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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 30 July 2015
Isolation and characterisation of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the plant-louse Trioza barrettae (Hemiptera:Triozidae) 
Melinda L. Moir, Yvette Hitchen, Michael G. Gardner, David J. Coates and W. Jason Kennington

We describe 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the critically endangered plant-louse, Trioza barrettae (Hemiptera : Triozidae), from southwest Australia. These markers will be used to investigate patterns of genetic diversity across the landscape and whether there is genetic structure congruency between populations of T. barrettae and its host plant.
Photo by Melinda Moir.

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Published online 28 July 2015
Walking on five legs: investigating tail use during slow gait in kangaroos and wallabies 
Rebekah S. Dawson, Natalie M. Warburton, Hazel L. Richards and Nick Milne

Pentapedal locomotion is the use of the tail as a fifth limb by kangaroos. Though often considered characteristic of Macropodinae, we report that pentapedal locomotion is not universal in this group. Our findings also lend support to the hypothesis that pentapedal locomotion is associated with relative lengthening of the tibia, which itself is associated with both increased body size and habitat use.
Photo by Nick Milne.

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Published online 27 July 2015
Advances in the captive breeding and reproductive biology of the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) 
Andrea Wallage, Lauren Clarke, Lindy Thomas, Michael Pyne, Lyn Beard, Arthur Ferguson, Allan Lisle and Stephen Johnston

Provision of burrow boxes to captive short-beaked echidnas coincided with a substantial increase in reproduction with 13 young being born to four females in the years 2011–14. Reproductive behaviours were documented as well as evidence for polyoestry and production of multiple young from one female from one breeding event.
Photo by Andrea Wallage.

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Published online 16 July 2015
Temporal dynamics of helminth infections in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in Victoria 
Jemma Cripps, Ian Beveridge, Jennifer K. Martin, Duncan Borland and Graeme Coulson

We examined the helminth community and infection patterns of eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) at three sites in Victoria. Combined field experiments and observations allowed us to construct a generalised life cycle of the community and provide new information on seasonal patterns of infection in this host species.
Photo by Graeme Coulson.

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Published online 07 July 2015
The structure of the male proboscis in the New Guinean tree frogs, Litoria pronimia and Litoria havina (Anura : Hylidae) 
J. I. Menzies and G. R. Johnston

This paper describes the anatomy of the elongate proboscis of the male in two species of New Guinean tree frogs and speculates on its function.
Photo by James Menzies.

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Published online 18 June 2015
Hind limb myology of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) (Marsupialia : Peramelemorphia) 
Natalie M. Warburton, Auréline Malric, Maud Yakovleff, Veronique Leonard and Charlotte Cailleau

Bandicoots and bilbies present an interesting assortment of skeletal attributes that set them apart from other marsupials. Here we provide a description of the hind limb muscles of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), and consider how morphology reflects behaviour among peramelemorphians.
Photo by Wes Bancroft.

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Volume 63 Number 2 2015

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The endoparasites of Liasis fuscus (Serpentes : Boidae) from the Adelaide River floodplain, Northern Territory, Australia 
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E. Mulder and L. R. Smales
pp. 81-90

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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Population structure and genetic diversity of the black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race) 
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Laura Ruykys and Melanie L. Lancaster
pp. 91-100

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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The long-nosed fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) in South Australia in 2013–14: abundance, status and trends 
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P. D. Shaughnessy , S. D. Goldsworthy and A. I. Mackay
pp. 101-110

A survey of long-nosed (or New Zealand) fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) in South Australia in early 2014 led to an estimate of 20431 pups, 3.6 times greater than in 1990. The increase is attributed to recovery from 19th century overharvesting. Most pups were on Kangaroo Island where the trend will likely continue.
Photo by David Sinclair.


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The first complete mitochondrial genome of Pygopodidae (Aprasia parapulchella Kluge) 
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Anna J. MacDonald , Theresa Knopp , Mitzy Pepper , J. Scott Keogh and Stephen D. Sarre
pp. 111-114

The Pygopodidae comprise an enigmatic group of legless lizards endemic to the Australo-Papuan region. Here we present the first complete mitochondrial genome for a member of this family, Aprasia parapulchella, from Australia.
Photo by David Wong.

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Ceasefire: minimal aggression among Murray River crayfish feeding upon patches of allochthonous material 
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Danswell Starrs , Brendan C. Ebner and Christopher J. Fulton
pp. 115-121

Freshwater crayfish are often considered to be ecosystem engineers. We reveal, with underwater video, aggregations of Murray River crayfish feeding gregariously on patches of allochthonous material in an upland stream. We highlight that future research should investigate the role Murray River crayfish play in nutrient cycling in streams.
Photo by Brendan Ebner.


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Characterisation of microsatellite markers for fig-pollinating wasps in the Pleistodontes imperialis species complex 
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Timothy L. Sutton , Caroline Reuter , Markus Riegler and James M. Cook
pp. 122-126

We characterised nine microsatellite loci for Pleistodontes imperialis sp. 1, the pollinator wasp of Port Jackson fig (Ficus rubiginosa). We found potential spatial sub-structuring within and between two natural populations. We show that most of these loci could be utilised for studies in two closely-related fig wasp species.
Photo by Timothy L. Sutton.


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Range decline and conservation status of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia:Hyriidae) from south-western Australia 
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Michael W. Klunzinger , Stephen J. Beatty , David L. Morgan , Adrian M. Pinder and Alan J. Lymbery
pp. 127-135

Freshwater mussels are among the most endangered groups of fauna worldwide. We modelled the distribution of Westralunio carteri and found salinity, perenniality and total nitrogen concentration as the most accurate predictor variables for the species’ presence. Salinisation led to a 49% reduction in extent of occurrence, qualifying the species as vulnerable.
Photo by David L. Morgan.

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A review of home-range studies on Australian terrestrial vertebrates: adequacy of studies, testing of hypotheses, and relevance to conservation and international studies 
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Ross L. Goldingay
pp. 136-146

Describing the spatial requirements of animals is central to understanding their ecology. A total of 115 studies that describe the home ranges of Australian terrestrial vertebrates were reviewed. Many studies had various shortcomings, suggesting they had not fully described home ranges. Understanding what characterises best practice will improve future studies.


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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.

    ZO15027  Accepted 30 July 2015
    Characterisation of 14 microsatellite markers for the Australian fig psylloid, Mycopsylla fici
    Caroline Fromont, Markus Riegler, James Cook

    ZO15012  Accepted 28 July 2015
    Impacts of thermal limitation on thermoregulatory behaviour and reproductive success in a lizard
    Jennifer Halstead, Lisa Schwanz

    ZO14074  Accepted 26 July 2015
    Monthly variations in the profile of sex steroids and ovarian development of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis, Mitchill) during the annual reproductive cycle in Tasmania
    Shafaq Fatima, Mark Adams, Ryan Wilkinson

    ZO14106  Accepted 22 July 2015
    Population stability in the endangered Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) and a program for long-term monitoring
    Gemma Quick, Ross Goldingay, Jonathan Parkyn, David Newell

    ZO14063  Accepted 20 July 2015
    Spatial and temporal variation of meiofauna community structure in soft sediment pools around Moreton Bay, Australia
    Craig Chargulaf, Ian Tibbetts


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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

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

Glenn M. Shea

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 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

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 28 May 2015
A review of home-range studies on Australian terrestrial vertebrates: adequacy of studies, testing of hypotheses, and relevance to conservation and international studies

Ross L. Goldingay

10. Published 28 May 2015
Population structure and genetic diversity of the black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race)

Laura Ruykys and Melanie L. Lancaster

11. Published 21 August 2014
Improving genetic monitoring of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii)

Lauren C. White, Alan Horsup, Andrea C. Taylor and Jeremy J. Austin

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. Published 21 August 2014
Significant population genetic structuring but a lack of phylogeographic structuring in the endemic Tasmanian tree frog (Litoria burrowsae)

Z. Y. Zhang, S. Cashins, A. Philips and C. P. Burridge

16. Published 3 March 2015
New approaches to cataloguing and understanding evolutionary diversity: a perspective from Australian herpetology

Paul Oliver, J. Scott Keogh and Craig Moritz

17. 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

18. Published 9 April 2015
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 R. Eastwood, Mathew L. Berg, Briana Spolding, Katherine L. Buchanan, Andrew T. D. Bennett and Ken Walder

19. Published 7 November 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

20. Published 28 May 2015
The endoparasites of Liasis fuscus (Serpentes : Boidae) from the Adelaide River floodplain, Northern Territory, Australia

E. Mulder and L. R. Smales

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