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Scientific Papers in Refereed Journals 1973-1990

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1. Shine, R., C. P. Ellway, and E. J. Hegerl. 1973. A biological survey of the Tallebudgera Creek estuary. Operculum 3:59-83. DownloadAdobe pdf document


2. Heatwole, H., and R. Shine. 1976. Mosquitoes feeding on ectothermic vertebrates: a review and new data. Australian Zoologist 19:69-75. DownloadAdobe pdf document


3. Shine, R., and J. J. Bull. 1977. Skewed sex ratios in snakes. Copeia 1977:228-234.

4. Board, P. G., J. Roberts, and R. Shine. 1977. Studies on the blood of Australian elapid snakes. I. Morphology and composition. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 56B:353-356.

5. Agar, N. S., P. G. Board, M. A. Gruca, and R. Shine. 1977. Studies on the blood of Australian elapid snakes. II. Red cell enzymes and glycolytic intermediates. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 56B:357-360.

6. Board, P. G., N. S. Agar, M. Gruca, and R. Shine. 1977. Methaemoglobin and its reduction in nucleated erythrocytes from reptiles and birds. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 57B:165-167.

7. Shine, R. 1977. Habitats, diets and sympatry in snakes: a study from Australia. Canadian Journal of Zoology 55:1118-1128.

8. Shine, R. 1977. Reproduction in Australian elapid snakes. I. Testicular cycles and mating seasons. Australian Journal of Zoology 25:647-653.

9. Shine, R. 1977. Reproduction in Australian elapid snakes. II. Female reproductive cycles. Australian Journal of Zoology 25:655-666.


10. Shine, R. 1978. Growth rates and sexual maturation in six species of Australian elapid snakes. Herpetologica 34:73-79.

11. Shine, R., and J. F. Berry. 1978. Climatic correlates of live-bearing in squamate reptiles. Oecologia 33:261-268.

12. Shine, R. 1978. Sexual size dimorphism and male combat in snakes. Oecologia 33:269-278.

13. Shine, R. 1978. Propagule size and parental care: the "safe harbor" hypothesis. Journal of Theoretical Biology 75:417-424.


14. Shine, R. 1979. Sexual selection and sexual dimorphism in the Amphibia. Copeia 1979:297-306.

15. Shine, R. 1979. Activity patterns in Australian elapid snakes (Squamata: Serpentes: Elapidae). Herpetologica 35:1-11.

16. Shine, R., and J. J. Bull. 1979. The evolution of live-bearing in lizards and snakes. American Naturalist 113:905-923. DownloadAdobe pdf document

17. Bull, J. J., and R. Shine. 1979. Iteroparous animals that skip opportunities for reproduction. American Naturalist 114:296-303. DownloadAdobe pdf document


18. Shine, R. 1980. Reproduction, feeding and growth in the Australian burrowing snake Vermicella annulata. Journal of Herpetology 14: 71-77. DownloadAdobe pdf document

19. Charles, N., P. Whitaker, and R. Shine. 1980. Oviparity and captive breeding in the spotted blacksnake, Pseudechis guttatus (Serpentes: Elapidae). Australian Zoologist 20:361-364. DownloadAdobe pdf document

20. Berry, J. F., and R. Shine. 1980. Sexual size dimorphism and sexual selection in turtles (Order Chelonia). Oecologia 44:185-191.

21. Werren, J., M. R. Gross, and R. Shine. 1980. Paternity and the evolution of male parental care. Journal of Theoretical Biology 82:619-631.

22. Shine, R. 1980. Comparative ecology of three Australian snake species of the genus Cacophis (Serpentes: Elapidae). Copeia 1980:831-838.

23. Shine, R. 1980. "Costs" of reproduction in reptiles. Oecologia 46:92-100.

24. Shine, R. 1980. Ecology of eastern Australian whipsnakes of the genus Demansia. Journal of Herpetology 14:381-389. DownloadAdobe pdf document

25. Shine, R., and S. Allen. 1980. Ritual combat in the Australian copperhead, Austrelaps superbus (Serpentes, Elapidae). Victorian Naturalist 97:188-190.

26. Shine, R. 1980. Ecology of the Australian death adder, Acanthophis antarcticus (Elapidae): evidence for convergence with the Viperidae. Herpetologica 36:281-289.


27. Shine, R. 1981. Venomous snakes in cold climates: ecology of the Australian genus Drysdalia (Serpentes: Elapidae). Copeia 1981:14-25.

28. Shine, R., G. C. Grigg, T. G. Shine, and P. Harlow. 1981. Mating and male combat in the Australian blacksnake, Pseudechis porphyriacus (Serpentes, Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 15:101-107. DownloadAdobe pdf document

29. Shine, R. 1981. Ecology of the Australian elapid snakes of the genera Furina and Glyphodon. Journal of Herpetology 15:219-224. DownloadAdobe pdf document

30. Gross, M. R., and R. Shine. 1981. Parental care and mode of fertilization in ectothermic vertebrates. Evolution 35:775-793.


31. Shine, R., and N. Charles. 1982. Ecology of the Australian elapid snake Tropidechis carinatus. Journal of Herpetology 16:383-387. DownloadAdobe pdf document

32. Shine, R. 1982. Ecology of an Australian elapid snake, Echiopsis curta. Journal of Herpetology 16:388-393. DownloadAdobe pdf document


33. Shine, R., and J. Covacevich. 1983. Ecology of highly venomous snakes: the Australian genus Oxyuranus (Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 17: 60-69. DownloadAdobe pdf document

34. Shine, R. 1983. Arboreality in snakes: ecology of the Australian elapid genus Hoplocephalus. Copeia 1983:198-205.

35. Shine, R. 1983. Reptilian reproductive modes: the oviparity-viviparity continuum. Herpetologica 39:1-8.

36. Shine, R. 1983. Food habits and reproductive biology of Australian elapid snakes of the genus Denisonia. Journal of Herpetology 17: 171-175. DownloadAdobe pdf document

37. Shine, R. 1983. Reptilian viviparity in cold climates: testing the assumptions of an evolutionary hypothesis. Oecologia 57:397- 405.

38. Charles, N., A. Watts, and R. Shine. 1983. Captive reproduction in an Australian elapid snake, Pseudechis colletti. Herpetological Review 14:16-18. DownloadAdobe pdf document

39. Gallagher, K. J., D. A. Morrison, R. Shine, and G. C. Grigg. 1983. Validation and use of 22Na turnover to measure food intake in free-ranging lizards. Oecologia 60:76-82.


40. Shine, R. 1984. Ecology of small fossorial Australian snakes of the genera Neelaps and Simoselaps (Serpentes, Elapidae). University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Special Publication 10:173-183.

41. Shine, R. 1984. Reproductive biology and food habits of the Australian elapid snakes of the genus Cryptophis. Journal of Herpetology 18:33-39. DownloadAdobe pdf document


42. Shine, R., and T. Schwaner. 1985. Prey constriction by venomous snakes: a review, and new data for Australian species. Copeia 1985: 1067-1071.

43. Charles, N., R. Field, and R. Shine. 1985. Notes on the reproductive biology of Australian pythons, genera Aspidites, Liasis and Morelia. Herpetological Review 16:45-48. DownloadAdobe pdf document

44. James, C., and R. Shine. 1985. The seasonal timing of reproduction: a tropical - temperate comparison in Australian lizards. Oecologia 67:464-474.

45. Shine, R., and R. Lambeck. 1985. A radiotelemetric study of movements, thermoregulation and habitat utilization of Arafura filesnakes (Serpentes, Acrochordidae). Herpetologica 41:351-361.


46. Shine, R. 1986. Predation upon filesnakes (Acrochordus arafurae) by aboriginal hunters: selectivity with respect to size, sex and reproductive condition. Copeia 1986:238-239.

47. Shine, R. 1986. Ecology of a low-energy specialist: food habits and reproductive biology of the arafura filesnake (Acrochordidae). Copeia 1986:424-437.

48. Shine, R. 1986. Sexual differences in morphology and niche utilization in an aquatic snake, Acrochordus arafurae. Oecologia 69:260-267.

49. Shine, R. 1986. Food habits, habitats and reproductive biology of four sympatric species of varanid lizards in tropical Australia. Herpetologica 42:346-360.

50. Patchell, F. C., and R. Shine. 1986. Food habits and reproductive biology of the Australian legless lizards (Pygopodidae). Copeia 1986:30-39.

51. Patchell, F. C., and R. Shine. 1986. Hinged teeth for hard-bodied prey: a case of convergent evolution between snakes and legless lizards. Journal of Zoology (London) 208:269-275.

52. Patchell, F. C., and R. Shine. 1986. Feeding mechanisms in pygopodid lizards: how can Lialis swallow such large prey? Journal of Herpetology 20:59-64. DownloadAdobe pdf document

53. Shine, R. 1986. Evolutionary advantages of limblessness: evidence from the pygopodid lizards. Copeia 1986:525-529.

54. Mengden, G. A., R. Shine, and C. Moritz. 1986. Phylogenetic relationships within the Australasian venomous snakes of the genus Pseudechis. Herpetologica 42:215-229.

55. Shine, R. 1986. Natural history of two monotypic snake genera of southwestern Australia, Elapognathus and Rhinoplocephalus (Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 20:436-439. DownloadAdobe pdf document


56. Shine, R. 1987. Food habits and reproductive biology of Australian snakes of the genus Hemiaspis (Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 21:71-74. DownloadAdobe pdf document

57. Shine, R. 1987. Ecological ramifications of prey size: food habits and reproductive biology of Australian copperhead snakes (Austrelaps, Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 21:21-28. DownloadAdobe pdf document

58. Shine, R. 1987. Ecological comparisons of island and mainland populations of Australian tigersnakes (Notechis, Elapidae). Herpetologica 43:233-240.

59. Shine, R. 1987. Intraspecific variation in thermoregulation, movements and habitat use by Australian blacksnakes, Pseudechis porphyriacus (Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 21:165-177.

60. Shine, R. 1987. Reproductive mode may determine geographic distributions in Australian venomous snakes (Pseudechis, Elapidae). Oecologia 71:608-612.

61. Shine, R. 1987. The evolution of viviparity: ecological correlates of reproductive mode within a genus of Australian snakes (Pseudechis, Elapidae). Copeia 1987:551-563.

62. Shine, R. 1987. Sexual selection in amphibians: a reply to Halliday and Verrell. Herpetological Journal 1:202-203.


63. Harlow, P., and R. Shine. 1988. Voluntary ingestion of radiotransmitters by snakes in the field. Herpetological Review 19:57.

64. Shine, R. 1988. Constraints on reproductive investment: a comparison between aquatic and terrestrial snakes. Evolution 42:17-27.

65. Shine, R. 1988. Food habits and reproductive biology of small Australian snakes of the genera Unechis and Suta (Serpentes, Elapidae). Journal of Herpetology 22: 307-315. DownloadAdobe pdf document

66. Shine, R. 1988. The evolution of large body size in females: a critique of Darwin's "fecundity advantage" model. American Naturalist 131:124-131. DownloadAdobe pdf document

67. James, C. D., and R. Shine. 1988. Life-history strategies of Australian lizards: a comparison between the tropics and the temperate zone. Oecologia 75:307-316.

68. Shine, C., N. Shine, R. Shine, and D. Slip. 1988. Use of subcaudal scale anomalies as an aid in recognising individual snakes. Herpetological Review 19:79. DownloadAdobe pdf document

69. Shine, R., and L. J. Guillette Jr. 1988. The evolution of viviparity in reptiles: a physiological model and its ecological consequences. Journal of Theoretical Biology 132:43-50.

70. Scanlon, J., and R. Shine. 1988. Dentition and diet in snakes: adaptations to oophagy in the Australian elapid genus Simoselaps. Journal of Zoology (London) 216:519-528.

71. Shine, R., and D. Crews. 1988. Why male garter snakes have small heads: the evolution and endocrine control of sexual dimorphism. Evolution 42:1105-1110.

72. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. Feeding habits of the diamond python, Morelia s. spilota: ambush predation by a boid snake. Journal of Herpetology 22:323-330. DownloadAdobe pdf document

73. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. Thermophilic response to feeding of the diamond python, Morelia s. spilota (Serpentes, Boidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 89A:645-650.

74. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. Thermoregulation of free-ranging diamond pythons, Morelia spilota (Serpentes, Boidae). Copeia 1988:984-995.

75. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. Reptilian endothermy: a field study of thermoregulation by brooding diamond pythons. Journal of Zoology (London) 216:367-378.

76. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. The reproductive biology and mating system of diamond pythons, Morelia spilota (Serpentes, Boidae). Herpetologica 44:396-404.

77. Slip, D. J., and R. Shine. 1988. Habitat use, movements and activity patterns of free-ranging diamond pythons, Morelia s. spilota (Serpentes: Boidae): a radiotelemetric study. Australian Wildlife Research 15:515-531.


78. Shine, R. 1989. Constraints, allometry and adaptation: food habits and reproductive biology of Australian brownsnakes (Pseudonaja, Elapidae). Herpetologica 45:195-207.

79. Shine, R., and M. Fitzgerald. 1989. Conservation and reproduction of an endangered species: the broad-headed snake, Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Elapidae). Australian Zoologist 25:65-67. DownloadAdobe pdf document

80. Shine, R. 1989. Alternative models for the evolution of offspring size. American Naturalist 134:311-317. DownloadAdobe pdf document

81. Shine, R. 1989. Ecological causes for the evolution of sexual dimorphism: a review of the evidence. Quarterly Review of Biology 64:419-464.

82. Shine, C., G. Ross, P. Harlow, and R. Shine. 1989. High body temperatures in an Australian frog, Litoria caerulea. Victorian Naturalist 106:138-139.

83. Shine, R., and R. Lambeck. 1989. Ecology of frillneck lizards Chlamydosaurus kingii (Agamidae) in tropical Australia. Australian Wildlife Research 16:491-500.


84. Shine, R. 1990. Function and evolution of the frill of the frillneck lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingii (Sauria: Agamidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 40:11-20.

85. Shine, R. 1990. Proximate determinants of sexual differences in adult body size. American Naturalist 135:278-283. DownloadAdobe pdf document

86. Camilleri, C., and R. Shine. 1990. Sexual dimorphism and dietary divergence: differences in trophic morphology between male and female snakes. Copeia 1990:649-658.

87. Shine, R., and J. Webb. 1990. Natural history of Australian typhlopid snakes. Journal of Herpetology 24:357-363. DownloadAdobe pdf document

88. Shine, R., and D. J. Slip. 1990. Biological aspects of the adaptive radiation of Australasian pythons (Serpentes: Boidae). Herpetologica 46:283-290.

89. Shine, R., and R. Lambeck. 1990. Seasonal shifts in the thermoregulatory behavior of Australian blacksnakes, Pseudechis porphyriacus. Journal of Thermal Biology 15:301-305.