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Prof. Dr. Vera Schluessel
Institut für Zoologie
Universität Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Schloß
53115 Bonn

Raum 2.019
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Journal Articles/Book Chapters


42. 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)

41. Jauch S, Calvo R, Hofmann MH, Schluessel V (submitted) Histological characterization and distribution of three enzymes (Acetylcholine esterase, NADPH diaphorase and Cytochrome-c-oxidase) in the brain of a cichlid fish (Pseudotropheus zebra). (Manuscript available)

40.Poppelier T, Bonsberger J, Berkhout BW, Pollmans R, Schluessel V (submitted) Have you heard? Frequency discrimination in the grey bamboo shark Chiloscyllium griseum(Manuscript available).

39. Schluessel V, Gosemann I, Schmidt E, Kreuter N (submitted) Not so ‘fishy’ math: cichlids and stingrays can add and subtract ‘one’ in the number space from one to five. (Manuscript available).

38. Kreuter N, Christophzik N, Niederbremer C, Bolle J, Schluessel V (2021) Counting on numbers – Numerical abilities in grey bamboo sharks and ocellate river stingrays. Animals 11, no. 9:2634

37. Calvo R, Schluessel V (2021) Neural substrates involved in the cognitive information processing in fish. Animal Cognition 24: 923–946

36. Schluessel V, Rick I, Seifert F, Baumeister C, Davies W (2021) Not just shades of grey – stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) live life in colour. Journal of Experimental Biology 224 (9): jeb226142

35. Daniel M,  Alvermann L, Böök I, Schluessel V (2021) Visual discrimination and resolution in freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 207: 43-58


34. Schluessel V (2020) Magnetoreception in fishes. The Senses, 2nd Edition, Elsevier

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).