Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Mosasauroid squamates represented the apex predators within the Late Cretaceous marine and occasionally also freshwater ecosystems. Proper understanding of the origin of their ecological adaptations or paleobiogeographic dispersals requires adequate knowledge of...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3782
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Pondweed bugs (Hemiptera: Mesoveliidae), considered a sister group to all other Gerromorpha, are exceedingly rare as fossils. Therefore, each new discovery of a fossil mesoveliid is of high interest, giving new insight into their early evolutionary history and...

["Ecology","Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3760
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Background The caddisfly genus Oecetis currently contains 534 valid species. Its larval stages are found in freshwaters around the world. The adults can be distinguished from other Leptoceridae by the unbranched forewing M vein and the exceptionally long maxillary...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3753
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While methods for genetic species delimitation have noticeably improved in the last decade, this remains a work in progress. Ideally, model based approaches should be applied and considered jointly with other lines of evidence, primarily morphology and geography,...

["Genomics","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3724
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Most knowledge concerning Mesozoic Era floras has come from compression fossils. This has been augmented in the last 20 years by rarer permineralized material showing cellular preservation. Here, we describe a new genus of anatomically preserved gymnosperm seed...

["Paleontology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3723
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Background The systematics of long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) has been mainly based on a handful of external morphological characters and classical measurements. Here, we studied the pattern of morphological variation in the skull of long-nosed armadillos...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3650
1 citation
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Background With their Pan-American distribution, long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) constitute an understudied model for Neotropical biogeography. This genus currently comprises seven recognized species, the nine-banded armadillo (D. novemcinctus) having the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3593
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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
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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
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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
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We describe two new species of miniaturized toadlet in the B. pernix group of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from the Atlantic Forest of the state of Paraná, southern Brazil. The first new species is distinguished from all congeners by the pale red coloration...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3603
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Species in the genus Ganoderma include several ecologically important and pathogenic fungal species whose medicinal and economic value is substantial. Due to the highly similar morphological features within the Ganoderma, identification of species has relied heavily...

["Bioinformatics","Mycology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3596
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A new fossil species of salticid spider (Araneae: Salticidae) is described based on an amber-embedded specimen. The specimen was collected from lignite-sandstone early-mid Miocene sediments near the town of Totolapa in Chiapas, southwestern Mexico. The diagnosis...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3614
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Correct identification of forensically important insects, such as flies in the family Calliphoridae, is a crucial step for them to be used as evidence in legal investigations. Traditional identification based on morphology has been effective, but has some limitations...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3516
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The selection and validation of proper distinguishing characters are of crucial importance in taxonomic revisions. The modern classifications of orchids utilize the molecular tools, but still the selection and identification of the material used in these studies...

["Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3609

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