Emeritus Professor Lesley Warner

Honorary Research Associate Parasitology

+61 8 8207 7498


Lesley retired from her position as Professor at the Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Campus and returned to the Museum in 2007, the institution at which she began her parasitology research career in 1981.


Research Interests

Taxonomy of Acanthocephala from Australian vertebrates and parasitic Nematoda from Australian marsupuals and rodents.


Current Research Projects

Checklist of Acanthocephala from Australian fish.  L. Warner.  2009/10–2012/13, Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Society for Parasitology Network, $9000.


Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Society for Parasitology

  • Member, Helminthological Society of Washington



  • PhD, University of Adelaide (1976)

  • Graduate Diploma of Education, South Australian College of Education (1982)

  • Emeritus Professor, Central Queensland University (2006)



Note: Emeritus Professor Lesley Warner publishes under the name L. R. Smales.

  1. Smales, L. R. (2013). Nematodes from the caecum and colon of Pogonomys (Muridae: Anisomyini) from Papau New Guinea with the descriptions of a new genus of Oxyuridae (Nematoda: Oxyurida) and a new species of Trichuridae (Nematoda: Enoplida). Zootaxa 3599: 577–587.

  2. Weaver, H. J. and Smales, L. R. (2013). Filiformis filiformis n. sp. (Echinorhynchidae: Cavisomidae), a new species of Acanthocephala from Kyphosus spp (Perciformes: Kyphosidae) from the South Pacific. Comparative Parasitology 80: 3338.

  3. Smales, L. R. (2012). Helminths from Abeomelomys sevia (Rodentia: Muridae) with the description of a new species (Nematoda: Heligmonellidae) from Papua New Guinea. Comparative Parasitology 79: 214–218.

  4. Weaver, H. J. and Smales, L. R. (2012). Parasite assemblages of Australian species Pseudomys (Rodentia: Muridae: Murinae) Journal of Parasitology 98: 30–35.

  5. Smales, L. R., Aydogdu, A., and Emre Y. (2012). Pomphorhynchidae and Quadrygyridae (Acanthocephala) including a new genus and species (Pallisentinae), from freshwater fishes, Cobitidae and Cyprinodontidae, in Turkey. Folia Parasitologica 59: 162–166.

  6. Smales, L. R. (2012). A new acanthocephalan family the Isthmosacanthidae (Acanthocephala:  Echinorhynchida) with the description of Isthmosacanthus fitzroyensis n.g.,n.sp. from threadfin fishes (Polynemidae) of northern Australia. Systematic Parasitology 82: 105–111.

  7. Smales, L. R. (2012). Echinorhynchus lesteri n. sp. (Acanthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) parasitic in the intestine of the orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 136: 50–55.

  8. Smales, L. R. (2012). ‘Helminth parasites of hydromyine rodents from the island of New Guinea’ in Triunveri, A. and Scalise, D. (eds) Rodents: Habitat Pathology and Environmental Impact, pp. 94–118.  Nova Science Publishers Inc.

  9. Chilton, N. B., Huby-Chilton, F., Beveridge, I., Smales, L. R., Gasser, R. B., and Andrews, R. H. (2011). Phylogenetic relationships of species within the tribe Labiostrongylinea (Nematoda: Cloacinidae) from Australian marsupials based on ribosomal DNA spacer sequence data. Parasitology International 60: 381–387.

  10. Fenner, A.L., Smales, L. R., and Bull, C. M. (2011). Pharyngodon asteroma Adamson, 1984 (Nematoda: Pharyngdonidae), new parasite record for the endangered Slater’s skink, Liopholis slateri Storr, 1968 (Sauria: Scincidae), Northern Territory, Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 135: 140–142.