PUBLICATIONS

Refereed and other journal articles

2019

  1. Somaweera, R., Brien, M.L., Sonneman, T., Didham, R.K., and Webber, B.L.  2019. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence: knowledge shortfalls threaten the effective conservation of freshwater crocodiles. Global Ecology and Conservation (Read).

  2. Somaweera, R. and 16 co-authors (in review). Ecological importance of crocodylians: towards an evidence-based justification for prioritising conservation. Biological Reviews.

  3. Shine, R. and Somaweera, R.  2019. Last lizard standing: the enigmatic persistence of the Komodo dragon. Global Ecology and Conservation 18(2019):e00624 (Get PDF).

  4. Sieniawski, K. and Somaweera, R. 2019. Varanus salvator (Asian water monitor): deep diving. Herpetological Review 50(2):382-383 (Get PDF).

  5. Pyron, A.R. and Somaweera, R.  2019. Further notes on the Sri Lankan uropeltid snakes Rhinophis saffragamus (Kelaart, 1853) and Uropeltis ruhunae Deraniyagala, 1954. Zootaxa 4560(3):592-600 (Get PDF).

  6. Nordberg, E.J., Macdonald, S., Hoskins, A., Somaweera, R. and Perry, J. 2019. Can plastic save turtles?: Measuring the impacts of predators and the effectiveness of plastic meshing on marine turtle nests along the western Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Biological Conservation DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108201 (Get PDF).

  7. Tingley, R. and 52 co-authors including Somaweera, R. 2019. Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biological Conservation DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108203 (Read).

  8. Barr, J., Boisvert, C., Somaweera, R., Trinajstic, K., and Bateman, P. (in review). Tis but a scratch! Re-regeneration to reduce negative effects associated with tail loss in lizards. Scientific Reports.

  9. Böhm, M. and 46 co-authors including Somaweera, R. (in review). Retrospective IUCN Red List assessments show increasing trend in extinction risk of reptiles. Biological Conservation.

2018

  1. Somaweera, R., Platt, S., Brien, M., Manolis, C. and Webber, B. 2018. Direct and indirect interactions with vegetation shape crocodylian life history traits at multiple scales. Freshwater Biology DOI:10.1111/fwb.13 (Get PDF).

  2. Barr, J., Somaweera, R., Godfrey, S.S., and Bateman, P.W. 2018. Increased tail length in the King’s skink, Egernia kingii (Reptilia: Scincidae): an anti-predation tactic for juveniles? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly196 (Get PDF).

  3. Udyawer, V. 27 authors including Somaweera, R. 2018. Future directions in marine snake research and management. Frontiers in Marine Science DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00399 (Get PDF). 

  4. Gabadage, D., Surasinghe, T., De Silva, A., Somaweera, R. Madawala, M. and Karunarathna, S. 2018. Zoological and ecological study of the Sri Lankan Keelback (Balanophis ceylonensis): with implications for conservation of a poorly known, endemic snake from Sri Lanka. Vertebrate Zoology 68(3):225-236 (Get PDF).

  5. Somaweera, R., Lilley, R., Putra, A., Ganz, P., Govendan, P.N., McKay, J.L. and Milenkaya, O. 2018. Recent additions to the herpetofauna diversity of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Sauria 40(1): 75-86 (Get PDF).

  6. Somaweera, R., Rhind, D., Reynolds, S., Eisenberg, C., Sonneman, T. and Woods, D. 2018. Observations of mammalian feeding by Australian freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Records of the West Australian Museum 33(1): 103-107 (Get PDF).

  7. Barr, J., Somaweera, R. & Bateman, B. 2018. Ctenotus fallens (West coast ctenotus). Anomalous death through use of modelling clay for research. Herpetological Review 49(2): 327-328 (Get PDF).

2017

  1. Morgan, D.L., Somaweera, R., Gleiss, A.C., Beatty, S.J. and Whitty, J.M. 2017. An upstream migration fought with danger: freshwater sawfish fending off sharks and crocodiles. Ecology DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1737 (Get PDF).

  2. Karunarathna, S., Surasinghe, T., Madawala, M., Somaweera, R., Amarasinghe, T. (published online - http://www.publish.csiro.au/MF/MF17038) Ecological and behavioral traits of the Sri Lanka water monitor (Varanus salvator) in an urban landscape of Western Province in Sri Lanka. Marine and Freshwater Research (Get PDF).

2016

  1. Pyron, R. A., Ganesh, S., Sayyed, A., Sharma, V., Wallach, V. and Somaweera, R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Zoosystema 38(4):453-506 (Get PDF).

  2. Auliya, M. and 36 co-authors including Somaweera, R. 2016. Trade in live reptiles and its impact on reptile diversity: the European pet market as a case study. Biological Conservation. 204:103-119 (Get PDF).

2015

  1. Whiting, M.J., Noble, D.W.A. and Somaweera, R. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in conspicuousness and ornamentation in enigmatic leaf-nosed lizard Ceratophora tennentii from Sri Lanka. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116(3):614-625 (Get PDF).

  2. Somaweera, R., Pantoja, D.L. and Deepak, V. 2015. Forgotten records of Chrysopelea taprobanica Smith, 1943 (Squamata: Colubridae) from India. Zootaxa. 3947:597-600 (Get PDF).

  3. Somaweera, R., Meegaskumbura, M., Bowatte, G. and Wijayathilaka, N. 2015. Conservation in a changing landscape: habitat occupancy of the Critically Endangered Tennent's Leaf-nosed Lizard (Ceratophora tennentii) in Sri Lanka. Journal of Natural History 49(31-32):1961-1985 (Get PDF).

  4. van Rooijen, J., Vogel, G. and Somaweera, R. 2015. A revision of the taxonomy of the Australopapuan species of the colubrid genus Dendrelaphis (Serpentes: Colubridae). Salamandra. 51:33-56 (Get PDF).

  5. Sudasinghe, H. and Somaweera, R. 2015. Calotes versicolor (Oriental Garden Lizard). Diet. Herpetological Review 46:625-629 (Get PDF).

  6. de Silva, A. and Somaweera, R. 2015. Were human babies used as bait in crocodile hunts in colonial Sri Lanka? ournal of Threatened Taxa. 7(1):6805-6809 (Get PDF).

  7. Somaweera, R. and Sanders, K. 2015. Guide to the Sea Snakes of the Kimberley Coast of Western Australia. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth (Get PDF).

2014

  1. Somaweera, R., Woods, D. and Sonneman, T. 2014. A note on the Australian freshwater crocodiles inhabiting Tunnel Creek cave. Records of the West Australian Museum 29:24-29 (Get PDF).

2013

  1. Somaweera, R., Shine, R., Webb, J., Dempster, T. and Letnic, M. 2013. Why does vulnerability to toxic invasive cane toads vary among populations of Australian freshwater crocodiles? Animal Conservation 16:86-96 (Get PDF).

  2. Somaweera, R., Brien, M. and Shine, R. 2013. The role of predation in shaping the natural history of crocodilians: a review. Herpetological Monographs 27:23-51 (Get PDF).

  3. Pyron, R.A., Kandambi, D. Hendry, C.R., Pushpamal, V., Burbrink, F.T., and Somaweera, R. 2013. Genus-level molecular phylogeny of snakes reveals the origins of species richness in the Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66:969-978 (Get PDF).

  4. Böhm, M., et al. 2013. The conservation status of the world's reptiles. Biological Conservation 157:372-385 (Get PDF).

  5. Somaweera, R. and Shine, R. 2013. Nest-site selection by crocodiles at a rocky site in the Australian tropics: making the best of a bad lot. Austral Ecology 38:313-325 (Get PDF).

  6. Maryan, B., Somaweera, R., Lloyd, R., Bunce, M. and O’Connell, M. 2013. Status of the Airlie Island Ctenotus, Ctenotus angusticeps (Lacertilia: Scincidae), with notes on its distribution, habitat and genetic variation. West Australian Naturalist 29:103-119 (Get PDF).

  7. Somaweera, R., Webb, J. and Shine, R. 2013. Extreme monsoonal floods affect Australian freshwater crocodile hatchlings by degrading habitat quality. Pp 197-202 In Proceedings of the 22nd working meeting of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group. IUCN: Gland, Switzerland.

  8. Somaweera, R. 2013. Book Review: Reptile Biodiversity- standard methods for inventory and monitoring. Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sc.) 42:73-74 (Get PDF).   

2012

  1. Somaweera, R. and Shine, R. 2012. Australian freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) transport their hatchlings to the water. Journal of Herpetology 46:407-411 (Get PDF)

  2. Somaweera, R., Wijethilake, N. and Bowatte, G. 2012. Does the invasive shrub Ulex europaeus benefit an endemic Sri Lankan lizard? Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7:219-226 (Get PDF).

  3. Pizzatto, L., Somaweera, R., Kelehear, C. and Brown, G.P. 2012. Rhinella marina (Bufo marinus: Cane Toad). Prey. Herpetological Review 43:469-47 (Get PDF).

2011

  1. Somaweera, R., Webb, J. and Shine, R. 2011. It’s a dog-eat-croc world: dingo predation on the nests of freshwater crocodiles in tropical Australia. Ecological Research 26:957-967 (Get PDF).

  2. Somaweera, R., Crossland, M.R. and Shine, R. 2011. Assessing the potential impact of invasive cane toads on a commercial freshwater fishery in tropical Australia. Wildlife Research 38:380-385 (Get PDF).

  3. Somaweera, R. and Shine, R. 2011. The (non) impact of invasive cane toads on freshwater crocodiles at Lake Argyle in tropical Australia. Animal Conservation. 15:152-163 (Get PDF).

  4. Somaweera, R., Webb, J. and Shine, R. 2011. Determinants of habitat selection by hatchling crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni). PLoS ONE 6(12):e28533. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028533 (Get PDF).

  5. Somaweera, R., Webb, J., Brown, G.P. and Shine, R. 2011. Hatchling Australian freshwater crocodiles rapidly learn to avoid toxic invasive cane toads. Behavior 148:501-517 (Get PDF).

  6. Somaweera, R. 2011. A report of a probable unprovoked attack by an Australian freshwater crocodile at Lake Argyle in Western Australia. Australian Zoologist 35: 973-976 (Get PDF).

2008-2010

  1. Somaweera, R., Somaweera, N. and Shine, R. 2010. Frogs under friendly fire: how well can Australians distinguish native frogs from invasive cane toads? Biological Conservation 143:1477-1484 (Get PDF).

  2. Somaweera, R. and Somaweera, N. 2010. Serpents in Jars: Snake Wine Industry in Vietnam. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(11):1251-1260 (Get PDF).

  3. Somaweera, R. 2009. Observations on the reproductive ecology of the Kandyan Day Gecko Cnemaspis kandiana in Gannoruwa, Sri Lanka. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka 37:13-22 (Get PDF).

  4. Somaweera, R. and Somaweera, N. 2009. An Overview of Sri Lankan Sea Snakes with an Annotated Checklist and a Field Key. Taprobanica 1:43-57 (Get PDF).

  5. Smith, E.N., Manamendra-Arachchi, K. and Somaweera, R. 2008. A new species of coralsnake of the genus Calliophis (Squamata: Elapidae) from the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 1847:19-33 (Get PDF).

  6. Somaweera, R. and Das, I. 2008. Lepidodactylus lugubris (Mourning Gecko) in Malaysia: Sarawak. Herpetological Review 39:368 (Get PDF).

  7. Wickramasinghe, M. and Somaweera, R. 2008. Changes in the distribution ranges of the Sri Lankan Hemidactylus species. Gekko 5:44-60 (Get PDF).

Before 2008

  1. Somaweera, R., Ukuwela, K. and Alagoda, T. 2006. A note on specimens of Gerarda prevostiana (Coubridae: Serpentes) collected from Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 35:91-93 (Get PDF).

  2. Somaweera, R. 2006. Defensive posture in Kaloula taprobanica Parker (Microhylidae: Amphibia). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 103:108-109 (Get PDF).

  3. Somaweera, R. 2004. A bark gecko (Hemidactylus leschenaultii) preying on a wolf snake (Lycodon striatus sinhaleyus). Gekko 4(2):8-10 (Get PDF).

  4. Somaweera, R. 2004. The Sri Lankan Colubrid snakes. Sri Lanka Naturalist 6:32-46 (Get PDF).
  5. Somaweera, R., Wijayamohan, S., Vandercone, R., Wijesundara, C. and Santiapillai, C. 2004. Discovery of crocodiles on Mannar  island, Sri Lanka. IUCN Crocodile specialist group newsletter 23:10-11 (Get PDF).
  6. Somaweera, R., Sarathchandra, K., Karunaratne, S. and Nuwansiri, C. 2004. A study on the avifauna and herpetofauna of Panama, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Naturalist 6:1-9 (Get PDF).

  7. Wickramasinghe, M. and Somaweera, R. 2003. Distribution and current status of the endemic geckos of Sri Lanka. Gekko 3:2-13 (Get PDF).

  8. Somaweera, R. and Ukuwela, K. 2001. The amphibian fauna of Menikdena Archaeological Reserve and Arboretum, Sri Lanka. Lyriocephalus 4:110-115 .

Books
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Amphibians and Reptiles of Komodo National Park

2018. Aaranya Wildlife Odysseys: 17.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bali

2017. John Beaufoy Publishing, UK.

Available online

Lizards of Sri Lanka

Lizards of Sri Lanka: A colour guide with field keys.

2009. Chaimaira publications, Germany: 304.

Available online

Snakes of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankawe Sarpayin (‘Snakes of Sri Lanka’)

2006. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka: 297.

Get PDF (draft version)

Fogg Dam Book

Fogg Dam: How Scientists See Nature.

2013. University of Sydney, e-book.

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Posters
Venomous Snakes of Sri Lanka

Venomous Land Snakes of

Sri Lanka

2011. Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

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Carnivorous Mammals of Sri Lanka

Carnivorous Mammals of

Sri Lanka

2007. Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

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Herbivorous Mammals of

Sri Lanka

2007. Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

Pythons of Australia
Snakes of Darwin

Pythons of Australia

2010. The University of Sydney

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Snakes of Darwin

2009. The University of Sydney

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Herps of Komodo Poster.PNG

Amphibians and Reptiles of Komodo National Park (Poster)

2018. Aaranya Wildlife Odysseys.

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Guide to the Sea Snakes of the Kimberley Coast of Western Australia.

2015. Department of Parks and Wildlife

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