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Birth of a biome: insights into the assembly and maintenance of the Australian arid zone biota
The integration of phylogenetics, phylogeography and palaeoenvironmental studies is providing major insights into the historical forces that have shaped the Earth's biomes. Yet our present view is… Expand
Decline of a biome: Evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota
Aim: The mesic biome, encompassing both rain forest and open sclerophyllous forests, is central to understanding the evolution of Australia’s terrestrial biota and has long been considered the… Expand
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Effective and targeted conservation action requires detailed information about species, their distribution, systematics and ecology as well as the distribution of threat processes which affect them.… Expand
Molecular phylogeny of elapid snakes and a consideration of their biogeographic history
- J. Keogh
- 1 February 1998
Evolutionary relationships among the major elapid clades, particularly the taxonomic position of the partially aquatic sea kraits (Laticauda) and the fully aquatic true sea snakes have been the… Expand
Phylogenetic relationships of elapid snakes based on cytochrome b mtDNA sequences.
Published molecular phylogenetic studies of elapid snakes agree that the marine and Australo-Melanesian forms are collectively monophyletic. Recent studies, however, disagree on the relationships of… Expand
Phylogenetic relationships of terrestrial Australo-Papuan elapid snakes (subfamily Hydrophiinae) based on cytochrome b and 16S rRNA sequences.
Phylogenetic relationships among the venomous Australo-Papuan elapid snake radiation remain poorly resolved, despite the application of diverse data sets. To examine phylogenetic relationships among… Expand
Commercial harvesting of giant lizards: The biology of water monitors Varanus salvator in southern Sumatra
Abstract The Asian water monitor Varanus salvator is the second-largest lizard species in the world (to > 1 m SVL, 2·5 m total, 20 kg), and is heavily exploited (> 1 million skins per annum). In the… Expand
Palaeoclimate change drove diversification among isolated mountain refugia in the Australian arid zone
Refugia featured prominently in shaping evolutionary trajectories during repeated cycles of glaciation in the Quaternary, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere instead… Expand
Substantial genetic substructuring in southeastern and alpine Australia revealed by molecular phylogeography of the Egernia whitii (Lacertilia: Scincidae) species group
Palaeoclimatic events and biogeographical processes since the mid‐Tertiary are believed to have strongly influenced the evolution and distribution of the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of southeastern… Expand
The biogeographical boundaries of northern Australia: evidence from ecological niche models and a multi‐locus phylogeny of Uperoleia toadlets (Anura: Myobatrachidae)
Aim Our aim was to test hypothesized biogeographical barriers using smallbodied terrestrial Uperoleia frogs, to identify Pleistocene refugia and to define biogeographical units. Location The… Expand