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Australian Journal of Zoology is an international journal covering the evolutionary, molecular and comparative zoology of Australasian fauna. More

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Published online 20 October 2014
Age-dependent changes in gross and histological morphology of the thyroid gland in South Australian koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) 
C. Graham, L. Woolford, L. Johnson and K. N. Speight

This study examined the gross and histological structure of thyroid glands in South Australian koalas. It was found that thyroid glands of adult koalas were atypical compared with those of juveniles and characterised by large colloidal macrofollicles lined by flattened epithelium. This age-dependent change may be associated with the low metabolic rate of this species.
Photo by Natasha Speight.

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Published online 23 September 2014
Delineation of conservation units in an endangered marsupial, the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus), in South Australia/western Victoria, Australia 
You Li, Melanie L. Lancaster, Susan M. Carthew, Jasmin G. Packer and Steven J. B. Cooper

The southern brown bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus obesulus, has experienced a dramatic decline in Australia and is listed as nationally endangered. Using genetic analyses of the subspecies from South Australia and south-western Victoria, we show this subspecies comprises multiple evolutionarily significant units and management units that are important for its conservation management.
Photo by Casey O’Brien.

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Published online 26 August 2014
Weight watching in burrows: variation in body condition in pygmy bluetongue lizards 
Leili Shamiminoori, Aaron L. Fenner and C. Michael Bull

We assessed the factors affecting the body condition of adult pygmy bluetongue lizards over five sampling years. We found that sampling year and activity period within the year were the two most important factors influencing variation in body condition of lizards. The annual variation in body condition provides important information for conservation managers monitoring persisting populations of endangered species.
Photo by Aaron Fenner.

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Published online 25 August 2014
Changes in the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) in Western Australia: are they approaching carrying capacity? 
Richard Campbell, David Holley, Peter Collins and Shannon Armstrong

Pup production of New Zealand fur seals in Western Australia in the 2010/11 austral summer at 17 breeding colonies was estimated to be 3518. This represented a significant reduction in the growth rate over the past 10 years, indicative of the population nearing its current carrying capacity.
Photo by Richard Campbell.

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Published online 13 August 2014
Regional seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in feral and stray cats (Felis catus) from Tasmania 
Bronwyn A. Fancourt and Robert B. Jackson

A high seroprevalence (84.2%) of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies is reported from feral and stray cat populations in Tasmania. Results were higher than serosurveys from most other Australian localities and nearly all other countries. This indicates a high risk of infection for a range of intermediate host species, with significant implications for wildlife conservation, livestock production and public health.
Photo by Bronwyn Fancourt.

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Published online 31 July 2014
New host records for ticks (Ixodidae) from the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) in north Queensland 
Haylee J. Weaver

Ticks (Ixodidae) were collected from northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) from the Atherton Tableland, north Queensland. Four species of ticks were collected, with three (Ixodes fecialis, I. holocyclus and I. tasmani) representing new host records for D. hallucatus. These records add new details to the ecology of the parasite fauna of an endangered marsupial.
Photo by Haylee J. Weaver.

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Volume 62 Number 3 2014

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The koala immunological toolkit: sequence identification and comparison of key markers of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) immune response 
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Katrina Morris , Peter J. Prentis , Denis O’Meally , Ana Pavasovic , Alyce Taylor Brown , Peter Timms , Katherine Belov and Adam Polkinghorne
pp. 195-199

Few species-specific immunological reagents are available for the koala, an iconic native species threatened by infectious diseases. The current study employed RNASeq to catalogue and characterise the sequences for a range of key koala immunological markers, providing researchers with tools to begin to understand the koala’s immune system.
Photo by Courtney Waugh.

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Monthly variations in the profile of sex steroids and gonadal development of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis Mitchill) during puberty in Tasmania 
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Shafaq Fatima , Mark Adams and Ryan Wilkinson
pp. 200-205

The present study describes the histological development of gonads and variations in the levels of oestradiol-17β (E2), testosterone (T) and 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT) during the first year of male and female brook trout (age = 8–15 months). Males attained puberty while females failed to become mature within the study period.
Photo by Shafaq Fatima.


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Assessment of temporal genetic variability of two epibenthic amphipod species in an eastern Australian estuarine environment and their suitability as biological monitors 
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Pann Pann Chung , Ida Chu and J. William O. Ballard
pp. 206-215

Population studies often assume temporally stable patterns of genetic variability; this is not always the case. We assessed mitochondrial variation in two amphipod species from an Australian waterway over 24 months. One species was more genetically variable than the other, although no temporal trends were identified in either species.
Photo by Pann Pann Chung.


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The diet of Pacific gulls (Larus pacificus) breeding at Seal Island in northern Bass Strait 
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Tamara N. Leitch , Peter Dann and John P. Y. Arnould
pp. 216-222

This study describes the diet of Pacific gulls breeding at Seal Island, in northern Bass Strait. Examination of regurgitate pellets, collected from the colony over nine years, revealed the importance of avian prey in the gulls’ diet, and this is discussed in relation to their behaviour and bill morphology.
Photo by Tamara Leitch.


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Variation in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) life-history attributes and population trajectories in urban streams 
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M. Serena , G. A. Williams , A. R. Weeks and J. Griffiths
pp. 223-234

Platypus population size, sex ratio, reproductive success, juvenile recruitment and longevity are described in three stream systems near Melbourne. Population size varied asynchronously among the systems, which also differed with respect to stream flow, spatial isolation and degree of urbanisation; rainfall patterns accounted for much of the variation in annual reproductive success.
Photo courtesy of the Australian Platypus Conservancy.


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Twenty microsatellite loci for population and conservation genetic studies of the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax) 
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J. J. Austin , L. Olivier , D. Nankervis , W. E. Brown , M. G. Gardner and C. P. Burridge
pp. 235-237

Twenty di- to pentanucleotide microsatellites are reported for the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax), a large raptor from Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. These markers will be used to assess population structure and conservation genetics of this species, focusing on population differentiation and gene flow between Tasmanian and mainland populations and conservation genetics of the endangered Tasmanian population.


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Significant population genetic structuring but a lack of phylogeographic structuring in the endemic Tasmanian tree frog (Litoria burrowsae) 
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Z. Y. Zhang , S. Cashins , A. Philips and C. P. Burridge
pp. 238-245

Knowledge of intraspecific genetic variation is desirable for the identification of management units. We surveyed mitochondrial DNA sequences in the Tasmanian endemic frog Litoria burrowsae. Although phylogeographic structure was absent, populations were highly differentiated in haplotype frequencies, with a signature of ‘isolation by distance’. Three putative management units were identified.
Photo by Michael Driessen.


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Improving genetic monitoring of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) 
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Lauren C. White , Alan Horsup , Andrea C. Taylor and Jeremy J. Austin
pp. 246-250

The endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) has been monitored via remote sampling and genetic techniques since 2000, thus avoiding the detrimental effects on the animals of trapping. We have developed eight new microsatellite markers, specifically designed to reduce the time, cost and error rates of future northern hairy-nosed wombat hair censuses.
Photo by Alan Horsup.


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The population genetics of the western purple-crowned fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus coronatus), a declining riparian passerine 
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Anja Skroblin , Andrew Cockburn and Sarah Legge
pp. 251-259

Population genetic analysis indicates that the declining western subspecies of the purple-crowned fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus coronatus) occurs as five genetically distinct populations within the Fitzroy, Durack, Drysdale, Victoria and Pentecost catchments. A regional approach to conservation, focusing on prevention of degradation, is needed to safeguard the persistence of these populations.
Photo by Anja Skroblin.


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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    ZO14025  Accepted 07 October 2014
    Cane toads (Rhinella marina = Bufo marinus) in south-western Queensland: invasion front, spread and how Cooper Creek geomorphology could enable invasion into north-eastern South Australia
    David Peacock, Gresley Wakelin-King, Ben Shepherd

    ZO14029  Accepted 24 August 2014
    When the “native cat” would “plague”: historical hyperabundance in the quoll (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) and an assessment of the role of disease, cats and foxes in its curtailment
    David Peacock, Ian Abbott

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1. Published 19 June 2014
A molecular and morphological investigation of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in Australian free-tailed bats Mormopterus (Chiroptera : Molossidae)

T. B. Reardon, N. L. McKenzie, S. J. B. Cooper, B. Appleton, S. Carthew and M. Adams

2. Published 7 January 2014
Regional population structuring and conservation units in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Stephen H. Kolomyjec, Tom R. Grant, Christopher N. Johnson and David Blair

3. Published 14 October 2013
Past and present distribution of Dasycercus: toward a better understanding of the identity of specimens in cave deposits and the conservation status of the currently recognised species D. blythi and D. cristicauda (Marsupialia : Dasyuridae)

P. A. Woolley, A. Haslem and M. Westerman

4. Regional seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in feral and stray cats (Felis catus) from Tasmania

Bronwyn A. Fancourt and Robert B. Jackson

5. Published 14 October 2013
Individual variation in vigilance in female eastern grey kangaroos

R. J. Dannock, S. P. Blomberg and A. W. Goldizen

6. Published 21 August 2014
The koala immunological toolkit: sequence identification and comparison of key markers of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) immune response

Katrina Morris, Peter J. Prentis, Denis O'Meally, Ana Pavasovic, Alyce Taylor Brown, Peter Timms, Katherine Belov and Adam Polkinghorne

7. Published 7 January 2014
Leaf oxalate content of Eucalyptus spp. and its implications for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with oxalate nephrosis

K. N. Speight, W. G. Breed, W. Boardman, D. A. Taggart, C. Leigh, B. Rich and J. I. Haynes

8. Published 14 October 2013
Individual traits influence vigilance in wild female eastern grey kangaroos

A. M. Edwards, E. C. Best, S. P. Blomberg and A. W. Goldizen

9. Published 7 January 2014
Effects of natural weathering conditions on faecal cortisol metabolite measurements in the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

Nicole Evans, Edward J. Narayan and Jean-Marc Hero

10. Published 7 January 2014
Geographic variation in the diet of the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) at a local scale

Rohan J. Bilney

11. Published 7 January 2014
Adaptations for digging in the forelimb muscle anatomy of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

Natalie M. Warburton, Lea Grégoire, Sandra Jacques and Camille Flandrin

12. Published 16 April 2014
Does artificial light influence the activity of vertebrates beneath rural buildings?

Philip Borchard and David J. Eldridge

13. Published 16 April 2014
Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci in the bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius), a declining Australian bird

Robert A. B. Mason, Catherine Price, Walter E. Boles, Karen-Anne Gray, Edwina Rickard, Mark D. B. Eldridge and Rebecca N. Johnson

14. Published 14 October 2013
Behaviour of free-ranging short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in Gulf St Vincent, South Australia

Nicole E. Filby, Mike Bossley and Karen A. Stockin

15. Published 7 January 2014
Spawning season movements of Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica) in the Yarra River, Victoria

W. M. Koster, D. R. Dawson, J. R. Morrongiello and D. A. Crook

16. Published 19 June 2014
Muscular anatomy of the tail of the western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus

Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

17. Published 21 August 2014
Variation in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) life-history attributes and population trajectories in urban streams

M. Serena, G. A. Williams, A. R. Weeks and J. Griffiths

18. Published 26 May 2014
Abnormal development in embryos and hatchlings of the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, from two reservoirs in south-east Queensland

Anne Kemp

19. Published 16 April 2014
Orientation of tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) nests and their position on branches optimises thermoregulation and cryptic concealment

Stuart Rae and Duncan Rae

20. Published 16 April 2014
A virological investigation into declining woylie populations

Carlo Pacioni, Cheryl A. Johansen, Timothy J. Mahony, Mark A. O'Dea, Ian D. Robertson, Adrian F. Wayne and Trevor Ellis

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