Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Zostera marina (also known as eelgrass) is a foundation species in coastal and marine ecosystems worldwide and is a model for studies of seagrasses (a paraphyletic group in the order Alismatales) that include all the known fully submerged marine angiosperms....

["Marine Biology","Microbiology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3246
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Transition zones are of high evolutionary interest because unique patterns of spatial variation are often retained. Here, we investigated the phylogeography of the peacock blenny, Salaria pavo, a small marine intertidal fish that inhabits rocky habitats of the...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3195
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Background Dinoflagellate cysts (i.e., dinocysts) are biologically and ecologically important as they can help dinoflagellate species survive harsh environments, facilitate their dispersal and serve as seeds for harmful algal blooms. In addition, dinocysts derived...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3224
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The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most abundant sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea, where commercial fishing appears to be the main driver of mortality. So far, information on sea turtle bycatch in Italy is limited both...

["Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3151
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Dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu Bloch and Schneider 1801) and mahogany snapper (Lutjanus mahogoni Cuvier 1828) are infrequently caught snappers in the southeastern U.S. primarily occurring off of southern Florida. The species were opportunistically sampled from commercial...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3167
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Determining whether a population is introduced or native to a region can be challenging due to inadequate taxonomy, the presence of cryptic lineages, and poor historical documentation. For taxa with resting stages that bloom episodically, determining origin can...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3205
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Recent studies have reported an unusually high frequency of nonamplifying alleles at microsatellite loci in bivalves. Null alleles have been associated with heterozygous deficits in many studies. While several studies have tested for its presence using different...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3188
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Metals are present in aquatic environments as a result of natural and anthropogenic inputs, and may induce toxicity to organisms. One of the main factors that influence this toxicity in fresh water is natural organic matter (NOM) but all NOMs are not the same in...

["Biochemistry","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3141
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Pocilloporids are one of the major reef-building corals in the eastern tropical Pacific (ETP) and also the most affected by thermal stress events, mainly those associated with El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) periods. To date, coral growth parameters have been...

["Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3191
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Our previous study demonstrated that tentacle extract (TE) from the jellyfish Cyanea capillata (C. capillata) could cause a weak relaxation response mediated by nitric oxide (NO) using isolated aorta rings. However, the intracellular mechanisms of TE-induced vasodilation...

["Cell Biology","Marine Biology","Cardiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3172
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Ostracods are small bivalved crustaceans widely distributed in aquatic environments and in total 99 species have been recorded in genus Euphilomedes Kornicker, 1967. In this study, we further describe two new species of benthic ostracods in this genus, Euphilomedes...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3146
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Artificial reefs created by deliberately sinking ships off the coast of the Florida Keys island chain are providing new habitat for marine invertebrates. This newly developing fouling community includes the previously reported invasive orange tube coral Tubastraea...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3158
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Despite advances in understanding the ecological functions of secondary metabolites from marine organisms, there has been little focus on the influence of chemically-defended species at the community level. Several compounds have been isolated from the gorgonian...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3186
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Rehabilitation of marine turtles in Queensland has multifaceted objectives. It treats individual animals, serves to educate the public, and contributes to conservation. We examined the outcome from rehabilitation, time in rehabilitation, and subsequent recapture...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3132
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Background The introduction of exotic species can have serious consequences for marine ecosystems. On the shores of the Cantabrian Sea (North of Spain) there are no routine examinations of seaweeds that combine molecular and morphological methods for early detection...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3116

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