. 2021. A newly found anole is not necessarily good news: the brown anole is a new invader in Israel. Anole Annals, https://www.anoleannals.org/2021/06/06/a-newly-found-anole-is-not-necessarily-good-news-the-brown-anole-is-a-new-invader-in-israel/

Maza, E., Tamar, K., Segev, N. and Meiri, S. 2021. Xerotyphlops syriacus (Syrian blind snake). Geographic distribution. Herpetological Review 52: 89.

Meiri, S. 2020. Editorial: Gekkota Mundi – the world of geckos. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 66: 113-116.

Maza, E., Levi, B., Tamar, K. and Meiri, S. 2020. Ophisops elegans (elegant snake-eyed lizard). Longevity. Herpetological Review 51: 529.

Ofer, E., Shoshani, R. Hurwitz, E., Ishlach, K., Kadiva, S., Roter, I., Zamsky, R., Lewin, A. and Meiri, S. 2020. Stenodactylus sthenodactylus (elegant gecko). Bifurcation. Herpetological Review 51: 131-132.

Stark, G., David, D., Lewin, A., Meiri, S. 2018. Acanthodactylus aegyptius (Egyptian fringed-fingered lizard) tail bifurcation. Herpetological Reviews, 49: 324-325.

Meiri, S. 2018. (Contributing author in): Reptiles. Past and current trends by taxonomic group. In Visconti, P., Elias, V., Sousa Pinto, I., Fischer, M., Ali-Zade, V., Báldi, A., Brucet, S., Bukvareva, E., Byrne, K., Caplat, P., Feest, A., Guerra, C., Gozlan, R., Jelić, D., Kikvidze, Z., Lavrillier, A., Le Roux, X., Lipka, O., Petrík, P., Schatz, B., Smelansky, I. and Viard, F. 2018. Chapter 3: Status, trends and future dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems underpinning nature’s contributions to people. In IPBES (2018): The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia. Rounsevell, M., Fischer, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A. and Mader, A. (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, Bonn, Germany, pages 388-394.

Roll, U., Belmaker, J., Bar-David, S., Dor, R., Vidan, E., Saltz, D., Yom-Tv, Y., Levinski, I., Meiri, S., Renan, I., Schwartz, A., Spiegel, O. and Berger-Tal, O. 2018. Inaction in conservation holds no compassion. Ecology and Environment 9: 57-59. In Hebrew.

Itescu, Y., Lewin, A., Slavenko, A., Meiri, S. and Pafilis, P. 2017. Podarcis erhardii (Erhard's wall lizard). Extreme morphology. Herpetological Review 48: 199-200.

Tamar, K., Maza, E. and Meiri, S. 2013. Ophisops elegans (Snake-Eyed Lizard). Bifurcation. Herpetological Review, 44: 146.

Tamar, K., Maza, E. and Meiri, S. 2013. Acanthodactylus boskianus (Bosk's Fringe-fingered Lizard). Bifurcation. Herpetological Review, 44: 135-136.

Meiri, S. and Dayan, T. 2010. Natural history collections and conservation – a call for aid in collecting. Ecology and Environment, 3: 5. In Hebrew.

Roll, U., Stone, L. and Meiri, S. 2010. Israel is especially rich in animal and plants – or is it? Ecology and Environment, 3: 24-35. In Hebrew, translation of Roll et al. 2009.

Meiri, S. 2005. Small carnivores on small islands. New data based on old skulls. Small Carnivore Conservation, 33: 21-23. (SCC became peer reviewed in 2006).



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