This bi-week we decided to do things a little differently. No main theme, we just read random stuff and chatted about it. Featuring some exciting new developments in the crab vs snake continuum, and some methodological issues to keep an eye on. Huge thank you to our Patreons - if you enjoy the podcast please consider donating at www.patreon.com/herphighlights
FULL REFERENCE LIST AVAILABLE AT: herphighlights.podbean.com
Akçakaya, H. Resit, Elizabeth L. Bennett, Thomas M. Brooks, Molly K. Grace, Anna Heath, Simon Hedges, Craig Hilton-Taylor, et al. 2018. “Quantifying Species Recovery and Conservation Success to Develop an IUCN Green List of Species.” Conservation Biology, 1–15.
Alexander, G. J. Reproductive biology and maternal care of neonates in southern African python (Python natalensis). Journal of Zoology. IN PRESS
Dolia, Jignasu. 2018. “Notes on the Distribution and Natural History of the King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah Cantor, 1836) from the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand, India.” Herpetology Notes 11:217–22.
Fraser, Hannah, Timothy H. Parker, Shinichi Nakagawa, Ashley Barnett, and Fiona Fidler. 2018. “Questionable Research Practices in Ecology and Evolution.” Pre-Print. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/AJYQG.
Garnett, S. T., & Christidis, L. (2017). Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation. Nature News, 546(7656), 25.
Jayne, B. C., Voris, H. K., & Ng, P. K. (2018). How big is too big? Using crustacean-eating snakes (Homalopsidae) to test how anatomy and behaviour affect prey size and feeding performance. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 123(3), 636-650.
Loss, Scott R., and Peter P. Marra. 2018. “Merchants of Doubt in the Free-Ranging Cat Conflict.” Conservation Biology 32 (2):265–66.
Thomson, Scott A., Richard L. Pyle, Shane T. Ahyong, Miguel Alonso-Zarazaga, Joe Ammirati, Juan Francisco Araya, John S. Ascher, et al. 2018. “Taxonomy Based on Science Is Necessary for Global Conservation.” PLOS Biology 16 (3):e2005075.
Video of Pareas carinatus eating a snail - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcis86ZSwhE
Supplementary material from Alexander 2018 (including videos of baby pythons): https://zslpublications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jzo.12554
Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
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