Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Despite numerous tests of Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis (DNH) evidence for its support or rejection is still contradictory. We tested a DNH derived prediction stating that nonnative species (NNS) without native congeneric relatives (NCR) will spread...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5444
33 downloads
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Maternal effects can substantially affect ecological and evolutionary processes in natural populations. However, as they often are environmentally induced, establishing their genetic basis is challenging. One important, but largely neglected, source of maternal...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5452
35 downloads
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The success of many sessile invertebrates in marine benthic communities is linked to their ability to efficiently remove suspended organic matter from the surrounding water column. To investigate the diet of the barnacle Amphibalanus eburneus, a dominant suspension...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5485
53 downloads
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Roads may have an important negative effect on animal dispersal rate and mortality and thus the functioning of local populations. However, road verges may be surrogate habitats for invertebrates. This creates a conservation dilemma around the impact of roads on...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5413
37 downloads
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Antarctica, with its severe conditions, is poor in terrestrial fauna species. However, an increase in human presence together with climate change may cause an influx of non-native species. Here we report a significant increase in colonized area of one of the few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5408
58 downloads
278 views

We investigated a pantropical sub-family and genus of damselfishes, the sergeant-majors (Pomacentridae: Abudefdufinae: Abudefduf), to identify the tempo and mechanisms of speciation in the lineage. We examined sequence capture data from 500 loci and 20 species,...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5357
96 downloads
753 views

The shrimp or prawn is the most valuable traded marine product in the world market today and its microbiota plays an essential role in its development, physiology, and health. The technological advances and dropping costs of high-throughput sequencing have increased...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5382
61 downloads
578 views

Habitat degradation associated with resource development is a major ecological concern, particularly in Canada’s boreal zone where limited information on biodiversity is available. Habitat degradation can lead to reductions in biodiversity and ecosystem function,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5447
37 downloads
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The larva and female of Perigomphus basicornis are described and illustrated, and compared with the larva and female of P. pallidistylus. The larva of P. basicornis differs from that of P. pallidistylus in having sternum 8 divided in five sclerites, abdominal segments...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Entomology","Taxonomy","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5279
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Ceraphronoids are some of the most commonly collected hymenopterans, yet they remain rare in the fossil record. Conostigmus talamasi Mikó and Trietsch, sp. nov. from Baltic amber represents an intermediate form between the type genus, Megaspilus, and one of the...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5174
72 downloads
453 views

Roadkill has gradually become a common factor that has contributed to the decline of amphibians, and traffic volume is an important parameter that can be used to determine the impacts of roads. However, few researchers have studied the effects of either daily or...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5385
268 downloads
1,962 views

The gekkonid lizard genus Hemidactylus Oken is the second most species-rich genus of geckos with greatest diversity in the tropical regions of the world. Some species of the genus are commensal and widespread; however, there are several endemic lineages with restricted...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5341
57 downloads
472 views

Endemic amphipods (Amphipoda, Crustacea) of the most ancient and large freshwater Lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia) are a highly diverse group comprising >15% of all known species of continental amphipods. The extensive endemic biodiversity of Baikal amphipods provides...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Parasitology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5329
29 downloads
177 views

Predator pressure is a fundamental force driving changes at all levels of the community structure. It may protect native ecosystems from alien species. Therefore, resistance to diverse predators resulting from a universal anti-predator strategy seems crucial for...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5311
71 downloads
502 views

In submarine canyon sediments, bacteria and nematodes dominate the benthic biomass and play a key role in nutrient cycling and energy transfer. The diversity of these communities remains, however, poorly studied. This work aims at describing the composition of...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5396

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