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Birth of a biome: insights into the assembly and maintenance of the Australian arid zone biota
This review highlights the opportunities that development of arid conditions provides for rapid and diverse evolutionary radiations, and re-enforces the emerging view that Pleistocene environmental change can have diverse impacts on genetic structure and diversity in different biomes.
Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota
The aims are to review and refine key hypotheses derived from palaeoclimatic data and the fossil record that are critical to understanding the evolution of the Australian mesic biota and examine predictions arising from these hypotheses using available molecular phylogenetic and phylogeographical data.
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Molecular phylogeny of elapid snakes and a consideration of their biogeographic history
  • J. Keogh
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 1 February 1998
An African, Asian, or Afro-Asian origin for elapids as a group, with independent Asian origins for American coral snakes and the hydrophiines is suggested.
Phylogenetic relationships of elapid snakes based on cytochrome b mtDNA sequences.
To resolve the relationships of the African, American, and Asian species to each other and to the marine/Australo-Melanesian clade, the entire cytochrome b gene for 28 elapids was sequenced.
Phylogenetic relationships of terrestrial Australo-Papuan elapid snakes (subfamily Hydrophiinae) based on cytochrome b and 16S rRNA sequences.
Sequencing portions of the cytochrome b and 16S rRNA mitochondrial DNA genes were sequenced from 19 of the 20 terrestrial Australian genera and 6 of the 7 terrestrial Melanesian genera, plus a sea krait and a true sea snake, indicating that the ancestors of the Australian radiation came via Asia, rather than representing a relict Gondwanan radiation.
Palaeoclimate change drove diversification among isolated mountain refugia in the Australian arid zone
A 10 gene data set is generated to assess divergence history among saxicolous geckos in the genus Heteronotia that have distributions confined to major rocky ranges in the arid zone and shows that each rocky range harbours a divergent lineage.
The biogeographical boundaries of northern Australia: evidence from ecological niche models and a multi‐locus phylogeny of Uperoleia toadlets (Anura: Myobatrachidae)
This work delineated species boundaries, identified cryptic species and provided a region-wide assessment of the biogeography of northern Australia, and proposed new hypotheses about the effects of Pleistocene climate cycles on the present-day diversity of northernAustralia.