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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 16 November 2015
Anuran developmental plasticity loss: the cost of constant salinity stress 
Brian D. Kearney, Phillip G. Byrne and Richard D. Reina

Frogs will alter their development in response to stress, trading off developmental speed against final body size. We examined this trade-off in response to salinity across multiple populations and found that frogs that breed in consistently saline conditions may no longer be able to adjust their development according to environment, making them more prone to predation and less able to disperse.
Photo by Bronwyn Kearney.

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Published online 12 November 2015
Natural history and display behaviour of Servaea incana, a common and widespread Australian jumping spider (Araneae:Salticidae) 
Rowan H. McGinley, Vivian Mendez and Phillip W. Taylor

The biology of a common Australian jumping spider, Servaea incana, is described, including (1) descriptions of habitat, nests and retreats; (2) observations of prey, predators and parasites; and (3) descriptions of intraspecific interactions between spiders of different sex and age classes. Intraspecific interactions are mediated primarily via visual displays.
Photo by Rowan McGinley.

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Published online 04 November 2015
Nest-site selection of the long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) in a postfire environment 
Christopher I. MacGregor, Ross B. Cunningham and David B. Lindenmayer

We report on nest-site selection and use by the long-nosed bandicoot following a wildfire. After fire, bandicoots typically used nests under dense grasses and midstorey in unburnt microhabitat in burnt areas. These nests were significantly larger and were used more frequently than nests located in burnt microhabitat.
Photo by Christopher MacGregor.

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Published online 30 October 2015
The haematology of six species of native catfish from northern Australia 
E. Kelly and S. Gibson-Kueh

We describe the morphology and cytochemical characteristics of all peripheral blood cells in six species of Australian catfish. Erythrocytes, thrombocytes, lymphocytes, heterophils and monocytes in all species studied were morphologically similar to those reported in other catfish species. Basophils, eosinophils and PAS-GLs were observed in several species.
Photo by David Morgan.

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Published online 30 October 2015
First record of limb preferences in monotremes (Zaglossus spp.) 
Andrey Giljov, Karina Karenina, Margaret Hawkins and Yegor Malashichev

In this study, we examined lateralisation in forelimb use in captive long-beaked echidnas. Unimanual actions during routine behaviour were studied in male and female Zaglossus bruijni, and male and female Z. bartoni. This is the first record of individual forelimb preferences in monotreme mammals.
Photo by Klaus Rudloff.

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Volume 63 Number 4 2015

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Impacts of thermal limitation on thermoregulatory behaviour and reproductive success in a lizard 
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Jennifer E. Halstead and Lisa E. Schwanz
pp. 225-232

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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Characterisation of 14 microsatellite markers for the Australian fig psylloid, Mycopsylla fici 
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Caroline Fromont , Markus Riegler and James M. Cook
pp. 233-235

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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Phylogeography and limited distribution of the endangered freshwater crayfish, Euastacus urospinosus 
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Charlotte R. Hurry , Daniel J. Schmidt and Jane M. Hughes
pp. 236-244

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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Distribution, abundance and population structure of the threatened western saw-shelled turtle, Myuchelys bellii, in New South Wales, Australia 
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Bruce C. Chessman
pp. 245-252

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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Protecting trapped animals from heat exposure: the influence of shading on temperature within small metal box traps 
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Murray V. Ellis
pp. 253-257

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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Numbat nirvana: conservation ecology of the endangered numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) (Marsupialia : Myrmecobiidae) reintroduced to Scotia and Yookamurra Sanctuaries, Australia 
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Matt W. Hayward , Aline Si Lin Poh , Jennifer Cathcart , Chris Churcher , Jos Bentley , Kerryn Herman , Leah Kemp , Noel Riessen , Phil Scully , Cheong Hoong Diong , Sarah Legge , Andrew Carter , Heloise Gibb and J. Anthony Friend
pp. 258-269

This paper reports on the population size, home range, habitat use, activity patterns, mortality and carrying capacity of two reintroduced numbat populations at Yookamurra and Scotia wildlife sanctuaries. Populations have increased to 169 at Scotia and 44 at Yookamurra from small founder populations. This study shows that numbats can be successfully reintroduced into areas of their former range if protected from introduced predators.
Photo by Aline Poh.


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Monitoring predation behaviour of the pygmy bluetongue lizard to decide when conservation intervention is needed 
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Mehregan Ebrahimi , Stephanie S. Godfrey , Aaron L. Fenner and C. Michael Bull
pp. 270-274

Predation behaviour of Tiliqua adelaidensis was observed by watching video images. Orthopterans were the major prey, and the prey captures peaked in November and December. Our study supports the view that behavioural monitoring could be considered as an integral component of any conservation management of endangered animal species.
Photo by Aaron Fenner.


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Isolation and characterisation of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci for bight redfish, Centroberyx gerrardi (Actinopterygii : Berycidae), and cross-amplification in two other Centroberyx species 
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Andrea Bertram , P. Joana Dias , Sherralee Lukehurst , W. Jason Kennington , David Fairclough , Jeffrey Norriss and Gary Jackson
pp. 275-278

We describe 16 polymorphic microsatellite markers for Centroberyx gerrardi, a demersal teleost endemic to southern Australia. A number of these markers also amplified in the congeneric C. australis and C. lineatus. The markers will be used to determine whether the current spatial scale of management of C. gerrardi fisheries is appropriate.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Fisheries Western Australia.


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Weak genetic structuring suggests historically high genetic connectivity among recently fragmented urban populations of the scincid lizard, Ctenotus fallens 
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Josef Krawiec , Siegfried L. Krauss , Robert A. Davis and Peter B. S. Spencer
pp. 279-286

The population genetic structure of the skink, Ctenotus fallens, was examined within and among natural vegetation remnants in a highly fragmented urban matrix. Weak genetic differentiation, and a significant association between geographic and genetic distance, suggests historical genetic connectivity that decreases with geographic distance.
Photo by Josef Krawiec.

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First record of hatchling overwintering inside the natal nest of a chelid turtle 
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Bruno O. Ferronato , John H. Roe and Arthur Georges
pp. 287-291

We report, for the first time, hatchling overwintering inside the natal nest by Chelodina longicollis (Chelidae) in south-eastern Australia. Hatchlings spent, on average, 320 days inside the nest from the date eggs were laid until emergence. These findings expand the phylogenetic range of turtles exhibiting hatchling overwintering behaviour.
Photo by Bruno de Oliveira Ferronato.


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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.

    ZO15047  Accepted 15 November 2015
    Mitochondrial phylogeography of the critically endangered Capricorn Yellow Chat (Epthianura crocea macgregori)
    Wayne Houston, William Aspden, Robert Black, Rod Elder, Ian Carruthers, Lorelle Campbell, Leif Black

    ZO15033  Accepted 29 October 2015
    A 10-year demographic study of a small mammal community in the Australian Alps
    David Happold


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

Glenn M. Shea

5. 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

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

Paul Oliver, J. Scott Keogh and Craig Moritz

10. 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

11. 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

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 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

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 25 August 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

16. 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

17. 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

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 25 August 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

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