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Journal Articles/Book Chapters


36. Pardo S, Bennett MB, Meyers E, Schluessel V (submitted) A Bayesian biphasic model to improve age and growth estimates of the Ocellated Eagle Ray, Aetobatus ocellatus,  a species with limited data access. Marine and Freshwater Research (Manuscript available)

35. Schluessel V, Seifert F, Baumeister C, Davis W & Rick I (submitted) Not just shades of grey – stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) live life in colour. Journal of Experimental Biology (Manuscript available)

34. Schluessel V (accepted) Magnetoreception in fishes. The Senses, 2nd Edition, Elsevier 2019.

33. Daniel M and Schluessel V (2020) Serial reversal learning in freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro). Animal Cognition 23:109-119

32. Schluessel and Ober (2018) How to get out of a maze? Stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) prefer directional to landmark information when provided with both in a spatial task. Evolutionary Ecology Research 19: 619-637

 31. Fuss T, John L, Schluessel V (2018) Same or different? Abstract concept learning in cichlids and sharks. Current Zoology, zoy059,
30. Schluessel V, Hiller J, Krüger M (2018) Discrimination of movement and visual transfer abilities in cichlids (Pseudotropheus zebra). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:61 
29. Guttridge TL, Yopak K, Schluessel V (2018) Elasmobranch cognition. In: A practical guide to animal cognition. Bueno-Guerra N and Amici F (eds) Cambridge University Press, 354-380
28. Fuss T, Schluessel V (2018) Immediate early gene expression related to learning and retention of a visual discrimination task in bamboo sharks ( Chiloscyllium griseum). Brain Structure and Function, 1-29. doi:10.1007/s00429-018-1728-8
27. Fuss T, Russnak V, Stehr K, Schluessel V (2017) World in motion: Perception and discrimination of movement in grey bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum). Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:223-241
26. Fuss T, Schluessel V (2017) The Ebbinghaus illusion in the gray bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium griseum) in comparison to the teleost damselfish (Chromis chromis). Zoology 123:16-29


25. Schluessel V, Kortekamp N, Ortiz Cortes J, Klein A, Bleckmann H (2015) Perception and discrimination of movement and biological motion patterns in fish. Animal Cognition 18: 1077-1091


24. Schluessel V, Herzog H, Scherpenstein M (2015) Seeing the forest before the tree - spatial orientation in freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) in a hole-board task. Behavioural Processes 119:105-115


23. Schluessel V, Düngen D (2015) Irrespective of size, scales, color or body shape all fish are just fish: object categorization in the grey bamboo shark Chiloscyllium griseum. Animal Cognition 18: 497-507


22. Fuss T and Schluessel V (2015) Something worth remembering: Visual discrimination in sharks. Animal Cognition 18: 463-471


21. Schluessel V, Giles J, Kyne PK (2015) Notes on Female Reproductive Biology and Embryos of Rhinobatos schlegeli from the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. Ichthyological Research 62:347-350


20. Schluessel V (2015) Who would have thought that ‘Jaws’ also has brains? Cognitive functions in elasmobranchs. Animal Cognition 18: 19-37


19. Schluessel V, Rick IP, Plischke K (2014) No rainbow for grey bamboo sharks: evidence for the absence of colour vision in sharks from behavioural discrimination experiments. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 200: 939-947

18. Fuss T, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2014) The brain creates illusions not just for us: turns out sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum) can ‘see the magic’ as well. Frontiers of Neural Circuits 8:24
17. Schluessel V, Beil O, Weber T, Bleckmann H (2014) Symmetry perception in sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum) and cichlids (Pseudotropheus sp.). Animal Cognition 17:1187-1205
16. Fuss T, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2014) Visual discrimination abilities in grey bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum). Zoology 117: 104-111
15. Schluessel V, Kraniotakes H, Bleckmann H (2014) Visual discrimination of rotated 3D objects in Malawi Cichlids (Pseudotropheus sp.): a first indication for form constancy in fishes. Animal Cognition 17: 359-371
14. Fuss T, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2014) Place learning prior to and after telencephalon ablation in bamboo and coral cat sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum and Atelomycterus marmoratus). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 200:37-52
13. Fuss T, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2014) The shark Chiloscyllium griseum can orient using turn responses before and after partial telencephalon ablation. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 200:19-35
12. Schwarze S, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2013) Avoidance conditioning in bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum and C. griseum): behavioural and neuroanatomical aspects. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199:843–856 
11. Gierszewski S, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V (2013) Cognitive Abilities in Malawi Cichlids (Pseudotropheus sp.): Matching-to-Sample and Image/Mirror-Image Discriminations. PLoS ONE 8(2) e57363 

10. Schluessel V, Fricke G, Bleckmann H (2012) Visual discrimination and object categorization in the cichlid Pseudotropheus sp. Animal Cognition 15: 525-537

9. Schluessel V, Bleckmann H (2012) Spatial learning and memory retention in the grey bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium griseum). Zoology 115:346-353

8. Schluessel V, Bleckmann H, Northcutt RG, Hofmann MH (2010) Morphometric comparison of telencephalic areas in selected vertebrates in relation to function. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 75: 313

7. Schluessel V, Bennett MB & Collin SP (2010). Aspects of diet and reproduction in the white spotted eagle ray Aetobatus narinari (Euphrasen, 1790) from Queensland, Australia and the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1278-1289

6. Schluessel V, Broderick D, Collin SP & Ovenden J (2010). Evidence for extensive population structure in the white spotted eagle ray within the Indo-Pacific inferred from mitochondrial genes sequence. Journal of Zoology 281: 46-55

5. Schluessel V, Bennett MB, Bleckmann H & Collin SP (2010). The role of olfaction throughout development: functional adaptations in elasmobranchs. Journal of Morphology 271: 451-461

4. Schluessel V, Bennett MB, Bleckmann H, Blomberg S & Collin SP (2008). Morphometric and ultrastructural comparison of the olfactory system in elasmobranchs: the significance of structure-function relationships based on phylogeny and ecology. Journal of Morphology 269: 1365–1386

3. Schluessel V, Bleckmann H (2005). Spatial Memory and Orientation Strategies in the Elasmobranch Potamotrygon motoro. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 191: 695-706

2. Barker MJ, Schluessel V (2005). Managing Global Shark Fisheries: Suggestions for Prioritising Management Strategies. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 15: 325-347

1. Barker MJ, Gruber SH, Newman S, Schluessel V (2005). Spatial and Ontogenetic Variation in Growth of Nursery-bound Juvenile Lemon Sharks, Negaprion brevirostris: A Comparison of Two Age-assigning Techniques’. Environmental Biology of Fishes 72 (3): 343-355


Secondary Literature

Schluessel V (2013) Haiunfälle und Wissenschaft – oder die Suche nach der wissenschaftlichen Nadel im Heuhaufen. In ‘Blind Dates’ alles über Haiunfälle (Eds: Wegner G, Gstöttner C).

Conference Abstracts and Invited Talk


32. 112th German Zoological Society Meeting, 10/9-13/9/1019, Jena. Fachgruppen presentation 'Sharkspeare' & 'Sharkira' - sharks may not write poems or songs, but they can still hit all the right notes in many cognitive tasks.


31. Symposium presentation 9/4-13/4/2019. World in motion: Movement discrimination in Malawi cichlids and bamboo sharks.


30. Invited talk, Studienstiftung 19/1/2019, Aachen. Haie, Kognition und Auswirkungen menschlichen Verhaltens auf Haie. 


29. 111th German Zoological Society Meeting, 12/9- 15/9/1018, Greifswald. Jaws with brains: cognition in elasmobranchs.


28. Invited talk, University of Bielefeld. Cognition in elasmobranchs. 14/6/2018


27. Invited talk, University of Oldenburg. Sharp thinkers with sharp teeth: cognition in sharks. 6/2/2018


26. Invited talk, University of Siegen. Cognition in sharks and Malawi cichlids. 15/11/2017


25. Meeting of the European Elasmobranch Association, 12/10-14/10/2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

24. 110th German Zoological Society Meeting, 11/9- 14/9/1017, Bielefeld. World in motion: Movement discrimination in Malawi cichlids and bamboo sharks.


23. 12th Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society, From Sensory Perception to Behaviour, 22/2-24/2/2017, University of Bonn, Institute of Zoology. Cognition in bamboo sharks and freshwater stingrays.


22.Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologist - American Elasmobranch Society Meeting, 5/7-11/7/2016, New Orleans, USA. Sharks don‘t just have sharp teeth but are also sharp thinkers: Cognition in Elasmobranchs. 


21. 12th Congress for International Society for Neuroethology, 30/3/2016-3/4/2016,  Montevideo, Uruguay. Symposium  organizer:Far from a feather brain: Cognitive functions and their neural substrates in fish.
20. EUAC Congress 2014, 17/11-21/11/2014, Aquario di Genova, Genova, Italy. Cognition in elasmobranchs.
19. 2nd conference 'Sharks International', 2/6-6/6/2014, Durban, South Africa. Cognitive functions and their neural substrates in elasmobranchs. 

18. Talk University of Bonn 3.2.2014. Cognition in elasmobranchs and teleosts.

17. Symposium BIONIK 23.11-24. 11. 2013, Bonn. Underwater Adhesive properties of egg capsule extensions in sharks. 
16. 4th Oceania Chondrichthyan Society workshop and conference, 18/9 -20/9/2013, Brisbane, Australia. Cognition in elasmobranchs. 
15. Invited Talk, University of Halle: Schlaue Fische mit scharfen Zähnen: Ortsgedächtnis, Orientierung und andere Lernleistungen bei Haien. July 2013
14. 14th European Congress of Ichthyology, 3.7-8.7.2012, Liege, Belgium. Phylogenetic trends in the evolution of the telencephalon in fishes.
13. 15th European Elasmobranch Association Conference, 28/10/2011-30/10/2011, Berlin, Germany. Cognitive functions and their neural substrates in elasmobranchs.
12. Invited Talk, University of Bonn: Life history and Population genetics of the white spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari.
11. JB Johnson Club Meeting, 12th of November, 2010, San Diego, USA. Morphometric comparison of telencephalic areas in selected vertebrates in relation to function.
10. 6th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, 21/4-24/4/2010, Valencia, Spain. Telencephalic connections in the dogfish, Squalus acanthias.
9. 13th European Elasmobranch Association Conference, 19/11-22/11/2009, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Life history of the white spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari.
8. 1st Oceania Chondrichthyan Society workshop and conference, 22/10 -25/10/2007, Melbourne, Australia. Population genetics and general biology of Aetobatus narinari.
7. Conference and workshop of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, 28/8 – 1/9/2006, Hobart, Australia. Measurement of and correlation between phenotypic and genetic variation in white spotted eagle rays, Aetobatus narinari, from eastern Australia and Taiwan.
6. 2nd Southern Queensland Elasmobranch Research Forum, 24/7 – 27/7/2006, Stradbroke Island, Australia. Comparison of life history traits between populations of white spotted eagle rays, Aetobatus narinari, from eastern Australia and Taiwan.
5. 26th Australian Neuroscience Conference, 31/1 – 3/2/2006, Sydney, Australia. Morphometric and ultrastructural analyses of olfactory organs and their input to the CNS in elasmobranchs.
4. 22nd Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemisty, 8/12 – 12/12/2005, Dunedin, New Zealand. Functional Morphology of Olfactory Structures in Elasmobranchs.
3. 1st Southern Queensland Elasmobranch Research Forum, 28/4-29/4/2005, Stradbroke Island, Australia. The Biology of Aetobatus narinari, with Specific Emphasis on the Olfactory System in Comparison to other Elasmobranchs.
2. Vision Down Under - XVI ICER Satellite Meeting on the Eye & Brain and Myopia, 4/9-7/9/2004, Fraser Island, Australia. Cognitive Maps and Visual Orientation in the Freshwater Ray Potamotrygon motoro.
1. 96th German Zoological Society Meeting, 9/6-13/6/2003, Berlin, Germany. Spatial Memory and Orientation Strategies in Elasmobranchs, Potamotrygon sp.

Conference Abstracts of students

3. 106th German Zoological Society Meeting, 13/9-16/9/2013, München, Germany. Fuss, Bleckmann, Schluessel. Visual discrimination abilities of 2D geometrical symbols and the perception of illusionary contours in grey bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum).
2. 105th German Zoological Society Meeting, 23/9-4/6/2012, Konstanz, Germany. Authors: Fuss, Bleckmann, Schluessel. Do sharks have a cognitive spatial map? Spatial learning of route specific landmarks and cognitive mapping in Chiloscyllium griseum and Atelomycterus marmoratus.
1. 22nd Neurobiologischer Doktorranden Workshop, Marburg, Germany. Fuss, Bleckmann, Schluessel. Spatial learning and memory impairments after telencephalic ablation in sharks.