Paul Doughty

Head of Department and Curator of Herpetology (reptiles & amphibians)

Terrestrial Zoology

BSc., MSc., PhD.

Paul Doughty inspecting a specimen


(08) 9212 3826


  • Systematics of frogs and geckos.
  • Taxonomy of various other groups (dragons, skinks, snakes).
  • Exploration of remote regions for new species and distribution records.
  • Evolutionary and ecological processes as they apply to WA species.
Kimberley rocket frog (Litoria axillaris)

Kimberley rocket frog (Litoria axillaris)
Credit: P.Doughty/WA Museum



  • Researches taxonomy of reptiles and amphibians through the collections.
  • Develops collections through targeted fieldwork and collaborations with DBCA and university researchers.

Services (to other bodies):

  • Represents the Western Australian Museum at meetings and on committees involved with frogs and reptiles.


Alcoa Frog Watch:

Exhibitions and Public Programs

  • Co-ordinator of Alcoa Frog Watch programme.
  • Provides IDs and advice for consultants and government.
  • Regularly presents talks and provides media coverage of work in herpetology section.

Selected Publications

Paul’s Google Scholar page can be found here


Donnellan, S.C., Catalano, S.R., Pederson, S., Mitchell, K.J., Suhendran, A., Price, L.C., Doughty, P. and Richards, S.J. (2021). Revision of the Litoria watjulumensis (Anura: Pelodryadidae) group from the Australian monsoonal tropics, including the resurrection of L. spaldingi. Zootaxa 4933: 211–240.

Doughty, P. (2021). The occurrence of the myobatrachid frog Crinia remota in the northern Kimberley. Western Australian Naturalist 32: 55–60.

Ellis, R.J., Kaiser, H., Maddock, S.T., Doughty, P. and Wuster, W. (2021). An evaluation of the nomina for death adders (Acanthophis Daudin, 1803) proposed by Wells & Wellington (1985) and confirmation of A. cryptamydros Maddock et al., 2015 as the valid name for the Kimberley death adder. Zootaxa 4995: 161–172.

Melville, J., Chapple, D.G., Keogh, J.S., Sumner, J., Amey, A., Bowles, P., Brennan, I.G., Couper, P., Donnellan, S.C., Doughty, P., Edwards, D.L., Ellis, R.J., Esquerre´, D., Fenker, J., Gardner, M.G., Georges, A., Haines, M.L., Hoskin, C.J., Hutchinson, M., Moritz, C., Nankivell, J., Oliver, P., Pavo´n-Va´zquez, C.J., Pepper, M., Rabosky, D. L., Sanders, K., Shea, G., Singhal, S., Worthington Wilmer, J. and Reid Tingley, R. (2021). A return-on-investment approach for prioritization of rigorous taxonomic research needed to inform responses to the biodiversity crisis. PLoS Biology 19(6): e3001210. (14 pages)

Geyle, H.M., Tingley, R., Amey, A., Cogger, H.G., Couper, P., Cowan, M., Craig, M.D., Doughty, P., Driscoll, D.A., Ellis, R.J., Emery, J-P., Fenner, A., Gardner, M.G., Garnett, S.T., Gillespie, G.R., Greenlees, M.J., Hoskin, C.J., Keogh, J.S., Lloyd, R., Melville, J., McDonald, P., Michael, D.R., Mitchell, N.J., Sanderson, C., Shea, G.M., Sumner, J., Wapstra, E., Woinarski, J.C.Z. and Chapple, D.G. (2020). Reptiles on the brink: identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology. (10 pages)

Kealley, L., Doughty, P., Edwards, D.L. and Brennan, I.G. (2020). Taxonomic assessment of two pygopodoid gecko subspecies from Western Australia. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 66: 1–16.

Meiri, S., Avila, L., Bauer, A.M., Chapple, D.G., Das, I., Doan, T.M., Doughty, P., Ellis, R., Grismer, L., Kraus, F., Morando, M., Oliver, P., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Ribeiro-Junior, M.A., Shea, G., Torres-Carvajal, O., Slavenko, A. and Roll, U. (2020). The global diversity and distribution of lizard clutch sizes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29: 1515–1530.

Novikova, P.Y., Brennan, I.G., Booker, W., Mahony, M., Doughty, P., Lemmon, A.R., Lemmon, E.M., Roberts, J.D., Yant, L., Van de Peer, Y., Keogh, J.S. and Donnellan, S.C. (2020). Polyploidy breaks speciation barriers in Australian burrowing frogs Neobatrachus. PLoS Genetics 16:e1008769.

Oliver, P.M., Prasetya, A.M., Tedeschi, L.G., Fenker, J., Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P. and Moritz, C.C. (2020). Convergence and crypsis: integrative taxonomic revision of the Gehyra australis group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northern Australia. PeerJ 8:e7971. (56 pages)

Melville, J., Smith Date, K.L., Horner, P. and Doughty, P. (2019). Taxonomic revision of dragon lizards in the genus Diporiphora (Reptilia: Agamidae) from the Australian monsoonal tropics. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 78: 23–55.

Potter, S., Afonso Silva, A.C., Bragg, J.G., Catalano, S., Donnellan, S., Doughty, P., Scott, M. and Moritz, C. (2019). Contrasting scales of local persistence between monsoonal and arid biomes in closely related, low-dispersal vertebrates. Journal of Biogeography 46: 2506–2519.

Tingley, R., Macdonald, S.L., Mitchell, N.J., Woinarski, J.C.Z., Meiri, S., Bowles, P., Cox, N.A., Shea, G.M., Böhm, M., Chanson, J., Tognelli, M., Harris, J., Walke, C., Harrison, N., Victor, S., Woods, C., Amey, A.P., Bamford, M., Catt, G., Clemann, N., Couper, P.J., Cogger, H., Cowan, M., Craig, M., Dickman, C.R., Doughty, P., Ellis, R., Fenner, A., Ford, S., Gaikhorst, G., Gillespie, G.R., Greenlees, M.J., Hobson, R., Hoskin, C.J., How, R., Hutchinson, M.N., Lloyd, R. McDonald, P., Melville, J., Michael, D.R., Moritz, C., Oliver, P.M., Peterson, G., Robertson, P., Sanderson, C., Somaweera, R., Teale, R., Valentine, L., Vanderduys, E.,Venz, M., Wapstra, E., Wilson, S. and Chapple, D.G. (2019). Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biological Conservation 238: article - 108203.

Uetz, P., Cherikh, S., Shea, G., Ineich, I., Campbell, P.D., Doronin, I.V., Rosado, J., Wynn, A., Tighe, K.A., McDiarmid, R., Lee, J.L., Köhler, G., Ellis, R., Doughty, P., Raxworthy, C.J., Scheinberg, L., Resetar, A., Sabaj, M., Schneider, G., Glaw, F., Böhme, W., Schweiger, S., Gemel, R., Couper, P., Amey, A., Dondorp, E., Ofer, G., Meiri, S. and Wallach, V. (2019). A global catalog of primary reptile type specimens. Zootaxa 4695: 438–450.

Ashman, L., Bragg, J.G, Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M.N., Bank, S., Matzke, N.J., Oliver, P., and Moritz, C. (2018). Diversification across biomes in a continental lizard radiation. Evolution 72: 1553–1569. doi:10.1111/evo.13541

Denzer, W., Doughty, P., Johnstone, R.E. and Manthey, M. (2018). Anglehead lizards from Gag Island, Halmahera Sea, Indonesia. Sauria 40: 52–61.

Doughty, P., Bourke, G., Tedeschi, L.G., Pratt, R.C., Oliver, P.M., Palmer, R.A. and Moritz, C. (2018). Species delimitation in the Gehyra nana (Squamata: Gekkonidae) complex: cryptic and divergent morphological evolution in the Australian Monsoonal Tropics, with the description of four new species. Zootaxa 4403: 201–244.

Doughty, P., Pepper, M., Bauer, A.M. and Keogh, J.S. (2018). Spots before the eyes: revision of the Gehyra punctata species complex from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 1–50.

Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P. and Bauer, A.M. (2018). An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 51–94.

Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P., Bauer, A.M., Pepper, M. and Keogh, J.S. (2018). A replacement name for Gehyra punctulata Doughty, Bauer, Pepper & Keogh, 2018 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) and the nomenclatural status of Phyria punctulata Gray, 1842. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 133–134. DOI: 10.18195/issn.0312-3162.33(33 1).2018.133-134

Kealley, L., Doughty, P., Pepper, P., Keogh, J.S., Hillyer, M. and Huey, J. (2018). Conspicuously concealed: Revision of the arid clade of the Gehyra variegata (Gekkonidae) species group in Western Australia using an integrative molecular and morphological approach, with the description of five cryptic species. PeerJ: e5334 (33 pages).

Mecke, S. and Doughty, P. (2018). A new species of Eremiascincus (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Vertebrate Zoology 68: 27–37.

Moritz, C., Pratt, R.C., Bank, S., Bourke, G., Bragg, J.G., Doughty, P., Keogh, J.S., Laver, R.J., Potter, S., Teasdale, L.C., Tedeschi, L.G. and Oliver, P.M. (2018). Cryptic lineage diversity, body size divergence and sympatry in a species complex of Australian lizards (Gehyra). Evolution 72: 54–66.

Rosauer, D.F, Byrne, M., Blom, M.P. K.,Coates, D.J., Donnellan, S., Doughty, P., Keogh, J.S., Kinloch, J., Laver, R.J., Myers, C., Oliver, P.M., Potter, S., Rabosky, D.L., Afonso Silva, A.C., Smith, J. and Moritz, C. (2018). Real-world conservation planning for evolutionary diversity in the Kimberley, Australia, sidesteps uncertain taxonomy. Conservation Letters 11: e12438 (10 pp).

Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P., Donnellan, S.C., Marin, J. and Vidal, N. (2017). Worms in the sand: Systematic revision of the Australian blindsnake Anilios leptosoma (Robb, 1972) species complex (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae) from the Geraldton Sandplain, with description of two new species. Zootaxa 4323: 1–24.

Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P. and Roberts, J.D. (2017). An annotated type catalogue of the frogs (Amphibia: Anura: Limnodynastidae, Myobatrachidae, Pelodryadidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 32: 1–28.

Gibson, L.G., Cowan, M.A., Lyons, M., Palmer, R., Pearson, D. and Doughty, P. (2017). Island refuges: conservation significance of the biodiversity patterns resulting from ‘natural’ fragmentation. Biological Conservation 212: 349–356.

Laver, R.J., Doughty, P. and Oliver, P.M. (2017). Origins and patterns of endemic diversity in two specialised lizard lineages from the Australian Monsoonal Tropics (Oedura spp.). Journal of Biogeography 2017: 1–12.

Rabosky, D.L., Doughty, P. and Huang, H. (2017). Lizards in pinstripes: morphological and genomic evidence for two new species of scincid lizards within Ctenotus piankai Storr and C. duricola Storr (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Australian arid zone. Zootaxa 4303: 1–26.


Selected publications (pre-2017)

Doughty, P., Ellis, R.J., and Oliver, P.M. (2016). Many things come in small packages: revision of the clawless geckos (Crenadactylus: Diplodactylidae) of Australia. Zootaxa 4168: 239–278.Doughty, P., Kealley, L., Fitch, A. and Donnellan, S.C. (2014). A new diminutive species of Varanus from the Dampier Peninsula, western Kimberley region, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 29: 128–140.

Doughty, P., Kealley, L. and Melville, J. (2012). Taxonomic assessment of Diporiphora (Reptilia: Agamidae) dragon lizards from the western arid zone of Australia. Zootaxa 3518: 1–24.

Doughty, P. (2011). An emerging frog diversity hotspot in the northwest Kimberley of Western Australia: another new frog species from the high rainfall zone. Records of the Western Australian Museum 26: 209–216.

Tyler, M.J. and Doughty, P. (2009). Frogs of Western Australia (fourth edition). Western Australian Museum Press: Perth.

Doughty, P., Maryan, B., Donnellan, S.C. and Hutchinson, M.N. (2007). A new species of taipan (Elapidae: Oxyuranus) from central Australia. Zootaxa 1422: 45–58.