Alexei V. Abramov

Scopus Author ID:
Google Scholar:
Academic degree: Doctor of Biological Sciences
Academic title: No title
Position: Principal Researcher
Contact phone: +7 (812) 328-07-11, ext. 266
Educational background: Leningrad State University, Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, 1985
  • “Taxonomy of the genus Mustela (Carnivora, Mustelidae) of the World.” (PhD)
  • “Insectivorous mammals of Vietnam (taxonomy, fauna, zoogeography).” (PhD habilitation)
Research interests: Zoogeography, morphology, systematics, phylogeography and biodiversity of Carnivora, fauna and systematics of Southeast Asian mammals.
Field studies: European part of Russia, Crimea, Yakutia, Altai, Tuva, Transbaikalia, Kamchatka, Primorye, Sakhalin, Kuril Islands; Caucasus (North Caucasus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan); Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan; Fujairah, Laos, Vietnam, China.
Professional membership:
Editorial activity:
Scientific projects and grants:
  • RFBR 02-04-48607: “Development of allopatric model of evolution in Carnivora (based on the badgers of genus Meles)”, 2002-2003;
  • Research Council of Norway, NFR 040604: “Morphological variation of the Eurasian badger Meles meles in Norway”, 2005;
  • RFBR-JSPS 07-04-91202: “Comparative phylogeography and colonization history of mammals in Siberia and Japanese islands – from the Ice Age fauna to the present”, 2007-2009;
  • RFBR 09-04-00073: “Morphological diversity and problems of forming and speciation in mustelids in Carnivora (based on the Mustelidae)”, 2009-2011;
  • RFBR 13-04-00203: “Morphological and taxonomic diversity in Carnivora – study of selected families of Caniformia and Feliformia”, 2013-2015;
  • RFBR 14-34-50760: “Genetic and taxonomic diversity of moles (Talpidae) in Eastern Asia”, 2014;
  • RFBR 15-34-50334: “Genetic and taxonomic diversity of shrews (Soricidae) in Vietnam”, 2015;
  • RFBR-JSPS 16-54-50004: “Comparative study on genetic and morphological diversity of carnivores in northern Eurasia”, 2016-2017;
  • RFBR 16-04-00085: “Systematics, phylogeography, and phylogeny of small mammals in East Asia – integrative analysis of peripheral populations”, 2016-2018;
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ref. 2017VBA0027: “Biodiversity and phylogeny of Murinae in Southeast Asia”, 2017-2018;
  • RFBR-JSPS 19-54-50001: “Diversity and evolution of Palearctic Carnivora: genetic and morphological approaches”, 2019-2020.
Selected Publications:
  • Sato T., Abramov A.V., Raichev E.G., Kosintsev P.A., Väinölä R., Murakami T., Kaneko Y., Masuda R. Phylogeography and population history of the least weasel (Mustela nivalis) in the Palearctic, based on multilocus analysis // Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 2020. Vol. 58, No. 1. P. 408–426.
  • Kinoshita E., Abramov A.V., Solovyev V.A., Saveljev A.P., Nishita Y., Kaneko Y., Masuda R. Hybridization between the European and Asian badgers (Meles, Carnivora) in the Volga-Kama region, revealed by analyses of maternally, paternally and biparentally inherited genes // Mammalian Biology. 2019. Vol. 94. P. 140–148.
  • Ge D., Lu L., Abramov A.V., Wen Z., Cheng J., Xia L., Vogler A.P., Yang Q. Coalesence models reveal the rise of the white-bellied rat (Niviventer confucianus) following the loss of Asian megafauna // Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 2019. Vol. 26, No. 3. P. 423–434.
  • Zemlemerova E.D., Abramov A.V., Kryukov A.P., Lebedev V.S., Mi-Sook Min, Seo-Jin Lee, Bannikova A.A. Genetic and morphologic diversity of the moles (Talpomorpha, Talpidae, Mogera) from the continental Far East // Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 2019. Vol. 57, No. 3. P. 662–678.
  • Ge D., Feijó A., Cheng J., Lu L., Liu R., Abramov A.V., Xia L., Wen Z., Zhang W., Shi L., Yang Q. Evolutionary history of field mice (Murinae: Apodemus), with emphasis on morphological variation among species in China // Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2019. Vol. 187, No. 2. P. 518–534.
  • Mills L.S., Bragina E.V., Kumar A.V., Zimova M., Lafferty D.J.R., Feltner J., Davis B.M., Hackländer K., Alves P.C., Good J.M., Melo-Ferreira J., Dietz A., Abramov A.V., Lopatina N., Fay K. Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change // Science. 2018. Vol. 359, No. 6379. P. 1033–1036.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu., Masuda R. Cranial variation in the Siberian weasel Mustela sibirica (Carnivora, Mustelidae) and its possible taxonomic implications // Zoological Studies. 2018. Vol. 57. No. 14.
  • Nishita Y., Abramov A.V., Murakami T., Masuda R. Genetic diversity of MHC class II DRB alleles in the continental and Japanese populations of the sable Martes zibellina (Mustelidae, Carnivora, Mammalia) // Mammal Research. 2018. Vol. 63, No. 3. P. 369–378.
  • Abramov A.V., Bannikova A.A., Lebedev V.S., Rozhnov V.V. A broadly distributed species instead of an insular endemic? A new find of the poorly known Hainan gymnure (Mammalia, Lipotyphla) // Zookeys. 2018. No. 795. P. 77–81.
  • Puzachenko A.Yu., Rozhnov V.V., Abramov A.V. Cranial variation and taxonomic content of the marbled polecat Vormela peregusna (Mustelidae, Carnivora) // Mammalian Biology. 2017. Vol. 83. P. 10–20.
  • Abramov A.V., Balakirev A.E., Rozhnov V.V. New insights into the taxonomy of the marmoset rats Hapalomys (Rodentia: Muridae) // Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 2017. Vol. 65. P. 20–28.
  • Abramov A.V., Bannikova A.A., Lebedev V.S., Rozhnov V.V. 2017. Revision of Chimarrogale (Lipotyphla: Soricidae) from Vietnam with comments on taxonomy and biogeography of Asiatic water shrews. Zootaxa, 4232 (2): 216–230.
  • Abramov A.V., Balakirev A.E., Rozhnov V.V. New data on the distribution and intraspecific variation of the Millard’s giant rat Dacnomys millardi (Mammalia, Rodentia) from Vietnam // Mammal Research. 2017. Vol. 62, No. 3. P. 307–311.
  • Shalabi M., Abramov A.V., Kosintsev P.A., Lin L.-K., Han S.-H., Watanabe S., Yamazaki K., Kaneko Y., Masuda R. Comparative phylogeography of the endemic Japanese weasel (Mustela itatsi) and the continental Siberian weasel (M. sibirica), revealed by complete mitochondrial genome sequences // Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2017. Vol. 120, No. 2. P. 333–348.
  • Panyutina A.A., Kuznetsov A.N., Volodin I.A., Abramov A.V., Soldatova I.B. A blind climber: the first evidence of ultrasonic echolocation in arboreal mammals // Integrative Zoology. 2017. Vol. 12, No. 2. P. 172–184.
  • Kitchener A.C., Breitenmoser-Würsten C., Eizirik E., Gentry A., Werdelin L., Wilting A., Yamaguchi N., Abramov A.V., Christiansen P., Driscoll C.A., Duckworth J.W., Johnson W.E., Luo S.J., Meijaard E., O’Donoghue P., Sanderson J., Seymour K., Bruford M.W., Groves C., Hoffmann M., Nowell K., Timmons Z., Tobe S.S. A revised taxonomy of the Felidae: The final report of the Cat Classification Task Force of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group // Cat News. 2017. No. 11. P. 1–80.
  • Abramov A.V., Bannikova A.A., Chernetskaya D.M., Lebedev V.S., Rozhnov V.V. The first record of Episoriculus umbrinus in Vietnam, with notes on the taxonomic content of Episoriculus (Mammalia, Soricidae) // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2017. Vol. 16, No. 2. P. 117–128.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu., Tumanov I.L. Morphological differentiation of the skull in two closely-related mustelid species (Carnivora: Mustelidae) // Zoological Studies. 2016. Vol. 55, No. 1.
  • Meschersky I.G., Abramov A.V., Lebedev V.S., Chichkina A.N., Rozhnov V.V. Evidence of a complex phylogeographic structure in the Indomalayan pencil-tailed tree mouse Chiropodomys gliroides (Rodentia: Muridae) in eastern Indochina // Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 2016. Vol. 65. P. 147–157.
  • Nishita Y., Abramov A.V., Kosintsev P.A., Lin L.-K., Watanabe S., Yamazaki K., Kaneko Y., Masuda R. Genetic variation of the MHC class II DRB genes in the Japanese weasel, Mustela itatsi, endemic to Japan, compared to the Siberian weasel, Mustela sibirica // Tissue Antigens. 2015. Vol. 86, No. 6. P. 431–442.
  • Hirata D., Abramov A.V., Baryshnikov G.F., Masuda R. Mitochondrial DNA haplogrouping of the brown bear, Ursus arctos (Carnivora: Ursidae) in Asia, based on a newly developed APLP analysis // Biological Journal of Linnean Society. 2014. Vol. 111, No. 3. P. 627–635.
  • Bannikova A.A., Lebedev V.S., Abramov А.V., Rozhnov V.V. Contrasting evolutionary history of hedgehogs and gymnures (Mammalia: Erinaceomorpha) as inferred from a multigene study // Biological Journal of Linnean Society. 2014. Vol. 112, No. 3. P. 499–519.
  • Abramov A.V., Balakirev A.E., Rozhnov V.V. An enigmatic pygmy dormouse: molecular and morphological evidence for the species taxonomic status of Typhlomys chapensis (Rodentia: Platacanthomyidae) // Zoological Studies. 2014. Vol. 53, No. 34.
  • Balakirev A.E., Abramov A.V., Rozhnov V.V. Phylogenetic relationships in the Niviventer-Chiromyscus complex (Rodentia, Muridae) inferred from molecular data, with description of a new species // Zookeys. 2014. No. 451. P. 109–136.
  • Abramov A.V., Meschersky I.G., Aniskin V.M., Rozhnov V.V. The mountain weasel Mustela kathiah (Carnivora: Mustelidae): molecular and karyological data // Biology Bulletin. 2013. Vol. 40, No. 1. P. 52–60.
  • Balakirev A.E., Abramov A.V., Rozhnov V.V. Revision of the genus Leopoldamys (Rodentia, Muridae) as inferred from morphological and molecular data, with a special emphasis on the species composition in continental Indochina // Zootaxa. 2013. Vol. 3640, No. 44. P. 521–549.
  • Jenkins P.D., Abramov A.V., Bannikova A.A., Rozhnov V.V. Bones and genes: resolution problems in three Vietnamese species of Crocidura (Mammalia, Soricomorpha, Soricidae) and the description of an additional new species // Zookeys. 2013. No. 313. P. 61–79.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu. The taxonomic status of badgers (Mammalia, Mustelidae) from Southwest Asia based on cranial morphometrics, with the redescription of Meles canescens // Zootaxa. 2013. Vol. 3681, No. 1. P. 44–58.
  • Abramov A.V., Dang Ngoc Can, Bui Tuan Hai, Nguyen Truong Son. An annotated checklist of the insectivores (Mammalia, Lipotyphla) of Vietnam // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2013. Vol. 12, No. 2. P. 57–70.
  • Ruiz-González A., Madeira M.J., Randi E., Abramov A.V., Davoli F., Gómez Moliner B.J. Phylogeography of the forest-dwelling European pine marten (Martes martes): new insights into cryptic northern glacial refugia // Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2013. Vol. 109, No. 1. P. 1–18.
  • Hirata D., Mano T., Abramov A.V., Baryshnikov G.F., Kosintsev P.A., Vorobiev A.A., Raichev E.G., Tsunoda H., Kaneko Y., Murata K., Fukui D., Masuda R. Molecular phylogeography of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in northeastern Asia based on analyses of complete mitochondrial DNA sequences // Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2013. Vol. 30, No. 7. P. 1644–1652.
  • Abramov A.V., Aniskin V.M., Rozhnov V.V. Karyotypes of two rare rodents, Hapalomys delacouri and Typhlomys cinereus (Mammalia, Rodentia), from Vietnam // Zookeys. 2012. Vol. 164. P. 41–49.
  • Abramov A.V., Kruskop S.V. The mammal fauna of Cat Ba Island, northern Vietnam // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2012. Vol. 11, No. 1. P. 57–72.
  • Abramov А.V., Bannikova А.А., Rozhnov V.V. White-toothed shrews (Mammalia, Soricomorpha, Crocidura) of coastal islands of Vietnam // Zookeys. 2012. No. 207. P. 37–47.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu. Species co-existence and morphological divergence in west Siberian mustelids (Carnivora, Mustelidae) // Mammal Study. 2012. Vol. 37, No. 1. P. 231–235.
  • Bannikova А.А., Abramov А.V., Borisenko А.V., Lebedev V.S., Rozhnov V.V. Mitochondrial diversity of the white-toothed shrews (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla, Crocidura) in Vietnam // Zootaxa. 2011. No. 2812. P. 1–20.
  • Scopin A.E., Saveljev A.P., Suntsova N.A., Gnophanxay S., Tikhonov A.N., Abramov A.V. Digestive system of the Laotian rock rat Laonastes aenigmamus (Rodentia: Diatomyidae) from the evolutionary viewpoint // Proceedings of the Zoological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences. 2011. Vol. 315, No. 1. P. 3–18.
  • Jenkins P.D., Abramov A.V., Rozhnov V.V., Olsson A. A new species of Crocidura (Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from southern Vietnam and north-eastern Cambodia // Zootaxa. 2010. No. 2345. P. 60–68.
  • Abramov A.V., Kruskop S.V., Shchinov A.V. Small mammals of the Dalat Plateau, southern Vietnam // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2010. Vol. 8, No. 2. P. 61–73.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu., Wiig Ø. Cranial variation in the European badger Meles meles (Carnivora, Mustelidae) in Scandinavia // Zoological Journal of Linnean Society. 2009. Vol. 157, No. 2. P. 433–450.
  • Abramov A.V., Meschersky I.G., Rozhnov V.V. On the taxonomic status of the harvest mouse Micromys minutus (Rodentia: Muridae) from Vietnam // Zootaxa. 2009. No. 2199. P. 58–68.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu. Spatial variation of sexual dimorphism in the Siberian weasel Mustela sibirica (Mustelidae, Carnivora) // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2009. Vol. 8, No. 1. P. 17–28.
  • Abramov A.V., Duckworth J.W., Wang Y., Roberton S. The strip-backed weasel Mustela strigidorsa: taxonomy, ecology, distribution and status // Mammal Review. 2008. Vol. 38, No. 4. P. 247–266.
  • Abramov A.V., Shchinov A.V., Rozhnov V.V. Study of insectivorous mammals in North Vietnam // Contemporary Problems of Ecology. 2008. Vol. 1, No. 5. P. 593–595.
  • Abramov A.V., Jenkins P.D., Rozhnov V.V., Kalinin A.A. Description of a new species of Crocidura (Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam // Mammalia. 2008. Vol. 72, No. 4. P. 269–272.
  • Abramov A.V., Baranova G.I. The Langsdorff’s expedition to Brazil and its mammal collection kept in the Zoological Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2008. Vol. 7, No. 1. P. 41–50.
  • Kurose N., Abramov A.V., Masuda R. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Mustela (Mustelidae, Carnivora), inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences: new perspectives on phylogenetic status of the back-striped weasel and American mink // Mammal Study. 2008. Vol. 33, No. 1. P. 25–33.
  • Khorozyan I.G., Malkhasyan A.G., Abramov A.V. Presence-absence surveys of prey and their use in predicting leopard (Panthera pardus) densities: a case study from Armenia // Integrative Zoology. 2008. Vol. 3, No. 4. P. 322–332.
  • Абрамов А.В., Рожнов В.В. О месте рода Mydaus в системе хищных (Mammalia, Carnivora) // Зоол. журнал. 2007. Т. 86, № 6. C. 763–765.
  • Abramov A.V., Kalinin A.A., Morozov P.N. Mammal survey on Phu Quoc Island, southern Vietnam // Mammalia. 2007. Vol. 71, No. 1-2. P. 40–46.
  • Jenkins P.D., Abramov A.V., Rozhnov V.V., Makarova O.V. Description of two new species of white-toothed shrews belonging to the genus Crocidura (Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from the Ngoc Linh Mountain, Vietnam // Zootaxa. 2007. No. 1589. P. 57–68.
  • Abramov A.V., Rozhnov V.V., Shchinov A.V., Makarova O.V. New records of the Asiatic short-tailed shrew Blarinella griselda (Soricidae) from Vietnam // Mammalia. 2007. Vol. 71, No. 4. P. 181–182.
  • Rozhnov V.V., Abramov A.V. Sexual dimorphism of marbled polecat Vormela peregusna (Carnivora: Mustelidae) // Biology Bulletin. 2006. Vol. 33, No. 2. P. 144–148.
  • Abramov A.V. On a taxonomic position of the weasel (Carnivora, Mustela) from the Cheju Island (South Korea) // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2006. Vol. 4, No. 2. P. 109–113.
  • Абрамов А.В., Пузаченко А.Ю. Географическая изменчивость черепа и систематика палеарктических барсуков (Mustelidae, Meles) // Зоол. журнал. 2006. Т. 85, вып. 5. С. 641–655.
  • Abramov A.V., Kruskop S.V., Lissovsky A.A. Distribution of the stone marten Martes foina (Carnivora, Mustelidae) in the European part of Russia // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2006. Vol. 5, No. 1. P. 37–41.
  • Oshida T., Abramov A., Yanagawa H., Masuda R. Phylogeography of the Russian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans): implication of refugia theory in arboreal small mammal of Eurasia // Molecular Ecology. 2005. Vol. 14, No. 4. P. 1191–1196.
  • Abramov A.V., Puzachenko A.Yu. Sexual dimorphism of craniological characters in Eurasian badgers, Meles spp. (Carnivora, Mustelidae) // Zoologischer Anzeiger. 2005. Vol. 244, No. 1. P. 11–29.
  • Kurose N., Abramov A.V., Masuda R. Comparative phylogeography between the ermine Mustela erminea and the least weasel M. nivalis of Palaearctic and Nearctic regions, based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA control region sequences // Zoological Science. 2005. Vol. 22, No. 10. P. 1069–1078.
  • Baryshnikov G.F., Bininda-Emonds O.R.P., Abramov A.V. Morphological variability and evolution of the baculum (os penis) in Mustelidae (Carnivora) // Journal of Mammalogy. 2003. Vol. 84, No. 2. P. 673–690.
  • Abramov A.V., Tumanov I.L. Sexual dimorphism in the skull of the European mink Mustela lutreola (Carnivora, Mustelidae) from NW part of Russia // Acta Theriologica. 2003. Vol. 48, No. 2. P. 239–246.
  • Abramov A.V. Variation of the baculum structure of the Palaearctic badger (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Meles) // Russian Journal of Theriology. 2002. Vol. 1, No. 1. P. 57–60.
  • Abramov A.V. Notes on the taxonomy of the Siberian badgers (Mustelidae: Meles) // Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS. 2001. Vol. 288. P. 221–233.
  • Can D.N., Abramov A.V., Tikhonov A.N., Averianov A.O. Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi in Vietnam // Acta Theriologica. 2001. Vol. 46, No. 4. P. 437–440.
  • Абрамов А.В. О систематическом положении японского колонка Mustela itatsi (Carnivora, Mustelidae) // Зоол. журнал. 2000. Т. 79б вып. 1. С. 80–88.
  • Abramov A.V. A taxonomic review of the genus Mustela (Mammalia, Carnivora) // Zoosystematica Rossica. 2000. Vol. 8, No. 2. P. 357–364.
  • Abramov A.V., Baryshnikov G.F. Geographic variation and intraspecific taxonomy of weasel Mustela nivalis (Carnivora, Mustelidae) // Zoosystematica Rossica. 2000. Vol. 8, No. 2. P. 365–402.
  • Kurose N., Abramov A.V., Masuda R. Intrageneric diversity of the cytochrome b gene and phylogeny of Eurasian species of the genus Mustela (Mustelidae, Carnivora) // Zoological Science. 2000. Vol. 17. P. 673–679.
  • Averianov A.O., Abramov A.V., Tikhonov A.N. A new species of Nesolagus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae) from Vietnam with osteological description // Contributions from the Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg. 2000. No. 3. P. 1–22.
  • Абрамов А.В., Барышников Г.Ф. Строение слухового молоточка (osmalleus) у куницевых (Mustelidae, Carnivora) Палеарктики // Зоол. журнал. 1995. Т. 74, вып. 6. С. 129–142.