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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 23 September 2015
Distribution, abundance and population structure of the threatened western saw-shelled turtle, Myuchelys bellii, in New South Wales, Australia 
Bruce C. Chessman

The western saw-shelled turtle, Myuchelys bellii, is more widely distributed and abundant in New South Wales than previously recognised, comprising four disjunct populations in larger, cooler rivers upstream of barriers to turtle dispersal. It is threatened by competition with an invasive native turtle, Emydura macquarii, and possibly by predation, disease and drought.
Photo by Bruce Chessman.

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Published online 23 September 2015
Phylogeography and limited distribution of the endangered freshwater crayfish, Euastacus urospinosus 
Charlotte R. Hurry, Daniel J. Schmidt and Jane M. Hughes

We identified 26 locations of the endangered freshwater crayfish, Euastacus urospinosus, across 1225 km2 in the Brisbane and Mary River catchments of south-east Queensland, Australia. Using mitochondrial DNA sequence data, we determined that there was significant genetic differentiation among four uplands. Divergence between these populations dated back 2.1 million years.
Photo by Charlotte Hurry.

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Published online 17 September 2015
Protecting trapped animals from heat exposure: the influence of shading on temperature within small metal box traps 
Murray V. Ellis

Artificial shading was highly variable in protecting box traps from solar heating. Tight fitting dark shade cloth actually elevated temperatures above those in unprotected traps. Loose reflective foil covers were the most effective of the methods tested for reducing the rate of heating after sunrise and the maximum temperature reached.

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Published online 01 September 2015
Characterisation of 14 microsatellite markers for the Australian fig psylloid, Mycopsylla fici 
Caroline Fromont, Markus Riegler and James M. Cook

This paper describes 14 microsatellite loci for the psylloid, Mycopsylla fici, a pest species feeding on Moreton Bay fig sap (Ficus macrophylla). They will be useful for the study of population genetics and gene flow within and between psylloid populations present in Australia and New Zealand.
Photo by Caroline Fromont.

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Published online 20 August 2015
Impacts of thermal limitation on thermoregulatory behaviour and reproductive success in a lizard 
Jennifer E. Halstead and Lisa E. Schwanz

Higher future air temperatures may provide increased thermal opportunities for reptiles or restrict their activity times. Our research found that an Australian lizard – the jacky dragon – was not able to compensate behaviourally for experimentally restricted basking opportunity, gaining less heat overall and showing reduced reproduction.
Photo by Lisa Schwanz.

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Volume 63 Number 3 2015

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Hind limb myology of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) (Marsupialia : Peramelemorphia) 
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Natalie M. Warburton , Auréline Malric , Maud Yakovleff , Veronique Leonard and Charlotte Cailleau
pp. 147-162

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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Temporal dynamics of helminth infections in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in Victoria 
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Jemma Cripps , Ian Beveridge , Jennifer K. Martin , Duncan Borland and Graeme Coulson
pp. 163-174

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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The structure of the male proboscis in the New Guinean tree frogs, Litoria pronimia and Litoria havina (Anura : Hylidae) 
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J. I. Menzies and G. R. Johnston
pp. 175-180

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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Advances in the captive breeding and reproductive biology of the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) 
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Andrea Wallage , Lauren Clarke , Lindy Thomas , Michael Pyne , Lyn Beard , Arthur Ferguson , Allan Lisle and Stephen Johnston
pp. 181-191

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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Walking on five legs: investigating tail use during slow gait in kangaroos and wallabies 
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Rebekah S. Dawson , Natalie M. Warburton , Hazel L. Richards and Nick Milne
pp. 192-200

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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Isolation and characterisation of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the plant-louse Trioza barrettae (Hemiptera : Triozidae) 
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Melinda L. Moir , Yvette Hitchen , Michael G. Gardner , David J. Coates and W. Jason Kennington
pp. 201-203

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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Spatial and temporal variation of meiofauna community structure in soft-sediment pools around Moreton Bay, Australia 
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Craig A. Chargulaf and Ian R. Tibbetts
pp. 204-213

To assess the viability of soft-sediment tidepools as nurseries, we assessed the abundance of benthic meiofauna food sources found in the sediment. Nematodes and copepods were the most abundant prey and the pools supported persistent meiofaunal communities that are likely to provide prey resources for juvenile and small fish.


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Population stability in the endangered Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) and a program for long-term monitoring 
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Gemma Quick , Ross L. Goldingay , Jonathan Parkyn and David A. Newell
pp. 214-219

Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) is an endangered species in need of periodic monitoring to determine population trends. We conducted capture–mark–recapture at Brindle Creek in Border Ranges National Park, New South Wales. Population modelling suggests the local population has remained relatively stable for up to 10 years.
Photo by Ross Goldingay.


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Monthly variations in the profile of sex steroids and ovarian development of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis Mitchill) during the annual reproductive cycle in Tasmania 
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Shafaq Fatima , Mark Adams and Ryan Wilkinson
pp. 220-223

The present study assessed the annual reproductive cycle of brook trout under the ambient photoperiod in Tasmania. It was found that fish recruited for maturation following the summer solstice in December. This finding indicates that maturation suppression by photoperiod manipulation should be instigated prior to initiation of oocyte recruitment that commenced during December.
Photo by Kamil Latif.


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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.

    ZO15043  Accepted 29 September 2015
    First record of limb preferences in monotremes (Zaglossus spp.)
    Andrey Giljov, Karina Karenina, Margaret Hawkins, Yegor Malashichev

    ZO15044  Accepted 23 September 2015
    First record of hatchling overwintering inside the natal nest in a chelid turtle
    Bruno De Oliveira Ferronato, John Roe, Arthur Georges

    ZO15040  Accepted 23 September 2015
    The haematology of six species of native catfish from northern Australia
    Erin Kelly, Susan Gibson-Kueh

    ZO15032  Accepted 23 September 2015
    Natural history and display behaviour of Servaea incana, a common and widespread Australian jumping spider (Araneae, Salticidae)
    Rowan McGinley, Vivian Mendez, Phillip Taylor

    ZO15022  Accepted 22 September 2015
    Weak genetic structuring suggests historically high genetic connectivity among recently fragmented urban populations of the skink Ctenotus fallens
    Josef Krawiec, Siegy Krauss, Robert Davis, Peter Spencer

    ZO15026  Accepted 22 September 2015
    Isolation and characterization of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci for bight redfish Centroberyx gerrardi (Actinopterygii, Berycidae) and cross-amplification in two other Centroberyx species
    Andrea Bertram, P. Joana Dias, Sherralee Lukehurst, W. Jason Kennington, David Fairclough, Jeffrey Norris, Gary Jackson

    ZO15021  Accepted 14 September 2015
    Monitoring predation behaviour of the pygmy bluetongue lizard to decide when conservation intervention is needed
    Mehregan Ebrahimi, S S Godfrey, Aaron Fenner, Michael Bull

    ZO15028  Accepted 09 September 2015
    Numbat nirvana: the conservation ecology of the endangered numbat Myrmecobius fasciatus (Marsupialia: Myrmecobiidae) reintroduced to Scotia and Yookamurra Sanctuaries, Australia
    Matt Hayward, Aline Poh, Jennifer Cathcart, Chris Churcher, Jos Bentley, Kerryn Herman, Leah Kemp, Noel Rissen, Phil Scully, Cheong Diong, Andrew Carter, sarah legge, Tony Friend, Heloise Gibb


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1. 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

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 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 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Published 25 August 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

13. Published 28 May 2015
The long-nosed fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) in South Australia in 2013–14: abundance, status and trends

P. D. Shaughnessy, S. D. Goldsworthy and A. I. Mackay

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. Published 22 December 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

18. Published 3 March 2015
Piles of scats for piles of DNA: deriving DNA of lizards from their faeces

S. K. Pearson, S. S. Tobe, D. A. Fusco, C. M. Bull and M. G. Gardner

19. Published 3 March 2015
Reconstructed paternal genotypes reveal variable rates of multiple paternity at three rookeries of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in Western Australia

J. N. Tedeschi, N. J. Mitchell, O. Berry, S. Whiting, M. Meekan and W. J. Kennington

20. Published 3 March 2015
Foraging behaviour of the endangered Australian skink (Liopholis slateri)

Megan A. McKinney, Christine A. Schlesinger and Chris R. Pavey

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