Reinhard Rieger

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Reinhard M. Rieger (born May 10, 1943 in Linz , † October 11, 2006 in Birgitz ) was an Austrian zoologist .


Reinhard Rieger studied zoology and botany at the University of Vienna . After completing his studies, he accepted an appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA . Since 1985 he has taught zoology at the University of Innsbruck .

Rieger's main research areas were morphology , developmental biology and the evolution of basal animal groups, in particular the platelets . Most recently, he headed a working group researching the stem cells of turbellariums.

Together with Wilfried Westheide he is editor of the zoological standard work special zoology . The Reinhard Rieger Award for zoom morphology was donated in his memory .


  • Special zoology . 2nd edition Elsevier, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Munich 2007 (2 volumes, together with Wilfried Westheide).
  1. Protozoa and invertebrates . 2007, ISBN 978-3-8274-1575-2 .
  2. Vertebrates or skulls . 2010, ISBN 978-3-8274-2039-8 .

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