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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 10 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

GPS collars revealed that male spotted-tailed quolls used home ranges three times larger than females and also travelled about twice the distance per day. Both sexes appear to maintain exclusive core areas. While quolls were predominantly nocturnal throughout the year, some individuals showed pronounced daytime activity.
Photo by Gerhard Körtner.

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Published online 02 February 2016
The Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi (Marsupialia:Dasyuridae): breeding of a threatened species in captivity and in wild populations 
P. A. Woolley

Aspects of the reproductive biology of the small dasyurid marsupial, Sminthopsis douglasi, have been studied in captivity and in wild populations. A detailed description of the methods used to house, maintain and assess the reproductive condition of these dunnarts in captivity is provided.
Photo by P. A. Woolley and D. Walsh.

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Published online 29 January 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

Reintroduction of brush-tailed rock-wallabies (BTRW) into the Grampians National Park (2008 to 2012) is reviewed. The major cause of mortality was fox predation. Data indicated that predation risk was significantly reduced in releases of fewer animals, declined across time and that disturbing BTRW social structure through the introduction of new animals increased predation risk.
Photo by Iain Stych.

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Published online 12 January 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

Using the most effective camera trap methods is important for the detection of cryptic, threatened species. We tested the attractiveness of four baits to the northern hopping-mouse, northern quoll, northern brown bandicoot and agile wallaby and discuss an improved method for camera trapping quolls which allows consistent recognition of individuals.
Photo by Rebecca Diete.

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Published online 08 January 2016
Investigating diet and diet switching in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) 
Bonita Prior, David T. Booth and Colin J. Limpus

Within Port Curtis, Queensland, Australia, green turtles forage in two distinct habitats: mangrove estuaries dominated by red algae and seagrass meadows dominated by seagrass. Stable isotope analysis indicates that green turtles regularly switch between these two habitat types.
Photo by David Booth.

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Volume 63 Number 5 2015

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The haematology of six species of native catfish from northern Australia 
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E. Kelly and S. Gibson-Kueh
pp. 293-299

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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Natural history and display behaviour of Servaea incana, a common and widespread Australian jumping spider (Araneae : Salticidae) 
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Rowan H. McGinley , Vivian Mendez and Phillip W. Taylor
pp. 300-319

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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First record of limb preferences in monotremes (Zaglossus spp.) 
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Andrey Giljov , Karina Karenina , Margaret Hawkins and Yegor Malashichev
pp. 320-323

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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Nest-site selection of the long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) in a postfire environment 
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Christopher I. MacGregor , Ross B. Cunningham and David B. Lindenmayer
pp. 324-330

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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Anuran developmental plasticity loss: the cost of constant salinity stress 
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Brian D. Kearney , Phillip G. Byrne and Richard D. Reina
pp. 331-337

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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A 10-year demographic study of a small mammal community in the Australian Alps 
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D. C. D. Happold
pp. 338-349

This paper describes a 10-year study of the community of two species of small rodents (Mastacomys fuscus and Rattus fuscipes) and one species of dasyurid marsupial (Antechinus swainsonii) in the subalpine zone of the Australian Alps. Each species exhibited differing life-histories with respect to population numbers, fluctuations in numbers, reproductive characteristics, winter survival, immigration and longevity.
Photo by Ken Green.


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Mitochondrial phylogeography of the critically endangered Capricorn yellow chat (Epthianura crocea macgregori) 
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Wayne A. Houston , William Aspden , Robert Black , Rod Elder , Ian Carruthers , Lorelle Campbell and Leif Black
pp. 350-356

The endangered Capricorn yellow chat showed no mitochondrial genetic diversity within, nor divergence between, two groups separated by ~140 km, suggesting a recent genetic bottleneck. Comparison with the inland subspecies indicates a separation time congruent with two periods of Pleistocene glacial aridity during which ephemeral swamps may have expanded, allowing colonisation of marine plains.
Photo by Mick Barker.


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Are the effects of adjacent habitat type on seagrass gastropod communities being masked by previous focus on habitat dyads? 
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Q. R. Ollivier , N. A. Bramwell , E. Hammill , C. Foster-Thorpe and D. J. Booth
pp. 357-363

Previous investigations into edge effects in seagrass ecosystems have predominantly focused on seagrass–sandy substrate boundaries. This study provides evidence that other heterogeneous habitats adjacent to seagrass beds (e.g. rocky algal reef) may exert previously overlooked effects on the distribution of faunal assemblages.
Photo by James van den Broek.


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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.

    ZO15051  Accepted 29 January 2016
    Phylogeography of north-eastern Australia’s Cyrtodactylus radiation: A habitat switch highlights adaptive capacity at a generic level.
    Jessica Worthington Wilmer, Patrick Couper

    ZO16002  Accepted 24 January 2016
    Home range and activity patterns measured with GPS collars in spotted-tailed quolls
    Gerhard Kortner, Nerida Holznagel, Peter Fleming, Guy Ballard


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

Glenn M. Shea

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Published 28 May 2015
The first complete mitochondrial genome of Pygopodidae (Aprasia parapulchella Kluge)

Anna J. MacDonald, Theresa Knopp, Mitzy Pepper, J. Scott Keogh and Stephen D. Sarre

13. 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

14. Published 3 March 2015
A thermal profile of metabolic performance in the rare Australian chelid, Pseudemydura umbrina

Sophie G. Arnall, Gerald Kuchling and Nicola J. Mitchell

15. 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

16. Published 3 March 2015
Biology of the invasive delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata) on Lord Howe Island

David G. Chapple, Kimberly A. Miller, Kirilee Chaplin, Louise Barnett, Michael B. Thompson and Rebecca D. Bray

17. Published 28 May 2015
Range decline and conservation status of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia:Hyriidae) from south-western Australia

Michael W. Klunzinger, Stephen J. Beatty, David L. Morgan, Adrian M. Pinder and Alan J. Lymbery

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

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

19. 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

20. Published 9 April 2015
Factors influencing the importation and establishment in Australia of the European hare (Lepus europaeus)

Philip Stott

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