Šumbera Radim, Mgr., PhD Tisk

Odborné články

Šklíba J, Lövy M, Burda H, R Šumbera.  Variability of space-use patterns in a free living eusocial subterranean rodent, Ansell's mole-rat indicates age-based rather than caste polyethism Scientific Reports (in press)

Bryja J, Šumbera R, Peterhans JCK, Aghová T, Bryjová A, Mikula O, Nicolas V, Denys C, E. Verheyen Evolutionary history of the Thicket rats (genus Grammomys) mirrors the evolution of African forests since late Miocene Journal of Biogeography (in press).

Šklíba J, Vlasatá T, Lövy M, Hrouzková E, Meheretu Y, Sillero-Zubiri C, Šumbera R. Impact of the giant root-rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) on the Afroalpine ecosystem. Integrative Zoology (in press).


Mikula O, Šumbera R, Aghová T, Mbau J, Bryja J (2016) Evolutionary history and species diversity of African Pouched Mice of the genus Saccostomus (Rodentia: Nesomyidae: Cricetomyinae) Zoologica Scripta 45(6): 595-617.

Dvořáková V, Hrouzková E, Šumbera R (2016) Vocal repertoire of the social Mashona mole-rat (Fukomys darlingi) and how it compares with other mole-rats Bioacoustics 25(3): 253-266.

Gryseels S, Goüy de Bellocq J, Makundi R, Vanmechelen K, Broeckhove J, Mazoch V, Šumbera R, Zima J jr., Leirs H and Baird SJE (2016) Genetic distinction between contiguous urban and rural multimammate mice in Tanzania despite gene flow Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29(10): 1952-1967.

Šklíba J, Lövy M, Koeppen SCW, Pleštilová L, Vitámvás M, Nevo E, Šumbera R (2016) Activity of free-living subterranean blind mole rats Spalax galili (Rodentia: Spalacidae) in an area of supposed sympatric speciation. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 118: 280-291.

Šklíba J, Jirků M, R Šumbera (2016) Burrow systems of mole-rats as refuges for frogs in the miombo woodlands of southeast Africa. Journal of Tropical Ecology 32(2): 158-161.

Kott O, Němec P, Fremlová A, Mazoch V, Šumbera R (2016) Behavioural tests reveal severe visual deficits in the strictly subterranean African mole-rats (Bathyergidae) but efficient vision in the fossorial rodent coruro (Spalacopus cyanus, Octodontidae) Ethology 122(8): 682-694.

Gomes Rodrigues H, Šumbera R, Hautier L (2016) Life in burrows channelled the morphological evolution of the skulls in rodents: the case of African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia), Journal of Mammalian Evolution 23(2): 175-189.

Tučková V, Čížková B, Šumbera R (2016) Alloparental behaviour in Sinai spiny mice Acomys dimidiatus: A case of misdirected parental care? for Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 70(3): 437-447.

Pleštilová L, Hrouzková E, Burda H, R Šumbera (2016) Does the morphology of the ear of the Chinese bamboo rat (Rhizomys sinensis) show ‘subterranean’ characteristics? Journal of  Morphology 277(5): 275-284.


Bohoussou KH, Cornette R, Akpatou B, Colyn M, Peterhans JK, Kennis J, Šumbera R, Verheyen E, N’Goran E, Katuala P, V Nicolas (2015) The phylogeography of the rodent genus Malacomys suggests multiple Afrotropical Pleistocene lowland forest refugia. Journal of Biogeography 42(11): 2049-2061.

McDonough MM, Šumbera R, Mazoch V, Ferguson AW, Phillips CD, J Bryja (2015): Multilocus phylogeography of a widespread savanna-woodland adapted rodent reveals the influence of Pleistocene geomorphology and climate change in Africa’s Zambezi region Molecular Ecology 24(20): 5248-5266.

Gomes Rodrigues H., Šumbera R: Dental peculiarities in the silvery mole-rat: an original model for studying the evolutionary and biological origins of continuous dental generation in mammals PeerJ N. 3, n. e1233

Lövy M, Šklíba J, Hrouzková E, Dvořáková V, Nevo E, R Šumbera (2015) Habitat and burrow system characteristics of two abutting populations of the blind mole rat Spalax galili likely subjected to sympatric speciation. PLOSOne 10(7): e0133157.

Kaňuch P, Aghová T, Meheretu Y, Šumbera R, J Bryja (2015) New discoveries on the ecology and echolocation of the heart-nosed bat Cardioderma cor with a contribution to the phylogeny of Megadermatidae African Zoology 50(1):53-57.

Meheretu Y., Šumbera R., J Bryja (2015) Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus. Mammalia 79(1):15-23.

Okrouhlík J, Burda H, Kunc P, Knížková I, R Šumbera (2015) Surprisingly low risk of overheating during digging in two subterranean rodents Physiology and Behaviour 138:236-241.


 Bryja J, Mikula O, Šumbera R, Meheretu Y, Aghová T, Lavrenchenko LA, Mazoch V, Oguge N, Mbau JS, Welegerima K, Amundala N, Colyn M, Leirs H, E Verheyen (2014) Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology

Fang X, Seim I, Huang Z, Gerashchenko MV, Xiong Z, Turanov AA, Zhu Y, Lobanov AV, Fan D, Yim SH, Yao X, Ma S, Yang L, Lee SG, Kim EB, Bronson RT, Šumbera R, Buffenstein R, Zhou X, Krogh A, Park TJ, Zhang G, Wang J, VN Gladyshev (2014) Adaptations to a Subterranean Environment and Longevity revealed by the Analysis of Mole Rat Genomes. Cell Reports 8, 1–11.

Kott O, Moritz RE, Šumbera R, Burda H, P Němec (2014) Light propagation in burrows of subterranean rodents: tunnel system architecture but not photoreceptor sensitivity limits light sensation range. Journal of Zoology 294: 68–76.

Šklíba J, Lövy M, Hrouzková E, Kott O, Okrouhlík J, R Šumbera (2014) Social and environmental influences on daily activity pattern in free-living subterranean rodents. The case of a eusocial bathyergid. Journal of Rhytm Research 29(3): 203–214.

Bryja J, Mikula O, Patzenhauerová H, Oguge N, Šumbera R, Verheyen E. (2014) The role of dispersal and vicariance in the Pleistocene history of an East African mountain rodent, Praomys delectorum. Journal of Biogeography 41(1): 196-208


Patzenhauerová H, Šklíba J, Bryja J, R Šumbera (2013) Parentage analysis of Ansell’s mole-rat family groups indicates a high reproductive skew despite relatively relaxed ecological constraints on dispersal. Molecular Ecology 22(19): 4988-5000

Hrouzková E, Dvořáková V, Jedlička P, R Šumbera (2013) Seismic communication in Demon African mole rat Tachyoryctes daemon from Tanzania. Journal of Ethology : 31(3): 255-259.

Hadid Y,Tzur S, Pavlicek T, Šumbera R, Šklíba J, Lövy M, Fragman-Sapir O, Beiles A, Arieli R, Raz S, E Nevo (2013)  Possible incipient sympatric ecological speciation in blind mole rats (Spalax)   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(7):2587-92

Lövy M, Šklíba J, R Šumbera (2013) Spatial and Temporal Activity Patterns of the Free-Living Giant Mole-Rat (Fukomys mechowii), the Largest Social Bathyergid. PLoS ONE 8(1): e55357. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055357.

Bednářová R, Knotková E, Sedláček F, Burda H & R Šumbera (2013) Vocalization of the giant mole-rat (Fukomys mechowii), subterranean rodent with the richest vocal repertoire Bioacoustics: 22(2):87-107


Šklíba J, Mazoch V, Patzenhauerová H, Hrouzková E, Lövy M, Kott O, & R Šumbera (2012) A maze-lover’s  dream: Burrow architecture, natural history and habitat characteristics of Ansell’s mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) Mammalian Biology 77(6): 420-427.

Bryja J, Mazoch V, Patzenhauerová H, Mateke C, Zima jr , Šklíba J & R Šumbera (2012) Revised occurrence of rodents from the tribe Praomyini (Muridae) in Zambia based on mitochondrial DNA analyses: implications for biogeography and conservation. Folia Zoologica 61(3-4):270-287.

Zemanová M, Šumbera R & J. Okrouhlík Poikilotermic traits in Mashona mole-rats (Fukomys darlingi). Reality or myth? Journal of Thermal Biology 37(7):485-489.

Lövy M, Šklíba J, Burda H, Chitaukali WN & R Šumbera (2012) Ecological characteristics in habitats of two African mole-rat species with different social systems in an area of sympatry: implications for the evolution of mole-rat sociality Journal of Zoology 286(2): 145-153.

Šumbera R, Mazoch V, Patzenhauerová H, Lövy M, Šklíba J, Bryja J & H. Burda (2012) Burrow architecture, family composition and habitat characteristics of the largest social African mole-rat; the giant mole-rat constructs really giant burrow systems Acta Theriologica 57(2): 121-130


Šklíba J, Šumbera R, & M Vítámvás (2011) Resource characteristics and foraging adaptations in the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus), a solitary Afrotropical bathyergid Ecological Research 26(6): 1081-1088

Frynta D, Petrů M, Šklíba J, Šumbera R, Krása A, & J. Marešová (2011) Cross-cultural agreement in perception of animal beauty: Boid snakes viewed by people from three continents Human Ecology 39(6): 829-834

Frynta D, Fraňková M, Čížková B, Skarlantová H, Galeštoková H, Průšová K, Šmilauer P & R Šumbera (2011) Social and life history correlates of litter size in captive colonies of precocial spiny mice (Acomys) Acta Theriologica 56(3): 289-295 

Dammann P, Šumbera R, Maßmann C, Scherag A & H Burda (2011) Extended longevity of reproductives appears to be common in Fukomys mole-rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae) PLOS One e18757 

 Čížková B, Šumbera  R  & D Frynta (2011) A new member or an intruder: How do Sinai spiny mouse (Acomys dimidiatus) families respond to a male newcomer? Behaviour 148(8): 889-908.

Rodrigues HG, Marangoni P, Šumbera R, Tafforeau P, Wendelen W & L Viriot Continuous dental replacement in a hyper chisel-tooth digging rodent PNAS 2011 108 (42) 17355-17359

Zelová J, Šumbera R, Okrouhlík J, Šklíba J, Lovy M & H Burda (2011) A seasonal differences of daily energy expenditure in a free-living subterranean rodent, the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Bathyergidae) Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 158(1): 17-21


Zelová J, Šumbera R, Okrouhlík J & H Burda (2010). Cost of digging is determined by intrinsic factors rather than by substrate quality in two subterranean rodent species. Physiology and Behaviour. 99(1): 54–58.

Nováková M, Vašáková B, Kutalová H, Galeštoková K, Průšová K, Šmilauer P, Šumbera R, Frynta D (2010) Secondary sex ratios do not support maternal manipulation: extensive data from laboratory colonies of spiny mice (Muridae: Acomys). Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64(3):371-379

Patzenhauerová H, Bryja J & R Šumbera (2010)  Kinship structure and mating system in a solitary subterranean rodent, the silvery mole-rat Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64(5): 757-767

Šklíba J, Šumbera R & WN Chitaukali (2010) What determines the way of deposition of excavated soil? Acta Theriologica 55(3): 271-277.

Kott O, Šumbera R & P Němec (2010) Light perception in two strictly subterranean rodents: Life in dark or blue? PLOS One 5(7) e118101


-Seney ML, Kelly DA, Goldman BD, Šumbera R &  Forger NG (2009) Social Structure Predicts Genital Morphology in African Mole-Rats. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7477. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007477

-Svobodová P, Pejčoch M, Heroldová M, Pavlíček T, Nevo E, Šumbera R &  Hubálek Z. (2009) Examination of rodents (Rodentia) for emmonsiosis in the Czech Republic, Israel and Africa. Czech Mycology 61(1): 99–106

- Šklíba J, Šumbera R, Chitaukali WN & H Burda (2009) Home-range dynamics in a solitary subterranean rodent. Ethology. 115(3):217-226.

- Knotková E, Veitl S, Šumbera R, Sedláček F, & H. Burda (2009):Vocalization of the silvery mole-rat, comparison of vocal repertoir in subterranean rodents with different social systems. Bioacustics. 18(3): 241-257

- Barčiová L, Šumbera R, & H Burda (2009). Variation in the digging apparatus of the subterranean silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Rodentia, Bathyergidae): the role of ecology and geography. Biological Journal of Linnean Society. 97(4): 822-831.


- Šumbera R, Šklíba J, Elichová M, Chitaukali WN & H Burda (2008). Natural history and burrow system architecture of the silvery mole-rat from Brachystegia woodland. Journal of Zoology, London. 274(1): 77-84.

- Šklíba J, Šumbera R & WN Chitaukali (2008). Reactions to disturbances in the context of antipredatory behaviour in a solitary subterranean rodent Journal of Ethology 26(2): 249-254.


- Říčánková V, Šumbera R & Sedláček F (2007) Familiarity and partner preferences in female common voles, Microtus arvalis. Journal of Ethology 25(1): 95-98

- Zelová J, Šumbera R, Sedláček F, Burda H (2007) Energetics in the solitary subterranean rodent, the silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus, and the allometry of RMR in African mole-rats (Bathyergidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 147(2):412-419

- Šklíba J, Šumbera R, Chitaukali WN & Burda H (2007) Determinants of daily activity patterns in the free living Afrotropical solitary subterranean rodent. Journal of Mammalogy 88(4): 1009-1016

- Šumbera R, Zelová J, Kunc P, Knížková I & H Burda (2007). Patterns of surface temperatures in two mole-rats (Bathyergidae) with different social systems as revealed by IR-thermography. Physiology and Behaviour. 92: 526–532

- Šklíba J, Šumbera R & P Benda (2007) Bocage΄s fruit bat (Lissonycteris angolensis), a new species for Malawi. Nyala 24:61-63


- Grim T & Šumbera R (2006) A new record of the endangered white winged nightjar (Eleothreptus candidans) from Beni, Bolivia The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118(1): 109-112.


- Modrý D, Jirků M & Šumbera R (2005) Three new species of Eimeria (Apicomplexa: Eimeridae) from the silvery mole-rats Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Peters, 1846 (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) from Malawi. Journal of Parasitology, 91(5), 1200–1203

- Burda H, Šumbera R, CHitaukali WN & Dryden GL (2005) Taxonomic status and remarks on ecology of the Malawian mole-rat Cryptomys whytei (Rodentia, Bathyergidae). Acta Theriologica 50(4): 529–536

- Hubálek Z, Burda H, Scharff A, Heth G, Nevo E, Šumbera R, Peško J & Zima J (2005) Emmonsiosis of subterranean rodents (Bathyergidae, Spalacidae) in Africa and Israel. Medical Mycology 43, 691-697


- Šumbera R, Chitaukali WN, Elichová M, Kubová J, & Burda H (2004) Microclimatic stability in burrows of an Afrotropical solitary bathyergid rodent, the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus). Journal of Zoology, London 263: 409-416.


- Šumbera R, Baruš V, & Tenora F (2003) Heavy metals in the silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Bathyergidae, Rodentia) from Malawi. Folia Zoologica 52(2): 149-153

- Šumbera R, Burda H & Chitaukali, WN (2003) Reproductive biology of a solitary subterranean bathyergid rodent, the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus). Journal of Mammalogy 84(1), 278-287

- Tenora F, Baruš V, Prokeš M, Šumbera R, & Koubková B (2003) Helminths parasitizing the silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) from Malawi. Helminthologia 40(3): 153-160

- Šumbera R, Burda H, Chitaukali WN, & Kubová J (2003) The silvery mole-rats (Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Bathyergidae) change their burrow architecture seasonally. Naturwissenschaften 90(8): 370-373

- Baruš V, Tenora F & Šumbera R (2003) Relative concentrations of four heavy metals in the parasites Protospirura muricola (Nematoda) and Inermicapsifer arvicanthidis (Cestoda) in their definitive host silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus: Rodentia). Helminthologia 40(4): 227-232.


- Koudela B, Šumbera R, & Sedláček F (2000): Eimeria burdai sp. n. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae), a new parasite species from subterranean silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Peters, 1846. Folia Parasitologica 47: 97-99.1999

Populární články


- Šumbera R a Robovský J (2006) Pohaslá sláva savců. Vesmír 85: 557-559


- Šumbera R a Grim T (2005). Pantanal – na otevřené scéně, Živa. 53(2): 93–96

- Šumbera R. (2005) Pantanal dvou tváří, Lidé a Země. 54(02): 38-43


- Grim T a Šumbera R (2004). Solné pouště Bolívie – Na Marsu nebo na Zemi? Vesmír XI.


- Šumbera R. (2003) Sanové v Dračích horách. Země světa. IX. 27-29.


- Šumbera R. (2002) Savci. Vyřešeno? Nové kapitoly o starých savčích událostech. Vesmír. 81(6): 318-325

Kapitoly v monografiích


- Burda H, Šumbera R, & Begall S. (2007) Microclimate in burrows of subterranean rodents – revisited. Pp. 21-34 In Begall S, Burda H. and Schleich C. (Eds.) News from underground. Springer-Verlag.

- Šumbera R, Chitaukali WN, & Burda H(2007) Biology of the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus)Why study a neglected subterranean rodent species? Pp. 221-236. In Begall S, Burda H. and Schleich C. (Eds.) News from underground. Springer-Verlag


- Šumbera R (2001) The mating behaviour of the silvery mole-rat. Pp. 353–364 In: African small mammals (C. Denys, L. Granjon, and A. Poulet, eds.). Collection colloques et séminaires, IRD Editions, Paris. 2000