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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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Volume 63 Number 6 2015

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Investigating diet and diet switching in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) 
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Bonita Prior , David T. Booth and Colin J. Limpus
pp. 365-375

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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Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals 
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Rebecca L. Diete , Paul D. Meek , Kelly M. Dixon , Christopher R. Dickman and Luke K.-P. Leung
pp. 376-382

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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Reintroduction methods and a review of mortality in the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Grampians National Park, Australia 
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D. A. Taggart , D. J. Schultz , T. C. Corrigan , T. J. Schultz , M. Stevens , D. Panther and C. R. White
pp. 383-397

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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Phylogeography of north-eastern Australia’s Cyrtodactylus radiation: a habitat switch highlights adaptive capacity at a generic level 
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Jessica Worthington Wilmer and Patrick Couper
pp. 398-410

We investigate the historical biogeography of north Queensland’s Cyrtodactylus (ring-tailed) geckos, which have undergone a habitat switch during their evolution. Mitochondrial DNA analyses reveal two major lineages which differ in their distribution and divergence times, most likely due to differences in regional habitat continuity and climate variability.
Photo by Patrick Couper.

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The Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi (Marsupialia : Dasyuridae): breeding of a threatened species in captivity and in wild populations 
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P. A. Woolley
pp. 411-423

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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Home range and activity patterns measured with GPS collars in spotted-tailed quolls 
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Gerhard Körtner , Nerida Holznagel , Peter J. S. Fleming and Guy Ballard
pp. 424-431

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 14 April 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

The potential impacts of alien redfin perch on native biota were assessed. Unexpectedly, redfin perch were larger and shifted to piscivory at a much younger age (<6 months) compared to native populations. The findings are pertinent to the conservation of threatened small-bodied fish populations in the Murray–Darling Basin.
Photo by Scotte Wedderburn.

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Published online 18 March 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

We report on the complex prey-handling of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) feeding on giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama) in temperate waters of south-western Australia. Feeding events occurred in shallow waters during July to September, predominately by adult females, where dolphins removed the cuttlefish head, ink and cuttlebone before consuming the mantle.
Photo by K. R. Sprogis.

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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.

    ZO16014  Accepted 19 April 2016
    Isolation and characterisation of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the threatened mound building malleefowl, Leipoa ocellata (Aves: Megapodiidae)
    Taneal Cope, Terry Bertozzi, Raoul Mulder, Stephen Donnellan

    ZO15082  Accepted 12 April 2016
    Ecology and conservation of the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo)
    Rebecca Diete, Paul Meek, Christopher Dickman, Luke Leung

    ZO15019  Accepted 08 April 2016
    Gender and ontogenetic dietary shift in Pogona barbata, the Australian eastern bearded dragon
    Danny Wotherspoon, Shelley Burgin


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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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

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

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 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. Published 25 August 2015
Temporal dynamics of helminth infections in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in Victoria

Jemma Cripps, Ian Beveridge, Jennifer K. Martin, Duncan Borland and Graeme Coulson

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

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

Murray V. Ellis

19. Published 28 May 2015
Ceasefire: minimal aggression among Murray River crayfish feeding upon patches of allochthonous material

Danswell Starrs, Brendan C. Ebner and Christopher J. Fulton

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

Jennifer E. Halstead and Lisa E. Schwanz

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