Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The present-day amphibian and reptile fauna of Western Siberia are the least diverse of the Palaearctic Realm, as a consequence of the unfavourable climatic conditions that predominate in this region. The origin and emergence of these herpetofaunal groups...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3025
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The land snails collected by the ‘Comisión Científica del Pacifíco’ (CCP), a Spanish expedition to South and Central America from 1862–1866, are restudied and revised. The historical context of the expedition and the study of its collected material are described....

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3065
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The True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus, True 1913) is a poorly known member of the Ziphiidae family. Its distribution in the northern hemisphere is thought to be restricted to the temperate or warm temperate waters of the North Atlantic, while a few stranding...

["Biodiversity","Genetics","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3059
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Mourasuchus (Alligatoroidea, Caimaninae) is one of the most peculiar crocodyliforms due to the skull morphology consisting of a long, wide, dorsoventrally flat rostrum with long, slender mandibular rami. Despite these peculiarities, the systematics, phylogeny and...

["Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3056
147 downloads
1,474 views

Urbanization is one of the major anthropogenic processes contributing to local habitat loss and extirpation of numerous species, including wild bees, the most widespread pollinators. Little is known about the mechanisms through which urbanization impacts wild bee...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3051
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Background Sponges are particularly prone to hiding cryptic species as their paradigmatic plasticity often favors species phenotypic convergence as a result of adaptation to similar habitat conditions. Hemimycale is a sponge genus (Family Hymedesmiidae, Order Poecilosclerida)...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2958
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The iconic gastropod genus Cyphoma is commonly observed in the Caribbean, where it lives in association with various octocorallian hosts. Each species in the genus Cyphoma has a unique, characteristic mantle pattern and colouration, which separates the valid taxa....

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3018
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861 views

We present a new supertree method that enables rapid estimation of a summary tree on the scale of millions of leaves. This supertree method summarizes a collection of input phylogenies and an input taxonomy. We introduce formal goals and criteria for such a supertree...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3058
161 downloads
1,016 views

A new taxon of stem otariid, Eotaria citrica sp. nov., is described from the upper Burdigalian to lower Langhian “Topanga” formation of Orange County, California. The new species is described from mandibular and dental remains that show a unique combination of...

["Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3022
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The Night Frog genus Nyctibatrachus (Family Nyctibatrachidae) represents an endemic anuran lineage of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot, India. Until now, it included 28 recognised species, of which more than half were described recently over the last five...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3007
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813 views

Background Prophoca and Leptophoca represent the oldest known genera of phocine seals, dating from the latest early to middle Miocene. Originally, Prophoca rousseaui and Prophoca proxima were described based on fragmentary remains from the Miocene of Belgium. However,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3024
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830 views

Three new cryptic species of Chiasmocleis from the Atlantic Forest of Brazil are described. Two of these species occur in the northeastern states of Sergipe and Bahia, whereas the third species is found in the southeastern state of São Paulo. The new species can...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3005
178 downloads
677 views

Following study of the external morphology and its unmatched variability throughout ontogeny and a re-examination of selected morphological characters based on many specimens of diplomystids from Central and South Chile, we revised and emended previous specific...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2991
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The exoskeleton is an important source of characters for the taxonomy of Hydroidolina. It originates as epidermal secretions and, among other functions, protects the coenosarc of the polypoid stage. However, comparative studies on the exoskeletal tissue origin,...

["Cell Biology","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2964
1,538 downloads
16,349 views

The gecko genus Geckolepis, endemic to Madagascar and the Comoro archipelago, is taxonomically challenging. One reason is its members ability to autotomize a large portion of their scales when grasped or touched, most likely to escape predation. Based on an integrative...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2955

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