Recent publications


Alavi Y, van Rooyen A, Elgar MA, Jones TM, Weeks A (2018) Microsatellite markers show the mechanism of parthenogenesis in Extatosoma tiaratum is automixis with terminal fusion. Insect Science 25: 24–32


Alavi Y, Elgar MA, Jones TM (2017) Sex versus parthenogenesis: immune function in a facultatively parthenogenetic phasmatid (Extatosoma tiaratum). Journal of Insect Physiology 100: 65–70

Henneken J, Goodger JQD, Jones TM, Elgar MA (2017) Variation in the web-based chemical cues of Argiope keyserlingi. Journal of Insect Physiology 101: 15–21

Henneken J, Jones TM, Elgar MA (2017) Diet-mediated pheromones and signature mixtures can enforce signal reliability. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 145

Henneken J, Jones TM, Goodger JQD, Elgar MA (2017) The potential role of web-based putrescine in prey attraction. Animal Behaviour 129: 205–210

Hodgkin LK, Symonds MRE, Elgar MA (2017) Leadership requires knowledge in a social sawfly. Animal Behaviour 131: 177–181

Johnson TL, Symonds MRE, Elgar MA (2017) Anticipatory flexibility: larval population density in moths determines male investment in antennae, wings and testes. Proceedings Royal Society B 284: 20172087

Johnson TL, Symonds MRE, Elgar MA (2017) Sexual selection on receptor organ traits: younger females attract males with longer antennae. Science of Nature 104: 44

McGrath SJ, Cleave RJ, Elgar MA, Silcocks SC, Magrath MJL (2017) Determining host plant preferences for the critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Dryococelus australis) to assist reintroduction. Journal of Insect Conservation 21: 791-799

Tan EJ, Reid CAM, Symonds MRE, Jurado-Rivera JA, Elgar MA (2017) Evolution of colour patterns in chrysomeline beetles. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 5: 140

Tan EJ, Reid CAM, Elgar MA (2017) Predators, parasites and heterospecific aggregations in chrysomeline larvae. Ethology 123: 293–306

Wittwer B, Hefetz A, Simon T, Murphy LEK, Elgar MA, Pierce NE, Kocher SD (2017) Solitary bees reduce investment in communication compared to their social relatives. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 114: 6569–6574


Alavi Y, Elgar MA, Jones TM (2016) Variation in male mating success in a facultatively parthenogenic insect (Extatosoma tiaratum). Ethology 122: 523–530

Bian X, Elgar MA, Peters R (2016) The swaying behavior of Extatosoma tiaratum: motion camouflage in a stick insect? Behavioral Ecology 27: 83–92

Elgar MA (2016) Leader selection and leadership outcomes: height and age in a sporting model. The Leadership Quarterly 27: 588–601

Elgar MA, Nash DR, Pierce NE (2016) Eavesdropping cooperative communication in an inter-specific mutualism. Science of Nature 103: 84

Garnick S, Di Stefano J, Elgar MA, Coulson G (2016) Ecological specialisation in habitat selection within a macropodid herbivore guild. Oecologia 180: 823–832

Garnick S, Di Stefano J, Elgar MA, Coulson G (2016) Do body size, diet type or residence time explain habitat use in a vertebrate herbivore community?  Australian Journal of Zoology 64: 91-99

Kralj-Fišer S, Čandek K, Lokovšek T, Čelik T, Elgar MA, Kuntner M (2016) Mate choice and sexual size dimorphism, not personality, explain female aggression and sexual cannibalism in raft spiders.  Animal Behaviour 111: 49–55

Kuntner M, Cheng R-C, Kralj-Fišer S, Liao C-P, Schneider JM, Elgar MA (2016) The evolution of genital complexity and mating rates in sexually size dimorphic spiders. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 242

Pohl S, Frederickson ME, Elgar MA, Pierce NE (2016) Colony diet influences ant worker foraging and attendance of myrmecophilous lycaenid caterpillars. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 114

Tan EJ, Cadd H, Newton C, Strasser D, Taylor C, Reid CAM, Elgar MA (2016) Warning colouration requires a precise signal. Animal Behaviour 118: 3–10

Walter A, Elgar MA (2016) Signal polymorphism under a constant environment: the odd cross in a web-decorating spider. Science of Nature 103: 93

Wang Q, Goodger JQD, Woodrow IE, Elgar MA (2016) Location-specific cuticular hydrocarbon signals in a social insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160310


Ceballos L, Jones TM, Elgar MA (2015) Patterns of sperm transfer in the golden orb-weaver Nephila edulis. Ethology 121: 617–624

Henneken J, Jones TM, Goodger J, Walter A, Elgar MA (2015) Diet influences female signals used in male mate choice. Animal Behaviour 108: 215–221

Peso M, Elgar MA, Barron AB (2015) Pheromonal control: reconciling physiological mechanism with signalling theory. Biological Reviews 90: 542–559

Sharp JG, Garnick SW, Elgar MA, Coulson GM (2015). Parasite and predator risk assessment during foraging: nuanced use of olfactory cues. Proceedings Royal Society, B 282: 20151941

Shiel BP, Sherman CDH, Elgar MA, Johnson TL, Symonds MRE (2015) Investment in sensory structures, testis size and wing colouration in males of a diurnal moth species: trade-offs or correlated growth? Ecology and Evolution 5: 1601–1608


Clode D, Elgar MA (2014) Fighting fire with fire: does a policy of prescribed broadscale burning improve community safety? Society and Natural Resources 27: 1192-1199.

Conversano J, Tan EJ, van Wilgenburg E, Elgar MA (2014) Background odour may reduce efficacy of chemical signals for social recognition. Austral Entomology 53: 432–435.

Garnick S, Di Stefano J, Elgar MA, Coulson G (2014) Multiple-level tests of the Jarman-Bell model: habitat selection among sexually-dimorphic macropods. Oikos 123: 984–992.

Hodgkin LK, Symonds MRE, Elgar MA (2014) Leaders benefit followers in the collective movement of a social sawfly. Proceedings Royal Society B 281: 20141700.

Kuntner M, Elgar MA (2014) Evolution and maintenance of sexual size dimorphism: aligning phylogenetic and experimental evidence.  Frontiers in Evolution and Ecology 2: 26