Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Smrž, CSc. 

Phone: +420/221951840

Fax: +420/221951841



Research interests:

Soil biology, comparative and functional anatomy, biology and ecology of the soil saprophagous mites

Lectures and courses:

Invertebrate zoology - basic course

Field training in the invertebrate zoology - basic course

Soil biology


Biology of terrestrial and soil invertebrates

Fauna of the Czech Republic – advanced lecture

Fauna of the Czech Republic - field exursion


Selected papers:

Smrž J., Kováč Ľ.,  Mikeš J., Lukešová A. 2013. Microwhip Scorpions (Palpigradi) Feed on Heterotrophic Cyanobacteria in Slovak Caves – A Curiosity among Arachnida. Plos One 8, 1 – 5.

Smrž J. 2010a. Enzyme activities and internal bacteria of saprophagous soil mites (Acari: Oribatida, Acaridida). In: Sabelis, M.W. & Bruin, J. (eds.). Trends in Acarology. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. pp. 217-219.

Smrž J. 2010b. Nutritional biology of oribatid mites from different microhabitats in the forest. In: Sabelis, M.W. & Bruin, J. (eds.). Trends in Acarology. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. pp. 213-216.

Smrž J. & čatská V. 2010. Mycophagous mites and their internal associated bacteria cooperate to digest chitin in soil. Symbiosis 52, 33-40.

Symonová  R. & Smrž J. 2009. First Record of Hemocytes and Oenocytes in Freshwater Ostracodes. J. Crust. Biol. 29(1):18-25.

Smrž J. & Soukalová H. 2008. Mycophagous mites (Acari: Oribatida and Acaridida) and their  cooperation with chitinolytic bacteria. In: Bertrand M. Kreiter, S. McCoy, K.D. Migeon A.,Navajas M., Tixier M.-S. Vial L. (eds): Integrative acarology. EURAAC. pp.359-362.

Smrž J. 2007a. Nutritional biology in the oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) communities in the different, closely neighbouring microhabitats in the steppe biotope - preliminary report.  In: Tajovský, K., Schlaghamerský, J. &Pizl, V. (eds.). Contributions to Soil Zoology in Central Europe II.. ISB BC AS CR, v.v.i., České Budějovice. pp.153-160.

Smrž J. 2007b. "Nymphes plissées" structure of the cuticle of juveniles of some oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida). Eur.J.Entomol. 104,619-629.

Smrž J. 2006a. Microhabitat selection in the simple oribatid community dwelling in epilithic moss cover (Acari: Oribatida).  Naturwisseschaften 93: 570-576.

Smrž J. 2006b. Types of haemocytes in saprophagous soil mites (Acari: Oribatida, Acaridida) and correlation between their presence and certain processes within mites. Eur.J.Entomol. 103: 679-686.

Smrž J. 2005. Predátor na každém kroku. Scientia Praha. 87 str.

Smrž J. 2005: Structure  of  the cuticle  of   some  ptyctimine  oribatids  (Acari: Oribatida). Eur. J. Entomol. 102(1): 89–95.

Smrž J. 2005: Two dwellers of one habitat – two srategies for the different microhabitats. In: Tasovský,K., Schlaghamerský, J. Pizl, V. (eds). Soil zoology in Central Europe. Pp.149-153.

Smrž J. & Norton R.A. 2004: Food selection and internal processing in Archegozetes longisetosus (Acari: Oribatida). Pedobiologia 48: 11-120.

Smrž J. 2003: Microanatomical and biological aspects of bacterial associations in Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Acari: Acaridida). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 28 31,105-113.

Smrž J. 2002: The excrement analysis - the useful tool for the biological and autecological studies in soil zoology. In: Tajovský, K., Balík, V., Pižl, V. (eds.), Studies on Soil Fauna in Central Europe. Proc. 6th CEWSZ, ISB AS CR, České Budějovice, pp. 185-189.

Smrž J. 2002: Nutritional biology: the basic step in the autecological studies (multi-methodical approach). Eur. J. Soil Biol. 38: 35-38.

Smrž J. 2002: Microanatomical and microbiological characteristics of the quiescent state of Scutovertex minutus (Acari: Oribatida). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 27: 103-112.

Smrž J. 2001: Effects of moisture regime on the nutritional biology of saprophagous soil mites (Oribatida and Acaridida). In: Acarology. Halliday,R.B., Walter,D.E., Proctor,H.C., Norton,R.A., Colloff,M.J.(eds.).CSIRO Publ. Melbourne. pp.266-268.

Hajmová M. & Smrž J. 2001: Reproductive and nutritional biology of Tectocepheus velatus (Acari: Tectocepheidae). In: Acarology. Halliday,R.B., Walter,D.E., Proctor,H.C., Norton,R.A., Colloff,M.J.(eds.).CSIRO Publ. Melbourne. pp.255-263.

Smrž J. & Materna J. 2000. The dynamics of glycogen deposition within the parenchyma tissue of Melanozetes meridianus (Acari: Oribatida). Pedobiologia 44: 175-185.

Smrž J. 2000: A modified test for chitinase an cellulase activity in soil mites. Pedobiologia 44: 186-189.

Smrž J.1999: The first record of Eremobelba geographica (Acari: Oribatida) in the Czech Republic with notes on the oribatid communities of selected meaows in southern Moravia. Acta Soc. zool. bohem. 62: 363-366.

Smrž, J. , Kocourková, J., 1999. Mite communities o two epiphytic lichen species (Hypogymnia physodes and Parmelia sulcata) in the Czech Republic. Pedobiologia 43: 385-390.

Smrž J. 1998: Interactions between oribatid and micro-organisms: A complex method of study. Appl.Soil Ecol. 9: 109-110.

Smrž J. 1996: Some aspects of the life strategy of oribatid mites. In: Mitchell,R., Horn, D.J., Needham, G.R. & Welbourn, W.C. (Eds.). Acarology IX. Ohio biol.Survey, Columbus, Ohio. pp. 551-555.

Smrž J. 1995: Free cells in the body cavity of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida). Pedobiologia 39: 488-495.

Smrž J. & Trelová M. 1995: The associations of bacteria an some soil mites (Acari: Oribatida and Acaridida). Acta zool.fenn. 196: 120-123.

Smrž J. 1994: Survival of Scutovertex minutus (Koch) (Acari: Oribatida) under differing humidity conditions. Pedobiologia 38: 448-454.

Smrž J. 1992a: Some adaptive features in the microanatomy of moss-dwelling oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) with respect to their ontogenical development. Pedobiologia 36: 306-320.

Smrž J. 1992b: The ecology of the microarthropod community inhabiting the moss cover of roof. Pedobiologia 36: 331-340.

Smrž J., Svobodová J. & Čatská V. 1991: Synergetic participation Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank) (Acari, Acaridida) and its associated bacteria on the destruction of some soil micromycetes. J.appl.Ent. 111: 206-210.

Smrž J. 1989: Internal anatomy of Hypochthonius rufulus (Acari, Oribatida). J. Morphol. 200: 215-230.

Smrž J. & Jungová E. 1989: The ecology of a field population of Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Acari, Acaridida). Pedobiologia 33: 183-192.

Smrž J. & Čatská V. 1987: Food selection of the field population of Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank) (Acari, Acaridida). Z. angew. Entomol. 104(4): 329-335.



Smrž J. 2013: Základy biologie, ekologie a systému bezobratlých živočichů. Karolinum Praha

Malenisky M., Smrž J. & Škoda B. 2004: Přírodopis, Natura Praha. 

Smrž J. & Hůrka K. 2004:  Zoologie. In: Rosypal, S., Nový přehled biologie. Scientia, 158-171;72-519.

Smrž J., Horáček I. & Švátora M. 2004: Biologie živočichů.  Fortuna, Praha, 207 str.