Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

The gastric armature of decapod foregut is a feeding structure that sparks controversial debates about the role dietary and historical components have in shaping its morphological traits. Having previous information about the natural diet is an interesting way...

["Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5028
21 downloads
47 views

Background Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is one of the most common ingredients of the disinfectants. It is commonly detected in surface and wastewaters where it can interact with the residues of pharmaceuticals that are also common wastewater pollutants. Among the...

["Ecotoxicology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4986
26 downloads
174 views

Freshwater mussels (order: Unionida) represent one of the most critically imperilled groups of animals; consequently, there exists a need to establish a variety of molecular markers for population genetics and systematic studies in this group. Recently, two novel...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5007
47 downloads
261 views

Background High throughput DNA sequencing of bulk invertebrate samples or metabarcoding is becoming increasingly used to provide profiles of biological communities for environmental monitoring. As metabarcoding becomes more widely applied, new reference DNA barcodes...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genetics","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4980
82 downloads
184 views

Temperature is a crucial factor determining biology and ecology of poikilothermic animals. It often constitutes an important barrier for invasive species originating from different climate zones but, on the other hand, may facilitate the invasion process of animals...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Parasitology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4871
45 downloads
364 views

The name Elatine campylosperma Seub. is generally treated as one of the synonyms of E. macropoda Guss. However, recent morphological, phylogenetic and karyological studies indicate that this judgement should be revised. In the present paper we typify the name E....

["Biogeography","Ecology","Taxonomy","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4913
34 downloads
257 views

Biomonitoring is a common method to monitor environmental change in river ecosystems, a key advantage of biomonitoring over snap-shot physicochemical monitoring is that it provides a more stable, long-term insight into change that is also effects-based. In New...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecosystem Science","Freshwater Biology","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4890
81 downloads
469 views

That biodiversity declines with latitude is well known, but whether a metacommunity process is behind this gradient has received limited attention. We tested the hypothesis that dispersal limitation is progressively replaced by mass effects with increasing latitude,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Freshwater Biology","Ecohydrology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4898
53 downloads
130 views

This paper examines the impact of disturbance factors—flooding and intermittency—on the distribution of water mites in the riparian springs situated in the valley of a small lowland river, the Krąpiel. The landscape factors and physicochemical parameters of the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4797
81 downloads
584 views

In Europe and North America waterfowl are major dispersers of aquatic and terrestrial plants, but in New Zealand their role has yet to be investigated. Mallards were introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800s, and today they are the most abundant and widespread...

["Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4811
79 downloads
888 views

The ecological multifunctionality of colour often results in multiple selective pressures operating on a single trait. Most research on colour evolution focuses on males because they are the most conspicuous sex in most species. This bias can limit inferences about...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4807
68 downloads
375 views

Abundance estimates play an important part in the regulatory and conservation decision-making process. It is important to correct monitoring data for imperfect detection when using these data to track spatial and temporal variation in abundance, especially in the...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Freshwater Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4677
142 downloads
599 views

With about 5,000 species worldwide, the Heteroptera or true bugs are the most diverse taxon among the hemimetabolous insects in aquatic and semi-aquatic ecosystems. Species may be found in almost every freshwater environment and have very specific habitat requirements,...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4577
76 downloads
342 views

The halophilic bacterial strain WB1 isolated from a hydrothermal vent was taxonomically characterized using multiple proxies, as Halomonas nitroreducens strain WB1. When grown on malt extract/yeast extract (MY) medium, it produced large quantities of exopolysaccharide...

["Biodiversity","Food Science and Technology","Freshwater Biology","Biogeochemistry","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4684
237 downloads
1,269 views

Background DNA metabarcoding is used to generate species composition data for entire communities. However, sequencing errors in high-throughput sequencing instruments are fairly common, usually requiring reads to be clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs),...

["Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Molecular Biology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4644

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