Dr. Ivo de Sena Oliveira


Phone: +49 (0)561 804 4803
Fax: +49 (0)561 804 4800
Address: Department of Zoology
University of Kassel
Heinrich-Plett-Str. 40
D-34132, Kassel
Dr. Georg Mayer

Academic degrees

  • 2006 Bachelor, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 2009 Master, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2015 PhD, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Funding

    2015–onwards: University of Kassel (Researcher)
    2010–2015: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq Brazil, PhD student fellowship)
    2012: European Union-funded Integrated Activities grant (SYNTHESYS)
    2010–2011: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Language Course student fellowship)
    2010: European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT, Basics of Taxonomy: Describing, Illustrating and Writing biodiversity)
    2007–2009: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq Brazil, Master student fellowship)
    2003–2006: Secretaria de Ensino Superior (SESu, Tutorial education program - PET Biologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Student fellowship)


    31. Tait, N.N., Oliveira, I.S. & Mayer, G. (2022) Translation of N.B.K. Sänger’s (1871) “Peripatus capensis Gr. and Peripatus leuckartii n. sp.” (Onychophora), along with remarks about the author and significance of his work. Australian Zoologist 42:71–94.

    30. Oliveira, I.S. & Mayer, G. (2021): Phylum Onychophora. In: B. Schierwater & R. DeSalle (Eds) Invertebrate Zoology: A Tree of Life Approach. CRC Press, Oxon, 459–475.

    29. Oliveira, I.S.*, Kumerics, A.*, Jahn, H., Müller, M., Pfeiffer, F. & Mayer, G. (2019): Functional morphology of a lobopod: Case study of an onychophoran leg. Royal Society Open Science 6:191200. *Shared first authorship.

    28. Baer, A., Oliveira, I.S., Schmidt, S., Harrington, M.J. & Mayer, G. (in press): Mechanismen der Natur als Vorbild für nachhaltige Biomaterialien: Einblicke in den „Sekundenkleber“ der Stummelfüßer. Biologie in unserer Zeit.

    27. McCravy, K.W. & Oliveira, I.S. (2019): Onychophorans (Velvet Worms): Natural history and conservation of a vulnerable invertebrate taxon in the Caribbean islands. Caribbean Naturalist Special Issue 2: 135–155.

    26. Oliveira, I.S., Ruhberg, H., Rowell, D.M. & Mayer, G. (2018): Revision of Tasmanian viviparous velvet worms (Onychophora: Peripatopsidae) with descriptions of two new species. Invertebrate Systematics 32: 909–932.

    25. Jahn, H., Oliveira, I.S., Gross, V., Martin, C., Hipp, A., Mayer, G. & Hammel, J.U. (2018): Evaluation of contrasting techniques for X-ray imaging of velvet worms (Onychophora). Journal of Microscopy 270: 343–358.

    24. Müller, M., Oliveira, I.S., Allner, S., Ferstl, S., Bidola, P., Mechlem, K., Fehringer, A., Hehn, L., Dierolf, M., Achterhold, K., Gleich, B., Hammel, J.U., Jahn, H., Mayer, G. & Pfeiffer, F. (2017): Myoanatomy of the velvet worm leg revealed by laboratory-based nanofocus X-ray source tomography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114:12378–12383. 114:12378–12383.

    23. Martin, C., Gross, V., Hering, L., Tepper, B., Jahn, H., Oliveira, I.S., Stevenson, P.A. & Mayer, G. (2017): The nervous and visual systems of onychophorans and tardigrades: learning about arthropod evolution from their closest relatives. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 203: 565–590.

    22. Oliveira, I.S. & Mayer, G. (2017): A new egg-laying onychophoran (Peripatopsidae) reveals evolutionary and biogeographical aspects of Australian velvet worms. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 17: 375–391.

    21. Oliveira, I.S.*, Bai, M.*, Jahn, H., Gross, V., Martin, C., Hammel, J.U., Zhang, W. & Mayer, G. (2016): Earliest onychophoran in amber reveals Gondwanan migration patterns. Current Biology 26: 2594–2601. *Shared first authorship.

    20. Mayer, G., Oliveira, I.S., Baer, A., Hammel, J.U., Gallant, J. & Hochberg, R. (2015): Capture of prey, feeding, and functional anatomy of the jaws in velvet worms (Onychophora). Integrative and Comparative Biology 55: 217–227.

    19. Mayer, G., Franke, F.A., Treffkorn, S., Gross, V. & Oliveira, I.S. (2015): Onychophora. In: A. Wanninger (Ed.) Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates 3: Ecdysozoa I: Non-tetraconata. Springer, Berlin, 53–98.

    18. Oliveira, I.S., Lacorte, G.A., Weck-Heimann, A., Cordeiro, L.M., Wieloch, A.H. & Mayer, G. (2015): A new and critically endangered species and genus of Onychophora (Peripatidae) from the Brazilian savannah – a vulnerable biodiversity hotspot. Systematics and Biodiversity 13:211–233.

    17. Mayer, G., Martin, C., Oliveira, I.S., Franke, F.A. & Gross, V. (2014): Latest anomalocaridid affinities challenged.Nature 516:E1–E2.

    16. Baer, A., Oliveira, I.S., Steinhagen, M., Beck-Sickinger, A. & Mayer, G. (2014): Slime protein profiling: A non-invasive tool for species identification in Onychophora (velvet worms). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52: 265–272.

    15. Oliveira, I.S., Lüter, C., Wolf, K.W. & Mayer, G. (2014): Evolutionary changes in the integument of the onychophoran Plicatoperipatus jamaicensis (Peripatidae). Invertebrate Biology 133: 274–280.

    14. Oliveira, I.S., Tait, N.N., Strübing, I. & Mayer, G. (2013): The role of ventral and preventral organs as attachment sites for segmental limb muscles in Onychophora. Frontiers in Zoology 10:73.

    13. Oliveira, I.S. & Mayer, G. (2013): Apodemes associated with limbs support serial homology of claws and jaws in Onychophora (velvet worms). Journal of Morphology 274: 1180–1190.

    12. Oliveira, I.S., Schaffer, S., Kvartalnov, P.V., Galoyan, E.A., Palko, I.V., Weck-Heimann, A., Geißler, P., Ruhberg, H. & Mayer, G. (2013): A new species of Eoperipatus (Onychophora) from Vietnam reveals novel morphological characters for the South-East Asian Peripatidae. Zoologischer Anzeiger 252: 495–510.

    11. Mayer, G. & Oliveira, I.S. (2013): Phylum Onychophora Grube, 1853. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa 3703: 15–16.

    10. Jeffery, N.W., Oliveira, I.S., Gregory, T.R., Rowell, D.M. & Mayer, G. (2012): Genome size and chromosome number in velvet worms (Onychophora). Genetica 140: 497–504.

    09. Oliveira, I.S., Franke, F.A., Hering, L., Schaffer, S., Rowell, D.M., Weck-Heimann, A., Monge-Nájera, J., Morera-Brenes, B. & Mayer, G. (2012): Unexplored character diversity in Onychophora (velvet worms): a comparative study of three peripatid species. PLOS ONE 7(12): e51220.

    08. Oliveira, I.S., Read, V.M.St.J. & Mayer, G. (2012): A world checklist of Onychophora (velvet worms), with notes on nomenclature and status of names. ZooKeys 211: 1–70.

    07. Oliveira, I.S., Lacorte, G.A., Fonseca, C.G., Wieloch, A.H. & Mayer, G. (2011): Cryptic speciation in Brazilian Epiperipatus (Onychophora: Peripatidae) reveals an underestimated diversity among the peripatid velvet worms. PLOS ONE 6(6): e19973.

    06. Mayer, G. & Oliveira, I.S. (2011): Phylum Onychophora Grube, 1853. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa 3148: 98.

    05. Lacorte, G.A., Oliveira, I.S. & Fonseca, C.G. (2011): Population structure and demographic inferences of the endangered onychophoran species Epiperipatus acacioi (Onychophora: Peripatidae). Genetics and Molecular Research 10: 2775–2785.

    04. Lacorte, G.A., Oliveira, I.S. & Fonseca, C.G. (2011): Phylogenetic relationships among the Epiperipatus lineages (Onychophora: Peripatidae) from the Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Zootaxa 2755: 57–65.

    03. Oliveira, I.S., Wieloch, A.H. & Mayer, G. (2010): Revised taxonomy and redescription of two species of the Peripatidae (Onychophora) from Brazil: a step towards consistent terminology of morphological characters. Zootaxa 2493: 16–34.

    02. Oliveira, I.S. & Wieloch, A.H. (2008): Testemunhas da evolução.Ciência Hoje 41: 66–68.

    01. Oliveira, I.S. & Wieloch, A.H. (2005): Macroperipatus machadoi sp. n. (Onychophora: Peripatidae) da Floresta Atlântica de Minas Gerais, Brasil. Lundiana 6: 61–66.


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