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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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Volume 63 Number 1 2015

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Prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in wild Platycercus elegans: comparison of three tissue types using a probe-based real-time qPCR test 
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Justin R. Eastwood, Mathew L. Berg, Briana Spolding, Katherine L. Buchanan, Andrew T. D. Bennett and Ken Walder
pp. 1-8

Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) is a serious threat to parrot populations globally. Here, we show that BFDV is a prevalent and widespread infection in wild populations of crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans). In addition, we highlight the importance of sample type when conducting viral testing in wild birds.
Photo by Raoul Ribot.


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Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape 
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Anna Doty, Clare Stawski, Julia Nowack, Artiom Bondarenco and Fritz Geiser
pp. 9-11

We observed a marked increase in superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) numbers after a controlled burn in Guy Fawkes River National Park, New South Wales. The low-intensity fire cleared brush and low-level vegetation, and therefore may have attracted superb lyrebirds immediately after the fire due to ease of movement and foraging effort.
Photo by Gerhard Körtner.


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Daily changes in food availability, but not long-term unpredictability, determine daily torpor-bout occurrences and frequency in stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura) 
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Alexandra M. Leslie, Mathew Stewart, Elizabeth Price and Adam J. Munn
pp. 12-17

We investigated the effect of unpredictable food availability on torpor use by stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura). Long-term unpredictability in food supplies did not affect torpor-bout frequency compared to predictable food restriction. Instead, dunnarts appeared to adjust torpor frequency in response to the amount of food offered on each day.
Photo by Alex Leslie.


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Cats (Felis catus) are more abundant and are the dominant predator of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) after sustained fox (Vulpes vulpes) control 
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Nicola J. Marlow, Neil D. Thomas, Andrew A. E. Williams, Brian Macmahon, John Lawson, Yvette Hitchen, John Angus and Oliver Berry
pp. 18-27

Cat abundance was significantly higher in two mesic sites that were baited for fox control for two decades than in two unbaited sites. Cat predation on a threatened species, the woylie (Bettongia penicillata), in the baited sites exceeded fox predation by more than 300%. Increased cat predation may become an unintended consequence of fox control for fauna protection elsewhere in Australia.
Photo by Neil Thomas.


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Ecology of the rare but irruptive Pilliga mouse, Pseudomys pilligaensis. IV. Habitat ecology 
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Hideyuki Tokushima and Peter J. Jarman
pp. 28-37

We determined preferences of the Pilliga mouse, Pseudomys pilligaensis, for habitat attributes through phases of a population irruption, and characterised refuge sites. Its habitat selection changed with phases of the irruption. Mice preferred ground cover with higher proportions of sand and shrubs in the Low phase of the irruption.
Photo by Hideyuki Tokushima.


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Searching behaviour of Dolichogenidea tasmanica in response to susceptible instars of Epiphyas postvittana 
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Maryam Yazdani, Richard Glatz and Michael A. Keller
pp. 38-45

The efficiency of searching behaviour of Dolichogenidea tasmanica in response to susceptible instars of Epiphyas postvittana was evaluated in a wind tunnel. The behaviour of D. tasmanica and susceptibility of the light brown apple moth (LBAM) to parasitism varies significantly among instars. The results indicate that female wasps respond differently to each of the instars of LBAM.
Photo by Michael Keller and Maryam Yazdani.


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Factors influencing the importation and establishment in Australia of the European hare (Lepus europaeus) 
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Philip Stott
pp. 46-75

About 86 hares purported to be Lepus europaeus were introduced into Australia, but 11 of them were L. nigricollis. The power and influence of the importers, the diversity and photosynthetic pathways of grasses, and suppression of predators acted together to ensure that establishment of hares in Australia was almost certain.
Photo by Philip Stott.


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Reintroduced burrowing bettongs (Bettongia lesueur) scatter hoard sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) seed 
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Tamra F. Chapman
pp. 76-79

Reintroduced burrowing bettongs (Bettongia lesueur) collected experimental sandalwood seed (Santalum spicatum) from beneath mature trees, scatter hoarded and cached seed near potential host plants. This is an important ecosystem service, because moving sandalwood seeds away from the parent plant and close to a potential host is the primary means of promoting recruitment.
Photo by Judy Dunlop.


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Published online 30 March 2015
Population structure and genetic diversity of the black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race) 
Laura Ruykys and Melanie L. Lancaster

This study examined the population structure and genetic diversity of the two remaining metapopulations of Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race in South Australia. The findings have implications for the management of in- and ex-situ populations of this race, and help advance our knowledge of rock-wallaby ecology.
Photo by Mick Post.

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Published online 17 March 2015
The endoparasites of Liasis fuscus (Serpentes:Boidae) from the Adelaide River floodplain, Northern Territory, Australia 
E. Mulder and L. R. Smales

The parasite assemblage of Liasis fuscus Peters, 1873 comprises three species of cestode, six of nematode, one pentastome and one protozoan, with a cestode, Bothridium ornatum, being the most prevalent. The helminth assemblage was depauperate, with neither season nor sex of host affecting abundance, but differences between ages of hosts and seasonal diversity were significant.
Photo by Eridani Mulder.

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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.

    ZO15002  Accepted 21 April 2015
    Range decline and conservation status of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia: Hyriidae) from south-western Australia
    Michael Klunzinger, Stephen Beatty, Adrian Pinder, David Morgan, Alan Lymbery

    ZO15011  Accepted 15 April 2015
    Characterisation of microsatellite markers for fig-pollinating wasps in the Pleistodontes imperialis species complex
    Timothy Sutton, Caroline Reuter, Markus Riegler, James Cook

    ZO14081  Accepted 10 April 2015
    Ceasefire: minimal aggression among Murray River crayfish feeding upon patches of allochthonous material
    Danswell Starrs, Brendan Ebner, Christopher Fulton

    ZO14092  Accepted 07 April 2015
    The first complete mitochondrial genome of Pygopodidae (Aprasia parapulchella Kluge)
    Anna MacDonald, Theresa Knopp, Mitzy Pepper, Scott Keogh, Stephen Sarre

    ZO14103  Accepted 26 March 2015
    The long-nosed fur seal in South Australia in 2013-14; abundance, status and trends
    Peter Shaughnessy, Simon Goldsworthy, Alice Mackay


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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 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

4. Published 9 April 2015
Cats (Felis catus) are more abundant and are the dominant predator of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) after sustained fox (Vulpes vulpes) control

Nicola J. Marlow, Neil D. Thomas, Andrew A. E. Williams, Brian Macmahon, John Lawson, Yvette Hitchen, John Angus and Oliver Berry

5. Published 22 December 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

6. 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

7. Published 3 March 2015
From lineages to webs: a history of the Australian Society of Herpetologists

Glenn M. Shea

8. 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

9. Published 22 December 2014
Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa

Sally Potter, Robert L. Close, David A. Taggart, Steven J. B. Cooper and Mark D. B. Eldridge

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

Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

11. 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

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
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

14. 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

15. Published 21 August 2014
Twenty microsatellite loci for population and conservation genetic studies of the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

J. J. Austin, L. Olivier, D. Nankervis, W. E. Brown, M. G. Gardner and C. P. Burridge

16. Published 22 December 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

17. 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

18. Published 7 November 2014
Weight watching in burrows: variation in body condition in pygmy bluetongue lizards

Leili Shamiminoori, Aaron L. Fenner and C. Michael Bull

19. Published 21 August 2014
The population genetics of the western purple-crowned fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus coronatus), a declining riparian passerine

Anja Skroblin, Andrew Cockburn and Sarah Legge

20. 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

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