Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Morphological differentiation among closely related species provides opportunities to study mechanisms shaping natural phenotypic variation. Here, we address variation in the orientation of melanin-colored body stripes in three cichlid species of the tribe Haplochromini....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4080
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Hörnig, Haug & Haug (2017) published a description of a new specimen of Santanmantis axelrodi MB.I.2068, an extinct species of praying mantis from the Crato Formation of Brazil. According to Hörnig, Haug & Haug (2017), the discovery of this new specimen brought...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4046
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Background Animal growth is often constrained by unfavourable conditions and divergences from optimal body size can be detrimental to an individual’s fitness, particularly in species with determinate growth and a narrow time-frame for life-time reproduction. Growth...

["Animal Behavior","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4050
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The mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of Formosatettix qinlingensis, Coptotettix longjiangensis and Thoradonta obtusilobata (Orthoptera: Caelifera: Tetrigoidea) were sequenced in this study, and almost the entire mitogenomes of these species were determined....

["Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4002
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The arthropodium is the key innovation of arthropods. Its various modifications are the outcome of multiple evolutionary transformations, and the foundation of nearly endless functional possibilities. In contrast to hexapods, crustaceans, and even chelicerates,...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4023
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Camouflage, and in particular background-matching, is one of the most common anti-predator strategies observed in nature. Animals can improve their match to the colour/pattern of their surroundings through background selection, and/or by plastic colour change....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3999
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The development and application of metagenomic approaches have provided an opportunity to study and define horizontal gene transfer (HGT) on the level of microbial communities. However, no current metagenomic data simulation tools offers the option to introduce...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4015
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The herbal medicinal genus Aconitum L., belonging to the Ranunculaceae family, represents the earliest diverging lineage within the eudicots. It currently comprises of two subgenera, A. subgenus Lycoctonum and A. subg. Aconitum. The complete chloroplast (cp) genome...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4018
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Sex-specific pheromones are known to play an important role in butterfly courtship, and may influence both individual reproductive success and reproductive isolation between species. Extensive ecological, behavioural and genetic studies of Heliconius butterflies...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3953
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Background Currently, there is limited knowledge about the genetics underlying pigmentary traits in East Asian populations. Here, we report the results of the first genome-wide association study of pigmentary traits (skin and iris color) in individuals of East...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3951
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Background The phylogeny of tribe Brassiceae (Brassicaceae) has not yet been resolved because of its complex evolutionary history. This tribe comprises economically relevant species, including the genus Moricandia DC. This genus is currently distributed in North...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3964
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The study of vertebrate ontogenies has the potential to inform us of shared developmental patterns and processes among organisms. However, fossilised ontogenies of early vertebrates are extremely rare during the Palaeozoic Era. A growth series of the Late Devonian...

["Developmental Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3969
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Natural history collections are an important and largely untapped source of long-term data on evolutionary changes in wild populations. Here, we utilize three large geo-referenced sets of samples of the common European land-snail Cepaea nemoralis stored in the...

["Environmental Sciences","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3938
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Episodic sea level changes that repeatedly exposed and inundated the Sunda Shelf characterize the Pleistocene. Available evidence points to a more xeric central Sunda Shelf during periods of low sea levels, and despite the broad land connections that persisted...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3762
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The genus Liolaemus is one of the most ecologically diverse and species-rich genera of lizards worldwide. It currently includes more than 250 recognized species, which have been subject to many ecological and evolutionary studies. Nevertheless, Liolaemus lizards...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3941

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