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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

 

Current Issue

Australian Journal of Zoology

Volume 65 Number 1 2017

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The severe impact of two fires, six years apart, on a population of honey possums (Tarsipes rostratus) was monitored over a 29-year period in the south-west of Western Australia. Full recovery to pre-fire densities and catchability was estimated to take 25.6 years after the second fire.
Photo by Don Bradshaw.

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We investigated the early life-history traits and described the larvae of a wild population of eel-tailed catfish, Tandanus tandanus, in an unregulated Queensland stream. Larvae remained in nests until ~16 days old, and daily otolith increments were validated. Results can assist conservation and management of endangered populations in south-eastern Australia.
Photo by Kate Burndred.

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Identifying species’ habitat affiliations is important for their conservation; therefore, we aimed to identify habitat affiliations for all reptiles detected during surveys. Exploratory analyses provided guidance for further research and informed habitat management for all species, but maintaining habitat heterogeneity and complexity will likely conserve the greatest number of species.
Photo by Maggie Triska.

ZO16051Limited sex bias in the fine-scale spatial genetic structure of the eastern grey kangaroo and its relationship to habitat

Linda E. Neaves, Michael W. Roberts, Catherine A. Herbert and Mark D. B. Eldridge
pp. 33-44
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We examined fine-scale genetic structure in eastern grey kangaroos from the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, and compared this with existing studies. Our results suggest limited differences between male and female genetic structure and that variation across studies may be related to differences in the environmental and demographic conditions at each site.
Photo by Linda E. Neaves.


Salivary secretion by parotid and mandibular glands was measured in conscious red kangaroos during saliva spreading induced by heat stress. At onset of saliva spreading, mandibular secretion rose rapidly whereas parotid secretion increased more slowly, reaching secretion rates similar to mandibular gland after 40 min of saliva spreading. Salivary ion concentrations were similar to those reported for cholinergic stimulation.

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Expression patterns of cytoplasmic carbonic anhydrase Na+/K+-ATPase and V-type H+-ATPase were examined in gills of freshwater crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus, at three pH levels: 6.2, 7.2 (control) and 8.2 over 24 hours. Expression levels of all the genes were significantly increased at low pH and decreased at high pH.
Photo by Kenny Chua.

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The vulnerable rodent, Pseudomys novaehollandiae, exhibited a population irruption following six years of high rainfall, and a precipitous decline to extinction in drought. Abundance was positively correlated with rainfall. While impacts of rainfall decline will continue, management, including optimal burning regimes, protection of refugia and predator control, may increase resilience.
Photo by M. Lock.

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Published online 10 July 2017

ZO17006Spatial ecology of yellow-spotted goannas adjacent to a sea turtle nesting beach

Juan Lei, David T. Booth and Ross G. Dwyer
 
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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.

Published online 28 June 2017

ZO17027Owl survey of the Peel–Harvey Estuary in south-western Australia

Graham R. Fulton
 

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.

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