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Hackerott et al. (2017) report that Indo-Pacific lionfish “had no apparent effect on native prey communities” (p. 9) on continuous reef-sites of the Belizean Barrier Reef (BBR). Based on a lack of observational evidence, they challenge existing evidence for the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3455v1
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Among copepods, which are the most abundant animals on Earth, the genus Oithona is described as one of the most important and plays a major role in the marine food chain and biogeochemical cycles, particularly through the excretion of chitin-coated fecal pellets....

["Biochemistry","Marine Biology","Aquatic and Marine Chemistry","Biogeochemistry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3447v1
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Organisms of all kinds leave genetic traces in their environments, and in recent years, sequencing this environmental DNA (eDNA) has become a tractable means of surveying many species using water, air, or soil samples. The technique is beginning to become a core...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3436v1
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Background.The Onchidiidae family provides ideal species of marine invertebrates for the study of the evolution from seas to wetlands. However, different species of Onchidiidae have rarely been considered in comparative studies. Methods.A total of 40 samples were...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3431v1
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We developed a metabarcoding method for biodiversity characterization of structurally complex natural marine hard-bottom communities. Novel primer sets for two different molecular markers: the “Leray fragment” of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase, COI, and the...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3429v1
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Testing cognitive performance in controlled laboratory experiments is a powerful tool for understanding the extent and evolution of cognitive abilities in non-human animals. However, cognitive testing is prone to a number of potential biases, which, if unnoticed...

["Animal Behavior","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3406v1
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The Indo-west Pacific (IWP) coral-reef damselfish Neopomacentrus cyanomos is well established across the southwest Gulf of Mexico (SwGoMx). Comparisons of mtDNA sequences of the SwGoMx population with those from conspecifics from 16 sites scattered across its native...

["Biogeography","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3404v1
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Checking that models adequately represent data is an essential component of applied statistical inference. Ecologists increasingly use hierarchical Bayesian statistical models in their research. The appeal of this modeling paradigm is undeniable, as researchers...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3390v1
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Background Metacommunity theory is a conceptual framework addressing the interdependence of local interactions and regional processes, especially when communities have no clear boundaries and it is difficult to relate community structure and the environment at...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3380v1
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Similar to natural rivers, manmade inlets connect inland runoff to the ocean. Port Everglades Inlet (PEI) is a busy cargo and cruise ship port in South Florida, which can act as a source of pollution and nutrients to surrounding beaches and offshore coral reefs....

["Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3369v1
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The extensive coastlines of South Africa and Namibia extends from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and encompass several major biogeographic provinces, each characterized by unique faunal and floral assemblages. Recent biogeographic studies have led to competing...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3332v1
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Detection of disease over broad spatial scales is important to managing the spread of many diseases. One way to do this is to work with citizen scientists to collect data over broad spatial and temporal scales. Citizen science observations are becoming more widely...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3326v1
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Background. Repetitive species-specific sound enables the identification of the presence and behavior of soniferous species by acoustic means. Passive acoustic monitoring has been widely applied to monitor the spatial and temporal occurrence and behavior of calling...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3301v1
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Atmospheric deposition represents a major vector of both macro- and micro-nutrients to the oligotrophic open oceans, potentially imposing a profound impact on the functioning of the microbial community. Whereas responses of the prokaryotes to atmospheric deposition...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3292v1
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Corals rely on a symbiosis with dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodinium spp.) to thrive in nutrient poor tropical oceans. However, the coral-algal symbiosis can break down during bleaching events, potentially leading to coral death. While genome-wide expression studies...

["Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3283v1
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