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Evolutionary, molecular and comparative zoology

Australian Journal of Zoology

Australian Journal of Zoology

Australian Journal of Zoology is an international journal covering the evolutionary, molecular and comparative zoology of Australasian fauna. Read more about the journalMore

Editor-in-Chief: Paul Cooper


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Australian Journal of Zoology

Volume 64 Number 3 2016

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This literature review of bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) examines advances in the knowledge of the biology of this group over the past 25 years, including anatomical, physiological and ecological studies and a comprehensive review of the fossil records of bandicoots to provide an up-to-date platform for future studies.
Photo by W. J. Bancroft.

ZO16024Larger lizards live longer in the group-living Egernia stokesii

S. K. Pearson, S. S. Godfrey, C. M. Bull and M. G. Gardner
pp. 182-191
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Space use is an important aspect of animal behaviour. This investigation of gidgee skink site fidelity found lizards that were larger in initial surveys were more likely to be recaptured, and a high proportion of those recaptured were close to their original capture sites. Why some lizards changed space while others didn’t is yet to be fully understood.
Photo by Sarah Pearson.

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Dingo scents were trialled over 75 days to determine their influence on southern hairy-nosed wombats. Wombats lingered nearby, but ceased repopulating collapsed burrows. This represents a novel use for a deterrent, in that prey may remain in the vicinity near a deterrent, but curb problematic behaviours of economic consequence.
Photo by Elisa Sparrow.

ZO16015The significance of topographic complexity in habitat selection and persistence of a declining marsupial in the Kimberley region of Western Australia

Rosemary Hohnen, Katherine Tuft, Sarah Legge, Naomi Walters, Lucy Johanson, Scott Carver, Ian J. Radford and Christopher N. Johnson
pp. 198-216
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Habitat selection and diet of the scaly-tailed possum (Wyulda squamicaudata) was examined in the north-west Kimberley, Western Australia. Rock complexity appears to be an important landscape attribute for Wyulda, as it may provide den sites and protect fire-sensitive landscape features such as fruiting trees and habitat heterogeneity.
Photo by Alex Hartshorne.

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Marine turtle nesting activity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is not well defined. Between 1992 and 2012, using the track census approach, surveys identified reproductive habitat and described species-specific abundance of adult flatback (Natator depressus), green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles at 154 locations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Photo by Catherine Bell.

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Trunk-trail-forming Iridomyrmex purpureus ants use odour trails, landmark information and a celestial compass for navigation. Experienced ants rely on landmark information and naïve ants rely on pheromone trails. Ants rely on the celestial compass only when familiar odours and terrestrial visual cues are absent.
Photo by Ajay Narendra.

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Marsupials and monotremes can be considered independent experiments in mammalian evolution. The discovery of the human male-determining gene SRY, how it works, how it evolved and defined our sex chromosomes, well illustrates how comparing these distantly related animals can help us understand fundamental aspects of mammalian biology.

Published online 01 December 2016

ZO15055Muscle fibre types in the reduced forelimb and enlarged hindlimb of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus, Macropodidae)

A. Casinos, N. Milne, F. K. Jouffroy and M. F. Médina

Muscle fibre typing was conducted on the triceps, vasti and gastrocnemius muscles in the quokka (Setonix brachyurus) and the results compared with previous studies on the jerboa (a hopping eutherian) and the macaque (a quadruped) using similar methods. The results are discussed in terms of locomotor adaptations.

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Populations of the freshwater fish species, dwarf galaxias (Galaxiella pusilla) and little galaxias (Galaxiella toourtkoourt), have been occasionally found with enlarged heads associated with the accumulation of white cysts. In this study, histopathology and molecular techniques identified these cysts as metacercariae of Apatemon gracilis (Rudolphi, 1819), a cosmopolitan digenean trematode.
Photo by Rhys Coleman.

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We examined diet composition and prey selection of two sympatric carnivorous marsupials, including the endangered Antechinus arktos (pictured). Both species were dietary generalists, although composition of invertebrates consumed differed between species and years of study. Such flexibility may be advantageous in Gondwanan rainforest subject to continued disturbance by climate change.
Photo by Gary Cranitch.

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Spawning of nurseryfish in the Adelaide River occurred from June to January as indicated by the presence of larvae in icthyoplankton nets. The development of the unusual rib anatomy was examined with 3D micro-computerised tomography scans. The bony protection of the swim bladder formed by the ribs is complete by 19 mm standard length.
Photo by Michael Hammer.

Published online 27 October 2016

ZO16037Larval dorsal shield morphology is highly correlated with gall type in the enigmatic gall-forming fly, Fergusonina Malloch (Diptera:Fergusoninidae)

Michaela F. Purcell, Thomas C. Wallenius, David K. Yeates and David M. Rowell
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Fergusoninidae is a family of mainly Australasian gall-forming flies that has a unique mutualism with a nematode. The larvae of these flies bear an unusual, sclerotised structure known as a ‘dorsal shield’. We constructed a phylogenetic tree and examined larval and gall morphology to investigate the shield‘s function.
Photo by Michaela Purcell.

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AJZ Award winner

Michael Klunzinger has been awarded the AJZ Best Student Paper Award for 2015.