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Giant lizards called heath goannas could save Australian sheep farmers millions of dollars a year by keeping blowfly numbers down - and must be prioritised in conservation schemes to boost native wildlife, say researchers.

A study led by the University of Cambridge has found that heath goannas - a species of giant, scavenging lizard - act as natural clean-up crews by clearing maggot-ridden animal carcasses from the landscape.

The report's first author is Tom Jameson, a PhD researcher based in the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, part of the Department of Zoology. 

 Link to the full article on the Cambridge University website.

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Tom Jameson, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge