For reprints, please contact Dave Blackburn.
Data files for many of these studies are available via Dryad.
DNA sequences are archived in GenBank.
CT scan data are available via MorphoSource.

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Research Publications (= 113)

2021

2020

2019

  • Bamba-Kaya, A., A.-G. Zassi-Boulou, E. Tobi, T.D. Hayes, D.M. Portik, D.C. Blackburn, G.F.M. Jongsma. 2019. Notes on a little known Central African reed frog, Hyperolius schoutedeni Laurent, 1943. Herpetology Notes 12: 873–876.
  • Bell, R.C., P.J. McLaughlin, G.F.M. Jongsma, D.C. Blackburn, and B.L. Stuart. 2019. Morphological and genetic variation of Leptopelis brevirostris encompasses the little-known treefrogs Leptopelis crystallinoron from Gabon and Leptopelis brevipes from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. African Journal of Herpetology 68: 91–117.
  • Blackburn, D.C., G. Giribet, D.E. Soltis, and E.L. Stanley. 2019. Predicting the impact of describing new species on phylogenetic patterns. Integrative Organismal Biology​ 1: obz028.
  • Blackburn, D.C., D.J. Paluh, I. Krone, E.M. Roberts, E.L. Stanley, and N.J. Stevens. 2019. The earliest fossil of the African Clawed Frog (genus Xenopus) from sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Herpetology 53: 125–130.​​
  • Blackburn, D.C., L. Roberts, M.C. Vallejo-Pareja, and E.L. Stanley. 2019. First record of the anuran family Rhinophrynidae from the Oligocene of eastern North America. Journal of Herpetology​ 53: 316–323.
  • Byrne, A.Q., V.T. Vredenburg, A. Martel, F. Pasmans, R.C. Bell, D.C. Blackburn, C.J. Briggs, R.M. Brown, M.C. Bletz, J. Bosch, R. Figueroa-Valenzuela, S.L. Ghose, J.R. Jaeger, A.J. Jani, M. Jirku, R.A. Knapp, D.M. Portik, C.L. Richards-Zawacki, H. Rockney, T. Stark, H. Sulaeman, N.T. Tao, J. Voyles, A.W. Waddle, Z. Yuan, and E.R. Rosenblum. 2019. Cryptic diversity of a widespread global pathogen reveals new threats for amphibian conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116: 20382–20387.
  • Evans, B.J., M.-T. Gansauge, E.L. Stanley, B.L.S. Furman, C.M. Cauret, C. Ofori-Boateng, V. Gvoždík, J.W. Streicher, E. Greenbaum, R.C. Tinsley, M. Meyer, and D.C. Blackburn. 2019. Xenopus fraseri: Mr. Fraser, where did your frog come from? PLoS One 14: e0220892.
  • Matthews, T., R. Keeffe, and D.C. Blackburn. 2019. Identification guide to fossil frog assemblages of southern Africa based on ilia of extant taxa. Zoologischer Anzeiger 283: 46–57. Download images of Figure 3a and 3b.
  • Paluh, D.J., E.L. Stanley, and D.C. Blackburn. 2019. First dietary record of Gastrotheca guentheri (Hemiphractidae), the lone anuran with true mandibular teeth. Herpetology Notes 12: 699–700.
  • Portik, D.M., R.C. Bell, D.C. Blackburn, A.M. Bauer, C.D. Barratt, W.R. Branch, M. Burger, A. Channing, T.J. Colston, W. Conradie, J.M. Dehling, R.C. Drewes, R. Ernst, E. Greenbaum, V. Gvoždík, J. Harvey, A. Hillers, M. Hirschfeld, G.F.M. Jongsma, J. Kielgast, M.T. Kouete, L.P. Lawson, A.D. Leaché, S.P. Loader, S. Lötters, A. van der Meijden, M. Menegon, S. Müleer, Z.T Nagy, C. Ofori-Boateng, A. Ohler, T.J. Papenfuss, D. Rößler, U. Sinsch, M.-O. Rödel, M. Veith, J. Vindum, A.-G. Zassi-Boulou, and J.A. McGuire. 2019. Sexual dichromatism drives diversification within a major radiation of African amphibians. Systematic Biology 68: 859–875.
  • Stocker, M.R., S.J. Nesbitt, B. Klingman, D.J. Paluh, A.D. Marsh, D.C. Blackburn, and W.G. Parker. 2019. The earliest equatorial record of anurans from the Late Triassic of Arizona. Biology Letters 15: 20180922.
  • Vijayakumar, S.P., R.A. Pyron, K.P. Dinesh, V. Torsekar, A.V. Srikanthan, P. Swamy, E.L. Stanley, D.C. Blackburn, and K. Shanker. 2019. A new ancient lineage of frog (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae: Astrobatrachinae subfam. nov.) endemic to the Western Ghats of peninsular India. PeerJ 7: e6457.
2018
  • Arroyo-Lambaer, D., H. Chapman, M. Hale, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. Conservation genetics of threatened frogs in the mountains of Nigeria. PLoS ONE 13: e0202010.
  • Ceríaco, L.M.P., S. Bandeira, M.P. Marques, I. Agarwal, E.L. Stanley, A.M. Bauer, M.P. Heinicke, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. A new earless species of Poyntonophrynus (Anura: Bufonidae) from the Serra da Neve Inselberg, Namibe Province, Angola. ZooKeys 780: 109–136.
  • Ceríaco, L.M.P., M.P. Marques, S. Bandeira, D.C. Blackburn, A.M. Bauer. 2018. Herpetological survey of Cangandala National Park, with a synoptic list of the amphibians and reptiles of Malanje Province, Central Angola. Herpetological Review 49: 408–431.
  • Charles, K.L., R.C. Bell, D.C. Blackburn, M. Burger, M.K. Fujita, V. Gvoždík, G.F.M. Jongsma, M.T. Kouete, A.D. Leaché, and D.M. Portik. 2018. Sky, sea, and forest Islands: diversification in the African leaf-folding frog Afrixalus paradorsalis (Anura: Hyperoliidae) of the Lower Guineo-Congolian rainforest. Journal of Biogeography 45: 1781–1794. See here for data from this publication.
  • Jongsma, G.F.M., M.F. Barej, C.D. Barratt, M. Burger, W. Conradie, R. Ernst, E. Greenbaum, M. Hirschfeld, A.D. Leaché, J. Penner, D.M. Portik, A.-G. Zassi-Boulou, M.-O. Rödel, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. Diversity and biogeography of frogs in the genus Amnirana (Anura: Ranidae) across sub-Saharan Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 120: 274–285.
  • Kerney, R.R., J. Hanken, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. Early limb patterning in the direct-developing salamander Plethodon cinereus revealed by sox9 and col2a1. Evolution & Development​ 20: 100–107.
  • Marques, M.P., L.M.P. Ceríaco, D.C. Blackburn, and A.M. Bauer. 2018. Diversity and distribution of the amphibians and reptiles of Angola: an atlas of historical and bibliographical records (1840–2017). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 4, 65 (Supplement II): 1–501.
  • Portik, D.M., G.F.M. Jongsma, M.T. Kouete, L.A. Scheinberg, B. Freiermuth, W.P. Tapondjou, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. Ecological, morphological, and reproductive aspects of a diverse assemblage of hyperoliid frogs (family: Hyperoliidae) surrounding Mt. Kupe, Cameroon. Herpetological Review 48: 397–408.
  • Santos, J.C., R.D. Tarvin, L.A. O’Connell, D.C. Blackburn, and L.A. Coloma. 2018. Diversity within diversity: parasite species richness in poison frogs assessed by transcriptomics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 40–50.
  • Tolley, K.A., W. Conradie, J. Harvey, J. Measey, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. Molecular phylogenetics reveals a complex history underlying cryptic diversity in the Bush Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis wahlbergii) in southern Africa. African Zoology 53: 83–97.
  • ​Xing, L., E.L. Stanley, M. Bai, and D.C. Blackburn. 2018. The earliest direct evidence of frogs in wet tropical forests from Cretaceous Burmese amber. Scientific Reports 8: 8770.

2017

  • Bell, R.C., J.L. Parra, G. Badjedjea, M.F. Barej, D.C. Blackburn, M. Burger, A. Channing, J.M. Dehling, E. Greenbaum, V. Gvoždik, J. Kielgast, C. Kusamba, S. Lötters, P.J. McLaughlin, Z. Nagy, M.-O. Rödel, D.M. Portik, B.L. Stuart, J. VanDerWal, and K.R. Zamudio. 2017. Comparative phylogeography of Central African reed frogs demonstrates idiosyncratic responses to climate-driven forest fragmentation and marine incursions. Molecular Ecology 26: 5223–5244.
  • Blackburn, D.C., J. Brecko, E.L. Stanley, and D. Meirte. 2017. Observations on the reproductive biology of Laurentophryne parkeri (Laurent, 1950) based on the holotype. Herpetology Notes 10: 681–683.
  • Feng, Y.-J., D.C. Blackburn, D. Liang, D.M. Hillis, D.B. Wake, D.C. Cannatella, and P. Zhang. 2017. Phylogenomics reveals rapid, simultaneous diversification of three major clades of Gondwanan frogs at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 114: E5864–E5870.
  • Heinicke, M.P., L.M.P. Ceríaco, I.M. Moore, A.M. Bauer, and D.C. Blackburn. 2017. Tomopterna damarensis (Anura: Pyxicephalidae) is broadly distributed in Namibia and Angola. Salamandra 53: 461–465.
  • Jongsma, G.F.M., E. Tobi, G.P. Dixon-MacCallum, A. Bamba, J.-A. Yoga, J.-D. Mbega, J.-H. Mve Beh, A.M. Emrich, and D.C. Blackburn. 2017. Amphibians of Haut Ogooué Province, southeastern Gabon. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 11: 1–23.
  • Portik, D.M, A.D. Leaché, D. Rivera, M. Hirschfeld, M. Burger, M.-O. Rödel, D.C. Blackburn, and M.K. Fujita. 2017. Evaluating mechanisms of diversification in a Guineo-Congolian forest frog using demographic model selection. Molecular Ecology 26: 5245–5263. ​​
  • Ribeiro, L.F., D.C. Blackburn, E.L. Stanley, M.R. Pie, and M.R. Bornschein. 2017. Two new species of the Brachycephalus pernix group (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from the state of Paraná, southern Brazil. PeerJ 5:e3603.

2016

  • Blackburn, D.C., E. Greenbaum, M. Fabrezi, D. Meirte, A.J. Plumptre, and E.L. Stanley. 2016. The distribution of the Bururi Long-fingered Frog (Cardioglossa cyaneospila, family Arthroleptidae), a poorly known Albertine Rift endemic. Zootaxa 4170: 355–364.
  • Bornschein, M.R., L.F. Ribeiro, D.C. Blackburn, E.L. Stanley, and M.R. Pie. A new species of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. PeerJ 4: e2629.
  • Ceríaco, L.M.P., S.A.C. de Sá, S. Bandeira, H. Valério, E.L. Stanley, A.L. Kuhn, M.P.Marques, J.V. Vindum, D.C. Blackburn, and A.M. Bauer. 2016. Herpetological survey of Iona National Park and Namibe Regional Natural Park, with a synoptic list of the amphibians and reptiles of Namibe Province, southwestern Angola. 2016.Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 63: 15–61.
  • Dececchi, T.A., P.M. Mabee, and D.C. Blackburn. 2016. Data sources for trait databases: comparing the  phenomic content of monographs and evolutionary matrices. PLoS One 11: e0155680.
  • Hirschfeld, M., D.C. Blackburn, T.M. Doherty-Bone, L.N. Gonwouo, S. Ghose, and M.-O. Rödel. 2016. Dramatic declines of montane frogs in a Central African biodiversity hotspot. PLoS One 11: e0155129.
  • Jongsma, G.F.M., A.B. Kaya, J.-A. Yoga, J.-D. Mbega, J.-H. Mve Beh, E. Tobi, A.M. Emrich, G.P. Dixon-MacCallum, D. Davis, J. Kerby, and D.C. Blackburn. 2016. Widespread presence and high prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Gabon. Herpetological Review 47: 227–230. Data available on amphibiandisease.org.
  • Menke, M., P. Peram, I. Starnberger, W. Hödl, G.F.M. Jongsma, D.C. Blackburn, M.-O. Rödel, M. Vences, and S. Schulz. Identification, synthesis, and mass spectrometry of a macrolide from the African Reed Frog Hyperolius cinnamomeoventrisBeilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 12: 2731–2738.
  • Portik, D.M., and D.C. Blackburn. 2016. The evolution of reproductive diversity in Afrobatrachia: a phylogenetic comparative analysis of an extensive radiation of African frogs. Evolution 70: 2017–2032.
  • Portik, D.M., G.F.M. Jongsma, M.T. Kouete, LA. Scheinberg, B. Freiermuth, W.P. Tapondjou, and D.C. Blackburn. 2016. A survey of amphibians and reptiles in the foothills of Mount Kupe, Cameroon. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10: 37–67.

2015

  • Blackburn, D.C., E.M. Roberts, and N.J. Stevens. 2015. The earliest record of the endemic African frog family Ptychadenidae from the Oligocene Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35: e907174.
  • Brown, R.M., Y.-C. Su, B. Barger, C.D. Siler, A.C. Diesmos, and D.C. Blackburn. 2015. Phylogeny of the island archipelago frog genus Sanguirana: another endemic Philippine radiation that diversified ‘Out-of-Palawan.’ Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94: 531–536.
  • Deans, A.R. et al. 2015. Finding our way through phenotypes. PLoS Biology 13: e1002033.
  • ​​Evans, B.J., T.F. Carter, E. Greenbaum, V. Gvoždík, D.B. Kelley, P.J. McLaughlin, O.S.G. Pauwels, D.M.Portik, E.L. Stanley, R.C. Tinsley, M.L. Tobias, and D.C. Blackburn. 2015. Genetics, morphology, advertisement calls, and historical records distinguish six new polyploid species of African clawed frog (Xenopus, Pipidae) from West and Central Africa. PLoS ONE 10: e0142823.
  • Hirschfeld, M., D.C. Blackburn, M. Burger, E. Greenbaum, A.-G. Zassi-Boulou, and M.-O. Rödel. 2015. Two new species of long-fingered frogs of the genus Cardioglossa (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from Central African rainforests. African Journal of Herpetology 64: 81–102.
  • Portik, D.M., L. Scheinberg, D.C. Blackburn, and R.A. Saporito. 2015. Lack of defensive alkaloids in the integumentary tissue of four brilliantly colored African reed frog species (Hyperoliidae: Hyperolius). Herpetological Conservation and Biology 10: 833–838.
  • Wake, D.B., D.C. Blackburn, and R.E. Lombard. 2015. Transitions to feeding on land by salamanders feature repetitive convergent evolution. Pp. 395–405 in N. Shubin, K. Dial, and E.L. Brainerd (eds.), Great Transformations: Major Events in the History of Vertebrate Life. University of Chicago Press.

2014

  • Blackburn, D.C., and S. Scali. 2014. An annotated catalog of the type specimens of amphibians in the collection of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan, Italy. Herpetological Monographs 28: 24–45.
  • Ceríaco, L.M.P., A.M. Bauer, D.C. Blackburn, and A. Lavres. 2014. The herpetofauna of the Capanda Dam Region, Malanje, Angola. Herpetological Review 45: 667–674.
  • Ceríaco, L.M.P., D.C. Blackburn, M.P. Marques, and F.M. Calado. 2014. Catalogue of the amphibian and reptile type specimens of the Museo de História Natural da Universidade do Porto in Portugal, with some comments on problematic taxa. Alytes 31: 13–36.
  • Haendel, M.A., J.P. Balhoff, F.B. Bastian, D.C. Blackburn, J.A. Blake, Y. Bradford, A. Comte, W.M. Dahdul, T.A. Dececchi, R.E. Druzinsky, T.F. Hayamizu, N. Ibrahim, S.E. Lewis, P.M. Mabee, A. Niknejad, M. Robinson-Rechavi, P.C. Sereno, and C.J. Mungall. 2014. Unification of multi-species vertebrate anatomy ontologies for comparative biology in Uberon. Journal of Biomedical Semantics 5: 21.
  • Rocha, L.A., et al. 2014. Specimen collection: an essential tool. Science 344: 814–815.

2013

  • Blackburn, D.C., C.A. Siler, A.C. Diesmos, J.A. McGuire, D.C. Cannatella, and R.M. Brown. 2013. An adaptive radiation of frogs in a Southeast Asian island archipelago. Evolution 67: 2631–2646.
  • Blackburn, D.C., and W.E. Duellman. 2013. Brazilian marsupial frogs are diphyletic (Anura: Hemiphractidae: Gastrotheca). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 709–714.
  • Brown, R.M., C.D. Siler, C.H. Oliveros, J.A. Esselstyn, A.C. Diesmos, P.A. Hosner, C.W. Linkem, A.J. Barley, J.R. Oaks, M.B. Sanguila, L.J. Welton, D.C. Blackburn, R.G. Moyle, A.T. Peterson, and A.C. Alcala. 2013. Evolutionary processes of diversification in a model island archipelago. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 44: 411–435.
  • Chan, K.O., D.C. Blackburn, R.W. Murphy, B.L. Stuart, D.A. Emmett, and R.M. Brown. 2013. New species of narrow-mouthed frog of the genus Kaloula Gray, 1831 from eastern Indochina. Herpetologica 69: 329–341.
  • Cruz, D., A.L. Dawson, and D.C. Blackburn. 2013. Description of the tadpoles of two Cameroonian frogs, Leptodactylodon axillaris and L. perreti (Anura: Arthroleptidae). African Journal of Herpetology 62: 28–39.
  • Midford, P.E., T.A. Dececchi, J.P. Balhoff, W.M. Dahdul, N. Ibrahim, H. Lapp, J.G. Lundberg, P.M. Mabee, M. Westerfield, T.J. Vision, and D.C. Blackburn. 2013. The Vertebrate Taxonomy Ontology: a framework for reasoning across model organism and species phenotypes. Journal of Biomedical Semantics 4: 34.

2012

  • Blackburn, D.C. 2012. A new species of Arthroleptis (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from Ngozi Crater in the Poroto Mountains of southwestern Tanzania. Journal of Herpetology 46: 129–135.
  • Dahdul, W.M., J.P. Balhoff, D.C. Blackburn, A.D. Diehl, M.A. Haendel, B.K. Hall, H. Lapp, J.G. Lundberg, C.J. Mungall, M. Ringwald, E. Segerdell, C.E. Van Slyke, M.K. Vickaryous, M. Westerfield, and P.M. Mabee. 2012. A unified anatomy ontology of the vertebrate skeletal system. PLoS ONE 7: e51070.
  • Kerney, R.R., D.C. Blackburn, H. Müller, and J. Hanken. 2012. Do larval traits re-evolve? Evidence from the embryogenesis of a direct-developing salamander, Plethodon cinereusEvolution 66: 252–262.

2011

  • Blackburn, D.C., and M. Beier. 2011. “Xenopus paratropicalis” is not a valid name. Zootaxa 3035: 57–58.
  • Blackburn, D.C., and M.-O. Rödel. 2011. A new puddle frog (Phrynobatrachidae: Phrynobatrachus) from the Obudu Plateau in eastern Nigeria. Herpetologica 67: 271–287.
  • Blackburn, D.C., and D.B. Wake. 2011. Class Amphibia Gray, 1825. [Invited Review]. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.), Animal biodiversity: an outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richnessZootaxa 3148: 39–55.
      See also: Blackburn, D.C., and D.B. Wake. 2012. Additions and Corrections. Zootaxa 3381: 45–46.
  • Duellman, W.E., A. Catenazzi, and D.C. Blackburn. 2011. A new species of marsupial frog (Anura: Hemiphractidae: Gastrotheca) from the Andes of southern Peru. Zootaxa 3095: 1–14.
  • Duellman, W.E., K.-H. Jungfer, and D.C. Blackburn. 2011. The phylogenetic relationship of geographically separated “Flectonotus” (Anura: Hemiphractidae), as revealed by molecular, behavioral, and morphological data. Phyllomedusa 10: 15–29.
  • Loader, S.P., J.C. Poynton, L.P. Lawson, D.C. Blackburn, and M. Menegon. 2011. Amphibian diversity in the northwestern Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania, with the description of a new species of Arthroleptis (Anura: Arthroleptidae). Fieldiana (Life and Earth Sciences) 2011 (4): 90–102.
  • Reeder, N.M.M., T. Cheng, V.T. Vredenburg, and D.C. Blackburn. 2011. Survey of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from montane and lowland frogs in eastern Nigeria. Herpetology Notes 4: 83–86.
  • Trueb, L., R. Diaz, and D.C. Blackburn. 2011. Osteology and chondrocranial morphology of Gastrophryne carolinensis (Anura: Microhylidae), with a review of the osteological diversity of New World microhylids. Phyllomedusa 10: 99–135.

2010

  • Blackburn, D.C. 2010. A new puddle frog (Phrynobatrachidae: Phrynobatrachus) from the Mambilla Plateau in Eastern Nigeria. African Journal of Herpetology 59: 33–52.
  • Blackburn, D.C. 2010. A new squeaker frog (Arthroleptidae: Arthroleptis) from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Herpetologica 66: 320–334.
  • Blackburn, D.C., D.P. Bickford, A.C. Diesmos, D.T. Iskandar, and R.M. Brown. 2010. An ancient origin for the enigmatic Flat-Headed Frogs (Bombinatoridae: Barbourula) from the islands of Southeast Asia. PLoS ONE 5: e12090.
  • Blackburn, D.C., B.J. Evans, A.P. Pessier, and V.T. Vredenburg. 2010. An enigmatic mortality event in the only population of the Critically Endangered Cameroonian frog Xenopus longipesAfrican Journal of Herpetology 59: 111–122.
  • Blackburn, D.C., V. Gvoždik, and A.D. Leaché. 2010. A new squeaker frog (Arthroleptidae: Arthroleptis) from the mountains of Cameroon and Nigeria. Herpetologica 66: 335–348.
  • Jackson, K., and D.C. Blackburn. 2010. Results of a survey of amphibians and reptiles at degraded sites near Pointe Noire, Kouilou Region, Republic of Congo. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5: 414–429.
  • Martin, J.L., D.C. Blackburn, and E.O. Wiley. 2010. Are node-based and stem-based clades equivalent? Insights from graph theory. PLoS Currents: Tree of Life.

2009

2008

  • Blackburn, D.C. 2008. Biogeography and evolution of body size and life history of African frogs: phylogeny of squeakers (Arthroleptis) and long-fingered frogs (Cardioglossa) estimated from mitochondrial data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49: 806–826.
  • Blackburn, D.C. 2008. A new species of Cardioglossa (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae) endemic to Mount Manengouba in the Republic of Cameroon, with an analysis of morphological diversity in the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 611–630.
  • Blackburn, D.C., K.W. Conley, D.C. Plachetzki, K. Kempler, B.-A. Battelle, and N.L. Brown. 2008. Isolation and expression of Pax6 and atonal homologues in the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemusDevelopmental Dynamics 237: 2209–2219.
  • Blackburn, D.C., J. Kosuch, A. Schmitz, M. Burger, P. Wagner, L.N. Gonwouo, A. Hillers, and M.-O. Rödel. 2008. A new species of Cardioglossa (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the Upper Guinean Forests of West Africa. Copeia 2008: 603–612.
  • Zimkus, B.M. and D.C. Blackburn2008. Distinguishing features of the sub-Saharan frog genera Arthroleptis and Phrynobatrachus: a short guide for field and museum-based researchers. Breviora (Museum of Comparative Zoology) 513: 1–12.
  • Zimmerman, J., M. Hajibabaei, D.C. Blackburn, J. Hanken, E. Cantin, J. Posfai, and T.C. Evans, Jr. 2008. DNA damage in preserved specimens and tissue samples: a molecular assessment. Frontiers in Zoology 5: 18.

2003–2007

  • Jackson, K. and D.C. Blackburn. 2007. The amphibians and reptiles of Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). Salamandra 43: 149–164.
  • Blackburn, D.C. and C.S. Moreau. 2006. Ontogenetic diet change in the arthroleptid frog Schoutedenella xenodactyloides. Journal of Herpetology 40: 388–394.
  • Harzsch, S., K. Vilpoux, D.C. Blackburn, D. Platchetzki, N. Brown, R. Melzer, K. Kempler, and B. Battelle. 2006. Evolution of arthropod visual systems: development of the eyes and central visual pathways in the horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus Linnaeus, 1758 (Chelicerata, Xiphosura). Developmental Dynamics 235: 2641–2655.
  • Blackburn, D.C. 2005. Cardioglossa liberiensis Barbour & Loveridge 1927 is a junior synonym of Phrynobatrachus fraterculus (Chabanaud 1921). African Journal of Herpetology 54: 171–179.
  • Sidor, C.A., D.C. Blackburn, and B. Gado. 2003. The vertebrate fauna of the Upper Permian of Niger—II. Preliminary description of a new pareiasaur. Palaeontologia Africana 39: 45–52.
  • Stock, S.R., D.C. Blackburn, M. Gradassi, and H.-G. Simon. 2003. Bone formation during forelimb regeneration: A microtomography (microCT) analysis. Developmental Dynamics 226: 410–417.

 Book Reviews

Geographic Distribution and Natural History Notes​​

  • Weinell, J.L., D.J. Paluh, A.J. Singh, D.C. Blackburn, and R.M. Brown. 2019. Myersophis alpestris: reproduction. Herpetological Review 50: 164–165.
  • Blackburn, D.C., D.J. Paluh, and E.L. Stanley. 2017. Phrynobatrachus krefftii: anurophagy. Herpetological Review 48: 413–414.
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