ZFMK, as Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, is an independent research institute.
The focal point of research is performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth, the analysis of changes in biodiversity as a result of environmental factors and through evolutionary processes at the morphological and molecular level.
We furthermore explore the context of structure and function of ecological systems, advanced scientific methods and the study of the history of science.
[12.07.2017] Spectrum: Snake Special - Python, Viper, Anaconda & CoA visit of the Drachenwelt Reptile Park in the Rhine Valley and a talk to the "snake man" Dennis Rödder at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity. Some topics are: why do we need the collections? How is climate change affecting the snakes? And what about a meeting with a 54 yeras old python.
[23.05.2017] Two species of giant pill-millipedes, newly described from shrinking rainforest fragments in northern Madagascar show the importance of the sustainable use of isolated small forest patches in the tropics. The two new species were described with the help of micro-CT imaging and genetic barcoding. This is the first time these cutting-edge technologies helped in the description of millipedes from Madagascar.
[22.05.2017] The angel shark family (Squatinidae) is the second most threatened group of sharks and rays in the world. The Angelshark (Squatina squatina) was once widespread throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, however it has now almost disappeared throughout its natural range, mainly due to overfishing. Today, the Canary Islands is the last refuge for the Angelshark, but here too they are under threat. One key factor preventing effective conservation is lack of detailed scientific information about their ecology.