Laurie J. Vitt, Ph.D.

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Laurie J. Vitt, Ph.D.

George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Curator Emeritus

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vitt@ou.edu


I was Curator of Reptiles at the Sam Noble Museum and Professor in the OU Biology Department for 21 years, following eight years as Professor of Biology at UCLA. I am currently Curator and Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2011. Much of my more recent research has focused on biodiversity and ecology of tropical herpetofaunas. Along with collaborators from the United States and Brazil, I have also been involved in research examining global patterns of resource use and life histories of lizards. As a professor in the Biology Department, I trained graduate students at the Master’s and Ph. D. level as well as participating in undergraduate teaching. I am an elected corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

I was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Sciences and Technologies, Western Washington University in 2007 and a Distinguished Herpetologist Award by the Herpetologists’ League at the World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012. I am co-author of the textbook, Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Fourth Edition, with Dr. Janalee Caldwell. I remain actively involved in research, working with collaborators in several Latin American countries, especially Brazil, as well as collaborators in the United States.

Publications

Vitt, L. J. 1973. Reproductive biology of the anguid lizard Gerrhonotus coeruleus principis. Herpetologica 29:176-184.

Vitt, L. J., and A. C. Hulse. 1973. Observations on the feeding habits and tail display of the Sonoran coral snake, Micruroides euryxanthus. Herpetologica 29:302-304.

Congdon, J. D., L. J. Vitt, and W. W. King. 1974. Geckos: adaptive significance and energetics of tail autotomy. Science 184:1379-1380.

Vitt, L. J. 1974. Reproductive effort and energy comparisons of adults, eggs and neonates of Gerrhonotus coeruleus principis. Journal of Herpetology  8:165-168.

Vitt, L. J. 1974. Body temperatures of high latitude reptiles. Copeia 1974:255-256.

Vitt, L. J. 1974. Winter aggregations, size classes, and relative tail breaks in the tree lizard, Urosaurus ornatus (Sauria: Iguanidae). Herpetologica 30:182-183.

Vitt, L. J., J. D. Congdon, J. E. Platz, and A. C. Hulse. 1974. Territorial aggressive encounters and tail breaks in the lizard Sceloporus magister. Copeia 1974:990-993.

Vitt, L. J., and R. D. Ohmart. 1974. Reproduction and Ecology of a Colorado River population of Sceloporus magister (Sauria: Iguanidae). Herpetologica 30:410-417.

Congdon, J. D., L. J. Vitt, J. E. Platz, and A. C. Hulse. 1975. A portable rapid injector for preserving fish, amphibian and reptile specimens in the field. Copeia 1975:183.

Vitt, L. J. 1975. Observations on reproduction in five species of Arizona snakes. Herpetologica 31:83-84.

Vitt, L. J., and R. D. Ohmart. 1975. Ecology, reproduction, and reproductive effort in the iguanid lizard Urosaurus graciosus on the lower Colorado River. Herpetologica 31:56-65.

Vitt, L. J. 1977. Observations on clutch and egg size and evidence for multiple clutches in some lizards of southwestern United States. Herpetologica 33:333-339.

Vitt, L. J., and R. D. Ohmart. 1977. Ecology and reproduction of lower Colorado River lizards: I. Callisaurus draconoides (Iguanidae). Herpetologica 33:214-222.

Vitt, L. J., and R. D. Ohmart. 1977. Ecology and reproduction of lower Colorado River lizards: II. Cnemidophorus tigris (Teiidae), with comparisons. Herpetologica 33:223-234.

Vitt, L. J., J. D. Congdon, and N. A. Dickson. 1977. Adaptive strategies and energetics of tail autotomy in lizards. Ecology 58:326-337.

Vitt, L. J. 1978. Caloric content of lizard and snake (Reptilia) eggs and bodies and the conversion of weight to caloric data. Journal of Herpetology  13:65-72.

Congdon, J. D., L. J. Vitt, and N. F. Hadley. 1978. Parental investment: comparative reproductive energetics in bisexual and unisexual lizards, genus Cnemidophorus. American Naturalist 112:509-521.

Vitt, L. J., R. C. Van Loben Sels, and R. D. Ohmart. 1978. Lizard reproduction: annual variation and environmental correlates in the iguanid lizard Urosaurus graciosus. Herpetologica 34:241-253.

Vitt, L. J., and R. D. Ohmart. 1978. Herpetofauna of the lower Colorado River: Davis Dam to the Mexican border. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 2:33-72.

Vitt, L. J., and J. D. Congdon. 1978. Body shape, reproductive effort, and relative clutch mass in lizards: resolution of a paradox. American Naturalist 112:595-608.

Vitt, L. J. 1980. Ecological observations on sympatric Philodryas (Colubridae) in northeastern Brazil. Papéis Avulsos Zoologia (S. Paulo) 34:87-98.

Laerm, J., B. J. Freeman, L. J. Vitt, J. M. Meyers, and L. Logan. 1980. Vertebrates of Okefenokee Swamp. Brimleyana 4:47-73.

Congdon, J. D., L. J. Vitt, and N. F. Hadley. 1981. Reply to Schall. American Naturalist 117:217-222.

Vitt, L. J. 1981. Lizard reproduction: habitat specificity and constraints on relative clutch mass. American Naturalist 117:506-514.

Vitt, L. J., and T. E. Lacher, Jr. 1981. Behavior, habitat, diet, and reproduction of the iguanid lizard Polychrus acutirostris in the caatinga of northeastern Brazil. Herpetologica 37:53-63.

Vitt, L. J., R. C. Van Loben Sels, and R. D. Ohmart. 1981. Ecological relationships among arboreal desert lizards. Ecology 62:398-410.

Vitt, L. J. 1981. Tail autotomy and regeneration in the tropical skink Mabuya heathi. Journal of Herpetology  15:454-457

Vitt, L. J., and H. J. Price. 1982. Ecological and evolutionary determinants of relative clutch mass in lizards. Herpetologica 38:237-255.

Vitt, L. J. 1982. Book review: The behavioral ecology of the Komodo monitor, by Walter Auffenberg. Copeia 1982:733-734.

Vitt, L. J., and J. Laerm. 1982. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science 40:75-83.

Congdon, J. D., L. J. Vitt, R. C. Van Loben Sels, and R. D. Ohmart. 1982. The ecological significance of water flux rates in arboreal desert lizards of the genus Urosaurus. Physiological Zoology 55:317-322.

Vitt, L. J., and R. E. Ballinger. 1982. The adaptive significance of a complex caudal adaptation in the tropical gekkonid lizard, Lygodactylus klugei. Canadian Journal of Zoology  60:2582-2587.

Vitt, L. J. 1982. Sexual dimorphism and reproduction in the microteiid lizard, Gymnophthalmus multiscutatus. Journal of Herpetology  16:325-329.

Vitt, L. J. 1982. Reproductive tactics of Ameiva ameiva (Lacertilia: Teiidae) in a seasonally fluctuating tropical habitat. Canadian Journal of Zoology  60:3113-3120.

Vitt, L. J. 1983. Reproductive ecology of two tropical iguanid lizards: Tropidurus torquatus and Platynotus semitaeniatus. Copeia 1983:131-141.

Vitt, L. J. 1983. Ecology of an anuran-eating guild of terrestrial tropical snakes. Herpetologica 39:52-66.

Vitt, L. J. 1983. Reproduction and sexual dimorphism in the tropical teiid lizard, Cnemidophorus ocellifer. Copeia 1983:359-366.

Vitt, L. J. 1983. Tail loss in lizards: the significance of foraging and predator escape modes. Herpetologica 39:151-162.

Vitt, L. J., and L. D. Vangilder. 1983. Ecology of a snake community in northeastern Brazil. Amphibia-Reptilia 4:273-296.

Avery, H. W., and L. J. Vitt. 1984. How to get blood from a turtle. Copeia 1984:209-210.

Cooper, W. E., L. J. Vitt, L. D. Vangilder, and J. W. Gibbons. 1983. Natural nest sites and brooding behavior of Eumeces fasciatus. Herpetological Review 14:65-66.

Vitt, L. J., and D. G. Blackburn. 1983. Reproduction in the lizard Mabuya heathi (Scincidae): a commentary on viviparity in New World Mabuya. Canadian Journal of Zoology  61:2798-2806.

Cooper, W. E., and L. J. Vitt. 1984. Conspecific odor detection by the male broad-headed skink, Eumeces laticeps: effects of sex and site of odor source and of male reproductive condition. Journal of Experimental Zoology 230:199-209.

Vitt, L. J., and J. A. Campbell. 1984. Book Review: The snakes of Honduras by L. D. Wilson and J. R. Meyer. Herpetologica 40:345-346.

Blackburn, D. G., L. J. Vitt, and C. A. Beuchat. 1984. Eutherian-like reproductive specializations in a viviparous reptile. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 81:4860-4863.

Van Loben Sels, R. C., and L. J. Vitt. 1984. Desert lizard reproduction: seasonal and annual variation in Urosaurus ornatus (Iguanidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology  62:1779-1787.

Cooper, W. E., and L. J. Vitt. 1984. Detection of conspecific odors by the female broad-headed skink, Eumeces laticeps. Journal of Experimental Zoology 229:49-54.

Blackburn, D. G., H. E. Evans, and L. J. Vitt. 1985. The evolution of fetal nutritional adaptations. Pp. 437-439 In: H. R. Duncker and G. Fleischer (Eds.), Vertebrate Morphology. Gustav Fischer Verlag (Stuttgart).

Vitt, L. J., and R. A. Seigel. 1985. Life history traits of lizards and snakes. American Naturalist 125:480-484.

Vitt, L. J., J. M. Howland, and A. E. Dunham. 1985. The effect of formalin fixation on weight of lizard eggs. Journal of Herpetology  19:297-299.

Vitt, L. J. 1985. On the biology of the little known anguid lizard, Diploglossus lessonae. Papéis Avulsos Zoologia (São Paulo). 36:69-76.

Cooper, W. E., C. Caffrey, and L. J. Vitt. 1985. Diel activity patterns in the banded gecko, Coleonyx variegatus. Journal of Herpetology  19:308-311

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1985. The evolution of sexual dimorphism in the skink Eumeces laticeps: an example of sexual selection. Canadian Journal of Zoology  63:995-1002.

Cooper, W. E., C. Caffrey, and L. J. Vitt. 1985. Aggregation in the banded gecko, Coleonyx variegatus. Herpetologica 41:342-350.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1985. The relationship between reproduction and lipid cycling in Eumeces laticeps with comments on brooding ecology. Herpetologica 41:419-432.

Cooper, W. E., and L. J. Vitt. 1985. Blue tails and autotomy: enhancement of predation avoidance in juvenile skinks. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 70:265-276.

Cooper, W. E., and L. J. Vitt. 1985. Interspecific odour discrimination by a lizard (Eumeces laticeps). Animal Behaviour 34:367-376.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1985. Responses of the skinks, Eumeces fasciatus and E. laticeps to airborne conspecific odors: further appraisal. Journal of Herpetology  19:481-486.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1986. Skink reproduction and sexual dimorphism: Eumeces fasciatus in the southeastern United States, with notes on Eumeces inexpectatus. Journal of Herpetology  20:65-76.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1986. Foraging and diet of a diurnal predator (Lacertilia: Scincidae: Eumeces laticeps) feeding on hidden prey. Journal of Herpetology  20:404-411.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1986. Tail loss, tail color, and predator escape in Eumeces (Lacertilia: Scincidae): age-specific differences in costs and benefits. Canadian Journal of Zoology  64:584-592.

Cooper, W. E., Jr. and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Interspecific odour discriminations among syntopic congeners in scincid lizards (genus Eumeces). Behaviour 97:1-9.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Thermal dependence of tongue-flicking and comments on studies of tongue-flicking as an index of squamate behavior. Ethology 71:177-186.

Cooper, W. E., Jr. and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Tracking of female conspecific odors by male broad-headed skinks (Eumeces laticeps). Ethology 71:242-248.

Vitt, L. J. 1986. Reproductive tactics of sympatric gekkonid lizards with a comment on the evolutionary and ecological consequences of invariant clutch size. Copeia 1986:773-786.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Lizard pheromones: behavioral responses and adaptive significance in skinks of the genus Eumeces. Pp. 323-340 In: D. Duvall, D. Muller- Schwarze, and R. M. Silverstein (eds.), Chemical signals in vertebrates 4. Plenum Publ. Corp.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., W. R. Garstka, and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Female sex pheromone in the lizard Eumeces laticeps. Herpetologica 42:361-366.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., M. Mendonca, and L. J. Vitt. 1986. Induction of sexual receptivity in the female broad-headed skink, Eumeces laticeps, by estradiol-17b. Hormones and Behavior 20:235-242.

Vitt, L. J., and J. P. Caldwell. 1986. Book Review: Predator – Prey Relationships, edited by M. E. Feder and G. V. Lauder. Copeia 1986:1038-1039.

Vitt, L. J. 1987. Snake communities. Pp. 335-365 In: R. A. Seigel, J. T. Collins, and S. S. Novak (eds.), Snakes: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. MacMillan Publ. Co., New York.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., M. T. Mendonca, and L. J. Vitt. 1987. Induction of orange head coloration and activation of courtship and aggression by testosterone in the male broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps). Journal of Herpetology  21:96-101.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1987. Intraspecific and interspecific aggression in lizards of the scincid genus Eumeces: chemical detection of conspecific sexual competitors. Herpetologica 43:7-14.

Vitt, L. J. 1987. Book Review: Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards, by E. R. Pianka. Herpetologica 43:266- 268.

Trauth, S. E., W. E. Cooper, Jr., L. J. Vitt, and S. A. Perrill. 1987. Cloacal anatomy of the broad-headed skink, Eumeces laticeps, with a description of a female pheromonal gland. Herpetologica 43:458-466.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1987. Deferred agonistic behavior in a long-lived scincid lizard Eumeces laticeps: field and laboratory data on the roles of body size and residence in agonistic strategy. Oecologia 72:321- 326.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1987. Ethological isolation, sexual behavior and pheromones in the fasciatus species group of the lizard genus Eumeces. Ethology 75:328- 336.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1988. Orange head coloration of the male broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps), a sexually selected social cue. Copeia 1988:1-6.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1988. Feeding responses of broad-headed skinks (Eumeces laticeps) to velvet ants (Dasymutilla occidentalis). Journal of Herpetology  22:485-488.

Vitt, L. J., and N. A. Dickson. 1988. Urosaurus graciosus Hallowell. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. 448.1-448.3.

Vitt, L. J., and W. E. Cooper, Jr. 1989. Maternal care in skinks (Sauria: Eumeces). Journal of Herpetology  23:29-34.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1989. Prey odor discrimination by the broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps). Journal of Experimental Zoology 249:11-16.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1989. Sexual dimorphism of head and body size in the iguanid lizard Sceloporus undulatus: paradoxical results. American Naturalist 133:729-735.

Vitt, L. J. 1990. The influence of foraging mode and phylogeny on seasonality of tropical lizard reproduction. Papéis Avulsos Zoologia (São Paulo) 37:107–123.

Howland, J. M., L. J. Vitt, and P. T. Lopez. 1990. Life at the edge: the ecology and life history of the tropidurine iguanid lizard Uranoscodon superciliosum. Canadian Journal of Zoology  68:1366-1373.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., L. J. Vitt, R. Hedges, and R. B. Huey. 1990. Locomotor impairment and defense in gravid lizards (Eumeces laticeps): behavioral shift in activity may offset costs of reproduction in an active forager. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 27:153-157.

Vitt, L. J., J. P. Caldwell, H. M. Wilbur, and D. C. Smith. 1990. Amphibians as harbingers of decay. BioScience 40:418.

Anderson, R. A., and L. J. Vitt. 1990. Sexual selection versus alternative causes of sexual dimorphism in teiid lizards. Oecologia 84:145-157.

Vitt, L. J. 1991. An introduction to the ecology of cerrado lizards. Journal of Herpetology  25:79-90.

Vitt, L. J. 1991. Ecology and life history of the scansorial arboreal lizard Plica plica (Iguanidae) in Amazonian Brazil. Canadian Journal of Zoology  69:504-511.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1991. Influence of detectability and escape on natural selection of conspicuous autotomous defenses. Canadian Journal of Zoology  69:757-764.

Vitt, L. J. 1991. Desert reptile communities. Pp. 249-277, In: Gary A. Polis (Ed.), The Ecology of Desert Communities. Univ. Arizona Press.

Vitt, L. J. 1992. Diversity of reproductive strategies among Brazilian lizards and snakes: the significance of lineage and adaptation. Pp. 135-149 in W. Hamlett (ed.), Reproductive Biology of South American Vertebrates. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., D. G. Buth, and L. J. Vitt. 1990. Prey odor discrimination by ingestively naive coachwhip snakes (Masticophis flagellum). Journal of Chemoecology 1:86-91.

Vitt, L. J., and D. G. Blackburn. 1991. The ecology and life history of the viviparous lizard Mabuya bistriata (Scincidae) in the Brazilian Amazon. Copeia 1991:917-927.

Vitt, L. J., and G. L. Breitenbach. 1993. Life histories and reproductive tactics among species within the genus Cnemidophorus. Pp. 211-243 In J. W. Wright and L. J. Vitt (eds.), Biology of Whiptail Lizards, Genus Cnemidophorus. Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK.

Vitt, L. J. 1991. Ecology and life history of the widely foraging lizard Kentropyx calcarata (Teiidae) in Amazonian Brazil. Canadian Journal of Zoology  69:2791-2799.

Pechmann, J. H. K., D. E. Scott, R. D. Semlitsch, J. P. Caldwell, L. J. Vitt, and J. W. Gibbons. 1991. Declining amphibian populations: the problem of separating human impacts from natural fluctuations. Science (Wash. D.C.). 253:892-895.

Blackburn, D. G., and L. J. Vitt. 1992. Reproduction in viviparous South American lizards of the genus Mabuya. Pp. 150-164 in W. Hamlett (ed.), Reproductive Biology of South American Vertebrates. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Vitt, L. J. 1992. Mimicry of millipedes and centipedes by elongate terrestrial vertebrates. Research and Exploration 8:76-95.

Vitt, L. J. 1992. Vitt rejoins. Research and Exploration 8:378-379.

Vitt, L. J., and C. M. Carvalho. 1992. Life in the trees: the ecology and life history of Kentropyx striatus (Teiidae) in the lavrado area of Roraima, Brazil, with comments on tropical teiid life histories. Canadian Journal of Zoology  70:1995-2006.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1993. Female mate choice of large male broad-headed skinks. Animal Behaviour 45:683-693.

Vitt, L. J., and J. P. Caldwell. 1993. Ecological observations on cerrado lizards in Rondônia, Brazil. Journal of Herpetology  27:46-52.

Vitt, L. J. 1993. Ecology of isolated open formation Tropidurus (Reptilia: Tropiduridae) in Amazonian lowland rain forest. Canadian Journal of Zoology  71:2370-2390.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, J. P. Caldwell, and R. D. Durtsche. 1993. Ecology of the whiptail lizard Cnemidophorus deppii on a tropical beach. Canadian Journal of Zoology  71:2391-2400.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., L. J. Vitt, and J. P Caldwell. 1994. Movement and substrate tongue-flicks in phrynosomatid lizards. Copeia 1994:234-237.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1994. Tree and substrate selection in the semi-arboreal scincid lizard Eumeces laticeps. Herpetological Journal 4:20-23.

Vitt, L. J., and J. P. Caldwell. 1994. Resource utilization and guild structure of small vertebrates in the Amazon forest leaf litter. Journal of Zoology, London 234:463-476.

Vitt, L. J., and G. R. Colli. 1994. Geographical ecology of a Neotropical lizard: Ameiva ameiva (Teiidae) in Brazil. Canadian Journal of Zoology  72:1986-2008.

Vitt, L. J., and C. M. Carvalho. 1995. Niche partitioning in a tropical wet season: lizards in the lavrado area of northern Brazil. Copeia 1995:305-329.

Zani, P. A., and L. J. Vitt. 1995. Techniques for capturing arboreal lizards. Herpetological Review 26:136-137.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, J. P. Caldwell, and E. O. Carrillo. 1995. Ecology of the lizard Kentropyx pelviceps (Sauria: Teiidae) in lowland rain forest of Ecuador. Canadian Journal of Zoology  73:691-703.

Vitt, L. J. 1995. The ecology of tropical lizards in the caatinga of northeast Brazil. Occasional Papers of the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 1:1-29.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and R. D. Durtsche. 1995. Ecology of the lizard Norops oxylophus (Polychrotidae) in lowland forest of southeastern Nicaragua. Canadian Journal of Zoology  73:1918-1927.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and J. P. Caldwell. 1996. Behavioural ecology of Tropidurus hispidus (Spix) on isolated rock outcrops in Amazonia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 12:81-101.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1996. Ecology of the elusive tropical lizard Tropidurus [=Uracentron] flaviceps (Tropiduridae) in lowland rain forest of Ecuador. Herpetologica 52:121-132.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1996. Ecology of the South American lizard Norops chrysolepis (Polychrotidae). Copeia 1996:56-68.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1996. Ecology of the lizard Ameiva festiva (Teiidae) in southeastern Nicaragua. Journal of Herpetology  30:110-117.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1996. Organization of a taxonomically diverse lizard assemblage in Amazonian Ecuador. Canadian Journal of Zoology  74:1313-1335.

Vitt, L. J. 1996. Book Review: Revision of the Neotropical snake genus Chironius Fitzinger (Serpentes, Colubridae) by J. R. Dixon, J. A. Wiest, Jr., and J. M. Cei. Herpetological Review 27:95-97.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and P. A. Zani. 1996. Observations on the ecology of the rare Amazonian lizard, Enyalius leechii (Polychrotidae). Herpetological Natural History 4:77-82.

Vitt, L. J. 1996. Ecological observations on the tropical colubrid snake Leptodeira annulata. Herpetological Natural History 4:69-76.

Vitt, L. J. 1996. Biodiversity of Amazonian lizards. Pp. 89-108 In A. C. Gibson (Ed.), Neotropical Biodiversity and Conservation. Mildred E. Mathias Botanic Garden Miscellaneous Publication 1. Los Angeles.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 1997. Maximizing male reproductive success in the broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps) by mate guarding, size-assortative pairing, and opportunistic extra-pair mating. Amphibia-Reptilia 18:59-73.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and A. A. Monteiro de Barros. 1997. Ecological variation among populations of the gekkonid lizard Gonatodes humeralis in the Amazon basin. Copeia 1997:32-43.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and C. M. Lima. 1997. Heliotherms in tropical rain forest: The ecology of Kentropyx calcarata (Teiidae) and Mabuya nigropunctata (Scincidae) in the Curuá-Una of Brazil. Journal of Tropical Ecology 13:199-220.

Vitt, L. J., J. P. Caldwell, P. A. Zani, and T. A. Titus. 1997. The role of habitat shift in the evolution of lizard morphology: evidence from tropical Tropidurus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 94:3828-3832.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1997. Ecology of the nocturnal lizard Thecadactylus rapicauda (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the Amazon region. Herpetologica 53:165-179.

Niewiarowski, P. H., J. D. Congdon, A. E. Dunham, L. J. Vitt, and D. W. Tinkle. 1997. Tales of lizard tails: effects of tail autotomy on subsequent survival and growth of free-ranging hatchling Uta stansburiana. Canadian Journal of Zoology  75:542-548.

Irschick, D. J., L. J. Vitt, P. A. Zani, and J. B. Losos. 1997. A comparison of evolutionary radiations in mainland and West Indian Anolis lizards. Ecology 78:2191-2203.

Ramírez-Bautista, A., and L. J. Vitt. 1997. Reproductive ecology of Anolis nebulosus (Sauria: Polychrotidae) from the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Herpetologica 53:423-431.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and T. C. S. Avila-Pires. 1997. Ecology of the arboreal tropidurid lizard Tropidurus (=Plica) umbra in the Amazon region. Canadian Journal of Zoology  75:1876-1882.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, J. P. Caldwell, M. C. Araújo, and W. E. Magnusson. 1997. Ecology of whiptail lizards (Cnemidophorus) in the Amazon region of Brazil. Copeia 1997:745-757.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1998. Ecological relationships among sympatric lizards in a transitional forest in the northern Amazon of Brazil. Journal of Tropical Ecology 14:63-86.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, J. P. Caldwell, and V. Oliveira. 1998. The impact of individual tree harvesting on thermal environments of lizards in Amazonian rain forest. Conservation Biology 12:654-664.

Avila-Pires, T. C. S., and L. J. Vitt. 1998. A new species of lizard of the genus Neusticurus (Reptilia: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Rio Juruá, Brazil. Herpetologica 54:235-245.

Ramírez-Bautista, A., J. Barba-Torres, and L. J. Vitt. 1998. Reproductive cycle and brood size of Eumeces lynxe (Sauria: Scincidae) from Pinal de Amoles, Queretero, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology  32:18-24.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 1998. Prey use among sympatric lizard species in lowland rain forest of Nicaragua. Journal of Tropical Ecology 14:1-23.

Vitt, L. J., and T. C. S. Avila-Pires. 1998. Ecology of two sympatric species of Neusticurus (Gymnophthalmidae) in the western Amazon of Brazil. Copeia 1998:570-582.

Ramírez-Bautista, A., J., and L. J. Vitt. 1998. Reproductive biology of Urosaurus bicarinatus (Sauria: Phrynosomatidae) from a tropical dry forest of Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 43:381-390.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and M. C. Espósito. 1998. Geographical ecology of the gymnophthalmid lizard Neusticurus ecpleopus in the Amazon rain forest. Canadian Journal of Zoology  76:1671-1680.

Vitt, L. J., S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and M. C. Espósito. 1998. Use of time, space, and food in the gymnophthalmid lizard Prionodactylus eigenmanni from the western Amazon of Brazil. Canadian Journal of Zoology  76:1681-1688.

Caldwell, J. P., and L. J. Vitt. 1999. Dietary asymmetry in leaf litter frogs and lizards in a transitional northern Amazonian rain forest. Oikos 84:383-397.

Vitt, L. J., and J. P. Caldwell. 2001. Effects of logging on reptiles and amphibians of tropical forests. pp. 239-259 In R. Fimbel, A. Grajal, and J. Robinson, eds. The Cutting Edge Conserving Wildlife in Managed Tropical Forests (invited book chapter). Columbia University Press, New York.

Sartorius, S. S., L. J. Vitt, and G. R. Colli. 1999. Use of naturally and anthropogenically disturbed habitats in Amazonian rainforest by Ameiva ameivaBiological Conservation 90:91-101.

Vitt, L. J., P. A. Zani, and M. C. Esposito. 1999. Historical ecology of Amazonian lizards: Implications for community ecology. Oikos 87:286-294.

Rose, K. A., L. W. Brewer, L. W. Barnthouse, G. A. Fox, N. W. Gard, M. Mendonca, K. R. Munkittrick, and L. J. Vitt. 1999. Ecological responses of oviparous vertebrates to contaminant effects on reproduction and development. pp. 225-281 In R. T. Di Giulio and D. E. Tillitt, eds. Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Contaminants in Oviparous Vertebrates. Published by SETAC Press, Pensacola, FL.

Vitt, L. J., and S. S. Sartorius. 1999. Hobos, Tidbits, and lizard models: The utility of electronic devices in field studies of ectotherm thermoregulation. Functional Ecology 13:670-674.

Vitt, L. J., R. A. Souza, S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and M. C. Espósito. 2000. Comparative ecology of sympatric Gonatodes (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the western Amazon of Brazil. Copeia 2000:83-95.

Vitt, L. J., S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, M. C. Espósito, and D. B. Miles. 2000. Niche segregation among sympatric Amazonian teiid lizards. Oecologia 122:410-420.

Vitt, L. J. 2000. Ecological consequences of body size in neonatal and small-bodied lizards. Herpetological Monographs 14:388-400.

Ramirez-Bautista, A., C. Balderas-Valdivia, and L. J. Vitt.  2000. Reproductive Ecology of the Whiptail Lizard Cnemidophorus lineatissimus (Squamata: Teiidae) in a Tropical Dry Forest. Copeia 2000:712-722.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., Al-Johany, A., L. J. Vitt, and J. J. Habegger. 2000. Responses to chemical cues from animal and plant foods by actively foraging insectivorous and omnivorous scincine lizards. Journal of Experimental Zoology 287:327-339.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., Vitt, L. J., J. P. Caldwell, and S. F. Fox. 2001. Foraging modes of some American lizards: relationships among measurement variables and discreteness of modes. Herpetologica 57:65-76.

Huey, R. B., E. R. Pianka, and L. J. Vitt. 2001. How often do most lizards ‘run on empty’? Ecology 82:1-7.

Vitt, L. J., S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and M. C. Espósito. 2001. Life on the leaf litter: The ecology of Anolis nitens tandai in the Brazilian Amazon. Copeia 2001:401-412.

Winemiller, K. O., E. R. Pianka, L. J. Vitt, and A. Joern. 2001. Food web laws or niche theory?  Six independent empirical tests. American Naturalist 158:193-199.

Glor, R. E., L. J. Vitt, and A. Larson. 2001. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of diversification in Amazonian Anolis lizards. Molecular Ecology 10:2661-2668.

Vitt, L. J., S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, and M. C. Espósito. 2001. Life at river’s edge: Ecology of Kentropyx altamazonica in the Brazilian Amazon. Canadian Journal of Zoology   79:1855-1865.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, P. A. Zani, and M. C. Espósito. 2002. Life in shade: The ecology of Anolis trachyderma (Squamata: Polychrotidae) in Amazonian Ecuador and Brazil, with comparisons to ecologically similar anoles. Copeia 2002:275-286.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Pérez-Mellado, L. J. Vitt, and B. Budzinsky.  2002.  Behavioral responses to plant toxins by the omnivorous Balearic lizard, Podarcis lilfordi. Physiology and Behavior 76:297-303.

Blackburn, D. G., and L. J. Vitt. 2002. Specializations of the chorioallantoic placenta in the Brazilian scincid lizard, Mabuya heathi: A new placental morphotype for reptiles. Journal of Morphology 254:121-131.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 2002. Distribution, extent, and evolution of plant consumption by lizards. Journal of Zoology, London 257:487-517.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Perez-Mellado, and L. J. Vitt.  2002.  Lingual and biting responses to selected lipids by the lizard Podarcis lilfordi. Physiology and Behavior 75:237-241.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Perez-Mellado, and L. J. Vitt.  2002.  Responses to major categories of food chemicals by the lizard Podarcis lilfordi. Journal of Chemical Ecology 28:709-720.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and L. J. Vitt. 2002. Increased predation risk while mate-guarding as a cost of reproduction for male broad-headed skinks (Eumeces laticeps).  Acta Ethologica 5:19-23.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., J. P. Caldwell, L. J. Vitt, V. Pérez-Mellado, V., and T. A. Baird.  2002. Food chemical discriminations and correlated evolution between plant diet and plant chemical discrimination in lacertiform lizards. Canadian Journal of Zoology  80:655-663.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., and Vitt, L. J.  2002.  Optimal escape and emergence theories.  Comments on Theoretical Biology 7:283-294.

Vitt, L. J., W. E. Cooper, Jr., A. Perera, and V. Peréz-Mellado. 2002. Escaping predators on vertical surfaces: Lacerta perspicillata in Roman quarries of Líthaca. Canadian Journal of Zoology  80:1803-1809.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Perez-Mellado, T. Baird, T. A. Baird, J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt.  2003. Effects of risk, cost, and their interaction on optimal escape by nonrefuging Bonaire whiptail lizards, Cnemidophorus murinus. Behavioral Ecology 14: 288-293.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, M. C. Espósito, S. S. Sartorius, and P. A. Zani. 2003. Sharing Amazon Rainforest Trees: Ecology of Anolis punctatus and A. transversalis (Squamata: Polychrotidae). Journal of Herpetology  37:48-57.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, P. A. Zani, S. Sartorius and M. C. Espósito. 2003. Life above ground: Ecology of Anolis fuscoauratus in the Amazon Rainforest with comparisons to its nearest relatives. Canadian Journal of Zoology  81:142-156.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Avila-Pires, P. A. Zani, M. C. Espósito, and S. Sartorius. 2003. Life at the Interface: Ecology of Prionodactylus oshaughnessyi in the western Amazon with comparisons to P. argulus and P. eigenmanni. Canadian Journal of Zoology  81:302-312.

Vitt, L. J., E. R. Pianka, W. E. Cooper, Jr., and K. Schwenk. 2003. History and the global ecology of squamate reptiles. American Naturalist 162:44-60.

Colli, G. R., J. P. Caldwell , G. C. Costa, A. M. Gainsbury, A. A. Garda, D. O. Mesquita, C. M. M. R. Filho, A. H. B. Soares, V. N. Silva, P. H. Valdujo, G. H. C. Vieira, L. J. Vitt, F. P. Werneck, H. C. Wiederhecker, and M. G. Zatz. 2003. A new species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) from the Cerrado Biome in central Brazil. Occasional Papers of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 14:1-14.

Vitt, L. J., J. P. Caldwell, G. R. Colli, A. A. Garda, D. O. Mesquita, F. G. França, and S. F. Balbino. 2003. Um Guia Fotografico dos Répteis e Anfíbios da Região Jalapão no Cerrado Brasileiro. Special Publications in Herpetology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 1:1–17.

Vitt, L. J., and E. R. Pianka. 2004. Historical patterns in lizard ecology: What teiids can tell us about lacertids. pp. 139-157 In The Biology of Lacertid Lizards. Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives. V. Pérez-Mellado, N. Riera, and A. Perera (eds.). Institut Menorquí d’Estudis. Recerca, 8.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Pérez-Mellado, and L. J. Vitt.  2004. Ease and effectiveness of costly autotomy vary with predation intensity among lizard populations.  Journal of Zoology, London 262:243–255.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Pérez-Mellado, L. J. Vitt, and B. Budzynski. 2003. Cologne as a pungency control in tests of chemical discrimination: effects of concentration, brand, and simultaneous and sequential presentation. Ethology 21:101–106.

Baird, T. A., L. J. Vitt, T. D. Baird, W. E. Cooper, Jr., J. P. Caldwell, and V. Pérez-Mellado. 2003. Social behavior and sexual dimorphism in the Bonaire whiptail, Cnemidophorus murinus (Squamata: Teiidae): the role of sexual selection. Canadian Journal of Zoology  81:1781–1790.

Caldwell,  J. P., and L. J. Vitt.  2004. Historical Perspectives:  Charles C. Carpenter.  Copeia 2004:704-708.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., V. Pérez-Mellado, T. A. Baird, J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt. 2004.  Pursuit deterrent signaling by the Bonaire whiptail lizard Cnemidophorus murinusBehaviour 141:297-311.

Vitt, L. J.  2004. Fangs, venom, and fear unraveled. Review of  The venomous reptiles of the western hemisphere, by J. A. Campbell and W. Lamar. Science  305:182.

Vitt, L. J.  2004. Shifting paradigms: Herbivory and body size in lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 48:16713–16714.

Vitt, L. J.  2004. Review of: Iguanas: Biology and Conservation, edited by A. Alberts, et al. Copeia 2004:958–960.

Vitt, L. J., J. P. Caldwell, S. S. Sartorius. W. E. Cooper, Jr., T. A. Baird, T. D. Baird, and V. Pérez-Mellado. 2005. Pushing the edge: extended activity as an alternative to risky body temperatures in an herbivorous teiid lizard (Cnemidophorus murinus: Squamata). Functional Ecology 19:152–158.

Vitt, L. J., and P. A. Zani. 2005. Ecology and reproduction of Anolis capito in rainforest of southeastern Nicaragua. Journal of Herpetology  39:36–42.

Vitt, L. J., and E. R. Pianka. 2005. Deep history impacts present day ecology and biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 22:7877–7881.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., L. J. Vitt, J. P. Caldwell, and S. F. Fox. 2005. Relationships among foraging variables, phylogeny, and foraging modes, with new data for nine North American lizard species. Herpetologica 61:250–259.

Vitt, L. J., S. S. Sartorius, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, P. A. Zani, and M. C. Esposito. 2005. Small in a big world: ecology of leaf-litter geckos in New World tropical forests. Herpetological Monographs 19:137–152.

  1. J. Vitt, J. P. Caldwell, G. R. Colli, A. A. Garda, D. O. Mesquita, F. G. R. França, D. B. Shepard, G. C. Costa, M. M. Vasconcellos, and V. de Novaes e Silva. 2005. Uma atualização do guia fotográfico dos répteis e anfíbios da região do Jalapão no Cerrado brasileiro. Special Publications in Herpetology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2:1–24.

Ramírez-Sandoval, E. A. Ramírez-Bautista, and L. J. Vitt. 2006. Reproduction in the Lizard Phyllodactylus lanei (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Pacific Coast of México. Copeia 2006: 1–9.

Bursey, C. R., S. R. Goldberg, and L. J. Vitt. 2005. New species of Allopharynx (Digenea: Plagiorchiidae) and other helminths in Uranoscodon superciliosus (Squamata: Tropiduridae) from Amazonian Brazil. Journal of Parasitology 91:1395–1398.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey and L. J. Vitt. 2006. Parasites of two lizard species, Anolis punctatus and Anolis transversalis (Squamata: Polychrotidae) from Brazil and Ecuador. Amphibia-Reptilia 27:575–579.

Bursey, C. R., S. R. Goldberg, and L. J. Vitt. 2006. New species of Oswaldocruzia (Nematoda: Molineidae) in Ameiva festiva (Squamata: Teiidae) from Nicaragua. Journal of Parasitology 92:350-352.

Mesquita, D. O., G. R. Colli, F. G. R. França, and L. J. Vitt. 2006. Ecology of a Cerrado lizard assemblage in the Jalapão region of Brazil. Copeia 2006:460–471.

Vitt, L. J., and E. R. Pianka. 2007. Feeding ecology in the natural world. Pp. 141–172, In: Lizard Ecology: Evolutionary consequences of foraging mode. S. Reilly, L. McBrayer, and D. Miles, editors. Cambridge University Press.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey and L. J. Vitt. 2006. Helminths of the brown-eared anole, Norops fuscoauratus (Squamata, Polychrotidae), from Brazil and Ecuador, South America. Phyllomedusa, 5:83–86.

Vitt, L. J., D. B. Shepard, J. P. Caldwell, G. H. C. Vieira, F. G. R. França, and G. R. Colli. 2007. Living with your food: geckos (Gymnodactylus carvalhoi) in termitaria of Cantão. Journal of Zoology, London 272: 321-328.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, J. P. Caldwell, L. J. Vitt, and G. C. Costa.  2007. Gastrointestinal helminths from six species of frogs and two species of lizards, sympatric in Pará State, Brazil. Comparative Parasitology 74: 327–342.

Avila-Pires, T. C. S., M. S. Hoogmoed, and L. J. Vitt. 2007. Herpetofauna da Amazônia. pp. 13–43, In Herpetologia no Brasil II, Eds. L. B. Nascimento and M. E. Oliveira.

Avila-Pires, T. C. S., L. J. Vitt, S. S. Sartorius, and P. A. Zani. 2009. Squamata (Reptilia) from four sites in southern Amazonia, with a biogeographic analysis of Amazonian lizards.  Boletim Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Ciências Naturais, Belém 4:99–118.

Vitt, L. J., and E. R. Pianka. 2006. The scaly ones. Natural History Magazine July/Aug: 28-35.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt.  2006. Stomach worms in an Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer from Montana. Intermountain Journal of Sciences 12:61-62.

Mesquita, D. O., G. R. Colli and L. J. Vitt. 2007. Ecological release in lizard assemblages in Neotropical savannas. Oecologia 153:185-195.

Bursey, C. R., S. R. Goldberg, and L. J. Vitt. 2007. New species of Rhabdias (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae) and other helminths from Norops capito (Sauria: Polychrotidae) from Nicaragua. Journal of Parasitology 93:129–131.

Vitt, L. J., T. C. S. Ávila-Pires, M. C. Espósito, S. S. Sartorius, and P. A. Zani. 2007. Ecology of Alopoglossus angulatus and A. atriventris in western Amazonia. Phyllomedusa 6:11-22.

Vitt, L. J., D. B. Shepard, G. H. C. Vieira, J. P. Caldwell, G. R. Colli, and D. O. Mesquita. 2008. Ecology of Anolis nitens brasiliensis in Cerrado Woodlands of Cantão. Copeia 2008:144–153.

Vitt, L. J., G. R. Colli, J. P. Caldwell, D. O. Mesquita, A. A. Garda, and F. G. R. França. 2007. Detecting variation in microhabitat use in low diversity lizard assemblages across small-scale habitat gradients. Journal of Herpetology  41:654-663.

Costa, G. C., C. Wolfe, D. B. Shepard, J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt.  2008. Detecting the influence of climatic variables on species’ distributions: A test using GIS niche-based models along a steep longitudinal environmental gradient. Journal of Biogeography 35:647-656.

Gamble, T., A. M. Simons, G. R. Colli, and L. J. Vitt. 2008. Tertiary climate change and the diversification of the Amazonian gecko genus Gonatodes (Sphaerodactylidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46:74–81.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt.  2008. Escape responses of cryptic frogs (Anura: Brachycephalidae: Craugastor) to simulated terrestrial and aerial predators. Behaviour 145:25–38.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt.  2008. Effective crypsis and its maintenance by immobility in Craugastor frogs.  Copeia 2008:527–532.

Ramírez-Bautista, A., Vitt, L. J., Ramírez-Hernández, A., Quijano, F. M., and Smith, G. R. 2008. Reproduction and sexual dimorphism of Lepidophyma sylvaticum (Squamata: Xantusiidae), a tropical night lizard from Tlanchinol, Hidalgo, Mexico. Amphibia-Reptilia 29:1–10.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2007. Parasite communities of two lizard species, Alopoglossus angulatus and Alopoglossus atriventris from Brazil and Ecuador. Herpetological Journal 17:269–272.

Costa, G. C., D. O. Mesquita, G. R. Coli, and L. J. Vitt. 2008. Niche expansion and the niche variation hypothesis: Does the degree of individual variation increase in depauperate assemblages?  American Naturalist 172:868–877.

Costa, G. C., L. J. Vitt, E. R. Pianka, D. O. Mesquita, and G. R. Colli. 2008. Optimal foraging constrains macroecological patterns: Body size and dietary niche breadth in lizards. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17:670–677.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt. 2009. Conspicuousness and vestigial escape behaviour by two dendrobatid frogs, Dendrobates auratus and Oophaga pumilio. Behaviour 146:325–349.

Werneck, F. P., G. R. Colli, and L. J. Vitt. 2009. Determinants of assemblage structure in Neotropical dry forest lizards. Austral Ecology 34:97–115.

Colli, G. R., Werneck, F. P., Mesquita, D.O., Costa, G. C., Caldwell, J. P., Vitt, L. J., Shepard, D.B. Herpetofauna. In: A. Scariot. (Org.) Inventário da região do Vale do Paranã (PROBIO). In press.

Cooper, W. E., Jr., J. P. Caldwell, and L. J. Vitt. 2009. Risk assessment and withdrawal behavior by two species of aposematic poison frogs, Dendrobates auratus and Oophaga pumilio on forest trails. Ethology 115:311–320.

Huey, R. B., C. A. Deutsch, J. J. Tewksbury, L. J. Vitt, P. E. Hertz, H. J. Álvarez Pérez, and T. Garland, Jr. 2009. Why tropical lizards are vulnerable to climate warming. Journal of the Royal Society B, London 276:1939–1948.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2009. Diet and parasite communities of two lizard species, Plica plica and Plica umbra (Squamata: Tropiduridae) from Brazil and Ecuador. Herpetological Journal 19:49-52.

Adalsteinsson, S. A., W. R. Branch, S. Trape, L. J. Vitt, and S. B. Hedges. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the family Leptotyphlopidae (Squamata, Scolecophidia). Zootaxa 2244:1–50.

Vitt, L. J. 2009. Book Review: The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery, by Bruce M. Pavlik (University of California Press, Berkeley). Quarterly Review of Biology 84:290.

Colston, T. J., G. C. Costa, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Snake diets and the deep history hypothesis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:476–486.

Vitt, L. J. 2010. Book Review: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, by Jonathan Losos. BioScience 60: 653–654.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Arthrosaura reticulata (Yellow-bellied Arthrosaura). endoparasites. Herpetological Review 41:349–350.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Helminths of Anolis nitens (Squamata: Polychrotidae), from Brazil and Ecuador, South America. Herpetological Bulletin 112:14–16.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Helminths from Three Species of Anoles: The Humble Anole, Anolis humilis; the Border Anole, Anolis limifrons; and the Lion Anole, Anolis lionotus (Squamata: Polychrotidae), from Nicaragua. Comparative Parasitology 77:242–246.

Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, G. R. Colli, E. Greenbaum, T. R. Jackman, L. J. Vitt, and A. M. Simons.  2011. Coming to America: multiple origins of New World geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:231-244.

Braun, J. K., L. J. Vitt, J. P. Caldwell, M. A. Revelez, and M. A. Mares. 2011. New distributional records for mammals from eastern Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist. 56:410–417.

Pyron, R. A., F. T. Burbrink, G. R. Colli, C. A. Kuczynski, A. N. Montes de Oca, L. J. Vitt, and J. J. Wiens. 2011. Integrated phylogenetic inference: Species trees, concatenated data analysis, and systematics of colubroid snakes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 458:329–342.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Helminths of Gonatodes hasemani and Pseudogonatodes guinanensis (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Brazil, South America. Herpetological Bulletin 14: 30–32.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Gymnodactylus geckoides (Naked-toed Gecko). endoparasites. Herpetological Review 41:223.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2010. Potamites juruazensis parasites.  Herpetological Review 41:495–496.

Garda, A. A., L. Tavares-Bastos, G. C. Costa, F. G. R. França, L. G. Giugliano, G. S. Leite, D. O. Mesquita, C. Nogueira, M. M. Vasconcellos, G. H. C. Vieira, L. J. Vitt, F. P. Werneck, H. C. Wiederhecker, and G. R. Colli. 2012. Reproduction, body size, and diet of Polychrus acutirostris (Squamata, Polychrotidae) in two contrasting environments in Brazil. Journal of Herpetology 46: 2-8.

D’Angiolella, D., T. Gamble, T. C. Avila-Pires, G. R. Colli, B. P. Noonan, and L. J. Vitt. 2011. Anolis chrysolepis revisited: Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of the Anolis chrysolepis species group Duméril & Bibron, 1837 (Squamata: Polychrotidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (Harvard University) 160:35–63.

Gamble, T., J. D. Daza, G. R. Colli, L. J. Vitt, and A. M. Bauer. 2011. A new genus of miniaturized and pug–nosed gecko from South America (Sphaerodactylidae: Gekkota). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163:1244–1266.

Bursey, C. R., S. R. Goldberg, S. R. Telford, and L. J. Vitt. 2012. Metazoan endoparasites of 13 species of Central American Anoles (Sauria: Polychrotidae: Anolis) with a review of the helminth communities of Caribbean, Mexican, North American, and South American Anoles. Comparative Parasitology 79:75–132.

Bursey, C. R., S. R. Goldberg, and L. J. Vitt. 2012. Helminths of Cnemidophorus ruthveni (Squamata: Teiidae) from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, with description of a new species of Alaeuris (Nematoda: Pharyngodonidae). Journal of Parasitology 98:795–800.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2012. Thecadactylus solimoensis. Endoparasites. 2012. Herpetological Review 43: 490.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, L. J. Vitt, and J. Arreola. 2012. Polychrus marmoratus (common monkey lizard). Endoparasites. 2012. Herpetological Review 43: 489.

Chen, X., S. Huang, P. Guo, G. R. Colli, A. N. Montes de Oca, L. J. Vitt, R. A. Pyron, and F. Burbrink. 2013. Understanding the formation of ancient intertropical disjunct distributions using Asian and Neotropical hinged-teeth snakes (Sibynophis and Scaphiodontophis (Serpentes: Colubridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66:254–261.

Colston, T. J., F.  G. Grazziotin, D. B. Shepard, L. J. Vitt, G. R. Colli, R. W. Henderson, S. B. Hedges, S. Bonatto, H. Zaher,B. P. Noonan,  and F. T. Burbrink. 2913. Molecular systematics and historical biogeography of tree boas (Corallus spp.). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 66: 953–959.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, and L. J. Vitt. 2013. Gastrointestinal nematodes of four species of Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from Central and South America. Comparative Parasitology 80:143–146.

Vitt, L. J. 2013. Forward: Texas on all four. Pp. xi—xii, In: Hibbits, T. D. and T. J. Hibbits, Texas Lizards. Texas Natural History Guides series.

Vitt, L. J. 2013. Point of View: Walking the Natural History Trail. Herpetologica. 69:105–117.

Vitt, L. J. 2013. Book Review: Geckos: The Animal Answer Guide. by A. M. Bauer. 2013. Johns Hopkins University Press. Copeia 2013: 781–782.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, L. J. Vitt, and J. Arreola. 2013. Copeoglossum nigropunctatum. Endoparasites. Herpetological Review 44: 321.

Jadin, R. C., F. T. Burbrink, G. A. Rivas, L. J.Vitt, C. L. Barrio-Amorós, and R. P. Guralnick. 2014. Finding arboreal snakes in an evolutionary tree: phylogenetic placement and systematic revision of the Neotropical birdsnakes. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52:257–264.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, L. J. Vitt and J. Arreola. 2013. Gastrointestinal helminths of the wandering grass lizard, Cnemidophorus gramivagus (Squamata: Teiidae) from Brazil. Comparative Parasitology 80: 301–303.

Cooper, W. E. Jr., G. Castañeda, C. García-De la Peña, B. Wilson, J. P. Caldwell, L. J. Vitt. 2014. Foraging modes of some Jamaican, Costa Rican, and Mexican lizards. Herpetology Notes 6: 591–597.

Vitt, L. J. 2015. Lizard Reproduction: A History of Discovery. Pp. 1–26, In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara. J. L. Rheubert, D. S. Siegel, and S. F. Trauth, editors. CRC Press.

Mesquita, D. O., G. R Colli, D. L. Pantoja, D. B. Shepard, G. H. C. Vieira, and L. J. Vitt. 2015. Juxtaposition and disturbance: disentangling the determinants of lizard community structure. Biotropica 47: 595–605.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, L. J. Vitt and J. Arreola. 2014. Phyllodactylus martini (Dutch Leaf-toed gecko). Endoparasites. Herpetological Review 45:132.

Mesquita, D. O., G. R Colli, G. C. Costa, T. B. Costa, D. B. Shepard, L. J. Vitt, and E. R. Pianka. 2015. Life history data of lizards of the world. Ecology 96:594.

Rhodin, A.G.J., H. Kaiser, P.P. van Dijk, W. Wüster, M. O’Shea, M. Archer, M. Auliya, L. Boitani, R. Bour, V. Clausnitzer, T. Contreras-MacBeath, B.I. Crother, J.M. Daza, C.A. Driscoll, O. Flores-Villela, J. Frazier, U. Fritz, A. Gardner, C. Gascon, A. Georges, F. Glaw, F.G. Grazziotin, C.P. Groves, G. Haszprunar, P. Havaš, J.M. Hero, M. Hoffmann, M.S. Hoogmoed, B.D. Horne, J.B. Iverson, M. Jäch, C.L. Jenkins, R.K.B. Jenkins, A.R. Kiester, J.S. Keogh, T.E. Lacher Jr., J.E. Lovich, L. Luiselli, D.L. Mahler, D. Mallon, R. Mast, R.W. Mcdiarmid, J. Measey, R.A. Mittermeier, S. Molur, V. Mossbrugger, R. Murphy, D. Naish, M. Niekisch, H. Ota, J.F. Parham, M.J. Parr, N.J. Pilcher, R.H. Pine, A.B. Rylands, J.G. Sanderson, J. Savage, W. Schleip, G.J. Scrocchi, H.B. Shaffer, E.N. Smith, R. Sprackland, S.N. Stuart, H. Vetter, L.J. Vitt, T. Waller, G. Webb, E.O. Wilson, H. Zaher, and S. Thomson (Corresponding Author). 2015. Comment on Spracklandus Hoser, 2009 (Reptilia, Serpentes, ELAPIDAE): request for confirmation of the availability of the generic name and for the nomenclatural validation of the journal in which it was published. (Case 3601; see BZN 70: 234–237; 71: 30–38, 133–135, 181–182, 252–253). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 72: 65-78.

Mesquita, D. O., R. Faria, G. R Colli, L. J. Vitt, and E. R. Pianka. Lizard life history strategies. Austral Ecology 41: 2–6.

Mesquita, D. O., G. C. Costa, A. S. Figueredo, F. G. R. França, A. A. Garda. A. H. Bello Soares, L. Tavares-Bastos, M. M. Vasconcellos, G. H. C. Vieira, L. J. Vitt, F. P. Werneck, H. C. Wiederhecker, and G. R. Colli. 2015. The autecology of Anolis brasiliensis (Squamata, Teiidae) in a Neotropical Savanna. Herpetological Journal 25: 233–244.

Mesquita, D. O., G. R Colli, G. C. Costa, T. B. Costa, D. B. Shepard, L. J. Vitt, and E. R. Pianka. Life history patterns of lizards of the world. American Naturalist 187: 689–705.

Vitt, L. J.  2016. Reptile diversity and life history. Pp. 3–15 In: Reptile Ecology and Conservation (C. K. Dodd, Ed.). Oxford University Press.