Peer-reviewed Articles

Background Urbanization leads to substantial changes in natural habitats with profound effects on wildlife. Understanding behavioural responses to such environmental change is essential for identifying which organisms may adapt, as behaviour is often the first...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4360
22 downloads
101 views

The number of plants pollinated by ants is surprisingly low given the abundance of ants and the fact that they are common visitors of angiosperms. Generally ants are considered as nectar robbers that do not provide pollination service. We studied the pollination...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4369
29 downloads
153 views

Coral reefs are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, with global and local stressors contributing to their decline. Excessive sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) can cause coral bleaching, resulting in coral death and decreases in coral cover. A SST threshold...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4382
31 downloads
185 views

Microbial diversity on earth is extraordinary, and soils alone harbor thousands of species per gram of soil. Understanding how this diversity is sorted and selected into habitat niches is a major focus of ecology and biotechnology, but remains only vaguely understood....

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4395
26 downloads
174 views

Benthic grazing strongly controls periphyton biomass. The question therefore arises whether benthic grazing could be used as a tool to reduce excessive growth of periphyton in nutrient-enriched rivers. Although benthic invertebrate grazers reduce the growth of...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4381
175 downloads
2,808 views

Comprising more than 800 extant species, the class Cephalopoda (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses) is a fascinating group of marine conchiferan mollusks. Recently, the first cephalopod genome (of Octopus bimaculoides) was published, providing a genomic...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4331
24 downloads
127 views

Background The insect cuticle covers the whole body and all appendages and has bi-directionnal selective permeability: it protects against environmental stress and pathogen infection and also helps to reduce water loss. The adult cuticle is often associated with...

["Ecology","Entomology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4318
153 downloads
440 views

Small-scale artisanal fisheries can have a significant negative impact in cetacean populations. Cetacean bycatch has been documented in the pole-and-line tuna fishery in the Azores with common dolphins being the species more frequently taken. Based on data collected...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4285
79 downloads
492 views

There is currently unprecedented interest in quantifying variation in thermal physiology among organisms, especially in order to understand and predict the biological impacts of climate change. A key parameter in this quantification of thermal physiology is the...

["Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4363
141 downloads
883 views

The genus Scinax is one of the most specious genera of treefrogs of the family Hylidae. Despite the high number of potential new species of Scinax revealed in recent studies, the rate of species descriptions for Amazonia has been low in the last decade. A potential...

["Ecology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4321
87 downloads
650 views

Biodiversity forecasts are important for conservation, management, and evaluating how well current models characterize natural systems. While the number of forecasts for biodiversity is increasing, there is little information available on how well these forecasts...

["Ecology","Data Mining and Machine Learning","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4278
140 downloads
839 views

Microbes in the gut microbiome form sub-communities based on shared niche specialisations and specific interactions between individual taxa. The inter-microbial relationships that define these communities can be inferred from the co-occurrence of taxa across multiple...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4303
128 downloads
638 views

Coral reefs are a valuable and vulnerable marine ecosystem. The structure of coral reefs influences their health and ability to fulfill ecosystem functions and services. However, monitoring reef corals largely relies on 1D or 2D estimates of coral cover and abundance...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4280
224 downloads
934 views

Interest in the ecology of sponges on coral reefs has grown in recent years with mounting evidence that sponges are becoming dominant members of reef communities, particularly in the Caribbean. New estimates of water column processing by sponge pumping activities...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4343
197 downloads
379 views

Background Competitive interactions in biological communities can be thought of as giving rise to “assembly rules” that dictate the species that are able to co-exist. Ant communities in tropical canopies often display a particular pattern, an “ant mosaic”, in which...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4231

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