Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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We conducted a spatially explicit, stochastic, individually based population viability analysis for the Hawaiian common gallinule (Gallinula galeata sandvicensis), an endangered subspecies of waterbird endemic to fragmented coastal wetlands in Hawai‘i. This subspecies...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4990
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Background Urbanization is one of the main causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Wildlife responses to urbanization, however, are greatly variable and, paradoxically, some threatened species may achieve much larger populations in urban than in natural habitats....

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4908
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Wildlife perceive humans as predators, and therefore normally flushes. Flight initiation distance (FID) is the distance a human can approach an animal at a steady pace until it flushes. Recently, several studies showed differences in within-species FID according...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5093
23 downloads
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Invasive species are a global threat to biodiversity. Cases where the invasion has been tracked since its beginning are rare, however, such that the first interactions between invasive and native species remain poorly understood. Communication behavior is an integral...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4888
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The Beal’s-eyed turtle (Sacalia bealei) is endemic to southeastern China and endangered due to poaching and habitat loss. Knowledge of S. bealei ecology is lacking and this study provides baseline information of its reproduction in a natural environment. We studied...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4997
51 downloads
536 views

Animals sense an enormous number of cues in their environments, and, over time, can form learned associations and memories with some of these. The nervous system remarkably maintains the specificity of learning and memory to each of the cues. Here we asked whether...

["Animal Behavior","Genetics","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4956
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Anti-predator behaviors like vigilance or hiding come at the expense of other fitness increasing behaviors such as foraging. To compensate for this trade-off, prey assess predation risk and modify the frequency of anti-predator behaviors according to the likelihood...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4923
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492 views

Despite decades of research, we still lack a complete understanding of what factors influence the transition of the necessary and adaptive acute stress response to what has become known as chronic stress. This gap in knowledge has illuminated the necessity for...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4961
45 downloads
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Background Inflammation is generally suppressed during hibernation, but select tissues (e.g. lung) have been shown to activate both antioxidant and pro-inflammatory pathways, particularly during arousal from torpor when breathing rates increase and oxidative metabolism...

["Animal Behavior","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4911
70 downloads
539 views

Incrementally grown, metabolically inert tissues such as fish otoliths provide biochemical records that can used to infer behavior and physiology throughout the lifetime of the individual. Organic tissues are particularly useful as the stable isotope composition...

["Animal Behavior","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4883
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Temperature is a crucial factor determining biology and ecology of poikilothermic animals. It often constitutes an important barrier for invasive species originating from different climate zones but, on the other hand, may facilitate the invasion process of animals...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Parasitology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4871
117 downloads
778 views

Background Anuran vocalizations, such as advertisement and release calls, are informative for taxonomy because species recognition can be based on those signals. Thus, a proper acoustic description of the calls may support taxonomic decisions and may contribute...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4813
55 downloads
222 views

In order to save resources, honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in the temperate zones stop brood rearing during winter. Brood rearing is resumed in late winter to build up a sufficient worker force that allows to exploit floral resources in upcoming spring. The...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4801
248 downloads
1,718 views

Ecological monitoring programs typically aim to detect changes in the abundance of species of conservation concern or which reflect system status. Coral reef fish assemblages are functionally important for reef health and these are most commonly monitored using...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4886
37 downloads
166 views

The monoamines serotonin and dopamine are important neuromodulators present in the central nervous system, known to be active regulators of social behaviour in fish as in other vertebrates. Our aim was to investigate the region-specific brain monoaminergic differences...

["Animal Behavior","Marine Biology","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4830

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