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Behaviour Lab news Sexual selection

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 due […]

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Weird and unusual

If only it were this easy to get a paper published!

I was given this  paper by a few friends in the department, which was actually published quite a while ago in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. I’m sure this has stimulated some thought provoking discussions and controversy over the years! The reviewers comments are attached to the bottom of the paper.

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Lab news Water dragon project

Water dragon babies!

Yes everyone, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for- the water dragon babies are hatching!! YAY!  The first baby hatched on 03/01/11, here are some photos of his super-cute emergence:

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Lab news

Happy new year from the Lizard Lab!

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

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Behaviour Weird and unusual

Lizard tail waving

This yellow-striped tree skink (Lipinia vittigera) was filmed by Marc and Danielle Nardini at Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia. While many lizards have conspicuous tails to draw predators to an ‘expendable’ body part, tail waving above the body is extremely rare.

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Weird and unusual

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 of […]

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Lab news Water skink project

Baby boom in the Lizard Lab!

Yes, that’s right, the first of our Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) babies have made their way into the world. Although it is earlier then expected, these little cuties are doing all the cool stuff their parents do. Little head bobs, chowing down on crickets and even biting their captors! The  babies are extremely small, only […]

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Lab news

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 (pictured […]

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Lab news Water dragon project

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.

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Lab news Water dragon project

The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!

Prior to the ISBE conference in Perth, the Lizard Lab was visited by Mike Cant (University of Exeter), Marlene Zuk (UC Riverside) and John Alcock (Arizona State University). All visited the water dragon site (at different times) and tried their hands at catching water dragons. Here are some photos (some of the poorer ones were […]