Flat lizards are UV lizards

Augrabies Flat lizards, made famous in David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood (Dragons of the Dry) and also in Planet Earth (Deserts) have made the news again. Our study of their visual system reveals remarkably high sensitivity to UV. In fact, they are approximately three times more sensitive to UV than other lizards. You . . . → Read More: Flat lizards are UV lizards

Can lizards swim?

I recently visited my old field site at Augrabies Falls National Park, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The park is situated on the Orange River, not too far from the border with Namibia. I was in for a bit of a shock. The river was in flood and at its highest . . . → Read More: Can lizards swim?

Polyandrous frogs

African foam nesting frogs represent one of the most extreme examples of polyandry in a vertebrate and this is thought to be a fertility insurance mechanism. Our paper, just published online, shows that offspring from polyandrous matings had both significantly higher mean survival and reduced variance in offspring survival. We suggest that this is . . . → Read More: Polyandrous frogs

Happy new year from the Lizard Lab!

Living in Sydney does have its benefits! Photos copyright Martin Whiting.

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Lizard social behaviour and the weird book room

My friend Hamlet Giragossian recently showed me this very interesting web site called the Weird Book Room. Here is an explanation from their web site “Welcome to AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room – heralded by the New York Times, Canada’s Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Guardian (UK) as the finest source . . . → Read More: Lizard social behaviour and the weird book room

Pau Carazo is awarded a short-term postdoc for 2011

The good news is that Pau Carazo, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Valencia, has won an Endeavour Award. This will fund him for a six month visit to the Lizard Lab in 2011, beginning in late February. An interesting, fun fact about Pau, is that he is also Skusi Nadini-Whiting’s . . . → Read More: Pau Carazo is awarded a short-term postdoc for 2011

Jonathan Losos catches a water dragon, just.

Recently, the Lizard Lab had the pleasure of a visit from Jonathan Losos (Harvard University). Ofcourse, this meant a trip to the water dragon site for some dragon wrangling. Here are a few photos of the action.

Jonathan doesn't normally noose Anoles with a 5 m pole..

The dragon lady takes control..

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