The Lizard Lab recently had the pleasure of a visit from Steve Wilson and he was kind enough to bring a few copies of his new book Australian Lizards: A Natural History. As Steve points out in the preface, we don’t hear people talking about lizards nearly enough! The root of this problem may, . . . → Read More: Curious about the natural history of Australian lizards?
A brightly coloured, semi-aquatic mountain dwelling lizard has been discovered in Peru, Potamites montanicola. The article describing this new species was published in Zookeys this year, an open access journal. A popular account of this exciting discovery can be found in Science Daily. This new species challenges previously known characteristics of the genus Potamites by living . . . → Read More: Another new lizard species discovered – Science Daily
I didn’t have internet access in the field, so this dispatch is actually coming from my living-room in Sydney! I have just returned from a field trip with Ruchira Somaweera to the Knuckles Mountain range, which is to the north of Kandy in central Sri Lanka. Ruchira is the famed author of “Lizards of . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: spectacular horned lizards, leeches and delicious curries in Sri Lanka
The Lizard Lab has just launched their latest feature (and public service): “Ask an expert“. You may have noticed an unusual lizard in your garden or during your travels. You may even have filmed an unusual behaviour, such as a crazy tail wave. Or you may have wondered about the evolutionary history of lizards. . . . → Read More: Lizard Lab launches “Ask an expert”
Photo by Sarah Pryke.
An enthusiastic and capable volunteer field assistant is required for a research project on frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii) in Wyndham, Western Australia. This project will form part of a PhD study on the colour and function of the frill in the frillneck lizard in tropical Australia. Fieldwork will involve:
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Siobhan Dennison, in collaboration with Shannon Smith and Adam Stow have just published a paper examining patterns of gene flow between populations of coppertail skinks on rocky ridgetops in NSW. This study is important because bush rock removal is a serious threat to many rock-dwelling species locally in NSW. Their findings suggest that local . . . → Read More: Hot off the press! Gene flow and habitat use in coppertail skinks