Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Piwi (P-element induced wimpy testis) is an important gene involved in stem cell maintenance and gametogenesis in vertebrates. However, in most invertebrates, especially mollusks, the function of Piwi during gametogenesis remains largely unclear. To further understand...

["Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3412
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Ostracods are one of the major groups of marine benthos, inhabiting virtually all oceanic environments worldwide, and a total of 31 species have been recorded in genus Euphilomedes Kornicker, 1967. In the present study, we describe a new species Euphilomedes biacutidens...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3488
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Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, and provide critical ecosystem services such as protein provisioning, coastal protection, and tourism revenue. Despite these benefits, coral reefs have been declining precipitously across...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3499
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Three species of the sea stars are reported from the waters of the northwestern Pacific. These species were referred by earlier authors as Henricia spiculifera or H. leviuscula spiculifera. Two of them, H. lineata and H. uluudax, were recently described from the...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3489
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Symbiotic microalgae (Symbiodinium spp.) strongly influence the performance and stress-tolerance of their coral hosts, making the analysis of Symbiodinium communities in corals (and metacommunities on reefs) advantageous for many aspects of coral reef research....

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3472
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Human impacts are causing ecosystem phase shifts from coral- to algal-dominated reef systems on a global scale. As these ecosystems undergo transition, there is an increased incidence of coral-macroalgal interactions. Mounting evidence indicates that the outcome...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Biophysics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3423
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Background and Aims Cryptic peracarids are an important component of the coral reef fauna in terms of diversity and abundance, yet they have been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the taxonomic richness and abundance of cryptic peracarids in...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3411
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Geographic variation in external morphology is thought to reflect an interplay between genotype and the environment. Morphological variation has been well-described for a number of cetacean species, including the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In this...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3415
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Photosynthates released by benthic primary producers (BPP), such as reef algae and scleractinian corals, fuel the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) production on tropical coral reefs. DOC concentrations near BPP have repeatedly been observed to be elevated compared...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3456
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Seawater temperature anomalies associated with warming climate have been linked to increases in coral disease outbreaks that have contributed to coral reef declines globally. However, little is known about how seasonal scale variations in environmental factors...

["Marine Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3438
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The spatial learning skills of high and low stress juvenile mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) were tested in a dichotomous choice apparatus. Groups of fish were formed based on background blood cortisol levels and required to learn the location of a food reward...

["Animal Behavior","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3445
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Recruitment is a key demographic process for population persistence. This paper focuses on barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides) recruitment. In rocky intertidal habitats from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast of Nova Scotia (Canada), ice scour is common during the winter....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Mathematical Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3444
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Local-scale ecological information is critical as a sound basis for spatial management and conservation and as support for ongoing research in relatively unstudied areas. We conducted visual surveys of fish and benthic communities on nine reefs (3–24 km from shore)...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3410
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Background The veined rapa whelk Rapana venosa is an important commercial shellfish in China and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) has become the standard method to study gene expression in R. venosa. For accurate and reliable gene expression results, qRT-PCR...

["Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3398
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Coral microbiomes are known to play important roles in organismal health, response to environmental stress, and resistance to disease. The coral microbiome contains diverse assemblages of resident bacteria, ranging from defensive and metabolic symbionts to opportunistic...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3315

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