Lizard Lab news!

A Lizard Lab update is long overdue! The lab has had the pleasure of hosting Stephan Leu as a visiting postdoc. Stephan and Martin have been working on a paper together and planning upcoming research on blueys (social networks) and sleepy lizards (with Mike Bull). Stephan has done some fantastic work on social networks . . . → Read More: Lizard Lab news!

Hot off the press! Gene flow and habitat use in coppertail skinks

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

Pau Carazo wins prestigious award for outstanding PhD thesis

The latest ground-breaking news from the lab is that Pau Carazo, who is currently ranked the top postdoc in the lab, has won the prestigious Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado. This highly competitive annual prize is awarded to the best 1-2 doctoral students in their discipline (Pau won the prize for Life Sciences). This award . . . → Read More: Pau Carazo wins prestigious award for outstanding PhD thesis

Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic

Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic.

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

New babies!!

New arrivals! The long awaited Cunningham’s skink babies have started to drop alive and well. Proud mothers started giving birth last week, and there are 10 babies so far with many more to come. They all weigh between 7g and 9g and are very lively. Their arrival has sparked debate into what is the . . . → Read More: New babies!!

Hot communication!

The news arrived. ‘Animals in translation: why there is meaning (but probably no message) in animal communication‘, one of Pau Carazo’s latest papers along with Enrique Font, hit the headlines! The paper was published last August in Animal Behaviour, and was the third most downloaded article of the journal from September to August. In . . . → Read More: Hot communication!

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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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

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 brothers and sisters!

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