Tony Whitaker with Rhacodactylus leachinus

Tony Whitaker, with a Rhacodactylus leachinus (photo © Marieke Lettink).

New Zealand Herpetology: Tony Whitaker’s Legacy

The latest issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is a special issue in honour of the late Tony Whitaker (1944–2014), to celebrate the immense contribution he made to New Zealand herpetology.

Tony Whitaker published his first scientific paper as a teenager, and went on to a prolific career in herpetology, the study of lizards. His work has had an immense effect on New Zealand herpetology, including taxonomy of local species, the importance of rodent control to conservation efforts, and trapping methods for surveying lizard populations. Whitaker established the first comprehensive collection of New Zealand lizard species, and discovered nine new species of native lizards.

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, edited by Don Newman and Dr Kelly Hare, is available to read online here.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: New Zealand Herpetology: Tony Whitaker’s Legacy
D Newman and K Hare

Tony Whitaker: life and achievements of a pioneer New Zealand lizard ecologist
JA (Sandy) Bartle

Survey and monitoring methods for New Zealand lizards
M Lettink and J Monks

Current challenges and future directions in lizard conservation in New Zealand
J Monks, R Hitchmough, L Adams, J Reardon

The role of lizards as seed dispersers in New Zealand
D Wooton, D Drake, R Powlesland, J Ladley

Biosecurity of exotic reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand: building upon Tony Whitaker’s legacy
D Chapple, J Knegtmans, H Kikillus, D van Winkel

Senior Editor:

  • Ewan Fordyce, University of Otago, New Zealand

Associate Editors:

  • Russell Frew, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Michael Hannah, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Kelly Hare, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Greg Holwell, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Aims: The Royal Society of New Zealand is well respected for its important role in fostering debate and research across the applied, biological, earth, engineering, information, medical, mathematical, physical, social, and technological sciences. The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand plays an important role in disseminating information to researchers in universities, research institutes, and other centres around the world.

Scope of submissions: The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand publishes original research papers, review papers, short communications, book reviews, letters, and forum articles. Submissions are expected to make a significant contribution to the understanding of science and technology and their place in New Zealand society and in the Pacific Region. We welcome contributions from researchers working anywhere in the world.

Prospective contributors should consult recent issues of the journal and contact the Publishing team to discuss whether a planned submission is appropriate.

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  • Articles published online before quarterly print publication
  • Open Select option available for open access publication (gold OA)

Electronic and printed issues are published quarterly (B5 format)

Print ISSN: 0303-6758, Online ISSN: 1175-8899

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