Reptiles and amphibians

Tjakura, Mark Hutrchinson, Great Desert Skink or Tjakura.

Tjakura, or Great Desert skink, Liopholis kintorei.

Research overview

Research in the Herpetology Section is focused on the diversity, distribution, origins and conservation of Australian and Melanesian reptiles and amphibians, emphasising South Australia and the Australian arid zone.  This fauna is well-represented in the Museum's Herpetology Collection.

Recent studies have included taxonomic revisions of arid-zone lizards from several families, phylogenetic studies of major lizard groups using genetic techniques, studies on fossil lizard remains, and conservation and ecology of endangered lizard species. All four research areas are currently the focus of new work. Studies in Herpetology are carried out in collaboration with several other groups within and outside the Museum, including the Evolutionary Biology Unit, the South Australian Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the imaging facilities of the University of Adelaide's Microscopy Centre.

thorn-tailed gecko, Strophurus assimilis Venus Bay

Thorn-tailed Gecko, Strophurus assimilis, from Venus Bay, South Australia.

Student research opportunities

Students enrolled at the University of Adelaide or Flinders University can undertake research projects in the Herpetology Section, supervised or co-supervised by Museum staff members who are affiliated with one or both of these universities. Areas of research include (but not limited to) studies of speciation, phylogeny, palaeoherpetology, comparative morphology, conservation biology and evolutionary ecology.

Adelaide snake-lizard, Delma molleri M 'Rosa-lea', Burra

Adelaide Snake-lizard, Delma molleri, 'Rosa-lea' Homestead, Burra, South Australia.