Australian Journal of Zoology Australian Journal of Zoology Society
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


Current Issue

Australian Journal of Zoology

Volume 65 Number 2 2017

This study investigated the abundance and detectability of forest owls in south-western Australia. Boobooks occurred 23 times (48% of nights) and the masked owl once in 42 surveys. Tawny frogmouths were detected three times. These results are considered with two other investigations of forest owls in the region.

Graphical Abstract Image

Yellow-spotted goannas (Varanus panoptes) are the main turtle nest predators at the Wreck Rock rookery, adjacent to Deepwater National Park in south-east Queensland. Examination of space-use patterns indicates that it is the larger male yellow-spotted goannas that are the main predators of sea turtle nests at the Wreck Rock beach-nesting aggregation.
Photo by Juan Lei.

Graphical Abstract Image

Describing the population trends of threatened species is central to conservation. We conducted mark–recapture modelling for a population of green and golden bell frogs in two periods, 17 years apart. There was no evidence this unmanaged population was in decline. We highlight factors that may cause bias in population modelling.
Photo by Sergio Jacomy.

ZO16079Morphometric analysis of the Australian freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)

Glenn P. Edwards, Grahame J. Webb, S. Charlie Manolis and Alex Mazanov
pp. 97-111
Graphical Abstract Image

We conducted a morphometric analysis of Crocodylus johnstoni and present formulae which allow the accurate reconstruction of C. johnstoni from measurements of individual body parts. We also compared relative growth in C. johnstoni to that in other species of crocodile and discuss possible ecological correlates of observed differences.
Photo by Yusuke Fukuda.

ZO17005Do female dingo–dog hybrids breed like dingoes or dogs?

Marina S. Cursino, Lana Harriott, Benjamin L. Allen, Matthew Gentle and Luke K.-P. Leung
pp. 112-119

The breeding seasonality of female dingo–dog hybrids was investigated. Ovary follicular phase was characterised by growing follicles in late summer and autumn. Characteristics of uterus pregnancy were observed in winter and coincided with a peak of corpus luteum. Overall, the data show that hybrids have a single annual breeding season in winter, exhibiting the same breeding seasonality as dingoes.

Graphical Abstract Image

We investigated relationships between Pseudomys pilligaensis and other small mammals in terms of their population fluctuations and habitat selection during its irruption. It is suggested that Mus domesticus was possibly excluded from our sites through competition with P. pilligaensis. This study provides ecological information which can contribute to effective management planning for P. pilligaensis.
Photo by Hideyuki Tokushima.

Graphical Abstract Image

The occurrence of high poststorm discharge in the period when juveniles are confined to nesting burrows was the best predictor of platypus reproductive failure in the unregulated upper Shoalhaven River. In contrast, a significant positive linear relationship was identified between percentage lactation and antecedent March–July flow.
Photo by the Australian Platypus Conservancy.

Online Early

The peer-reviewed and edited version of record published online before inclusion in an issue

Graphical Abstract Image

Marsupials are not generally regarded as nest-predators of birds. Three marsupials – boodie (Bettongia lesueur), woylie (B. penicillata) and brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) – were identified taking eggs from artificial ground nests. Dietary evidence of bettongs consuming vertebrates, including live prey, is presented.
Photo by John Lawson.

Graphical Abstract Image

Populations of the endangered grassland earless dragon, Tympanocryptis pinguicolla, from two elevations were compared for seasonal preferred temperature in a laboratory temperature gradient and in the field using radio-telemetry and chest temperature measurements. These data and operative temperatures in various microhabitats indicate that these lizards are moderate thermoregulators.
Photo by L. S. Nelson.

Published online 04 September 2017

ZO17004Demographic parameters of the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) in an urban forest remnant

David J. Sharpe and Ross L. Goldingay
Graphical Abstract Image

Effective management of species requires detailed knowledge of key population parameters. We conducted capture–mark–recapture of the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis). The overall probability of annual apparent survival was 0.49 ± 0.08. Estimates of population size varied markedly over our 4-year study, but suggested this population near Brisbane was in decline.
Photo by Ross Goldingay.

Just Accepted

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.

Most Read

The Most Read ranking is based on the number of downloads in the last 60 days from papers published on the CSIRO PUBLISHING website within the last 12 months. Usage statistics are updated daily.

Submit Article

Use the online submission system to send us your manuscript.