Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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The species of Meranoplus Smith, 1853 of the Arabian Peninsula are reviewed based on the worker caste. Two species are recognized, keyed, and illustrated by Scanning Electron Microscope images (SEM), Meranoplus mosalahi and M. pulcher, Sharaf, 2014. Meranoplus...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6287
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The relationships among the morphoclimatic domains of South America have been a major biogeographical issue of recent years. Palynological, geological and phytogeographical data suggest that the Amazon Forest and the Atlantic Forest were connected during part of...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6208
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In savannas, grazing is an important disturbance that modifies the grass layer structure and composition. Habitat structural complexity influences species diversity and assemblage functioning. By using a combination of natural sites and manipulated experiments,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6226
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We analyze the multivariate pattern of lower and upper cheek dentition for the family Hyaenidae along its evolutionary history. A total of 11,698 individual measurements of lengths and widths for the main postcanine teeth were collected for 54 extinct and three...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6238
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The largest published phylogenetic analysis of early limbed vertebrates (Ruta M, Coates MI. 2007. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5:69–122) recovered, for example, Seymouriamorpha, Diadectomorpha and (in some trees) Caudata as paraphyletic and found the “temnospondyl...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5565
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Irruptions of small consumer populations, driven by pulsed resources, can lead to adverse effects including the decline of indigenous species or increased disease spread. Broad-scale pest management to combat such effects benefits from forecasting of irruptions...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6146
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Clarifying the underlying mechanisms that enable closely related species to coexist in a particular environment is a fundamental aspect of ecology. Coral reefs support a high diversity of marine organisms, among which rabbitfishes (family Siganidae) are a major...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6145
156 downloads
744 views

A recent (2013) taxonomic review of the freshwater-fish genus Rasboroides, which is endemic to Sri Lanka, showed it to comprise four species: R. vaterifloris, R. nigromarginatus, R. pallidus and R. rohani. Here, using an integrative-taxonomic analysis of morphometry,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6084
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Molecular studies have uncovered significant diversity in the Mexican Highlands, leading to the description of many new endemic species. DNA approaches to this kind of species discovery have included both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing and multilocus genomic...

["Biodiversity","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6045
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Primate species have been increasingly threatened by legal and illegal trade in China, mainly for biomedical research or as pets and traditional medicine, yet most reports on trade from China regard international trade. To assess a proxy for amount of national...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6069
217 downloads
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The common octopus of the Veracruz Reef System (VRS, southwestern Gulf of Mexico) has historically been considered as Octopus vulgaris, and yet, to date, no study including both morphological and genetic data has tested that assumption. To assess this matter, 52...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6015
94 downloads
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Background Land gastropods of the Dry Chaco merit special attention because they comprise a highly diverse but barely studied group. Clessinia Doering, 1875 are typical inhabitants of this ecoregion. The inclusion of their distribution areas into Spixia range,...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5986
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Introduction Oligochaetes are recognized as valuable bioindicators of sediment quality in streams and lakes. The development of an oligochaete index based on the identification of specimens using DNA barcodes requires a method for simultaneously preserving the...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genetics","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6050
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Faunal inventories in ferruginous caves from an area belonging to the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado phytophysiognomy), on the eastern margin of the Serra do Espinhaço Plateau, in southeastern Brazil, have revealed the occurrence of land flatworms. Herein, a flatworm...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6007
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Background Understanding of the physiological effects of chytridiomycosis is crucial to worldwide amphibian conservation. Therefore, we analyzed the cardiac function of two anuran species (Xenopus laevis and Physalaemus albonotatus) with different susceptibilities...

["Biodiversity","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5891

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