Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

68 downloads
399 views

The pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) is a species of western North America, inhabiting ecoregions ranging from desert to oak and pine forest. They are primarily insectivorous predators on large arthropods that occasionally take small vertebrate prey, and are at...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6065
201 downloads
1,689 views

The inland waters of Washington State and southern British Columbia, collectively known as the Salish Sea, comprise key habitat for two regional populations of killer whales (Orcinus orca): the mammal-eating West Coast Transients and the endangered fish-eating...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6062
34 downloads
357 views

Hatching timing is under strong selection and environmentally cued in many species. Embryos use multiple sensory modalities to inform hatching timing and many have spontaneous hatching patterns adaptively synchronized to natural cycles. Embryos can also adaptively...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6018
57 downloads
528 views

Some animals, such as the bombardier beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Brachinini), have evolved chemical defences against predators. When attacked, bombardier beetles can discharge noxious chemicals at temperatures of approximately 100 °C from the tip of their abdomens,...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5942
35 downloads
202 views

The orb-weaver spider Meta bourneti Simon 1922 (Araneae: Tetragnathidae) is one of the most common cave predators occurring in the Mediterranean basin. Although the congeneric M. menardi represented the model species in several studies, our knowledge of M. bourneti...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6049
76 downloads
757 views

Wildlife fencing has become more prevalent throughout Africa, although it has come with a price of increased habitat fragmentation and loss of habitat connectivity. In an effort to increase connectivity, managers of fenced conservancies can place strategic gaps...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5950
102 downloads
887 views

Despite being closely related, dogs perform worse than wolves in independent problem-solving tasks. These differences in problem-solving performance have been attributed to dogs’ greater reliance on humans, who are usually present when problem-solving tasks are...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5944
54 downloads
251 views

Genetic diversity at immune genes and levels of parasitism are known to affect patterns of (dis)assortative mating in several species. Heterozygote advantage and/or good genes should shape mate choice originating from pathogen/parasite-driven selection at immune...

["Animal Behavior","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6004
80 downloads
405 views

Background Tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) are fast running predatory insects preying on different small insects and other terrestrial arthropods. Prey is located by sight and captured after short and fast pursuit interspersed with pause-and-look behaviour....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5971
161 downloads
510 views

The reproductive biology of the Myristica Swamp tree frog (Mercurana myristicapalustris), a monotypic rhacophorid frog endemic to the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains of India, has remained unknown since the description of the genus and species. We monitored...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Developmental Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5934
52 downloads
249 views

We aimed to examine mechanistically the observed foraging differences across two honey bee, Apis mellifera, subspecies using the proboscis extension response assay. Specifically, we compared differences in appetitive reversal learning ability between honey bee...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5918
206 downloads
1,199 views

Endogenous circadian and seasonal activity patterns are adapted to facilitate effective utilisation of environmental resources. Activity patterns are shaped by physiological constraints, evolutionary history, circadian and seasonal changes and may be influenced...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5827
111 downloads
610 views

We have sequenced a partial transcriptome of the Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), a species with one of the longest migrations on Earth. The transcriptome was constructed de novo using RNA-Seq sequence data from the pooled mRNA of six different tissues: brain,...

["Animal Behavior","Bioinformatics","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5860
60 downloads
504 views

Closely related species with overlapping geographic ranges encounter a significant challenge: they share many ecological traits and preferences but must partition resources to coexist. In Ontario, potentially eleven species of carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae)...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5829
61 downloads
434 views

Individual differences in performances on cognitive tasks have been found to differ according to social rank across multiple species. However, it is not clear whether an individual’s cognitive performance is flexible and the result of their current social rank,...

["Animal Behavior","Developmental Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5738

Refine by manuscript type

Top subject areas - Articles

Top subject areas - People

View all subject areas