Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Very few studies have been conducted on the long-term effects of typhoon damage on mesophotic coral reefs. This study investigates the long-term community dynamics of damage from Typhoon 17 (Jelawat) in 2012 on the coral community of the upper mesophotic Ryugu...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Biosphere Interactions","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3573
11 downloads
166 views

Avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites (genera Haemoproteus, Plasmodium, and Leucocytozoon) affect bird demography, species range limits, and community structure, yet they remain unsurveyed in most bird communities and populations. We conducted a community-level...

["Biodiversity","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3700
12 downloads
65 views

Background Parasites are essential components of natural communities, but the factors that generate skewed distributions of parasite occurrences and abundances across host populations are not well understood. Methods Here, we analyse at a seascape scale the spatiotemporal...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3675
26 downloads
278 views

An overdominant mutation in an intron of the elongation factor 1-α (EF1A) gene in the sea star Pisaster ochraceus has shown itself to mediate tolerance to “sea star wasting disease”, a pandemic that has significantly reduced sea star populations on the Pacific...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3696
38 downloads
314 views

As coral reef habitats decline worldwide, some reefs are transitioning from coral- to algal-dominated benthos with the exact cause for this shift remaining elusive. Increases in the abundance of microbes in the water column has been correlated with an increase...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3666
22 downloads
156 views

Background An exceptionally thick biofilm covers walls of ancient gold and arsenic Złoty Stok mine (Poland) in the apparent absence of organic sources of energy. Methods and Results We have characterized this microbial community using culture-dependent and independent...

["Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Biosphere Interactions","Ecotoxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3635
15 downloads
131 views

Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, but knowledge of their associated marinemicrobiome remains limited. To increase the understanding of the coral reef ecosystem in the lower Gulf of Thailand, this study utilized 16S and 18S rRNA gene-based...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3625
12 downloads
56 views

Phylogeographic analyses of the gall fly Urophora cardui have in earlier studies based on allozymes and mtDNA identified small-scale, parapatrically diverged populations within an expanding Western Palearctic population. However, the low polymorphism of these markers...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3582
66 downloads
302 views

The genus Clea from SE Asia is from one of only two unrelated families among the megadiverse predatory marine Neogastropoda to have successfully conquered continental waters. While little is known about their anatomy, life history and ecology, interest has grown...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3638
50 downloads
287 views

Background In many plant species, pollination syndromes predict the most effective pollinator. However, other floral visitors may also offer effective pollination services and promote mixed pollination systems. Several species of the species-rich Penstemon (Plantaginaceae)...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3636
35 downloads
241 views

Scutellaria wuana, a new species discovered from a xeric valley in Muli County of Sichuan Province in southwest China, is described and illustrated. Morphologically, the new species shares similarities with S. mairei, but can be readily distinguished by a suite...

["Biodiversity","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3624
86 downloads
290 views

Homonota is a Neotropical genus of nocturnal lizards characterized by the following combination of characters: absence of femoral pores, infradigital lamellae not dilated, claws without sheath, inferior lamellae laterally not denticulate, and presence of a ceratobranchial...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3523
41 downloads
270 views

A distance-based multivariate control chart is a useful tool for ecological monitoring to detect changes in biological community resulting from natural or anthropogenic disturbances at permanent monitoring sites. It is based on a matrix of any distances or dissimilarities...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3651
34 downloads
209 views

Previous works resolved diverse phylogenetic positions for genera of the Fabaceae tribe Thermopsideae, without a thoroughly biogeography study. Based on sequence data from nuclear ITS and four cpDNA regions (matK, rbcL, trnH-psbA, trnL-trnF) mainly sourced from...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3607
211 downloads
1,052 views

Many amphibian species are at risk of extinction in their natural habitats due to the presence of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). For the most highly endangered species, captive assurance colonies have been established as an emergency measure...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3594

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