The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Phylogeny of Australasian agamid lizards based on nuclear and mitochondrial genes: implications for morphological evolution and biogeography
Tree topology, inferred divergence dates, palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatic data are all consistent with Miocene immigration into Australia from the north by mesic forest ecomorphs, followed by initial diversification in mesic habitats before radiation into xeric habitats facilitated by increasing aridity.
C-mos, a nuclear marker useful for squamate phylogenetic analysis.
- K. Saint, C. Austin, S. Donnellan, M. Hutchinson
- BiologyMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
- 1 October 1998
Partial sequences of c-mos were obtained from 13 squamate reptile families and outgroup representatives from the orders Rhynchocephalia, Chelonia, and Crocodylia and reveal a high degree of phylogenetic information contained within the sequence for both the synonymous and nonsynonymous substitutions.
Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards
The exceptionally high frequency and rate of limb reduction inferred for Lerista emphasise the potential for rapid and substantial alteration of body form in squamates and reveals extraordinary evolutionary mutability of limb morphology in Lerista.
Lygosomine phylogeny and the origins of Australian scincid lizards
A time‐calibrated phylogeny for Lygosominae is presented that provides the necessary temporal framework for assessing the contributions of immigration from Asia and of Gondwanan inheritance in the derivation of the Australian scincid fauna.
The Last Labyrinthodont? A New Brachyopoid (Amphibia, Temnospondyli) from the Early Jurassic Evergreen Formation of Queensland, Australia
The diversity of Australia's brachyopoids, including the presence of the most primitive and earliest-known members of each of the included families, suggests that the superfamily originated in Australia.
Taxonomy and genetic variation in the Australian lizards of the genus Pseudemoia (Scincidae: Lygosominae)
Electrophoretic, karyotypic and morphological data show that populations assigned to P. entrecasteauxii belong to three species, which is restricted here to a morphologically variable species which occurs in woodlands, forests and heathlands from the Blue Mountains, NSW, through the southeastern mainland, Bass Strait islands and Tasmania, to the islands of Spencer Gulf, SA.
An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia
A diverse and exceptionally well preserved middle Pleistocene vertebrate assemblage from caves beneath the arid, treeless Nullarbor plain of south-central Australia, which implies substantially greater floristic diversity than that of the modern shrub steppe.
Substantial genetic substructuring in southeastern and alpine Australia revealed by molecular phylogeography of the Egernia whitii (Lacertilia: Scincidae) species group
The phylogeography of the temperate‐adapted members of the Egernia whitii species group, a group of skinks that comprise both widespread low‐ to mid‐elevation and montane‐restricted species, is examined to examine the biogeographical process that led to the origin and subsequent diversification of the lowland and alpine herpetofauna of southeastern Australia.
Immunological Relationships and Generic Revision of the Australian Lizards Assigned to the Genus Leiolopisma (Scincidae, Lygosominae)
The phylogenetic relationships of the Australian scincid lizards currently assigned to the genus Leiolopisma have been examined by quantitative micro-complement fixation (MC'F) comparisons of serum albumin, and it is suggested that the Australian species belong to several distinct phyletic lineages within the Eugongylus group.