UPR Biology


John P. Richard Thomas

Professor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1976

Phone: (787)764-0000, x4888

E-mail: rthomas@upracd.upr.clu.edu

Fax: (787) 764-3875

Field of Interest: Systematics and Ecology of Neotropical Vertebrates, with Special Emphasis on Amphibians, Reptiles and Bats.


My main research interests are (1) the evolutionary and biogeographical relationships of West Indian species of amphibians and reptiles, (2) the feeding mechanisms and evolutionary position of Typhloidae and Leptotyphlopidae (thread snakes and blind snakes), (3) the natural history and ecology of Puerto Rican and other antillean species. Genera of special interest are: Amphisbaena, Sphaerodactylus , Diploglossus, Celestus, Amphisbaena, Typhlops, Leptotyphlops, Alsophis. Major activities: collection, field observation, morphological study of preserved specimens, laboratory observation of behavior


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