Peer-reviewed Articles

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Quantification of fine-scale movement, performance, and energetics of hunting by large carnivores is critical for understanding the physiological underpinnings of trophic interactions. This is particularly challenging for wide-ranging terrestrial canid and felid...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3701
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Background Parasites are essential components of natural communities, but the factors that generate skewed distributions of parasite occurrences and abundances across host populations are not well understood. Methods Here, we analyse at a seascape scale the spatiotemporal...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3675
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The polyphagous shot hole borer and Kuroshio shot hole borer, two members of the Euwallacea fornicatus species complex (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), are invasive ambrosia beetles that harbor distinct species of Fusarium fungal symbionts. Together with...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3656
112 downloads
1,241 views

Background Studying animal cognition in a social setting is associated with practical and statistical challenges. However, conducting cognitive research without disturbing species-typical social groups can increase ecological validity, minimize distress, and improve...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology","Psychiatry and Psychology","Ethical Issues"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3649
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Background Leukocyte concentrations follow a circadian pattern in mammals, with elevated values at times of potential contact with pathogens and parasites. We hypothesized that this pattern is disturbed after an immune challenge. Methods In Thailand, we captured...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Hematology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3570
275 downloads
1,058 views

The use of insects as indicators of post-mortem displacement is discussed in many texts, courses and TV shows, and several studies addressing this issue have been published. Although the concept is widely cited, it is poorly understood, and only a few forensic...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3506
43 downloads
308 views

Communication is essential during social interactions including animal conflicts and it is often a complex process involving multiple sensory channels or modalities. To better understand how different modalities interact during communication, it is fundamental...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3643
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Background Previous studies in human patients suggest depth of sedation may be affected by environmental noise or music; however, related data in domestic animals is limited. The objective of the current study was to investigate the effect of noise and music on...

["Animal Behavior","Veterinary Medicine","Anaesthesiology and Pain Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3659
36 downloads
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The decisions animals make to adjust their antipredator behavior to rapidly changing conditions have been well studied. Inducible defenses in plants are an antipredator behavior that acts on a longer time scale, but sensitive plants, Mimosa pudica, have a much...

["Animal Behavior","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3598
91 downloads
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Common scientific wisdom assumes that spider sexual dimorphism (SD) mostly results from sexual selection operating on males. However, testing predictions from this hypothesis, particularly male size hyperallometry, has been restricted by methodological constraints....

["Animal Behavior","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3617
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Background The ostrich is a cursorial bird with extraordinary speed and endurance, especially in the desert, and thus is an ideal large-scale animal model for mechanic study of locomotion on granular substrate. Methods The plantar pressure distributions of ostriches...

["Animal Behavior","Bioengineering","Biophysics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3613
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Understanding how individual photoreceptor cells factor in the spectral sensitivity of a visual system is essential to explain how they contribute to the visual ecology of the animal in question. Existing methods that model the absorption of visual pigments use...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3595
65 downloads
446 views

Background Morphological descriptions comparing Leposternon microcephalum and L. scutigerum have been made previously. However, these taxa lack a formal quantitative morphological characterization, and comparative studies suggest that morphology and burrowing performance...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3581
43 downloads
504 views

Aesop’s Fable tasks—in which subjects drop objects into a water-filled tube to raise the water level and obtain out-of-reach floating rewards —have been used to test for causal understanding of water displacement in both young children and non-human animals. However,...

["Animal Behavior","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3484
28 downloads
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Cognitive functioning is vital for enabling animals of all taxa to optimise their chances of survival and reproductive success. Learning and memory in particular are drivers of many evolutionary processes. In this study, we examine how developmental plasticity...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3563

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