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Incubation temperature affects developmental rates and defines many phenotypes and fitness characteristics of reptilian embryos. In turtles, eggs are deposited in layers within the nest, such that thermal gradients create independent developmental conditions for each egg. Despite differences in developmental rate, several studies have revealed unexpected(More)
Torpor is an important physiological process used to reduce body temperature and thus energy needs in mammals and birds. Rewarming from torpor can be costly. In some small mammals basking is used to reduce the cost of rewarming from torpor. The use and duration of basking was measured in two native Australian marsupials, the red-tailed phascogale(More)
The black-footed tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii) and greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor) are near threatened and vulnerable native Australian murids. There is a paucity of health and welfare knowledge for these species and native murids in general. In this paper we aimed to address this deficiency in knowledge by describing some key haematological(More)
The thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) was Australia's largest marsupial carnivore until its extinction within the last century. There remains considerable interest and debate regarding the biology of this species. Studies of thylacine biology are now limited to preserved specimens, and parts thereof, as well as written historical accounts of its biology.(More)
Dromiciops gliroides is a small nocturnal marsupial found in the temperate forests of Southern Chile and Argentina. It is the only living member of the order Microbiotheria. Here, we describe the discovery and first account of live trapping of D. gliroides in Parque Nacional Los Alerces (Los Alerces National Park) in the province of Chubut, Argentina. This(More)
Reproduction and especially lactation are nutritionally costly for mammals. Maternal access to adequate and optimal nutrients is essential for fecundity, survival of offspring, and offspring growth rates. In eutherian species energy requirements during lactation can be heavily dependent on litter size and the body mass of the female. In marsupials litter(More)
BACKGROUND Reference genes serve an important role as an endogenous control/standard for data normalisation in gene expression studies. Although reference genes have recently been suggested for marsupials, independent analysis of reference genes on different immune tissues is yet to be tested. Therefore, an assessment of reference genes is needed for the(More)
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