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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 62 Number 5 2014

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Delineation of conservation units in an endangered marsupial, the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus), in South Australia/western Victoria, Australia 
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You Li , Melanie L. Lancaster , Susan M. Carthew , Jasmin G. Packer and Steven J. B. Cooper
pp. 345-359

The southern brown bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus obesulus, has experienced a dramatic decline in Australia and is listed as nationally endangered. Using genetic analyses of the subspecies from South Australia and south-western Victoria, we show this subspecies comprises multiple evolutionarily significant units and management units that are important for its conservation management.
Photo by Casey O’Brien.

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Age-dependent changes in gross and histological morphology of the thyroid gland in South Australian koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) 
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C. Graham , L. Woolford , L. Johnson and K. N. Speight
pp. 360-365

This study examined the gross and histological structure of thyroid glands in South Australian koalas. It was found that thyroid glands of adult koalas were atypical compared with those of juveniles and characterised by large colloidal macrofollicles lined by flattened epithelium. This age-dependent change may be associated with the low metabolic rate of this species.
Photo by Natasha Speight.


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Cane toads (Rhinella marina) in south-western Queensland: invasion front, spread and how Cooper Creek geomorphology could enable invasion into north-eastern South Australia 
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David Peacock , Gresley A. Wakelin-King and Ben Shepherd
pp. 366-373

There is little recognition that cane toads are spreading into south-western Queensland. Utilising local knowledge, a limited survey was undertaken within the Cooper Creek catchment, finding toads as far south as Jundah. We conclude that there is no reason why cane toads cannot penetrate further down the Cooper Creek, threatening wetlands in north-eastern South Australia.
Photo by David Peacock.


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Prey selection and diet overlap of native golden perch and alien redfin perch under contrasting hydrological conditions 
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S. D. Wedderburn , C. M. Bice and T. C. Barnes
pp. 374-381

Alien redfin perch and native golden perch are predatory fishes. We identified dietary differences during drought that imply resource partitioning occurred between the perches, whereas the promotion of pelagic prey fishes during flooding apparently facilitated resource sharing. The findings suggest redfin perch can directly compete with native piscivores for prey.
Photo by Scotte Wedderburn.


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Conservation genetics of the water mouse, Xeromys myoides Thomas, 1889 
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David Benfer , Andrew M. Baker , Tina Ball , Ian Gynther , Heather Janetzki and Susan Fuller
pp. 382-392

We examined historical and contemporary influences on the genetic structure of the threatened water mouse, Xeromys myoides, across its disjunct Australian distribution. We found very low genetic diversity, suggesting that the species consists of a single evolutionarily significant unit and has undergone a recent range expansion in Australia.
Photo by Ian Gynther.

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Feeding and the salivary gland response in free-ranging yellow-winged grasshoppers (Gastrimargus musicus) 
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O. Nurul Wahida and Paul D. Cooper
pp. 393-400

Free-ranging Gastrimargus muscicus (yellow-winged grasshopper) were captured in the field to determine effects of feeding on salivary gland function. Salivary glands increased in size with food in the crop, and the staining pattern for serotonin within the salivary glands suggested that food consumption stimulated gland activity.
Photo courtesy of Dr David Rentz.


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Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa 
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Sally Potter , Robert L. Close , David A. Taggart , Steven J. B. Cooper and Mark D. B. Eldridge
pp. 401-414

Morphological and genetic data indicate that the short-eared rock-wallaby Petrogale brachyotis represents at least two separate species: P. brachyotis (sensu stricto) from the Kimberley and western Northern Territory (NT), and P. wilkinsi from the northern and eastern NT. Additionally, P. brachyotis (sensu stricto) can be separated into two subspecies.
Photo by Emily Miller.

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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.

    ZO14095  Accepted 19 December 2014
    From lineages to webs: a history of the Australian Society of Herpetologists
    Glenn Shea

    ZO14076  Accepted 19 December 2014
    Reconstructed paternal genotypes reveal variable rates of multiple paternity at three rookeries of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in Western Australia
    Jamie Tedeschi, Nicola Mitchell, Mark Meekan, Oliver Berry, Scott Whiting, Jason Kennington

    ZO14057  Accepted 19 December 2014
    Ecology of the rare but irruptive Pilliga mouse, Pseudomys pilligaensis. IV. Habitat ecology.
    Hideyuki Tokushima, Peter Jarman

    ZO14024  Accepted 09 December 2014
    Cats (Felis catus) are more abundant and are the dominant predator of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) after sustained fox (Vulpes vulpes) control
    Nicola Marlow, Neil Thomas, Andrew Williams, Brian Macmahon, John Lawson, Yvette Hitchen, John Angus, Oliver Berry

    ZO14026  Accepted 08 December 2014
    Predation of two common native frog species (Litoria ewingi and Crinia signifera) by freshwater invertebrates
    Natasha Wilson, Jamie Seymour, Craig Williams

    ZO14070  Accepted 05 December 2014
    Reproduction and population ecology of the vulnerable western sawshelled turtle Myuchelys bellii in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia
    Darren Fielder, Duncan Limpus, Colin Limpus

    ZO14058  Accepted 01 December 2014
    Daily changes in food availability, but not long-term unpredictability, determined daily torpor-bout occurrences and frequency in stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura)
    Alexandra Leslie, Mathew Stewart, Elizabeth Price, Adam Munn

    ZO14071  Accepted 25 November 2014
    Foraging behaviour of the endangered semi-arid Australian skink, Liopholis slateri
    Megan Ford, Christine Schlesinger, Chris Pavey

    ZO14053  Accepted 25 November 2014
    Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape
    Anna Doty, Clare Stawski, Julia Nowack, Artiom Bondarenco, Fritz Geiser

    ZO14052  Accepted 24 November 2014
    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 Eastwood, Mathew Berg, Briana Spolding, Katherine Buchanan, Andrew Bennett, Ken Walder

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1. Published 19 June 2014
A molecular and morphological investigation of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in Australian free-tailed bats Mormopterus (Chiroptera : Molossidae)

T. B. Reardon, N. L. McKenzie, S. J. B. Cooper, B. Appleton, S. Carthew and M. Adams

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 7 January 2014
Regional population structuring and conservation units in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Stephen H. Kolomyjec, Tom R. Grant, Christopher N. Johnson and David Blair

4. Published 21 August 2014
The koala immunological toolkit: sequence identification and comparison of key markers of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) immune response

Katrina Morris, Peter J. Prentis, Denis O'Meally, Ana Pavasovic, Alyce Taylor Brown, Peter Timms, Katherine Belov and Adam Polkinghorne

5. Published 7 January 2014
Geographic variation in the diet of the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) at a local scale

Rohan J. Bilney

6. Published 7 January 2014
Adaptations for digging in the forelimb muscle anatomy of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

Natalie M. Warburton, Lea Grégoire, Sandra Jacques and Camille Flandrin

7. Published 7 January 2014
Effects of natural weathering conditions on faecal cortisol metabolite measurements in the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

Nicole Evans, Edward J. Narayan and Jean-Marc Hero

8. Published 7 January 2014
Leaf oxalate content of Eucalyptus spp. and its implications for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with oxalate nephrosis

K. N. Speight, W. G. Breed, W. Boardman, D. A. Taggart, C. Leigh, B. Rich and J. I. Haynes

9. 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

10. Published 16 April 2014
Does artificial light influence the activity of vertebrates beneath rural buildings?

Philip Borchard and David J. Eldridge

11. 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

12. Published 16 April 2014
Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci in the bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius), a declining Australian bird

Robert A. B. Mason, Catherine Price, Walter E. Boles, Karen-Anne Gray, Edwina Rickard, Mark D. B. Eldridge and Rebecca N. Johnson

13. Published 21 August 2014
Variation in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) life-history attributes and population trajectories in urban streams

M. Serena, G. A. Williams, A. R. Weeks and J. Griffiths

14. Published 19 June 2014
Muscular anatomy of the tail of the western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus

Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

15. Published 16 April 2014
Orientation of tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) nests and their position on branches optimises thermoregulation and cryptic concealment

Stuart Rae and Duncan Rae

16. Published 26 May 2014
The herpetofauna of Kioloa, New South Wales: baseline observational data collected 30 years ago and inspired by R. E. Barwick

Klaus Henle, Will Osborne and Frank Lemckert

17. Published 26 May 2014
Abnormal development in embryos and hatchlings of the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, from two reservoirs in south-east Queensland

Anne Kemp

18. Published 7 January 2014
Spawning season movements of Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica) in the Yarra River, Victoria

W. M. Koster, D. R. Dawson, J. R. Morrongiello and D. A. Crook

19. Published 19 June 2014
First record of ‘climbing’ and ‘jumping’ by juvenile Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes, 1846 (Galaxiidae) from south-western Australia

Paul G. Close, Tom J. Ryan, David L. Morgan, Stephen J. Beatty and Craig S. Lawrence

20. Published 16 April 2014
A virological investigation into declining woylie populations

Carlo Pacioni, Cheryl A. Johansen, Timothy J. Mahony, Mark A. O'Dea, Ian D. Robertson, Adrian F. Wayne and Trevor Ellis

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