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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 17 April 2014
Muscular anatomy of the tail of the western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus 
Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

This paper presents the first detailed anatomical description of the caudal musculature in the western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus, revealing functional adaptations that reflect the role of the tail in both bipedal hopping and pentapedal locomotion in a large-bodied kangaroo.
Photo by Nick Milne.

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Published online 17 April 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

We describe observations of juvenile trout minnow (Galaxias truttaceus) ‘climbing’ and ‘jumping’ over a vertical weir wall in south-western Australia. This observation enhances our knowledge of the migratory capability, and therefore long-term management, of this species and highlights the need for a better understanding of the swimming capabilities of freshwater fishes in general.
Photo by David Morgan.

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Published online 13 February 2014
The evolution of morphogenetic fitness landscapes: conceptualising the interplay between the developmental and ecological drivers of morphological innovation 
Charles R. Marshall

Evolutionary change can be initiated by developmental innovation, for example by new genes, and by ecological change, for example by changing environments. A conceptual framework is developed for understanding the relative importance of developmental and ecological change in initiating morphological innovation. This approach leads to the identification of four primary modes of evolution, each of which has played a role in producing today’s biodiversity.

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Published online 08 January 2014
Structural details of Early Devonian dipnoans 
K. S. W. Campbell and Sharyn Wragg

Dipnoans form a separate evolutionary lineage that began in the Early Devonian. Diabolepis and associated genera are not Dipnomorphs, but are isolated genera formed by gene regulation in the early Devonian.
Photo by Ken Campbell (Campbell & Barwick 2000).

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Published online 11 November 2013
Abnormal development in embryos and hatchlings of the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, from two reservoirs in south-east Queensland 
Anne Kemp

Many wild lungfish are now trapped in reservoirs, where water levels vary, and there are no refuges for eggs and young, and no sources of food. Potential recruitment of young lungfish in reservoirs faces another threat. Eggs and hatchlings are abnormal, and all the young in one season may die.
Photo by Anne Kemp.

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Volume 61 Number 6 2013

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Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci in the bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius), a declining Australian bird 
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Robert A. B. Mason, Catherine Price, Walter E. Boles, Karen-Anne Gray, Edwina Rickard, Mark D. B. Eldridge and Rebecca N. Johnson
pp. 421-423

The bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius Latham), a ground-nesting nocturnal bird, is endangered in southern Australia due to habitat modification and introduced predators. We isolated variable microsatellite repeat sequences and designed primers for PCR amplification of eight microsatellite loci in this species.
Photo by Nevil Lazarus.


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Does artificial light influence the activity of vertebrates beneath rural buildings? 
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Philip Borchard and David J. Eldridge
pp. 424-429

We used digital cameras to test whether strong lighting would discourage nuisance wombat activity under an historic cottage in a semi-agricultural environment. Lights were ineffective at reducing wombat activity, but they did alter the activity of grey kangaroos and some birds.
Photo by Erin Roger.


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Haematology and serum biochemistry of adult free-ranging mountain brushtail possums (Trichosurus cunninghami), including correlations with season, sex, age, habitat type and disease status 
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J. Hufschmid, I. Beveridge and K. A. Handasyde
pp. 430-445

Seasonal blood samples were collected from wild adult mountain brushtail possums (Trichosurus cunninghami) in the Strathbogie Ranges (Victoria) over two years. Parameters examined included standard haematological values and selected serum biochemical values. Associations with sex, season, age, habitat type, disease status (rumpwear) and parasite loads were detected.
Photo by Jasmin Hufschmid.


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A virological investigation into declining woylie populations 
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Carlo Pacioni, Cheryl A. Johansen, Timothy J. Mahony, Mark A. O'Dea, Ian D. Robertson, Adrian F. Wayne and Trevor Ellis
pp. 446-453

The present study aimed to elucidate the involvement of viral pathogens in the decline of the woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi). Results indicated no exposure to any of the viral pathogens investigated, indicating that wild woylie populations are currently naïve and may be at risk if these pathogens were to be introduced.
Photo by Sabrina Trocini.


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Predicting impacts of global climate change on intraspecific genetic diversity benefits from realistic dispersal estimates 
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Paul E. Duckett and Adam J. Stow
pp. 454-461

Changes in distribution for less mobile species are likely to result in losses to intraspecific genetic diversity at the population level. We were able to predict losses by adopting a method which combined realistic estimates of dispersal, with predicted changes in species distributions under global climate change scenarios.
Photo by Paul Edward Duckett.

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Long-term persistence and vicariance within the Australian Monsoonal Tropics: the case of the giant cave and tree geckos (Pseudothecadactylus) 
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Paul M. Oliver, Rebecca J. Laver, Katie L. Smith and Aaron M. Bauer
pp. 462-468

We present an analysis of the biogeography of the giant cave and tree geckos (Pseudothecadactylus) of northern Australia. This genus shows a novel and highly relictual distribution that appears to have been largely shaped by a history of attenuation, isolation and persistence.
Photo by Paul Oliver.

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Orientation of tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) nests and their position on branches optimises thermoregulation and cryptic concealment 
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Stuart Rae and Duncan Rae
pp. 469-474

Tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) in south-east Australia place their nests on open coarse-barked branches orientated to the north-east. This would fit their cryptic plumage and behaviour, expose the nesting birds to sunshine, shelter them from prevailing wind, give good visibility for detecting predators and clear space for rapid escape.
Photo by Stuart Rae.


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Development of a multiplex panel of microsatellite markers for two species of gliding marsupials, Petaurus breviceps and Petaurus norfolcensis 
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M. Malekian, R. Y. Dudaniec, K. M. Saint, S. M. Carthew and S. J. B. Cooper
pp. 475-478

The current paper describes the development of seven new microsatellite loci from Petaurus breviceps. Together with eight loci from previous studies of gliders, we tested their utility for amplification, multiplexing and polymorphism in two glider species, P. breviceps and P. norfolcensis.
Photo by Mansoureh Malekian.


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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.

    ZO13071  Accepted 22 April 2014
    The aerodynamic performance of the feathertail glider, Acrobates pygmaeus (Marsupialia: Acrobatidae)
    Peter Pridmore, Peter Hoffman

    ZO13067  Accepted 17 April 2014
    Monthly variations in the profile of sex steroids and gonadal development of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis, Mitchill) during puberty in Tasmania
    Shafaq Fatima, Mark Adams, Ryan Wilkinson

    ZO14003  Accepted 31 March 2014
    The herpetofauna of Kioloa, New South Wales – baseline observational data collected thirty years ago and inspired by R.E. Barwick
    Klaus Henle, Will Osborne, Lemckert Frank

    ZO13033  Accepted 31 March 2014
    Physalopterine nematodes in Australian reptiles; interactions and patterns of infection
    Hugh Jones

    ZO13105  Accepted 30 March 2014
    The koala immunological toolkit: sequence identification and comparison of of key markers of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) immune response
    Katrina Morris, Peter Prentis, Denis O'Meally, Ana Pavasovic, Alyce Taylor-Brown, Peter Timms, Katherine Belov, Adam Polkinghorne

    ZO13103  Accepted 18 March 2014
    Morphology and histology of the uropygial gland in Antarctic birds: relationship with their contact with the aquatic environment?
    María Chiale, Patricia Fernández, Eduardo Gimeno, Claudio Barbeito, Diego Montalti

    ZO13099  Accepted 03 February 2014
    Molecular evidence for Mid-Pleistocene divergence of populations of three freshwater amphipod species (Talitroidea: Chiltoniidae) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, with a new spring-associated genus and species
    Rachael King, Remko Leys

    ZO13082  Accepted 02 February 2014
    A molecular and morphological investigation of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in Australian free-tailed bats Mormopterus (Chiroptera: Molossidae)
    Terry Reardon, Norman McKenzie, Steven Cooper, Belinda Appleton, Sue Carthew, Mark Adams

    ZO13070  Accepted 30 December 2013
    New arthrodires (placoderm fishes) from the Aztec Siltstone (late Middle Devonian) of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica
    Gavin Young, John Long

    ZO13081  Accepted 03 December 2013
    Taxonomic revision of buchanosteoid placoderms (Arthrodira) from the Early Devonian of South-Eastern Australia and Russia
    John Long, Elga Mark-Kurik, Gavin Young

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Rank Paper Details
1. Published 18 June 2013
Bats and bat-borne diseases: a perspective on Australian megabats

Justin H. J. Ng and Michelle L. Baker

2. Published 30 May 2013
Standard Operating Procedures for aluminium box, wire cage, and pitfall trapping, handling, and temporary housing of small wild rodents and marsupials

Sophie Petit and Helen P. Waudby

3. Published 12 July 2013
Impacts of climate change on Australian marine mammals

Nicole Schumann, Nick J. Gales, Robert G. Harcourt and John P. Y. Arnould

4. Published 18 June 2013
Preserving Australian native fauna: zoo-based breeding programs as part of a more unified strategic approach

Carolyn J. Hogg

5. Published 10 April 2013
Maternal care in the Tasmanian echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus)

Gemma E. Morrow and Stewart C. Nicol

6. Published 30 May 2013
Is the Asian house gecko, Hemidactylus frenatus, really a threat to Australia’s biodiversity?

E. P. Vanderduys and A. S. Kutt

7. 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

8. Published 18 June 2013
The marsupial pouch: implications for reproductive success and mammalian evolution

Melanie J. Edwards and Janine E. Deakin

9. Published 6 September 2013
The role of quoll (Dasyurus) predation in the outcome of pre-1900 introductions of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) to the mainland and islands of Australia

David Peacock and Ian Abbott

10. Published 30 May 2013
Foraging activity by the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) as a mechanism for soil turnover

Leonie E. Valentine, Hannah Anderson, Giles E. StJ. Hardy and Patricia A. Fleming

11. Published 12 July 2013
Artificial lighting and disrupted sea-finding behaviour in hatchling loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on the Woongarra coast, south-east Queensland, Australia

Megan Berry, David T. Booth and Colin J. Limpus

12. Published 18 June 2013
Marsupial immunology bounding ahead

Katherine Belov, Robert D. Miller, Julie M. Old and Lauren J. Young

13. Published 12 July 2013
Feeding activity of threatened black cockatoos in mine-site rehabilitation in the jarrah forest of south-western Australia

Jessica Lee, Hugh Finn and Michael Calver

14. Published 30 May 2013
Does nest box design influence use by the eastern pygmy-possum?

Niels N. Rueegger, Ross L. Goldingay and Lyndon O. Brookes

15. Published 12 July 2013
Pup numbers of the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) at The Pages Islands, South Australia, over two decades

Peter D. Shaughnessy, Simon D. Goldsworthy, Paul Burch and Terry E. Dennis

16. Published 10 April 2013
Genetic diversity in natural and introduced island populations of koalas in Queensland

Kristen E. Lee, Jennifer M. Seddon, Stephen Johnston, Sean I. FitzGibbon, Frank Carrick, Alistair Melzer, Fred Bercovitch and William Ellis

17. Published 10 April 2013
Use and characteristics of nocturnal habitats of the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfocensis) in Australian temperate woodlands

M. J. Crane, D. B. Lindenmayer and R. B. Cunningham

18. Published 18 June 2013
The incidence of road-killed possums in the Ku-ring-gai area of Sydney

Tracey C. Russell, Catherine A. Herbert, James L. Kohen and Des Cooper

19. 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

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

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

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