Contact information:

Mgr. Ing. Jiří Šmíd

Email: jirismd@gmail.com


MSc Thesis:

Molecular and morphological variability of Mesalina watsonana and Ophisops elegans (Squamata; Lacertidae) in the Middle East.

Supervisor: Daniel Frynta



PhD Thesis:

Phylogeny and phylogeography of Hemidactylus geckos in the Near and Middle East.

Supervisor: Jiří Moravec



Research interests:

Historical biogeography, phylogeny and evolution of the reptile fauna of the Arabian Peninsula, Northeast Africa and adjacent regions.


Current projects:

Molecular phylogeny of the Arabian and East African representatives of the genus Hemidactylus, detection of possible transmarine colonization events and assessing the real diversity of the genus in this region using multiple mtDNA and nDNA markers and morphological characters.



  • Practicals in animal morphology (MB170C46)
  • Vertebrate zoology - practical part (MB170P13A)


Selected papers: 


BREJCHA, J., CIZELJ, I., MARIĆ, D., ŠMÍD, J., VAMBERGER, M., ŠANDA, R. (2014): First records of the soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis (Wiegmann, 1834), in the Balkans. Herpetozoa 26 (3/4): 189–192.


ŠMÍD, J., MORAVEC, J., KRATOCHVÍL, L., GVOŽDÍK, V., NASHER, A. K., BUSAIS, S. M., WILMS, T., SHOBRAK, M. Y., CARRANZA, S. (2013): Two newly recognized species of Hemidactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula and Sinai, Egypt. ZooKeys 355: 79–107. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.355.6190.


HOSSEINIAN YPUSEFKHANI, S. S., RASTEAGR-POUYANI, E., RASTEGAR-POUYANI, N., MASROOR, R., ŠMÍD, J. (2013): Modelling the potential distribution of Mesalina watsonana (Stoliczka, 1872) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) on the Iranian Plateau, Zoology in the Middle East, 59:3, 220228. doi:10.1080/09397140.2013.841429


ŠMÍD, J., CARRANZA, S., KRATOCHVÍL, L., GVOŽDÍK, V., NASHER, A.K., MORAVEC, J. (2013): Out of Arabia: A Complex Biogeographic History of Multiple Vicariance and Dispersal Events in the Gecko Genus Hemidactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). PLOS ONE 8(5):e64018. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064018


ŠMÍD J., FRYNTA D. (2012). Genetic variability of Mesalina watsonana (Reptilia: Lacertidae) on the Iranian plateau and its phylogenetic and biogeographic affinities as inferred from mtDNA sequences. Acta Herpetologica, 7, 139-153.


ŠMÍD J. (2012). Greenhouse netting as an effective trap for lizards in the Gran Canaria Island. Herpetology Notes, 5, 63.


MORAVEC J., KRATOCHVÍL L. AMR Z.S., JANDZIK D., ŠMÍD J., GVOŽDÍK V. (2011). High genetic differentiation within the Hemidactylus turcicus complex (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in the Levant, with comments on the phylogeny and systematics of the genus. Zootaxa, 2894, 21-38.


ŠMÍD J. (2010). New remarkable snake records from Oman. Herpetology Notes, 3, 329-332.