Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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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
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Background A scarcely studied consequence of urbanization is the effect of temporal stabilization of the environment on bird communities. This alteration is thought to dampen environmental variations between day and night, seasons and years, promoting a temporal...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6056
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Coptoformica Müller, 1923 is a subgenus of Formica Linnaeus, 1758 that consists of c. a dozen species of ants that typically inhabit open grassy habitats and build small nest mounds. The most recent addition to the group is Formica fennica Seifert, 2000. The description...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6013
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Background The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) population of the South–western Atlantic Ocean is recovering. In the breeding ground of Peninsula Valdés, as a consequence of the population growth, expansion to new areas by some types of groups and a change...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5957
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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
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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
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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
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Root-fungal symbioses such as mycorrhizas and endophytes are key components of terrestrial ecosystems. Diverse in trophy habits (obligate, facultative or hemi-biotrophs) and symbiotic relations (from mutualism to parasitism), these associations also show great...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Mycology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6030
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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
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The coral symbiosis is the linchpin of the reef ecosystem, yet the mechanisms that promote and maintain cooperation between hosts and symbionts have not been fully resolved. We used a phylogenetically controlled design to investigate the role of vertical symbiont...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6047
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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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In the last decades diseases have changed coral communities’ structure and function in reefs worldwide. Studies conducted to evaluate the effect of diseases on corals frequently use modified adaptations of sampling designs that were developed to study ecological...

["Ecology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6006
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Anthropogenic pressures threaten the health of coral reefs globally. Some of these pressures directly affect coral functioning, while others are indirect, for example by promoting the capacity of bioeroders to dissolve coral aragonite. To assess the coral reef...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5966
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Changes in the mean and variance of phenotypic traits like wing and head morphology are frequently used as indicators of environmental stress experienced during development and may serve as a convenient index of urbanization exposure. To test this claim, we collected...

["Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5940
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Bacteria play a crucial role in the marine carbon cycle, contributing to the production and degradation of organic carbon. Here, we investigated organic carbon pools, aggregate formation, and bacterioplankton communities in three contrasting oceanographic settings...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5984

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