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

Editor-in-Chief: Paul Cooper



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Published online 20 November 2014
Feeding and the salivary gland response in free-ranging yellow-winged grasshoppers (Gastrimargus musicus) 
O. Nurul Wahida and Paul D. Cooper

Free-ranging Gastrimargus muscicus (yellow-winged grasshopper) were captured in the field to determine effects of feeding on salivary gland function. Salivary glands increased in size with food in the crop, and the staining pattern for serotonin within the salivary glands suggested that food consumption stimulated gland activity.
Photo courtesy of Dr David Rentz.

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Published online 17 November 2014
Conservation genetics of the water mouse, Xeromys myoides Thomas, 1889 
David Benfer, Andrew M. Baker, Tina Ball, Ian Gynther, Heather Janetzki and Susan Fuller

We examined historical and contemporary influences on the genetic structure of the threatened water mouse, Xeromys myoides, across its disjunct Australian distribution. We found very low genetic diversity, suggesting that the species consists of a single evolutionarily significant unit and has undergone a recent range expansion in Australia.
Photo by Ian Gynther.

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Published online 13 November 2014
Cane toads (Rhinella marina) in south-western Queensland: invasion front, spread and how Cooper Creek geomorphology could enable invasion into north-eastern South Australia 
David Peacock, Gresley A. Wakelin-King and Ben Shepherd

There is little recognition that cane toads are spreading into south-western Queensland. Utilising local knowledge, a limited survey was undertaken within the Cooper Creek catchment, finding toads as far south as Jundah. We conclude that there is no reason why cane toads cannot penetrate further down the Cooper Creek, threatening wetlands in north-eastern South Australia.
Photo by David Peacock.

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Published online 11 November 2014
Prey selection and diet overlap of native golden perch and alien redfin perch under contrasting hydrological conditions 
S. D. Wedderburn, C. M. Bice and T. C. Barnes

Alien redfin perch and native golden perch are predatory fishes. We identified dietary differences during drought that imply resource partitioning occurred between the perches, whereas the promotion of pelagic prey fishes during flooding apparently facilitated resource sharing. The findings suggest redfin perch can directly compete with native piscivores for prey.
Photo by Scotte Wedderburn.

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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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Volume 62 Number 4 2014

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Changes in the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) in Western Australia: are they approaching carrying capacity? 
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Richard Campbell , David Holley , Peter Collins and Shannon Armstrong
pp. 261-267

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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New host records for ticks (Ixodidae) from the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) in north Queensland 
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Haylee J. Weaver
pp. 268-271

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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Regional seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in feral and stray cats (Felis catus) from Tasmania 
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Bronwyn A. Fancourt and Robert B. Jackson
pp. 272-283

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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Weight watching in burrows: variation in body condition in pygmy bluetongue lizards 
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Leili Shamiminoori , Aaron L. Fenner and C. Michael Bull
pp. 284-293

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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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 
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David Peacock and Ian Abbott
pp. 294-344

Thirty-six historical accounts demonstrate the propensity for quolls to become hyperabundant and more than 110 accounts demonstrate that disease/parasite epizootics occurred in south-eastern Australia. We implicate these as the initial primary factor in the regional extirpation of quolls. Accounts of cat and fox predation highlight their capacity to have reduced quoll distribution and abundance.
Photo by Jerome Kalvas.


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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.

    ZO14024  Accepted 09 December 2014
    Cats (Felis catus) are more abundant and are the dominant predator of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) after sustained fox (Vulpes vulpes) control
    Nicola Marlow, Neil Thomas, Andrew Williams, Brian Macmahon, John Lawson, Yvette Hitchen, John Angus, Oliver Berry

    ZO14026  Accepted 08 December 2014
    Predation of two common native frog species (Litoria ewingi and Crinia signifera) by freshwater invertebrates
    Natasha Wilson, Jamie Seymour, Craig Williams

    ZO14070  Accepted 05 December 2014
    Reproduction and population ecology of the vulnerable western sawshelled turtle Myuchelys bellii in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia
    Darren Fielder, Duncan Limpus, Colin Limpus

    ZO14058  Accepted 01 December 2014
    Daily changes in food availability, but not long-term unpredictability, determined daily torpor-bout occurrences and frequency in stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura)
    Alexandra Leslie, Mathew Stewart, Elizabeth Price, Adam Munn

    ZO14071  Accepted 25 November 2014
    Foraging behaviour of the endangered semi-arid Australian skink, Liopholis slateri
    Megan Ford, Christine Schlesinger, Chris Pavey

    ZO14053  Accepted 25 November 2014
    Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape
    Anna Doty, Clare Stawski, Julia Nowack, Artiom Bondarenco, Fritz Geiser

    ZO13095  Accepted 25 November 2014
    Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa
    Sally Potter, Robert Close, David Taggart, Steven Cooper, Mark Eldridge

    ZO14052  Accepted 24 November 2014
    Prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in wild Platycercus elegans: comparison of three tissue types using a probe-based real-time qPCR test
    Justin Eastwood, Mathew Berg, Briana Spolding, Katherine Buchanan, Andrew Bennett, Ken Walder

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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 November 2014
Regional seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in feral and stray cats (Felis catus) from Tasmania

Bronwyn A. Fancourt and Robert B. Jackson

3. 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

4. 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

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

Rohan J. Bilney

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

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

Philip Borchard and David J. Eldridge

10. Published 7 November 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 and Ian Abbott

11. 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

12. 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

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

Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

14. Published 26 May 2014
The herpetofauna of Kioloa, New South Wales: baseline observational data collected 30 years ago and inspired by R. E. Barwick

Klaus Henle, Will Osborne and Frank Lemckert

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. Published 19 June 2014
First record of ‘climbing’ and ‘jumping’ by juvenile Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes, 1846 (Galaxiidae) from south-western Australia

Paul G. Close, Tom J. Ryan, David L. Morgan, Stephen J. Beatty and Craig S. Lawrence

19. 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

20. Published 16 April 2014
Long-term persistence and vicariance within the Australian Monsoonal Tropics: the case of the giant cave and tree geckos (Pseudothecadactylus)

Paul M. Oliver, Rebecca J. Laver, Katie L. Smith and Aaron M. Bauer

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