Publication List

 Citations: 267          First-Author Publications: 13
H-Index: 11               Last-Author Publications: 3
i10-Index: 12             Co-Authored Publications: 13

Articles |Peer Reviewed:

*= shared first authorship

Under Review:
[32.] Kaderka, R., T. Lüddecke, M. Rezac, V. Rezacova, M. Hüsser: Revision of the Peruvian tarantula Homoeomma peruvianum (Chamberlin, 1916): description of a novel genus with eleven new species and insights to the evolution of montane tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Theraphosinae). Under Review
Lüddecke, T., T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas: Proteomic insights into the molecular diversity of Cape cobra (Naja nivea) venom. Under Review.
[30.] Herzig, V., T. Hauke, T. Lüddecke: Towards a more sustainable trade with exotic arachnids. Under Review.

[29.] Hurka, S.,T. Lüddecke, A. Paas, L. Dersch, L. Schulte,  J. Eichberg, K. Hardes, K. Brinkrolf, A. Vilcinskas (2022): Bioactivity Profiling of In Silico Predicted Linear Toxins from the Ants Myrmica rubra and Myrmica ruginodis.Toxins 14(12), 846.
Erkoc, P., B.M. von Reumont, T. Lüddecke, M. Henke, T. Ulshöfer, A. Vilcinskas, R. Fürst, S. Schiffmann (2022): The Pharmacological Potential of Novel Melittin Variants from Honeybee and Solitary Bees in the Context of Inflammation and Cancer. Toxins 14(12), 818.
[27.] Eichberg, J., E. Maiworm, M. Oberpaul, V. Czudai-Matwich, T. Lüddecke, A. Vilcinskas, K. Hardes (2022): Antiviral Potential of Natural Resources against Influenza Infections. Viruses 14, 2452.
[26.] Von Reumont, B.M., G. Anderluh, A. Antunes, N. Ayvazyan, D. Beis, F. Caliskan, A. Crnkovic, M. Damm, S. Dutertre, L. Ellgaard, G. Gajski, H. German, B. Halassy, B.F. Hempel, T. Hucho, N. Igci, M.P. Ikonomopoulou, I. Karbat, M.I. Klapa, I. Koludarov, J. Kool, T. Lüddecke, R.B. Mansour, M.V. Modica, Y. Moran, A. Nalbantsoy, M.E. Pachon Ibanez, A. Panagiotopolous, E. Reuveny, J. Sanchez Cespedes, A. Sombke, J.M. Surm, E.A.B. Undheim, A. Verdes, G. Zancolli (2022): Modern venomics – Current insights, novel methods and future perspectives in biological and applied animal venom research. Gigascience 11, giac048.
[25.] Hurka, S., K. Brinkrolf, R. Özbek, F. Förster, A. Billion, J. Heep, T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas, T. Lüddecke (2022): Venomics of the Central European Myrmicine Ants Myrmica rubra and Myrmica ruginodis. Toxins 14(5): 358.
Lüddecke, T., V. Herzig, B. M. von Reumont, A. Vilcinskas (2022): The biology and evolution of spider venoms. Biological Reviews 97: 163-178.

[23.] Krämer, J., T. Lüddecke, M. Marner, E. Maiworm, J. Eichberg, K. Hardes, T. Schäberle, A. Vilcinskas, R. Predel (2022): Antimicrobial, Insecticidal and Cytotoxic Activity of Linear Venom Peptides from the Pseudoscorpion Chelifer cancroides. Toxins 14(1): 58.
[22.] Lüddecke, T., A. Vilcinskas (2022): Heilen mit Tiergiften: Tödliche Waffen des Tierreichs zur Therapie von Krankheiten nutzbar machen. Chemie in unserer Zeit 56 (2), doi: 10.1002/ciuz.202100005.

[21.] Lüddecke, T., A. Paas, L. Talmann, K.N. Kirchhoff, B.M. von Reumont, A. Billion, T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas (2021): A Spider Toxin Exemplifies the Promises and Pitfalls of Cell-free Protein Production for Venom Biodiscovery. Toxins 13: 575.
[20.] Kaderka, R., N. Ferretti, M. Hüsser, T. Lüddecke, R.C. West (2021): Antikuna, a new genus with seven new species from Peru (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Theraphosinae) and the highest altitude record for the family. Journal of Natural History 55(21-22): 1335-1402.
[19.] Schmidtberg, H., B.M. von Reumont, S. Lemke, A. Vilcinskas, T. Lüddecke (2021): Morphological Analysis Reveals a Compartmentalized Duct in the Venom Apparatus of the Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi). Toxins 13(4): 270.
[18.] Rancilhac, L., I. Irisarri, C. Angelini, J.W. Arntzen, W. Babik, F. Bossuyt, S. Künzel, T. Lüddecke, F. Pasmans, E. Sanchez, D. Weisrock, M. Veith, B. Wielstra, S. Steinfartz, M. Hofreiter, M. Vences (2021): Phylotranscriptomic evidence for pervasive ancient hybridisation among Old world salamanders. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 155: 106967.

[17.] Lüddecke, T., B.M. von Reumont (2020): Venomics: Tiergifte als Quelle neuartiger Bioressourcen. BIOspektrum 26(7): 724-727.
[16.] Jung, L., J. Dusek, T. Lüddecke, V. Schulz, K. Maier-Sam, L. Habich, A. Mosebach, M. Lierz, H.P. Ziemek (2020): Epidemiological screening of captive salamanders reveals current absence of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in private collections throughout the federal state of Hesse (Germany). Salamandra 56(3): 233-238.
[15.] von Reumont, B.M., T. Lüddecke, T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas, J. von Döhren, M. Nilsson (2020): Proteo-Transcriptomic Analysis Identifies Potential Novel Toxins Secreted by the Predatory, Prey-Piercing Ribbon Worm Amphiporus lactifloreus. Marine Drugs 18(8): 407.
[14.] Lüddecke, T., B.M. von Reumont, F. Förster, A. Billion, T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas, S. Lemke (2020): An Economic Dilemma Between Molecular Weapon Systems May Explain an Arachno-atypical Venom in Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi). Biomolecules 10: 978.
[13.] Lüddecke, T. (2020): Recent advances in Salamandra skin poison research. Toxicon 177, Suppl1: 6.
[12.] Lüddecke, T., B.M. von Reumont, F. Förster, A. Billion, T. Timm, G. Lochnit, A. Vilcinskas, S. Lemke (2020): The venom gland transcriptome of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi. Toxicon 177, Suppl1: 42-43.
[11.] Lüddecke, T. (2020): Translational tarantula phylogenomics: Evolution of theraphosid spiders and their defensive arsenal with implications for venom bioprospecting. Toxicon 177, Suppl1: 27.

[10.] Lüddecke, T. (2019): Über das Hautgift beim Feuersalamander. Feldherpetologisches Magazin 11: 9-16.
[9.] 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.
[8.] 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. Piel (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.
[7.] 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.
[6.] 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).
[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.
[4.] 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.

[3.] 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.
[2.] 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 subfamiliesMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 119: 63-70.
[1.] 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.

Articles | Not Peer-Reviewed:

[8.]  Lüddecke, T. (2022): Unknown poisoners: Exploring spider venoms for novel biomolecules. Fraunhofer IME Annual Report 2021: 48-49.
Lüddecke, T. (2022): The venoms of insects – often overlooked chemical arsenals. Antenna 46(1): 19-24.

[6.] Reinhardt, N., T. Lüddecke (2021): Die Gattung Phoneutria im Fokus: Taxonomie, Toxikologie und Haltung. ARACHNE 26(4): 06-24.
Lüddecke, T. (2021): Spider venom as a source for novel bioresources. Fraunhofer IME Annual Report 2020: 35-36.

[4.] Lüddecke, T. (2020): Das neue Gifttiergesetz in Nordrhein-Westfalen – Eine Übersicht. ARACHNE 25(4): 29-35.
[3.] Lüddecke, T. (2020): Stammesgeschichte der Vogelspinnen und die Evolution ihrer Verteidigungsstrategien, erklärt mit Phylogenomik. ARACHNE 25(3): 6-8.
[2.] Lüddecke, T. (2020): Nachruf auf Dr. Norman I. Platnick (1951-2020). ARACHNE 25(2): 6-8.

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


[3.] Lüddecke, T. (2021):”How the integration of phylogenetics and venomics resolves persistent challenges in evolutionary systematics and toxinology – lessons from the spider kingdom“. Doctoral Thesis, Justus Liebig University of Gießen (summa cum laude).

[2.] 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).

[1.] 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:

[18.] “Harnessing novel bio resources from venoms of small arachnids”. Invited talk at 21st World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology 2022 (Abu Dhabi/ United Arab Emirates).
“Achtbeinige Pharmazeuten: Wie Spinnengift zu Medizin wird”. Invited talk at Senckenberg Arachnolgisches Treffen 2022 (Frankfurt am Main/ Germany).
“The chemical diversity in arachnid venom as a source for bimolecular innovation in medicine and agriculture”. INSECTA 2022 Conference (Gießen/ Germany).
 “Heilen statt Vergiften: Arthropodengifte als Quelle biomolekularer Innovation”. Invited talk to the biological colloquium at Siegen University (Siegen/ Germany).
 “Arthropodengifte als Quelle neuer Bioressourcen”. Invited talk to the department of molecular evolution and systematics of animals, university of Leipzig (Leipzig/ Germany).

[13.] “Heilen statt Vergiften! Wie Spinnengifte der Menschheit nutzen können”. Invited talk to the DeArGe Seminar Series (online).
[12.] “Biology of spider venoms: where are we and what is missing?”. Invited talk to the International Toxin Talks 2021 (online).
[11.] Keynote:“Many-legged assassins and master chemists: understanding arthropod venoms as a source for biomolecular innovation”. Invited talk to the Ento21 conference of the Royal Entomological Society (online).

[10.]Neue Methoden an die Front! Wie genetische Informationen helfen die Evolution von Vogelspinnen und ihrer charakteristischen Merkmale aufzuklären“. Invited talk to the 54. International Tarantula Fair (Marbach am Neckar/ Germany, 2019).
[9.] Recent advances in Salamandra skin poison research”. 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires/ Argentina, 2019)
[8.] 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).
[7.] On the Evolution of Theraphosidae: Phylogenomics of tarantulas unravels major genetic lineages and suggests a rapid diversification in the Americas”. Invited talk to the 2nd Congresso Latinoamericano de Biogeografia & Humboldt 250 Conference of the International Biogeography Society (Quito/ Ecuador, 2019).
[6.] Probenahme am Feuersalamander – Theorie und Praxis“. Workshop Feuersalamander II – Desinfektion und Probenahme (Hofbieber/ Germany, 2019).
[5.] Probenahme am Feuersalamander – Theorie und Praxis“. Workshop Feuersalamander – Desinfektion und Probenahme (Wetzlar/ Germany, 2019).
[4.] 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).

[3.] The past, present and future of Salamandra skin poison research“. Invited talk to the Deutscher Herpetologentag of the DGHT (Magdeburg/ Germany, 2018).
[2.] Stammbäume aus dem Reagenzglas: Neue Erkenntnisse und Methoden der Vogelspinnensystematik mittels Molekulargenetik“. Invited talk to the Spring meeting of the ZAG Wirbellose e.V. (Halle/ Germany, 2018).
[1.] Vogelspinnensystematik im molekularbiologischen Zeitalter“. Invited talk to the Arachnoweekend of the DeArGe e.V. (Hessisch Lichtenau/ Germany, 2018).

Poster Presentations:

[6.] Toxins from Insects as a source for valuable new therapeutics and insecticides. INSECTA 2022 Conference (Gießen/ Germany).
Characterizing linear venom peptides from wolf spiders”. LOEWE-TBG Phase II Kickoff Symposium (Gießen/ Germany).
[4.] Venomics of native myrmecine ants”. LOEWE-TBG Phase II Kickoff Symposium (Gießen/ Germany)

[3.] Of salamanders and burying beetles – Exploring untapped microbial resources”. International VAAM Workshop 2019 (Jena/ Germany, 2019).
[2.] The venom gland transcriptome of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi”. 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires/ Argentina, 2019).
[1.] “Animal toxins for application in medicine and plant protection”. Recombinant Protein Production 10 Conference of the European Federation of Biotechnology (Hersonissos/ Greece, 2019).

Political Statements and Open Letters:

[2.] Anfrage zum Sachstand im Gesetzgebungsverfahren zu einem Gefahrtiergesetz NRW (Drs 17/7367) und einem Gifttiergesetz NRW (Drs 17/8297). (2020)
[1.] Stellungnahme der Deutschen Arachnologischen Gesellschaft (DeArGe e.V.) zum Entwurf des  geplanten Gifttiergesetzes (GiftTierG) in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Stellungnahme 17/2432 (2020).