Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background High sea surface temperatures resulted in widespread coral bleaching and mortality in Mayotte Island (northern Mozambique channel, Indian Ocean: 12.1°S, 45.1°E) in April–June 2010. Methods Twenty three representative coral genera were sampled quantitatively...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5305
97 downloads
721 views

Singing is a key element of songbirds’ behavioral repertoire, particularly for males, which sing during the breeding season to defend resources against other males and to attract females. Different song traits may convey honest information about males’ qualities...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5397
107 downloads
637 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
61 downloads
280 views

Background A classical dichotomous perspective proposes that either pollination or plant resources limit seed production. However, ovule number could also be limiting when pollination results in complete ovule fertilization and there are more plant resources available...

["Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5384
74 downloads
820 views

Ocean acidification (OA) is one of the most significant threats to marine life, and is predicted to drive important changes in marine communities. Although OA impacts will be the sum of direct effects mediated by alterations of physiological rates and indirect...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5327
79 downloads
1,360 views

Carrion is a rich, ephemeral resource vital to biodiversity and ecosystem health. In temperate ecosystems in which cold temperatures and snowfall influence the accessibility and availability of small prey and seasonal mast crops, carrion may also be a limiting...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5324
100 downloads
2,022 views

The periodical cicadas of North America (Magicicada spp.) are well-known for their long life cycles of 13 and 17 years and their mass synchronized emergences. Although periodical cicada life cycles are relatively strict, the biogeographic patterns of periodical...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5282
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411 views

Phenotypic plasticity is central to an organism’s ability to adapt to variable environmental conditions. For aquatic organisms, exposure to elevated salt levels poses a challenge and organisms may fail to tolerate or survive much higher levels short-term. Here...

["Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5277
64 downloads
496 views

Bias in underwater visual census has always been elusive. In fact, the choice of sampling method and the behavioural traits of fish are two of the most important factors affecting bias, but they are still treated separately, which leads to arbitrarily chosen sampling...

["Animal Behavior","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5378
193 downloads
1,863 views

Background Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are a widespread, vocal baleen whale best known for producing song, a complex, repetitive, geographically distinct acoustic signal sung by males, predominantly in a breeding context. Humpback whales worldwide...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5365
143 downloads
562 views

Climate change is altering the phenology of trophically linked organisms, leading to increased asynchrony between species with unknown consequences for ecosystem services. Although phenological mismatches are reported from several ecosystems, experimental evidence...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5269
183 downloads
1,609 views

Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed) is a well-known invasive alien species in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and North America. The plant is known to have a negative impact on local biodiversity, flood risk and ecosystem services; but in the UK it is also considered...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5246
553 downloads
1,506 views

The whale shark Rhincodon typus was uplisted to ‘Endangered’ in the 2016 IUCN Red List due to >50% population decline, largely caused by continued exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. Though the Philippines protected the whale shark in 1998, concerns remain due to...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5231
76 downloads
244 views

Spiny lobsters have a protracted pelagic, oceanic larval phase. The final larval stage metamorphoses into a non-feeding postlarva (puerulus) that actively swims towards the coast to settle in shallow habitats and does not resume feeding until after the molt into...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5297
52 downloads
295 views

In the context of future aquaculture intensification, a longitudinal ten-year evaluation of the current traditional rainbow trout production in Ireland was performed. Publically available and independent data obtained from local authorities were gathered and analysed....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Aquatic and Marine Chemistry","Environmental Contamination and Remediation","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5281

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