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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 12 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

Freshwater mussels are among the most endangered groups of fauna worldwide. We modelled the distribution of Westralunio carteri and found salinity, perenniality and total nitrogen concentration as the most accurate predictor variables for the species’ presence. Salinisation led to a 49% reduction in extent of occurrence, qualifying the species as vulnerable.
Photo by David L. Morgan.

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Published online 06 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

A survey of long-nosed (or New Zealand) fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) in South Australia in early 2014 led to an estimate of 20431 pups, 3.6 times greater than in 1990. The increase is attributed to recovery from 19th century overharvesting. Most pups were on Kangaroo Island where the trend will likely continue.
Photo by David Sinclair.

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Published online 06 May 2015
Characterisation of microsatellite markers for fig-pollinating wasps in the Pleistodontes imperialis species complex 
Timothy L. Sutton, Caroline Reuter, Markus Riegler and James M. Cook

We characterised nine microsatellite loci for Pleistodontes imperialis sp. 1, the pollinator wasp of Port Jackson fig (Ficus rubiginosa). We found potential spatial sub-structuring within and between two natural populations. We show that most of these loci could be utilised for studies in two closely-related fig wasp species.
Photo by Timothy L. Sutton.

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Published online 28 April 2015
Ceasefire: minimal aggression among Murray River crayfish feeding upon patches of allochthonous material 
Danswell Starrs, Brendan C. Ebner and Christopher J. Fulton

Freshwater crayfish are often considered to be ecosystem engineers. We reveal, with underwater video, aggregations of Murray River crayfish feeding gregariously on patches of allochthonous material in an upland stream. We highlight that future research should investigate the role Murray River crayfish play in nutrient cycling in streams.
Photo by Brendan Ebner.

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Published online 28 April 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

The Pygopodidae comprise an enigmatic group of legless lizards endemic to the Australo-Papuan region. Here we present the first complete mitochondrial genome for a member of this family, Aprasia parapulchella, from Australia.
Photo by David Wong.

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Published online 30 March 2015
Population structure and genetic diversity of the black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race) 
Laura Ruykys and Melanie L. Lancaster

This study examined the population structure and genetic diversity of the two remaining metapopulations of Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race in South Australia. The findings have implications for the management of in- and ex-situ populations of this race, and help advance our knowledge of rock-wallaby ecology.
Photo by Mick Post.

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Published online 17 March 2015
The endoparasites of Liasis fuscus (Serpentes : Boidae) from the Adelaide River floodplain, Northern Territory, Australia 
E. Mulder and L. R. Smales

The parasite assemblage of Liasis fuscus Peters, 1873 comprises three species of cestode, six of nematode, one pentastome and one protozoan, with a cestode, Bothridium ornatum, being the most prevalent. The helminth assemblage was depauperate, with neither season nor sex of host affecting abundance, but differences between ages of hosts and seasonal diversity were significant.
Photo by Eridani Mulder.

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Volume 63 Number 1 2015

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Prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in wild Platycercus elegans: comparison of three tissue types using a probe-based real-time qPCR test 
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Justin R. Eastwood, Mathew L. Berg, Briana Spolding, Katherine L. Buchanan, Andrew T. D. Bennett and Ken Walder
pp. 1-8

Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) is a serious threat to parrot populations globally. Here, we show that BFDV is a prevalent and widespread infection in wild populations of crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans). In addition, we highlight the importance of sample type when conducting viral testing in wild birds.
Photo by Raoul Ribot.


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Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape 
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Anna Doty, Clare Stawski, Julia Nowack, Artiom Bondarenco and Fritz Geiser
pp. 9-11

We observed a marked increase in superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) numbers after a controlled burn in Guy Fawkes River National Park, New South Wales. The low-intensity fire cleared brush and low-level vegetation, and therefore may have attracted superb lyrebirds immediately after the fire due to ease of movement and foraging effort.
Photo by Gerhard Körtner.


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Daily changes in food availability, but not long-term unpredictability, determine daily torpor-bout occurrences and frequency in stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura) 
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Alexandra M. Leslie, Mathew Stewart, Elizabeth Price and Adam J. Munn
pp. 12-17

We investigated the effect of unpredictable food availability on torpor use by stripe-faced dunnarts (Sminthopsis macroura). Long-term unpredictability in food supplies did not affect torpor-bout frequency compared to predictable food restriction. Instead, dunnarts appeared to adjust torpor frequency in response to the amount of food offered on each day.
Photo by Alex Leslie.


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Cats (Felis catus) are more abundant and are the dominant predator of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) after sustained fox (Vulpes vulpes) control 
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Nicola J. Marlow, Neil D. Thomas, Andrew A. E. Williams, Brian Macmahon, John Lawson, Yvette Hitchen, John Angus and Oliver Berry
pp. 18-27

Cat abundance was significantly higher in two mesic sites that were baited for fox control for two decades than in two unbaited sites. Cat predation on a threatened species, the woylie (Bettongia penicillata), in the baited sites exceeded fox predation by more than 300%. Increased cat predation may become an unintended consequence of fox control for fauna protection elsewhere in Australia.
Photo by Neil Thomas.


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Ecology of the rare but irruptive Pilliga mouse, Pseudomys pilligaensis. IV. Habitat ecology 
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Hideyuki Tokushima and Peter J. Jarman
pp. 28-37

We determined preferences of the Pilliga mouse, Pseudomys pilligaensis, for habitat attributes through phases of a population irruption, and characterised refuge sites. Its habitat selection changed with phases of the irruption. Mice preferred ground cover with higher proportions of sand and shrubs in the Low phase of the irruption.
Photo by Hideyuki Tokushima.


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Searching behaviour of Dolichogenidea tasmanica in response to susceptible instars of Epiphyas postvittana 
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Maryam Yazdani, Richard Glatz and Michael A. Keller
pp. 38-45

The efficiency of searching behaviour of Dolichogenidea tasmanica in response to susceptible instars of Epiphyas postvittana was evaluated in a wind tunnel. The behaviour of D. tasmanica and susceptibility of the light brown apple moth (LBAM) to parasitism varies significantly among instars. The results indicate that female wasps respond differently to each of the instars of LBAM.
Photo by Michael Keller and Maryam Yazdani.


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Factors influencing the importation and establishment in Australia of the European hare (Lepus europaeus) 
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Philip Stott
pp. 46-75

About 86 hares purported to be Lepus europaeus were introduced into Australia, but 11 of them were L. nigricollis. The power and influence of the importers, the diversity and photosynthetic pathways of grasses, and suppression of predators acted together to ensure that establishment of hares in Australia was almost certain.
Photo by Philip Stott.


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Reintroduced burrowing bettongs (Bettongia lesueur) scatter hoard sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) seed 
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Tamra F. Chapman
pp. 76-79

Reintroduced burrowing bettongs (Bettongia lesueur) collected experimental sandalwood seed (Santalum spicatum) from beneath mature trees, scatter hoarded and cached seed near potential host plants. This is an important ecosystem service, because moving sandalwood seeds away from the parent plant and close to a potential host is the primary means of promoting recruitment.
Photo by Judy Dunlop.


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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.

    ZO14087  Accepted 04 May 2015
    Hind limb myology of the southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesulus and greater bilby Macrotis lagotis (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia)
    Natalie Warburton, Auréline Malric, Maud Yakovleff, Veronique Leonard, Charlotte Cailleau

    ZO14060  Accepted 03 May 2015
    A review of home range studies of Australian terrestrial vertebrates: adequacy of studies, testing of hypotheses, relevance to conservation and to international studies
    Ross Goldingay


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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 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

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 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

6. 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

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

Glenn M. Shea

8. Published 22 December 2014
Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa

Sally Potter, Robert L. Close, David A. Taggart, Steven J. B. Cooper and Mark D. B. Eldridge

9. 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

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

Rebekah Dawson, Nick Milne and Natalie M. Warburton

11. 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

12. Published 21 August 2014
Twenty microsatellite loci for population and conservation genetic studies of the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

J. J. Austin, L. Olivier, D. Nankervis, W. E. Brown, M. G. Gardner and C. P. Burridge

13. Published 7 November 2014
Weight watching in burrows: variation in body condition in pygmy bluetongue lizards

Leili Shamiminoori, Aaron L. Fenner and C. Michael Bull

14. Published 21 August 2014
The population genetics of the western purple-crowned fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus coronatus), a declining riparian passerine

Anja Skroblin, Andrew Cockburn and Sarah Legge

15. 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

16. Published 22 December 2014
Conservation genetics of the water mouse, Xeromys myoides Thomas, 1889

David Benfer, Andrew M. Baker, Tina Ball, Ian Gynther, Heather Janetzki and Susan Fuller

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 21 August 2014
Improving genetic monitoring of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii)

Lauren C. White, Alan Horsup, Andrea C. Taylor and Jeremy J. Austin

19. Published 26 May 2014
The aerodynamic performance of the feathertail glider, Acrobates pygmaeus (Marsupialia: Acrobatidae)

Peter A. Pridmore and Peter H. Hoffmann

20. Published 21 August 2014
Significant population genetic structuring but a lack of phylogeographic structuring in the endemic Tasmanian tree frog (Litoria burrowsae)

Z. Y. Zhang, S. Cashins, A. Philips and C. P. Burridge

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