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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 21 July 2016
Home range, habitat suitability and population modelling of feral Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia 
Calum X. Cunningham, Thomas A. A. Prowse, Pip Masters and Phillip Cassey

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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Published online 18 July 2016
Complete mitochondrial genome of the endangered Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus) and low mtDNA variation across the species' range 
Daniel J. Schmidt, Brittany Brockett, Thomas Espinoza, Marilyn Connell and Jane M. Hughes

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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Published online 22 June 2016
Avian hosts, prevalence and larval life history of the ectoparasitic fly Passeromyia longicornis (Diptera:Muscidae) in south-eastern Tasmania 
Amanda B. Edworthy

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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Published online 17 June 2016
Phylogeny and biogeography of species of Syphacia Seurat, 1916 (Nemata:Oxyurida:Oxyuridae) from the Australian Bioregion 
Haylee J. Weaver, Scott Monks and Scott L. Gardner

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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Published online 15 June 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

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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Volume 64 Number 1 2016

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Piscivory by alien redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) begins earlier than anticipated in two contrasting habitats of Lake Alexandrina, South Australia 
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S. D. Wedderburn and T. C. Barnes
pp. 1-7

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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Seasonal feeding on giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama) by Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in south-western Australia 
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H. C. Smith and K. R. Sprogis
pp. 8-13

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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Sex and ontogenetic dietary shift in Pogona barbata, the Australian eastern bearded dragon 
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Danny Wotherspoon and Shelley Burgin
pp. 14-20

Investigation of dietary shift in Pogona barbata revealed that typically juvenile dragons consumed larger, more active prey than adults. Adult females and small mature males tended to be sit-and-wait predators consuming small non-flying arthropods. Larger mature males, depended more on herbivory. Switches observed were consistent the Optimum Foraging Model.
Photo by John Spradbrow.


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Ecology and conservation of the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo) 
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Rebecca L. Diete , Paul D. Meek , Christopher R. Dickman and Luke K.-P. Leung
pp. 21-32

We present the first detailed ecological study of the elusive northern hopping-mouse. Camera trapping, pitfall trapping and radio-tracking were used to describe population ecology, habitat selection, burrow use and effective sampling methods. Our results may improve conservation outcomes for this increasingly rare species.
Photo by Rebecca Diete.


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Isolation and characterisation of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the threatened mound-building malleefowl, Leipoa ocellata (Aves : Megapodiidae) 
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Taneal M. Cope , Terry Bertozzi , Raoul A. Mulder and Stephen C. Donnellan
pp. 33-35

Using 454 pyrosequencing and genomic enrichment techniques we developed 12 polymorphic markers for the endangered megapode, the malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) found in southern Australia. We developed 12 unlinked loci for genotyping. In a single population, the 12 markers were moderately polymorphic and showed moderate to high levels of heterozygosity.
Photo by Stephen Donnellan.


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Diversity and phylogeny of south-east Queensland Bathynellacea 
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John Little , Daniel J. Schmidt , Benjamin D. Cook , Timothy J. Page and Jane M. Hughes
pp. 36-47

Investigation of alluvial groundwater systems of south-east Queensland revealed a diverse bathynellacean stygofauna with complex evolutionary relationships to related fauna elsewhere in Queensland, and on the wider Australian continent. The multifamily assemblage revealed here is likely to represent several new species, and at least one new genus within the Parabathynellidae.
Photo by John Little.

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Effect of time and diet change on the bacterial community structure throughout the gastrointestinal tract and in faeces of the northern brown bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus 
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Patricia J. O’Hara , Athol V. Klieve , Peter J. Murray , Anita J. Maguire , Diane Ouwerkerk and Karen Harper
pp. 48-60

This research is a preliminary investigation into the bacterial community structure throughout the gastrointestinal tract and in faeces of the northern brown bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus. There was a high degree of 16S rRNA gene clones identified in this research. The majority of identifiable clones belonged to Clostridium and Ruminococcus.
Photo by Patricia O’Hara.


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Biodiversity of parasite assemblages in the genus Petrogale and its relation to the phylogeny and biogeography of their hosts 
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Elke T. Vermeulen , Michelle L. Power , David A. Nipperess , Ian Beveridge and Mark D. B. Eldridge
pp. 61-80

We aimed to determine how diverse and endemic the parasites of the genus Petrogale (rock-wallabies) are. A database of parasite identifications within Petrogale was established. Analyses of this database showed a correlation between the similarity of parasite communities and the phylogeny and biogeography of Petrogale, suggesting a high specificity of their parasites.
Photo by Elke Vermeulen.

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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.

    ZO16024  Accepted 08 July 2016
    Larger lizards live longer in the group living Egernia stokesii
    Sarah Pearson, S S Godfrey, Michael Bull, Michael Gardner

    ZO16019  Accepted 06 July 2016
    The plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi influences habitat use by the obligate nectarivore honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus).
    Shannon Dundas, Giles Hardy, Patricia Fleming

    ZO16030  Accepted 06 July 2016
    Effect of roost choice on winter torpor patterns of a free-ranging insectivorous bat
    Clare Stawski, Shannon Currie

    ZO16003  Accepted 27 June 2016
    The biology and palaeontology of the Peramelemorphia: a review of current knowledge and future research directions
    Natalie Warburton, Kenny Travouillon


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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 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 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

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

Murray V. Ellis

15. 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

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

Jennifer E. Halstead and Lisa E. Schwanz

17. 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

18. 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

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

Danny Wotherspoon and Shelley Burgin

20. Published 25 August 2015
Population stability in the endangered Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) and a program for long-term monitoring

Gemma Quick, Ross L. Goldingay, Jonathan Parkyn and David A. Newell

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