Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background The present-day amphibian and reptile fauna of Western Siberia are the least diverse of the Palaearctic Realm, as a consequence of the unfavourable climatic conditions that predominate in this region. The origin and emergence of these herpetofaunal groups...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3025
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Invasive allergenic plant species may have severe health-related impacts. In this study we aim to predict the effects of climate change on the distribution of three allergenic ragweed species (Ambrosia spp.) in Europe and discuss the potential associated health...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3104
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Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order:...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3088
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Background Biological invasions have become a major threat to biodiversity, and identifying determinants underlying success at different stages of the invasion process is essential for both prevention management and testing ecological theories. To investigate variables...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3092
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Background Yeasts are a necessary requisite in the diet of most Drosophila species that, in turn, may vector their dispersal in natural environments. Differential attractiveness experiments and the isolation of yeasts consumed by Drosophila may be informative for...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3063
57 downloads
502 views

The illegal trade in elephant ivory is driving the unlawful killing of elephants such that populations are now suffering unsustainable reductions. The internet is increasingly being used as a platform to conduct illegal wildlife trade, including elephant ivory....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3048
452 downloads
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The True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus, True 1913) is a poorly known member of the Ziphiidae family. Its distribution in the northern hemisphere is thought to be restricted to the temperate or warm temperate waters of the North Atlantic, while a few stranding...

["Biodiversity","Genetics","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3059
151 downloads
1,481 views

Urbanization is one of the major anthropogenic processes contributing to local habitat loss and extirpation of numerous species, including wild bees, the most widespread pollinators. Little is known about the mechanisms through which urbanization impacts wild bee...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3051
84 downloads
261 views

Background Sponges are particularly prone to hiding cryptic species as their paradigmatic plasticity often favors species phenotypic convergence as a result of adaptation to similar habitat conditions. Hemimycale is a sponge genus (Family Hymedesmiidae, Order Poecilosclerida)...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2958
88 downloads
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The iconic gastropod genus Cyphoma is commonly observed in the Caribbean, where it lives in association with various octocorallian hosts. Each species in the genus Cyphoma has a unique, characteristic mantle pattern and colouration, which separates the valid taxa....

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3018
96 downloads
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Background Whole mitochondrial DNA is being increasingly utilized for comparative genomic and phylogenetic studies at deep and shallow evolutionary levels for a range of taxonomic groups. Although mitogenome sequences are deposited at an increasing rate into public...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2982
72 downloads
246 views

Background Salmonids are native from the North Hemisphere but have been introduced for aquaculture and sport fishing in the South Hemisphere and inhabit most rivers and lakes in temperate and cold regions worldwide. Five species are included in the Global Invasive...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3045
148 downloads
908 views

In the face of increasing threats to biodiversity, the advancement of methods for surveying biological communities is a major priority for ecologists. Recent advances in molecular biological technologies have made it possible to detect and sequence DNA from environmental...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3044
200 downloads
1,569 views

The 16S rRNA gene has been used as master key for studying prokaryotic diversity in almost every environment. Despite the claim of several researchers to have the best universal primers, the reality is that no primer has been demonstrated to be truly universal....

["Biodiversity","Computational Biology","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3036
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The hydrological connectivity between the salt marsh and the sea was partially restored in a Mediterranean wetland containing isolated ponds resulting from former salt extraction and aquaculture activities. A preliminary assessment provided evidence that ponds...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3009

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