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The Caribbean island biota is characterized by high levels of endemism, the result of an interplay between colonization opportunities on islands and effective oceanic barriers among them. A relatively small percentage of the biota is represented by ‘widespread...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1332v1
37 downloads
286 views

Background. Neochelys franzeni Schleich, 1993 is the only pleurodire or side-necked turtle from the middle Eocene, Messel Pit (the first UNESCO, World Natural Heritage Site in Germany, since 1995). The original description of the species is based on two specimens...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1221
349 downloads
1,508 views

The role of the human microbiome in schizophrenia remains largely unexplored. The microbiome has been shown to alter brain development and modulate behavior and cognition in animals through gut-brain connections, and research in humans suggests that it may be a...

["Biodiversity","Computational Biology","Genomics","Microbiology","Neurology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1140
12 downloads
53 views

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve (TWR), Lahad Datu, Sabah is a popular tourist spot in Malaysia. It is the largest wildlife reserve in Sabah, mainly focusing on endangered mammals and birds. Thus, in this research, it is proposed to include invertebrates’ information...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1313v1
121 downloads
807 views

This paper reviews the utility and availability of biological and ecological traits for marine species so as to prioritise the development of a world database on marine species traits. In addition, the ‘status’ of species for conservation, that is, whether they...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1201
53 downloads
639 views

Research on insect microbiota has greatly expanded over the past decade, along with a growing appreciation of the microbial contributions to insect ecology and evolution. Many of these studies use DNA sequencing to characterize the diversity and composition of...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1190
36 downloads
230 views

Most caridean decapods have compound eyes of the reflecting superposition kind, and additionally some possess an accessory eye-like organ of unknown function, also referred to as the nebenauge. We examined 308 caridean genera to assess the general morphology of...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1176
26 downloads
237 views

Conservation initiatives to protect and restore valued species communities in human-dominated landscapes face challenges linked to their potential costs. Conservation easements on private land may represent a cost-effective alternative to land purchase, but long-term...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1185
135 downloads
845 views

A new miniaturized toadled of the genus Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) is described from Serra do Quiriri in the municipality of Campo Alegre, Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. Specimens were collected from the leaf litter between from 1,263 and 1,318...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1179
520 downloads
335 views

Greylag goose populations are steadily increasing in north-western Europe. Although individuals breeding in the Netherlands have been considered mainly sedentary birds, those from Scandinavia or northern Germany fly towards their winter quarters, namely over France...

["Biodiversity","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1161
49 downloads
299 views

In recent years the systematic position of genera in the shrimp families Gnathophyllidae and Hymenoceridae has been under debate, with phylogenetic studies suggesting the families are not real family level units. Here, we review the molecular evidence as well as...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1167
177 downloads
1,128 views

Bird populations have declined in many parts of the world but most of those declines can be attributed to effects of human activities (e.g., habitat fragmentation); declines in areas unaffected by human activities are not common. We have been sampling bird populations...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1177
56 downloads
597 views

Assortative mating has been a focus of considerable research because of its potential to influence biodiversity at many scales. Sharon et al. (2010) discovered that an inbred strain of Drosophila melanogaster mated assortatively based on the diet of previous generations,...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1173
44 downloads
235 views

Cryptic species are widespread across the phylum Porifera making the identification of non-indigenous species difficult, an issue not easily resolved by the use of morphological characteristics. The widespread order Haplosclerida is a prime example due to limited...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1170
373 downloads
3,821 views

Scientific findings need to be verifiable and grounded in repeatability. With specimen-level research this is in part achieved with the deposition of voucher specimens. These are labeled, curated, data-based specimens that have been deposited in a collection or...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1168

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