Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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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
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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
35 downloads
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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
58 downloads
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The family Miridae is the most diverse and one of the most economically important groups in Heteroptera. However, identification of mirid species on the basis of morphology is difficult and time-consuming. In the present study, we evaluated the effectiveness of...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6070
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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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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
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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
80 downloads
407 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
57 downloads
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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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One of the major trends in the evolution of parasitoid wasps is miniaturization, which has produced the smallest known insects. Megaphragma spp. (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) are smaller than some unicellular organisms, with an adult body length of the smallest...

["Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6005
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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
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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
72 downloads
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Background In recent years, there has been a rapidly growing demand for readily accessible substrates for mass production of Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens Linnaeus. Beer production results in various by-products that typically end up in uncontrolled dumpsites...

["Agricultural Science","Developmental Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5885
1 citation
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Twisted winged insects (Strepsiptera) are a highly specialized small order of parasitic insects. Whether parasitism developed at an early or late stage in the evolution of the group was unknown. Here we record and describe the first definite Mesozoic strepsipteran...

["Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5943
48 downloads
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Aedes albopictus is a primary vector of hundreds of pathogens. Strong environmental adaptability and extensive global distribution of Aedes albopictus make it a severe threat to human health. Autophagy is a cellular process involved in maintenance of cellular homeostasis...

["Biochemistry","Cell Biology","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5988

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