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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 22 September 2016
Multiple orientation cues in an Australian trunk-trail-forming ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus 
Ashley Card, Caitlin McDermott and Ajay Narendra

Trunk-trail-forming Iridomyrmex purpureus ants use odour trails, landmark information and a celestial compass for navigation. Experienced ants rely on landmark information and naïve ants rely on pheromone trails. Ants rely on the celestial compass only when familiar odours and terrestrial visual cues are absent.
Photo by Ajay Narendra.

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Published online 20 September 2016
The significance of topographic complexity in habitat selection and persistence of a declining marsupial in the Kimberley region of Western Australia 
Rosemary Hohnen, Katherine Tuft, Sarah Legge, Naomi Walters, Lucy Johanson, Scott Carver, Ian J. Radford and Christopher N. Johnson

Habitat selection and diet of the scaly-tailed possum (Wyulda squamicaudata) was examined in the north-west Kimberley, Western Australia. Rock complexity appears to be an important landscape attribute for Wyulda, as it may provide den sites and protect fire-sensitive landscape features such as fruiting trees and habitat heterogeneity.
Photo by Alex Hartshorne.

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Published online 02 September 2016
The biology and palaeontology of the Peramelemorphia: a review of current knowledge and future research directions 
N. M. Warburton and K. J. Travouillon

This literature review of bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) examines advances in the knowledge of the biology of this group over the past 25 years, including anatomical, physiological and ecological studies and a comprehensive review of the fossil records of bandicoots to provide an up-to-date platform for future studies.
Photo by W. J. Bancroft.

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Published online 23 August 2016
Novel use for a predator scent: preliminary data suggest that wombats avoid recolonising collapsed burrows following application of dingo scent 
Elisa E. Sparrow, Michael H. Parsons and Daniel T. Blumstein

Dingo scents were trialled over 75 days to determine their influence on southern hairy-nosed wombats. Wombats lingered nearby, but ceased repopulating collapsed burrows. This represents a novel use for a deterrent, in that prey may remain in the vicinity near a deterrent, but curb problematic behaviours of economic consequence.
Photo by Elisa Sparrow.

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Published online 02 August 2016
Larger lizards live longer in the group-living Egernia stokesii 
S. K. Pearson, S. S. Godfrey, C. M. Bull and M. G. Gardner

Space use is an important aspect of animal behaviour. This investigation of gidgee skink site fidelity found lizards that were larger in initial surveys were more likely to be recaptured, and a high proportion of those recaptured were close to their original capture sites. Why some lizards changed space while others didn’t is yet to be fully understood.
Photo by Sarah Pearson.

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Volume 64 Number 2 2016

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Phylogeny and biogeography of species of Syphacia Seurat, 1916 (Nemata : Oxyurida : Oxyuridae) from the Australian Bioregion 
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Haylee J. Weaver , Scott Monks and Scott L. Gardner
pp. 81-90

We examined the relationships between Australian rodents and their pinworm nematode parasites (Oxyuridae, genus Syphacia). We produced a phylogenetic analysis of species of Syphacia from Australia, New Guinea and Sulawesi, and found that Australian Syphacia species communities are shaped by coevolution, taxon pulses and ecological fitting.


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Do body size, diet type or residence time explain habitat use in a vertebrate herbivore community? 
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S. Garnick , J. Di Stefano , M. A. Elgar and G. Coulson
pp. 91-99

We explored the role of body size, diet type and residence time on habitat use in the Grampians vertebrate herbivore community using camera traps. None of these theories explained habitat use; red deer used a narrower range of habitats than expected, perhaps due to the poor suitability of available habitats.
Photo by Sarah Garnick.


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Avian hosts, prevalence and larval life history of the ectoparasitic fly Passeromyia longicornis (Diptera : Muscidae) in south-eastern Tasmania 
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Amanda B. Edworthy
pp. 100-106

This study provides the first report of a blood-sucking fly parasite, Passeromyia longicornis, parasitising an endangered songbird, the forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus). I also report prevalence of Passeromyia longicornis in forest birds of south-eastern Tasmania and describe its larval life cycle.
Photo by Amanda Edworthy.


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Home range, habitat suitability and population modelling of feral Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia 
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Calum X. Cunningham , Thomas A. A. Prowse , Pip Masters and Phillip Cassey
pp. 107-116

The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is a declared pest species on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, where we estimated that 21 separate peafowl groups exist currently. Habitat suitability modelling identified substantial unoccupied suitable habitat and radio-telemetry demonstrated that dispersal is possible. Further population growth is expected in the absence of management.
Photo by Calum Cunningham.

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Complete mitochondrial genome of the endangered Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus) and low mtDNA variation across the species' range 
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Daniel J. Schmidt , Brittany Brockett , Thomas Espinoza , Marilyn Connell and Jane M. Hughes
pp. 117-121

The mitochondrial genome of the Mary River turtle exhibits the standard vertebrate arrangement of 37 genes. Assessment of genetic variation among 22 individuals sampled across the natural distribution revealed only two control region haplotypes. This limited variation probably reflects a narrow distribution and recent history of exploitation.
Photo by Marilyn Connell.

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The plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi influences habitat use by the obligate nectarivore honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus) 
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Shannon J. Dundas , Giles E. St J. Hardy and Patricia A. Fleming
pp. 122-131

We radio-tracked an obligate nectarivorous marsupial, the honey possum, within an area infested with the introduced plant pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi. Vegetation surveys conducted at locations selected by honey possums (as determined from tracking) and randomly selected sites revealed that sites selected by honey possums were significantly taller, denser, and more floristically diverse than their paired random locations.
Photo by Pat Dundas.


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Effect of roost choice on winter torpor patterns of a free-ranging insectivorous bat 
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Clare Stawski and Shannon E. Currie
pp. 132-137

Our study presents the lowest skin temperature recorded for a free-ranging Australian microbat, Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), and reveals that roost choice in a temperate agricultural landscape affects their thermal physiology, ensuring survival during periods of cold weather and limited food supply.
Photo by Fritz Geiser.


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Reproduction, egg morphology and development observed in two Australian penicillate millipedes, Lophoturus queenslandicus (Lophoproctidae) and Phryssonotus novaehollandiae (Synxenidae) (Diplopoda) 
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Cuong Huynh and Anneke A. Veenstra
pp. 138-150

Penicillate millipedes are minute, often unrecognised and understudied members of the Australian fauna found under bark and in leaf litter. Little is known about their reproductive behaviour. This study uncovers the mysteries of millipede reproduction observed in two species – their mating rituals, unique nest-building and egg-laying behaviour – and records their development from egg to adult for the first time.
Photo by Nicholas Porch.


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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.

    ZO16037  Accepted 23 September 2016
    Larval dorsal shield morphology is highly correlated with gall type in the enigmatic gall-forming fly Fergusonina Malloch (Diptera: Fergusoninidae).
    Michaela Purcell, Thomas Wallenius, David Yeates, David Rowell

    ZO16021  Accepted 29 August 2016
    Twenty years of turtle tracks: marine turtle nesting activity at remote locations in the Pilbara region, Western Australia
    Kellie Pendoley, Anna Vitenbergs, Paul Whittock, Catherine Bell


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1. Published 18 February 2016
Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals

Rebecca L. Diete, Paul D. Meek, Kelly M. Dixon, Christopher R. Dickman and Luke K.-P. Leung

2. Published 18 February 2016
Investigating diet and diet switching in green turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Bonita Prior, David T. Booth and Colin J. Limpus

3. Published 18 February 2016
Home range and activity patterns measured with GPS collars in spotted-tailed quolls

Gerhard Körtner, Nerida Holznagel, Peter J. S. Fleming and Guy Ballard

4. Published 26 October 2015
Numbat nirvana: conservation ecology of the endangered numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) (Marsupialia : Myrmecobiidae) reintroduced to Scotia and Yookamurra Sanctuaries, Australia

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

5. Published 18 February 2016
Reintroduction methods and a review of mortality in the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Grampians National Park, Australia

D. A. Taggart, D. J. Schultz, T. C. Corrigan, T. J. Schultz, M. Stevens, D. Panther and C. R. White

6. Published 21 December 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

7. Published 26 October 2015
Distribution, abundance and population structure of the threatened western saw-shelled turtle, Myuchelys bellii, in New South Wales, Australia

Bruce C. Chessman

8. Published 10 June 2016
Ecology and conservation of the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo)

Rebecca L. Diete, Paul D. Meek, Christopher R. Dickman and Luke K.-P. Leung

9. Published 18 February 2016
The Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi (Marsupialia : Dasyuridae): breeding of a threatened species in captivity and in wild populations

P. A. Woolley

10. Published 18 February 2016
Phylogeography of north-eastern Australia’s Cyrtodactylus radiation: a habitat switch highlights adaptive capacity at a generic level

Jessica Worthington Wilmer and Patrick Couper

11. Published 26 October 2015
Impacts of thermal limitation on thermoregulatory behaviour and reproductive success in a lizard

Jennifer E. Halstead and Lisa E. Schwanz

12. Published 26 October 2015
Protecting trapped animals from heat exposure: the influence of shading on temperature within small metal box traps

Murray V. Ellis

13. Published 10 June 2016
Sex and ontogenetic dietary shift in Pogona barbata, the Australian eastern bearded dragon

Danny Wotherspoon and Shelley Burgin

14. Published 21 December 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

15. Published 26 October 2015
Phylogeography and limited distribution of the endangered freshwater crayfish, Euastacus urospinosus

Charlotte R. Hurry, Daniel J. Schmidt and Jane M. Hughes

16. Published 10 June 2016
Seasonal feeding on giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama) by Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in south-western Australia

H. C. Smith and K. R. Sprogis

17. Published 21 December 2015
A 10-year demographic study of a small mammal community in the Australian Alps

D. C. D. Happold

18. Published 23 August 2016
Do body size, diet type or residence time explain habitat use in a vertebrate herbivore community?

S. Garnick, J. Di Stefano, M. A. Elgar and G. Coulson

19. Published 10 June 2016
Piscivory by alien redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) begins earlier than anticipated in two contrasting habitats of Lake Alexandrina, South Australia

S. D. Wedderburn and T. C. Barnes

20. Published 10 June 2016
Isolation and characterisation of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the threatened mound-building malleefowl, Leipoa ocellata (Aves : Megapodiidae)

Taneal M. Cope, Terry Bertozzi, Raoul A. Mulder and Stephen C. Donnellan

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