Dr Paul Doughty

Curator of Herpetology (reptiles & amphibians)

Terrestrial Zoology

BSc., MSc., PhD.

Paul Doughty inspecting a specimen

Contact

(08) 9212 3826 Paul.Doughty@museum.wa.gov.au

Research


  • 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

 

Collections:

  • 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.

Websites


Alcoa Frog Watch: museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch

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

2016–present

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. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC20033. (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. https://doi.org/10.1163/22244662-20191078

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13124

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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1008769

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. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7971. (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. https://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2019.78.02

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13698

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108203

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. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4695.5.2

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. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4403.2.1

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). https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5334

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). https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12438

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13127

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.

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.

Anstis, M., Price, L.C., Roberts, J.D., Catalano, S.R., Hines, H.B., Doughty, P. and Donnellan, S.C. (2016). Revision of the water-holding frogs, Cyclorana platycephala (Anura: Hylidae), from arid Australia, including a description of a new species. Zootaxa 4126: 451–479.

Oliver, P.M., Bourke, G., Pratt, R.C., Doughty, P. and Moritz, C. (2016). Systematics of small Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the southern Kimberley, Western Australia: redescription of G. kimberleyi and description of a new restricted range species. Zootaxa 4107: 49–64.

Oliver, P.M. and Doughty, P. (2016). Systematic revision of the marbled velvet geckos (Oedura marmorata species complex, Diplodactylidae) from the Australian arid and semi-arid zones. Zootaxa 4088: 151–176.

Moritz, C., Fujita, M.K., Rosauer, D., Agudo, R., Bourke, G., Doughty, P., Palmer, R., Pepper, M., Potter, S., Pratt, R., Scott, M., Tonione, M. and Donnellan, S. (2016). Multilocus phylogeography reveals nested endemism in a gecko across the monsoonal tropics of Australia. Molecular Ecology 25: 1354–1366.

 

Selected publications (pre-2016)

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.