Australian Lizards: A Natural History

  title={Australian Lizards: A Natural History},
  author={Steve K. Wilson},
The extraordinary lives of lizards remain largely hidden from human eyes. Lizards feed, mate, lay eggs or give live birth, and carefully manage their temperatures. They struggle to survive in a complex world of predators and competitors. The nearly 700 named Australian species are divided into seven families: the dragons, monitors, skinks, flap-footed lizards and three families of geckos. Using a vast array of artful strategies, lizards have managed to find a home in virtually all terrestrial… 
Dragon Lizards of Australia: Evolution, Ecology and a Comprehensive Field Guide. Jane Melville and Steve K. Wilson. 2019. Museums Victoria Publishing. ISBN 9781921833496. 416 p. AU$49.95/US$35.00
Sex and ontogenetic dietary shift in Pogona barbata, the Australian eastern bearded dragon
It is suggested that the dietary switches observed are consistent with the Optimum Foraging Model, and that females continue to require higher levels of protein for reproduction than males beyond maturity, while males rely on sham aggression to defend territory during the reproductive season rather than resorting to aggressive behaviour.
The impacts of a toxic invasive prey species (the cane toad, Rhinella marina) on a vulnerable predator (the lace monitor, Varanus varius)
Lace monitors can rapidly learn taste aversion to cane toads, which enables survival of smaller lizards that approach and process prey more cautiously than their larger relatives, and may explain this species’ recovery in long-term toad-colonized regions of northern Australia.
Trans-biome diversity in Australian grass-specialist lizards (Diplodactylidae: Strophurus).
Revision of the Western Australian pebble-mimic dragon species-group (Tympanocryptis cephalus: Reptilia: Agamidae).
A morphological and molecular appraisal of variation in the T. cephalus species-group is provided and evidence for recognizing five species-level lineages from Western Australia is found and three lineages are described as new species.
Tracking a syntype of the Australian skink Anomalopus leuckartii (Weinland, 1862): ‘lost’ treasures in the Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden highlight the importance of reassessing and safeguarding natural history collections
The rediscovery of a type specimen of the Australian skink Anomalopus leuckartii in the Museum of Zoology (Museum für Tierkunde), Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden (accession number MTKD 10205), heretofore presumed lost during World War II, is reported.
Patterns of Variation in the Cranial Osteology of Three Species of Endemic Australian Lizards (Ctenophorus: Squamata: Agamidae): Implications for the Fossil Record and Morphological Analyses made with Limited Sample Sizes
It was found that few morphological features could be identified from disarticulated material and larger collections of extant agamid skeletal material are needed to understand skeletal morphological variation.
The impact of invasive cane toads on native wildlife in southern Australia
The invasion of cane toads through temperate‐zone Australia appears to have reduced populations of at least four anurophagous predators, facilitated other taxa, and decreased rates of scavenging.
Colour change on different body regions provides thermal and signalling advantages in bearded dragon lizards
It is shown that wild-caught bearded dragon lizards exhibit substantial UV–visible and NIR skin reflectance change in response to temperature for dorsal but not ventral (throat and upper chest) body regions, and competing thermoregulation and signalling requirements may be met by partitioning colour change to different body regions in different circumstances.
Experimental habitat fragmentation disrupts nematode infections in Australian skinks.
In a large-scale, long-term experiment, how fragmentation affects a host-parasite interaction between a skink and a parasitic nematode, which is trophically transmitted via a terrestrial amphipod intermediate host is asked and results advance understanding of how landscape change affects parasitism.