Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Maternal effects can substantially affect ecological and evolutionary processes in natural populations. However, as they often are environmentally induced, establishing their genetic basis is challenging. One important, but largely neglected, source of maternal...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5452
63 downloads
480 views

Roads may have an important negative effect on animal dispersal rate and mortality and thus the functioning of local populations. However, road verges may be surrogate habitats for invertebrates. This creates a conservation dilemma around the impact of roads on...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5413
59 downloads
299 views

We investigated a pantropical sub-family and genus of damselfishes, the sergeant-majors (Pomacentridae: Abudefdufinae: Abudefduf), to identify the tempo and mechanisms of speciation in the lineage. We examined sequence capture data from 500 loci and 20 species,...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5357
54 downloads
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Ceraphronoids are some of the most commonly collected hymenopterans, yet they remain rare in the fossil record. Conostigmus talamasi Mikó and Trietsch, sp. nov. from Baltic amber represents an intermediate form between the type genus, Megaspilus, and one of the...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5174
76 downloads
467 views

Roadkill has gradually become a common factor that has contributed to the decline of amphibians, and traffic volume is an important parameter that can be used to determine the impacts of roads. However, few researchers have studied the effects of either daily or...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5385
271 downloads
1,972 views

The gekkonid lizard genus Hemidactylus Oken is the second most species-rich genus of geckos with greatest diversity in the tropical regions of the world. Some species of the genus are commensal and widespread; however, there are several endemic lineages with restricted...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5341
29 downloads
178 views

Predator pressure is a fundamental force driving changes at all levels of the community structure. It may protect native ecosystems from alien species. Therefore, resistance to diverse predators resulting from a universal anti-predator strategy seems crucial for...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5311
82 downloads
320 views

Background Aquatic subterranean species often exhibit disjunct distributions, with high level of endemism and small range, shaped by vicariance, limited dispersal, and evolutionary rates. We studied the disjunct biogeographic patterns of an endangered blind cave...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5268
1 citation
209 downloads
704 views

The methods used to detect and describe morphologically cryptic species have advanced in recent years, owing to the integrative nature of molecular and morphological techniques required to elucidate them. Here we integrate recent phylogenomic work that sequenced...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Genetics","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5334
108 downloads
561 views

At present, amphipod crustaceans comprise 9,980 species, 1,664 genera, 444 subfamilies, and 221 families. Of these, 1,940 species (almost 20%) have been discovered within the last decade, including 18 fossil records for amphipods, which mostly occurred in Miocene...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5187
272 downloads
1,534 views

Amphibians are probably the most vulnerable group to climate change and climate-change associate diseases. This ongoing biodiversity crisis makes it thus imperative to improve the taxonomy of anurans in biodiverse but understudied areas such as Amazonia. In this...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4941
100 downloads
603 views

Zoantharians are sessile marine invertebrates and colonial organisms possessing sexual and asexual reproductive ability. The zooxanthellate zoantharian genus Palythoa is widely distributed in coral reef ecosystems. In the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan, sympatric Palythoa...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5132
102 downloads
1,362 views

Amazonian bamboo forests dominated by large woody bamboo plants in the genus Guadua cover approximately 180,000 km2 and represent a key resource for many organisms. In southwestern Amazonia, native bamboo forests differ in structure, biodiversity, and growth dynamics...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5153
124 downloads
711 views

The male and female of a new species of long-horned caddisfly, Nectopsyche paramo, are described from the high Andes of Ecuador. The new species was found above 4,000 m, representing the highest recorded elevation for a species in the genus. The larval stage of...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4981
81 downloads
1,364 views

It is essential to assess the feeding strategies of threatened species during resource-scarce seasons to understand their dietary niche breadth and inform appropriate habitat management measures. In this study, we examined the diet composition of four-horned antelope...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5102

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