Scientific Articles (Peer Reviewed):

Current publications under review: 2                              *= shared first authorship

Lüddecke, T., A. Vilcinskas, S. Lemke (2019): Phylogeny-Guided Selection of Priority Groups for Venom Bioprospecting: Harvesting Toxin Sequences in Tarantulas as a Case Study. Toxins 11: 488.

Foley, S., T. Lüddecke*,D.Q. Cheng, H. Krehenwinkel, S. Künzel, S.J. Longhorn, I. Wendt, V. von Wirth, R. Tänzler, M. Vences, W.H. Viel (2019): Tarantula phylogenomics: A robust phylogeny of deep theraphosid clades inferred from transcriptome data sheds light on the prickly issue of urticating setae evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 140: 106573.

Stawikowski R., T. Lüddecke (2019): Description of defensive postures of the natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita) and notes on the release of toxic secretions. Herpetology Notes 12: 443-445.

Knepper, J., T. Lüddecke, K. Preißler, M. Vences, S. Schulz (2019): Isolation and Identification of Alkaloids from Poisons of Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Journal of Natural Products 82(5). 

Preißler, K., S. Gippner, T. Lüddecke, T.E. Krause, S. Schulz, M. Vences, S. Steinfartz (2019): More yellow more toxic? Sex rather than alkaloid content is correlated with yellow coloration in the fire salamander. Journal of Zoology doi:10.1111/jzo12676.

Sanchez, E., H. Pröhl, T. Lüddecke, S. Schulz, S. Steinfartz, M. Vences (2019): The conspicuous postmetamorphic coloration of fire salamanders, but not their toxicity, is affected by larval background albedo. Journal of Experimental Zoology B – Molecular and Developmental Evolution doi: 10.1002/jez.b.22845.

Lüddecke, T., S. Schulz, S. Steinfartz, M. Vences (2018): A salamander’s toxic arsenal: review of skin poison diversity and function in true salamanders, genus SalamandraThe Science of Nature 105: 56.

Lüddecke, T., H. Krehenwinkel, G. Canning, F. Glaw, S. Longhorn, R. Tänzler, I. Wendt, M. Vences (2018): Discovering the silk road: Nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data resolve the phylogenetic relationships among theraphosid spider subfamilies.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 119: 63-70.

Sanchez, E., E. Küpfer, D.J. Goedbloed, A.W. Nolte, T. Lüddecke, S. Schulz, M. Vences, S. Steinfartz (2018): Morphological and transcriptomic analyses reveal three discrete primary stages of postembryonic development in the common fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra. Journal of Experimental Zoology B – Molecular and Developmental Evolution 330: 96-108.

Popular Scientific Articles | Articles in German:

Lüddecke, T. (2019): Über das Hautgift beim Feuersalamander. Feldherpetologisches Magazin 11: 9-16.

Lüddecke, T. (2018): Sequenzdatenbasierte Einblicke in den Stammbaum der Theraphosidae und eine Einführung in die molekulare Phylogenetik. ARACHNE 23(4): 4-13.


Lüddecke, T. (2018):”Biochemical analyses of salamander chemical defense: Characterization of novel toxins and survey of the Salamandra skin poison proteome”. Master Thesis, Technical University of Braunschweig (1,0).

Lüddecke, T. (2016):”Analysen von Salamander-Alkaloiden durch Gaschromatographie: Methodenentwicklung, Metabolismus und Variabilität” [“Analytics of salamander-alkaloids by gaschromatography: Method development, metabolism and variability”]. Bachelor Thesis, Technical University of Braunschweig (1,0).

Oral Presentations:

*= invited talk

”Recent advances in Salamandra skin poison research”. 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires/ Argentina, 2019)

”Translational tarantula phylogenomics: Evolution of theraphosid spiders and their defensive arsenal with implications for venom bioprospecting”. 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires/ Argentina, 2019).

“On the Evolution of Theraphosidae: Phylogenomics of tarantulas unravels major genetic lineages and suggests a rapid diversification in the Americas”.2nd Congresso Latinoamericano de Biogeografia & Humboldt 250 Conference of the International Biogeography Society (Quito/ Ecuador, 2019).*

“Probenahme am Feuersalamander – Theorie und Praxis”. Workshop Feuersalamander – Desinfektion und Probenahme (Wetzlar/ Germany, 2019).*

“Genetic and phenotypic changes during metamorphosis and  determination of the developmental origin of toxicity in the common fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)”. Net@Phys workshop in animal physiology (Rauischholzhausen/ Germany, 2019).

“The past, present and future of Salamandra skin poison research”. Deutscher Herpetologentag of the DGHT (Magdeburg/ Germany, 2018).*

“Stammbäume aus dem Reagenzglas: Neue Erkenntnisse und Methoden der Vogelspinnensystematik mittels Molekulargenetik”. Spring meeting of the ZAG Wirbellose e.V. (Halle/ Germany, 2018).*

“Vogelspinnensystematik im molekularbiologischen Zeitalter“. Arachnoweekend of the DeArGe e.V. (Hessisch Lichtenau/ Germany, 2018).*

Poster Presentations:

”The venom gland transcriptome of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi”. 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires/ Argentina, 2019).

 “Animal toxins for application in medicine and plant protection”. Recombinant Protein Production 10 Conference of the European Federation of Biotechnology (Hersonissos/ Greece, 2019).