Thore Koppetsch

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Postadresse Postboks 1172, Blindern 0318 Oslo
Andre tilknytninger Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet (Student)

Academic interests

With a strong interest in zoology and passion for organismic research I am particularly interested in studying how diversification is emerging, developing, and changing in different organisms. My past research projects were focusing on systematics, phylogenetics, and functional morphology of herpetofaunal diversity. However, I have a wide-ranging and broad interest in evolutionary biology, organismic zoology, and biodiversity. During my PhD Research Fellowship I am excited to study the role of hybridization, as well as patterns and processes of speciation in a broader context across several vertebrates.


Since 2021 

University of Oslo, Norway | PhD Research Fellow in the Evolutionary Genomics at the Natural History Museum

2018 – 2020

University of Bonn, Germany | Master studies in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology

2015 – 2018

University of Kiel, Germany | Bachelor studies in Biology


  • 2015 – 2020: Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation (‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’)


        23. Koppetsch, T. (2022): Solo Spawning, Egg Guarding by a Female and Remarks on Vocal Signalling and Colour Change for the Freshwater Puffer Pao suvattii in Captivity. - Tropical Natural History 22(1): 38–42.

        22. Ineich, I., Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2022): Pinocchio lizards and other rostral appendage bearing lizards − the peculiar habitus of the draconine agamid Harpesaurus tricinctus (Duméril, 1851) with highlights on its ecological implications and convergence with its New World equivalent, the dactyloid Anolis proboscis Peters & Orcés, 1956. - Salamandra 58(2): 123–138.

        21. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T. & Rduch, V. (2022): Melanism in monitor lizards (Squamata: Varanidae), with a first case in the Nile Monitor, Varanus (Polydaedalus) niloticus (Squamata: Varanidae). - Herpetology Notes 15: 257–262.

        20. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2022): Photospot: Juvenile Rufous Fishing Owl Scotopelia ussheri. - Bulletins of the African Bird Club. - Bulletin of the African Bird Club 29(1): 97–98.

       19. Böhme, W. & Koppetsch, T. (2022): On the identity of west Saharan geckos of the Tarentola ephippiata complex (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae), with comments on an extreme case of syntopy with their close relative T. annularis. - African Journal of Herpetology.

18. Koppetsch, T., Töpfer, T. (2021): Brief remarks on the phenotypic variability of White-shouldered Triller Lalage sueurii in comparison to White-winged Triller L. tricolor. – BirdingASIA 36: 61–64.

17. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T. (2021): Snake names in the Greek-Roman antiquity: old characterizations, identity in current zoology, and change of their original meaning in post-Linnean herpetology. – Salamandra 57(4): 475–501.

16. Koppetsch, T. (2021): The Herpetological Collection of the Naturhistorisk Museum in Oslo. – Sekretär 21: 139–144.

15. Denzer, W., Dondorp, E., Koppetsch, T., Lahaise, K., Manthey, U., Mostadius, M., Böhme, W. (2021): Nomenclatural and morphological notes on the rare agamid lizard Pseudocophotis sumatrana (Hubrecht, 1879) (Squamata: Agamidae: Draconinae). – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 69: 448–462; DOI: 10.26107/RBZ-2021-0064

14. Koppetsch, T. (2021): The Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle Pelodiscus sinensis (Testudines: Trionychidae) near the High and Upper Rhine in Germany and Switzerland. – Herpetology Notes 14: 1263–1267.

13. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T. (2021): Riesen ihrer Art – maximal große Amphibien und Reptilien in der Sammlung des Zoologischen Forschungsmuseums Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) in Bonn. – Koenigiana 15(1): 25–44.

12. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T., Fischer, E. (2021): Die Moorspirke (Pinus rotundata) - ein übersehenes Nadelbaumvorkommen in Schleswig-Holstein. – Natur- und Landeskunde - Zeitschrift für Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg und Mecklenburg 128(4-6): 135–139.

11. Koppetsch, T., Nečas, P., Wipfler, B. (2021): A new chameleon of the Trioceros affinis species complex (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) from Ethiopia. – Zoosystematics and Evolution 97(1): 161–179.

10. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T. (2020): Wann wurde das Seitenwinden wüstenbewohnender Vipern erstmals beschrieben? Und war die Spinnenschwanz-Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides Bostanchi et al., 2006) vielleicht schon fast 2000 Jahre vorher bekannt? – Sekretär 20: 81–89.

9. Koppetsch, T. (2020): A new species of Trachylepis (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Amhara Region, Ethiopia, and a key to the Ethiopian Trachylepis. – Zootaxa 4859 (1): 113–126.

8. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W., Büsse, S., Gorb, S. N. (2020): Comparative epidermal microstructure anatomy and limb and tail osteology of eyelid geckos (Squamata: Eublepharidae): Implications of ecomorphological adaptations. – Zoologischer Anzeiger 287: 45–60.

7. Koppetsch, T., Sánchez Romero, G., Fischer, E., Böhme, W. (2020): A new record of nectarivory for Tarentola delalandii (Duméril and Bibron, 1836) pollinating the introduced palm Dypsis lutescens (H. Wendl.) Beentje and J. Dransf. (Arecaceae) on Tenerife, Canary Islands. – Herpetology Notes 13: 415–419.

6. Koppetsch, T., Wantania, L. L., Boneka, F. B., Böhme, W. (2020): Crossing the Weber Line: First record of the Giant Bluetongue Skink Tiliqua gigas (Schneider, 1801) (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. – Bonn zoological Bulletin 69 (2): 185–189.

5. Böhme, W., Jacobs, H. J., Koppetsch, T., Schmitz, A. (2019): The Kei Islands Monitor Lizard (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus: Euprepiosaurus) as a Distinct Morphological, Taxonomic, and Conservation Unit. – Russian Journal of Herpetology 26 (5): 272–280.

4. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2019): Ein Fall von intrasexuellem Kannibalismus bei Weibchen der Europäischen Gottesanbeterin Mantis religiosa, Linnaeus, 1758 (Mantodea: Mantidae). – Entomologische Zeitschrift 129 (1): 3–6.

3. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W., Koch, A. (2019): A new species of Dibamus Duméril & Bibron, 1839 (Squamata: Dibamidae) from Pulau Manado Tua, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. – Zootaxa 4555 (3): 331–345.

2. Böhme, W., Wistuba, R., Koppetsch, T. (2018): Nachweis der Brandmaus, Apodemus agrarius (Pallas, 1771), am Südufer des Neusiedlersees, NW Ungarn. – Säugetierkundliche Informationen, Jena, 11 (54): 35–38.

1. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2017): Erstnachweis von Hemidactylus pseudomuriceus Henle & Böhme, 2003 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) aus der Zentralafrikanischen Republik (RCA). – SAURIA, Berlin, 2017, 39 (2): 63–67.


  • Koppetsch, Thore & Böhme, Wolfgang (2022). On the identity of west Saharan geckos of the Tarentola ephippiata complex (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae), with comments on an extreme case of syntopy with their close relative T. annularis. African Journal of Herpetology. ISSN 2156-4574. doi: 10.1080/21564574.2022.2055652.

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