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Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) continue to be understudied, especially in island locations spread across the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Pohnpei is the largest island in the Federated States of Micronesia, with a well-developed barrier reef, and steep slopes that descend...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4650
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Recent phylogeographic studies along the coastline of southern Africa have uncovered cryptic diversity in several coastal invertebrates, including direct developing crustaceans in the superorder Peracarida. These findings indicating the possible existence of additional...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4658
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The family Toxoderidae (Mantodea) contains an ecologically diverse group of praying mantis species that have in common greatly elongated bodies. In this study, we sequenced and compared the complete mitochondrial genomes of two Toxoderidae species, Paratoxodera...

["Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4595
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264 views

Background A study on the Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida was carried out between 2002 and 2009 in wetlands of eastern Spain to evaluate how water level fluctuation affects its reproductive success (hatching, fledgling and breeding success). This species is catalogued...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4548
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2,496 views

The birds-of-paradise (Aves: Paradisaeidae) are a quintessential example of elaborate ornamental diversification among animals. Ornamental evolution in the birds-of-paradise is exemplified by the presence of a highly integrated courtship phenotype, which is the...

["Animal Behavior","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4621
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Land use and climate change are affecting the abundance and distribution of species. The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) is a very diverse region due to geological history, geographic position, and climate. It is also one of the most disturbed regions in Mexico....

["Conservation Biology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4618
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Idiopathic chronic enterocolitis (ICE) is one of the most commonly encountered and difficult to manage diseases of captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). The etiology is not well understood, but perturbations in gut microbial communities have been implicated....

["Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4612
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209 views

Background The hatch window that varies from 24 to 48 h is known to influence post-hatch performance of chicks. A narrow hatch window is needed for commercial poultry industry to acquire a high level of uniformity of chick quality. Hatching synchronization observed...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Developmental Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4634
163 downloads
1,168 views

Modern marine turtles (chelonioids) are the remnants of an ancient radiation that roots in the Cretaceous. The oldest members of that radiation are first recorded from the Early Cretaceous and a series of species are known from the Albian-Cenomanian interval, many...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4594
90 downloads
1,175 views

The Asian leaf litter toads of the genus Leptolalax represent a highly diverse species group and currently contain 53 recognized species. During herpetological surveys in Yingjiang County, western Yunnan of China, we collected series of Leptolalax specimens from...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4586
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528 views

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is one of the most widely studied parrot species, serving as an excellent animal model for behavior and neuroscience research. Until recently, it was unknown how sexual differences in the behavior, physiology, and development...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4615
104 downloads
1,204 views

Parasitoid wasps are a mega-diverse, ecologically dominant, but poorly studied component of global biodiversity. In order to maximise the efficiency and reduce the cost of their collection, the application of optimal sampling techniques is necessary. Two sites...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4642
218 downloads
1,902 views

Background As a landscape architect and a major seed disperser, the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is an important indicator of the ecological health of certain habitats. Therefore, reliable data regarding tapir populations are fundamental in understanding...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4591
147 downloads
1,464 views

Citizen science approaches are of great interest for their potential to efficiently and sustainably monitor wildlife populations on both public and private lands. Here we present two studies that worked with volunteers to set camera traps for ecological surveys....

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Science and Medical Education","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4536
657 downloads
4,804 views

The use of limbs for foraging is documented in both marine and terrestrial tetrapods. These behaviors were once believed to be less likely in marine tetrapods due to the physical constraints of body plans adapted to locomotion in a fluid environment. Despite these...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4565

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