Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Correct identification and classification of sponges is challenging due to ambiguous or misleading morphological features. A particular case is a blue keratose sponge occasionally referred to as the “Blue Photo Sponge” among aquarists, which appears frequently...

["Marine Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5586
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Background Denitrification is one of the main pathways of the N-cycle, during which nitrate is converted to dinitrogen gas, in four consecutive reactions that are each catalyzed by a different metalloenzyme. One of the intermediate metabolites is nitrous oxide,...

["Biochemistry","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Aquatic and Marine Chemistry","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5603
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Deep sea lobsters are highly valued for seafood and provide the basis of important commercial fisheries in many parts of the world. Despite their economic significance, relatively little is known about their natural diets. Microscopic analyses of foregut content...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Bioinformatics","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5641
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The aim of this study was to select the most suitable reference genes for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) of spotted sea bass (Lateolabrax maculatus), an important commercial marine fish in Pacific Asia, under normal physiological and...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5631
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Camera loggers are increasingly used to examine behavioural aspects of free-ranging animals. However, often video loggers are deployed with a focus on specific behavioural traits utilizing small cameras with a limited field of view, poor light performance and video...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5459
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Animal mitochondria are usually inherited through the maternal lineage. The exceptional system allowing fathers to transmit their mitochondria to the offspring exists in some bivalves. Its taxonomic spread is poorly understood and new mitogenomic data are needed...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5593
58 downloads
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Background The unique and complex paleoclimatic and paleogeographic events which affected the Mediterranean Sea since late Miocene deeply influenced the distribution and evolution of marine organisms and shaped their genetic structure. Following the Messinian salinity...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5560
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Estimating the growth of fishes is critical to understanding their life history and conducting fisheries assessments. It is imperative to sufficiently sample each size and age class of fishes to construct models that accurately reflect biological growth patterns,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5582
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This paper reports the results of a ten-year monitoring program of an Atlantic Canadian population of green crabs, Carcinus maenas, in the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy. Intertidal densities, sex and reproductive ratios, juvenile recruitment, subtidal catch-per-unit-effort...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5566
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Background Parasites can play various roles in the invasion of non-native species, but these are still understudied in marine ecosystems. This also applies to invasions from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, the so-called Lessepsian migration....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5558
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Bioluminescent copepods are often the most abundant marine zooplankton and play critical roles in oceanic food webs. Metridia copepods exhibit particularly bright bioluminescence, and the molecular basis of their light production has just recently begun to be explored....

["Biochemistry","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5506
53 downloads
402 views

The Mexican region of the Perdido Fold Belt (PFB), in northwestern Gulf of Mexico (GoM), is a geological province with important oil reservoirs that will be subjected to forthcoming oil exploration and extraction activities. To date, little is known about the native...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5583
169 downloads
1,020 views

Background A few odontocetes (echolocating toothed cetaceans) have been able to independently colonize freshwater ecosystems. Although some extant species of delphinids (true dolphins) and phocoenids (porpoises) at least occasionally migrate upstream of large river...

["Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5556
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306 views

Antarctica is seriously affected by climate change, particularly at the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) where a rapid regional warming is observed. Potter Cove is a WAP fjord at Shetland Islands that constitutes a biodiversity hotspot where over the last years,...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5531
40 downloads
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Pelagic ostracods are one of the main groups of zooplankton and are abundant in marine ecosystems worldwide. The record of marine planktonic ostracod species in the central and southern part of the South China Sea accounts over for one-third of the total recorded...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5557

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