Michael B. Thompson

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The mesic habitats of eastern Australia harbour a highly diverse fauna. We examined the impact of climatic oscillations and recognised biogeographic barriers on the evolutionary history of the delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata), a species that occurs in moist habitats throughout eastern Australia. The delicate skink is a common and widespread species(More)
The purpose of this article is to collate the compositional data for the lipids of the eggs and neonates of ten species of lizards displaying a range of parity modes, to highlight emergent trends and to identify some of the physiological changes central to the evolution of viviparity. The eggs of oviparous species and of viviparous species with a simple(More)
The contents of eggs and neonates of the Australian skinks, Lampropholis guichenoti and L. delicata, are described and compared to allow interpretation of nutrient utilisation by the developing embryo. Even though the females are the same size, L. guichenoti lay smaller clutches of larger eggs (egg contents=41.6+/-1.2 mg dry mass) than L. delicata(More)
The effects of temperature and nutritional status on the metabolic rate of Nyctophilus gouldi were examined. Bats fed marked meals first defecated approximately 1.34 h after feeding and were calculated to have a mean retention time of 5.38 +/- 0.57 h but to be truly post-absorptive after 9 h. Over the temperature range 1-35 degrees C, the metabolic rate(More)
We have reviewed published and new quantitative data on the net uptake of nutrients by embryos of oviparous and viviparous lizards that vary in chorioallantoic placental complexity to better understand the evolution of complex placentae. We assessed net nutrient uptake during embryonic development by measuring the total dry mass, or the mass of separate(More)
Eulamprus tympanum is a high-altitude viviparous lizard that was probably used to help define a Type I chorioallantoic placenta. In this article, we (1) describe the net transport of nutrients across the placenta of E. tympanum, and (2) compare placental uptake in E. tympanum with a previous study of Eulamprus quoyii, which occurs in warmer environments, to(More)
Models for the evolution of placentation among squamate reptiles have been strongly influenced by early work on one lineage of Australian scincid lizards: one of three lineages that include species with specialized allantoplacentation. The discovery of two types of complex allantoplacentae among species currently assigned to the Eugongylus species group led(More)
In an invasive species, selection for increased rates of dispersal at the expanding range front may favor the evolution of reduced investment into any trait that does not contribute to more rapid dispersal. Thus, populations at the invasion front may exhibit reduced investment into the immune system. To test this prediction, cane toads (Rhinella marina)(More)
Squamate reptiles are uniquely suited to study of evolution of reproductive mode and pattern of embryonic nutrition. Viviparous species have evolved from oviparous ancestors on numerous occasions, patterns of nutritional provision to embryos range widely from lecithotrophy, at one end of a continuum, to placentotrophy at the other, and structure and(More)