Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896, are ubiquitous along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the USA. These organisms play an integral role in the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), where not only are they a keystone species, but are also socioeconomically...

["Developmental Biology","Marine Biology","Toxicology","Ecotoxicology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5985
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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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The common octopus of the Veracruz Reef System (VRS, southwestern Gulf of Mexico) has historically been considered as Octopus vulgaris, and yet, to date, no study including both morphological and genetic data has tested that assumption. To assess this matter, 52...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6015
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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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The inland waters of Washington State and southern British Columbia, collectively known as the Salish Sea, comprise key habitat for two regional populations of killer whales (Orcinus orca): the mammal-eating West Coast Transients and the endangered fish-eating...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6062
82 downloads
491 views

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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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
25 downloads
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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
63 downloads
327 views

Most genetic transformation protocols for the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum rely on one of two available antibiotics as selection markers: Zeocin (a formulation of phleomycin D1) or nourseothricin. This limits the number of possible consecutive genetic...

["Genetics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5884
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Okinawa Island is located near the center of the Nansei Islands (∼24–31°N), at a relatively high latitude for coral reefs. Nevertheless, more than 80 coral genera (over 400 species) are abundant in the Nansei Islands. Since March, 2017, scleractinian corals have...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5915
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Consumers can regulate the acquisition and use of nutrients through behavioral and physiological mechanisms. Here, we present an experimental approach that simultaneously integrates multiple nutritional traits, feeding assays, and juvenile performance to assess...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5929
39 downloads
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Release rates of particulate organic carbon and nitrogen (POC and PON) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from the scleractinian coral Acropora tenuis were measured during the day and night in summer and winter seasons. Physiological parameters including calcification,...

["Marine Biology","Biogeochemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5728
52 downloads
323 views

In this paper, we map the distribution of scale-rayed wrasse Acantholabrus palloni in eastern Skagerrak based on a combination of verified and personally communicated angling records. Long thought to be occasional vagrants outside its known range in the eastern...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5900
86 downloads
512 views

Increasing environmental pressures and human impacts are reshaping community structures and species interactions throughout all trophic levels. The morphological and behavioural characteristics of species communities contain key ecological information on why prey...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5899
1 citation
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The size and structure of social groups of animals can be governed by a range of ecological factors and behavioral interactions. In small, highly site-attached coral reef fishes, group size is often constrained by the size of the habitat patch they are restricted...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5841

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