Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Edge effects alter insect biodiversity in several ways. However, we still have a limited understanding on simultaneous responses of ecological populations and assemblages to ecotones, especially in human modified landscapes. We analyze edge effects on dung beetle...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6148

Mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of five Cyrtodactylus were determined. Their compositions and structures were similar to most of the available gecko lizard mitogenomes as 13 protein-coding, two rRNA and 22 tRNA genes. The non-coding control region (CR) of almost...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6121
49 downloads
211 views

Molecular studies have uncovered significant diversity in the Mexican Highlands, leading to the description of many new endemic species. DNA approaches to this kind of species discovery have included both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing and multilocus genomic...

["Biodiversity","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6045
35 downloads
121 views

Background The hadal zone encompasses the deepest parts of the world’s ocean trenches from depths of ∼6,000–11,000 m. The communities observed at these depths are dominated by scavenging amphipods that rapidly intercept and consume carrion as it falls to the deepest...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5994
35 downloads
227 views

Primate species have been increasingly threatened by legal and illegal trade in China, mainly for biomedical research or as pets and traditional medicine, yet most reports on trade from China regard international trade. To assess a proxy for amount of national...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6069
148 downloads
163 views

The common octopus of the Veracruz Reef System (VRS, southwestern Gulf of Mexico) has historically been considered as Octopus vulgaris, and yet, to date, no study including both morphological and genetic data has tested that assumption. To assess this matter, 52...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6015
67 downloads
194 views

Background Land gastropods of the Dry Chaco merit special attention because they comprise a highly diverse but barely studied group. Clessinia Doering, 1875 are typical inhabitants of this ecoregion. The inclusion of their distribution areas into Spixia range,...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5986
34 downloads
194 views

Climatic variables have been the main predictors employed in ecological niche modeling and species distribution modeling, although biotic interactions are known to affect species’ spatial distributions via mechanisms such as predation, competition, and mutualism....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6052
24 downloads
144 views

Introduction Oligochaetes are recognized as valuable bioindicators of sediment quality in streams and lakes. The development of an oligochaete index based on the identification of specimens using DNA barcodes requires a method for simultaneously preserving the...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genetics","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6050
60 downloads
300 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
110 downloads
659 views

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a federally protected area found in central southern Utah. Designated in 1996 by President William J. Clinton, it was recently reduced in size by President Donald J. Trump in a proclamation that turned the one large...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6057
27 downloads
130 views

Background The nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (N-DAMO) pathway, which plays an important role in carbon and nitrogen cycling in aquatic ecosystems, is mediated by “Candidatus Methylomirabilis oxyfera” (M. oxyfera) of the NC10 phylum. M. oxyfera-like...

["Biodiversity","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6041
31 downloads
150 views

Saproxylic insects, those associated directly or indirectly with decaying wood for all or part of their life cycle, compose a large proportion of forest organisms. Flies (Diptera) are often the most abundant and species-rich group of insects in forest microhabitats,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6027
46 downloads
202 views

Faunal inventories in ferruginous caves from an area belonging to the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado phytophysiognomy), on the eastern margin of the Serra do Espinhaço Plateau, in southeastern Brazil, have revealed the occurrence of land flatworms. Herein, a flatworm...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6007
75 downloads
393 views

Hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) are among the most important pollinators, although they attract less attention than bees. They are usually thought to be rather opportunistic flower visitors, although previous studied demonstrated that they show colour preferences...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6025

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