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Dr Glenn Shea's research focuses on the systematics and natural history of Australasian reptiles and amphibians, particularly skinks, blind snakes and pygopod lizards. He also has a strong interest in the history of Australasian herpetology.

Recent publications

  • Cogger, H., Shea, G. & Couper, P. (2017). Comment (Case 3601) - Some comments on matters arising from the Case and the broader issues involved and the need to remove ambiguity in Chapter 3 of the Code. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 73(2-4): 106-112.
    Swan, G., Sadlier, R. & Shea, G. (2017). A Field Guide to Reptiles of New South Wales. Third Edition. Reed New Holland, Sydney. 328pp.
    Bryden, M., Egerton, J. & Shea, G. (2016). Chapter 8. Veterinary Anatomy. Pp. 329-347 in Egerton, J. (ed.). Veterinary Research at the University of Sydney. The First Century. University of Sydney Press, University of Sydney. xxiv + 431 pp.
    Shea, G.M. (2016) Chapter 2. History of discovery of the New Zealand lizard fauna. Pp. 13-63 in Chapple, D.G. (ed.). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, Switzerland. xvi + 375 pp.
  • Shea, G.M., Beatson, C.A. & Sadlier, R.A. (2016). The nomenclature and type material of Crocodylus johnstoni (Krefft, 1873). Records of the Australian Museum 68(3): 81-98.
  • Shea, G. (2016). Emoia ahli (Vogt, 1932), a synonym of Emoia battersbyi (Procter, 1923) (Squamata: Scincidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 37, 315-319.
  • Fawcett, A., Shea, G. (2016). What is your diagnosis? Curvature of the penis in a male neutered cat with lower urinary tract obstruction. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 46(1), 23-24.
  • Shea, G. (2015). A new species of Anilios (Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae) from Central Australia. Zootaxa, 4033 (1), 103-116. 
  • Sadlier, R., Bauer, A., Shea, G., Smith, S. (2015). Taxonomic Resolution to the Problem of Polyphyly in the New Caledonian Scincid Lizard Genus Lioscincus (Squamata: Scincidae). Records of the Australian Museum, 67(7), 207-224. 
  • Kusrini, M., Rowley, J., Khairunnisa, L., Shea, G., Altig, R. (2015). The Reproductive Biology and Larvae of the First Tadpole-Bearing Frog, Limnonectes larvaepartus. PloS One, 10(1), 1-9.
  • Fawcett, A., Shea, G., Cutter, S. (2014). Black Whipsnake (Demansia papuensis species group) envenomation in a Jack Russell terrier. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 44(2), 627-630.
  • Shea, G. (2014). From lineages to webs: a history of the Australian Society of Herpetologists. Australian Journal of Zoology, 62(6), 431-447. 
  • Sadlier, R., Bauer, A., Smith, S., Shea, G., Whitaker, A. (2014). High elevation endemism on New Caledonia's ultramafic peaks - a new genus and two new species of scincid lizard. Memoires de la Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, 206, 115-125.
  • Sadlier, R., Shea, G., Jourdan, H., Whitaker, A., Bauer, A. (2014). The New Caledonian Leopard Skink Lacertoides pardalis (Reptilia;Scincidae); a review of the species' morphology, distribution, behavior and conservation. Memoires de la Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, 206, 31-44.
  • Bohm, M., Collen, B., Baillie, J., Bowles, P., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Hammerson, G., Hoffmann, M., Livingstone, S., Ram, M., Lane, A., Radder, R., Shea, G., Shine, R., Somaweera, R., et al (2013). The conservation status of the world's reptiles. Biological Conservation, 157, 372-385.
  • Bauer, A., Sadlier, R., Jackman, T., Shea, G. (2012). A new member of the Bavayia cyclura species group (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from the southern ranges of New Caledonia. Pacific Science, 66(2), 239-247.
  • Shea, G. (2012). Emendation of the specific name of the frog Neobatrachus sudelli (Lamb, 1911) (Anura: Myobatrachidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 56(1), 116-117.
  • Amey, A., Couper, P., Shea, G. (2012). Intellagama lesueurii (Gray, 1831), the correct binomial combination for the Australian Eastern Water Dragon (Sauria, Agamidae). Zootaxa, 3390, 65-67.
  • Shea, G. (2012). On the identity of the type species of Sphenomorphus (Squamata: Scincidae): Lygosoma melanopogon Dumeril and Bibron 1839, with a note on a new scalation character of the pes in Sphenomorphus. Zootaxa, 3490, 1-29.
  • Shea, G. (2012). The life and herpetological collections of James Ramsay, with correction of the type localities of two rare snakes from New South Wales. Australian Zoologist, 36(2), 145-152. 
  • Shea, G., Couper, P., Worthington Wilmer, J., Amey, A. (2011). Revision of the genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in Australia. Zootaxa, 3146, 1-63.
  • Shea, G., Jourdan, H., Sadlier, R., Bauer, A. (2010). Biology of the New Caledonian skink fauna. 1: Why did the Tropidoscincus lose its stripes, and other unsolved mysteries. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 37(1), 97.
  • Craven, R., Shea, G. (2010). Ramphotyphlops braminus (Brahminy Blind Snake). Kiribati: Gilbert Islands. Herpetological Review, 41(4), 518-518.
  • Shea, G. (2010). The suburban terrestrial reptile fauna of Sydney- winners and losers. pp154 - 197 in The Natural History of Sydney, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Dieter Hochuli. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
  • Shea, G., Stone, K. (2009). An observation of copulation in the Barred Tree Skink, Emoia trossula Brown & Gibbons, 1986 (Squamata: Scincidae) in Tonga. Herpetofauna, 39(2), 100-102.
  • Bonin, M., Shea, G. (2009). First record of the Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), from Samoa, South Pacific. Herpetofauna, 39(2), 74-77.
  • Shea, G., Jourdan, H., Sadlier, R., Bauer, A. (2009). Natural history of the New Caledonian whiptailed skink Tropidoscincus variabilis (Bavay, 1869) (Squamata: Scincidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 30(2), 207-220.
  • Bauer, A., Jackman, T., Sadlier, R., Shea, G., Whitaker, A. (2008). A New Small-bodied Species of Bavayia (Reptilla: Squamata:Diplodactylidae) from Southeastern New Caledonia. Pacific Science, 62(2), 247-256. 
  • Shea, G. (2008). A range extension for Lipinia nototaenia (Boulenger, 1914) (Squamata: Scincidae) and the reproductive mode of the species. Hamadryad, 32(1), 69-70.
  • Couper, P., Sadlier, R., Shea, G., Worthington Wilmer, J. (2008). A Reassessment of Saltuarius swaini (Lacertilia:Diplodactylidae) in Southeastern Queensland and New South Wales: Two New taxa, Phylogeny, Biogeography and Conservation. Records of the Australian Museum, 60, 87-118. 
  • Shea, G., Michels, J. (2008). A replacement name for Sphenomorphus keiensis (Kopstein, 1926) from the southeastern Moluccas, Indonesia (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) with a redescription of the species. Zoologische Mededelingen, 82(52), 737-747.
  • Pearson, H., Shea, G. (2008). First Record of the Alpine Water Skink, Eulamprus kosciuskoi (Kinghorn, 1932) (Squamata: Scincidae) from Queensland. Queensland Museum Memoirs, 52(2), 238.
  • Shea, G. (2008). Rejection of an Australian distribution of the Solomon Islands agamid lizard Hypsilurus longii (Macleay, 1877). Hamadryad, 33, 127-129.
  • Shea, G., Kraus, F. (2007). A list of herpetological type specimens in the collections of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery and University of Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, (1514), 37-60.
  • Shea, G. (2007). A possible second record of the Central Ranges Taipan, Oxyuranus temporalis (Elapidae). Herpetofauna, 37(2), 95-97.
  • Shea, G., Scanlon, J. (2007). Revision of the Small Tropical Whipsnakes Previously Referred to Demansia olivacea (Gray, 1842) and Demansia torquata (Gunther, 1862) (Squamata: Elapidae). Records of the Australian Museum, 59, 117-142.
  • Shea, G. (2006). Diet of two species of bluetongue skink, Tiliqua multifasciata and Tiliqua occipitalis (Squamata: Scincidae). Australian Zoologist, 33(3), 359-368.
  • Bauer, A., Shea, G. (2006). Lacertidae Pedioplanus inornata (Roux, 1907) Plain Sand Lizard Maximum Size. African Herp News, 40, 19.
  • Murphy, K., Hudson, S., Shea, G. (2006). Reproductive Seasonality of Three Cold-Temperature Viviparous Skinks from Southeastern Australia. Journal of Herpetology, 40(4), 454-464.
  • Sadlier, R., O'Meally, D., Shea, G. (2005). A new species of spiny-tailed gecko (Squamata : Diplodactylidae: Strophurus) from inland Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 51(2), 573-582.
  • Kraus, F., Shea, G. (2005). Additional reptile and amphibian range extensions for Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review, 36(4), 471-473.
  • Shea, G., Amey, A., Couper, P. (2005). Fatal intra-specific aggression in free ranging blue tongued lizards, Tiliqua scincoides (Scincidae). Herpetofauna, 35(2), 73-75.
  • Shea, G. (2005). The Type Locality of the Sphagnum Frog Philoria loveridgei (Anura: Myobatrachidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 51(2), 524.
  • Swan, G., Shea, G., Sadlier, R. (2004). A Field Guide to Reptiles of New South Wales. Australia: Reed New Holland.
  • Greer, A., Shea, G. (2004). A New Character Within The Taxonomically Difficult Sphenomorphus Group Of Lygosomine Skinks, With A Description Of A New Species From New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology, 38(1), 79-87.
  • Couper, P., Amey, A., Shea, G. (2004). Comments on the Taxonomic Status of Cyrtodactylus abrae Wells 2002. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum | Culture, 49(2), 648.
  • Shea, G. (2004). The Horn Expedition (1894) To Central Australia : New Directions In Australian Herpetology. Bonner Zoologische Beitraege, 52(3/4), 245-273.
  • Bauer, A., Shea, G., Günther, R. (2003). An annotated catalogue of the types of scincid lizards (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) in the collection of the Museums für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZMB). Zoosystematics and Evolution: Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Naturkunde zu Berlin, 79(2), 253-321.
  • Greer, A., Shea, G. (2003). Seondary temporal scale overlap pattern: a character of possible broad systematics importance in sphenomorphine skinks. Journal of Herpetology, 37(3), 545-549.
  • Shea, G. (2002). Does Tympanocryptis lineata occur in New South Wales? Herpetofauna, 32(2), 83-84.
  • Shea, G., Greer, A. (2002). From Sphenomorphus to Lipinia: generic reassignment of two poorly known New Guinea Skinks. Journal of Herpetology, 36, 148-156.
  • Koenig, J., Shine, R., Shea, G. (2002). The dangers of life in the city: Patterns of activity, Injury and mortality in surburban lizards (Tiliqua scincoides). Journal of Herpetology, 36(1), 62-68.
  • Shea, G., Koenig, J., Shine, R. (2002). The eastern bluetongue skink Tiliqua scincoides in the Sydney metropolitan area: the great survivor, or just hanging on? Herpetofauna, 32(1), 39-46.
  • Shea, G. (2001). An overlooked senoir synonym of Pogona barbata (Cuvier, 1829) (Squamata:Agamidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 22 (1), 124-126.
  • Shea, G. (2001). Hyla lesueurii Bory de Saint Vincent, 1828: An overlooked and problematic frog species name. Journal of Herpetology, 35 (2), 338-340.
  • Shea, G. (2001). Spermatogenic Cycle, Sperm Storage and Sertoli Cell Size in a Scolecophidian (Ramphotyphlops nigrescens) from Australia. Journal of Herpetology, 35 (1), 85-91.
  • Koenig, J., Shine, R., Shea, G. (2001). The ecology of an Australian reptile icon: how do blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides) survive in suburbia? Wildlife Research, 28, 215-227.
  • Laing, C., Trube, A., Shea, G., Fraser, D. (2001). The requirement for natural sunlight to prevent Vitamin D deficiency in iguanian lizards. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 32(3), 342-348.