Peer-reviewed Articles

Background Aquatic subterranean species often exhibit disjunct distributions, with high level of endemism and small range, shaped by vicariance, limited dispersal, and evolutionary rates. We studied the disjunct biogeographic patterns of an endangered blind cave...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5268

Background Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a common phenotype in higher plants, that is often associated with rearrangements in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and is widely used to produce hybrid seeds in a variety of valuable crop species. Investigation of the...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5266

To assess protistan grazing impact and temperature sensitivity on plankton population dynamics, we measured bulk and species-specific phytoplankton growth and herbivorous protist grazing rates in Disko Bay, West Greenland in April-May 2011. Rate estimates were...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5264

Environmental enrichment is widely used to improve welfare and behavioral performance of animal species. It ensures housing of laboratory animals in environments with space and complexity that enable the expression of their normal behavioral repertoire. Auditory...

["Neuroscience","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5162
21 downloads
122 views

Background Pollinators are well known for the ecosystem services they provide, and while urban areas are generally perceived as low-quality habitat for most wildlife, these cities often support a surprising degree of pollinator diversity. The current rapid growth...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5335
18 downloads
83 views

Background and Aims Rhabdias sp. (Rhabdiasidae) is a nematode parasite of family Rhabdiasidae infecting the lung of amphibians. The present study provides new morphological details for Rhabdias bufonis isolated from the lungs of the African common toad, Amietophrynus...

["Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5328
183 downloads
842 views

We present the first comprehensive review of the present and past shark and ray diversity in marine waters of Tropical America, examining the patterns of distribution in the Eastern Central Pacific (EP) and Western Central Atlantic (WA) realms. We identified the...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5313
20 downloads
94 views

Essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) are among the most common adult-onset tremor disorders. Clinical and pathological studies suggest that misdiagnosis of PD for ET, and vice versa, occur in anywhere from 15% to 35% of cases. Complex diagnostic procedures,...

["Computational Biology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5308
22 downloads
71 views

Microbes are ubiquitous and often occur in functionally and taxonomically complex communities. Unveiling these community dynamics is one of the main challenges of microbial research. Combining a robust, cost effective and widely used method such as Terminal Restriction...

["Ecology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5289
24 downloads
121 views

Deep-sea corals can create a highly complex, three-dimensional structure that facilitates sediment accumulation and influences adjacent sediment environments through altered hydrodynamic regimes. Infaunal communities adjacent to different coral types, including...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5276
40 downloads
168 views

Background Brachycephalus are among the smallest terrestrial vertebrates in the world. The genus encompasses 34 species endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, occurring mostly in montane forests, with many species showing microendemic distributions to single...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5273
49 downloads
336 views

Ostracoderms (fossil armoured jawless fishes) shed light on early vertebrate evolution by revealing the step-wise acquisition of jawed vertebrate characters, and were important constituents of Middle Palaeozoic vertebrate faunas. A wide variety of head shield shapes...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5249
21 downloads
125 views

Seabirds are important indicators of marine ecosystem health. Species within the order Procellariiformes are the most abundant seabird species group distributed from warm tropical to cold temperate regions including Antarctica. There is a paucity of information...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5243
21 downloads
82 views

Au, Ag, Se, and Si nanoparticles were synthesized from aqueous solutions of HAuCl4, AgNO3, Na2SeO3, and Na2SiO3 with extra- and intracellular extracts from the xylotrophic basidiomycetes Pleurotus ostreatus, Lentinus edodes, Ganoderma lucidum, and Grifola frondosa....

["Biotechnology","Mycology","Green Chemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5237
17 downloads
55 views

Several forms of calcifying scleractinian corals provide important habitat complexity in the deep-sea and are consistently associated with a high biodiversity of fish and other invertebrates. How these corals may respond to the future predicted environmental conditions...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5236

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