Peer-reviewed Articles

Low-frequency urban noise can interfere with avian communication through masking. Some species are able to shift the frequency of their vocalizations upwards in noisy conditions, which may reduce the effects of masking. However, results from playback studies investigating...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3257
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Background As one of the highest forest ecosystems in the world, Polylepis forests are recognized both as center of endemism and diversity along the Andes and as an ecosystem under serious threat from habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change due to human...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3220

Background Melolonthinae beetles, comprising different white grub species, are a globally-distributed pest group. Their larvae feed on roots of several crop and forestry species, and adults can cause severe defoliation. In New Zealand, the endemic scarab pest Costelytra...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3213
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Floating leaf blades of waterlilies fulfill several functions in wetland ecosystems by production, decomposition and turnover as well as exchange processes. Production and turnover rates of floating leaf blades of three waterlily species, Nuphar lutea (L.) Sm.,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3212
12 downloads
87 views

Background Dinoflagellate cysts (i.e., dinocysts) are biologically and ecologically important as they can help dinoflagellate species survive harsh environments, facilitate their dispersal and serve as seeds for harmful algal blooms. In addition, dinocysts derived...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3224
21 downloads
197 views

Grape sour (bunch) rot is a polymicrobial disease of vineyards that causes millions of dollars in lost revenue per year due to decreased quality of grapes and resultant wine. The disease is associated with damaged berries infected with a community of acetic acid...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3223
25 downloads
112 views

Given the rapid population decline and recent petition for listing of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus L.) under the Endangered Species Act, an accurate estimate of the Eastern, migratory population size is needed. Because of difficulty in counting individual...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3221
15 downloads
79 views

In birds, the environmental variables and intrinsic characteristics of the nest have important fitness consequences through its influence on the selection of nesting sites. However, the extent to which these variables interact with variables that operate at the...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3182
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168 views

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most abundant sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea, where commercial fishing appears to be the main driver of mortality. So far, information on sea turtle bycatch in Italy is limited both...

["Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3151
35 downloads
184 views

Dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu Bloch and Schneider 1801) and mahogany snapper (Lutjanus mahogoni Cuvier 1828) are infrequently caught snappers in the southeastern U.S. primarily occurring off of southern Florida. The species were opportunistically sampled from commercial...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3167
46 downloads
239 views

Background The Australian redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus, von Martens), is native to Australasia, but has been widely translocated around the world due to aquaculture and aquarium trade. Mostly as a result of escape from aquaculture facilities, this species...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3135
78 downloads
330 views

The widespread African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) occurs in sympatry with the IUCN Endangered Cape platanna (Xenopus gilli) throughout its entire range in the south-western Cape, South Africa. In order to investigate aspects of the interspecific competition between...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3130
67 downloads
389 views

Background The evolution of South American Mabuyinae skinks holds significant biogeographic interest because its sister lineage is distributed across the African continent and adjacent islands. Moreover, at least one insular species, Trachylepis atlantica, has...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3194
59 downloads
310 views

Background Epipactis helleborine is an Eurasian orchid species which prefers woodland environments but it may also spontaneously and successfully colonise human-made artificial and disturbed habitats such as roadsides, town parks and gardens. It is suggested that...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3159
90 downloads
310 views

There is an urgent need to identify and understand the ecosystem services of pollination and seed dispersal provided by threatened mammals such as flying foxes. The first step towards this is to obtain comprehensive data on their diet. However, the volant and nocturnal...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3176

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