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An overdominant mutation in the elongation factor 1-alpha (EF1A) gene in the sea star Pisaster ochraceus has shown itself to mediate tolerance to "sea star wasting disease", a pandemic that has significantly reduced sea star populations on the Pacific coast of...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2990v1
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A complete understanding of the feeding structures is fundamental in order to study how animals survive. Some birds use long and protrusible tongues as the main tool to collect their central caloric source (e.g. woodpeckers and nectarivores). Hummingbirds are the...

["Biophysics","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2986v1
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While intertidal habitats are often productive, species-rich environments, they are also harsh and highly dynamic. Organisms that live in these habitats must possess morphological and physiological adaptations that enable them to do so. Intertidal fishes are generally...

["Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2981v1
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Whole genome sequencing is opening the door to novel insights into the population structure and evolutionary history of poorly known species. In organisms with large genomes, which includes most amphibians, whole-genome sequencing is excessively challenging and...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2980v1
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Geographic variation in external morphology is thought to reflect an interplay between genotype and the environment. Morphological variation has been well-described for a number of cetacean species, including the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In this...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2827v4
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Background: Managed, feral and wild populations of European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera, are currently facing severe colony losses globally. There is consensus that the ectoparasite mite Varroa destructor, that switched hosts from the Eastern honey bee...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2976v1
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Background. Morphological descriptions comparing Leposternon microcephalum and L. scutigerum are known. However, these taxa lack of a formal quantitative morphological characterization and comparison between their morphometric patterns. Studies suggest that morphology...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2972v1
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Ravignani et al. (2013) habituated squirrel monkeys to sound sequences conforming to an ABnB grammar, then tested them for the ability to identify novel grammatical sequences as well as non-grammatical ones. Although they conclude that the monkeys "consistently...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2963v1
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A salivary gland salivation stimulating peptide was identified from the salivary glands of the migratory locust by its ability to stimulate cAMP production in the same tissue. The gene coding for this peptide has recently been shown to code for a precursor consisting...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Entomology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2940v1
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1. Stable isotope analysis is a widely used tool for the reconstruction and interpretation of animal diets and trophic relationships. Analytical tools have improved the robustness of inferring the relative contribution of different prey sources to an animal’s diet...

["Computational Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1950v3
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Measurements of historical specimens are widely applied in studies of taxonomy, systematics, and ecology, but biologists often assume that the effects of preservative chemicals on the morphology of amphibian specimens do not affect their analyses. We compared the...

["Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2930v1
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Background. With their Pan-American distribution, long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) constitute an understudied model for Neotropical biogeography. This genus currently comprises seven recognized species, the nine-banded armadillo (D. novemcinctus) having the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2923v1
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Background. The systematics of long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) has been mainly based on a handful of external morphological characters and classical measurements. Here, we studied the pattern of morphological variation in the skull of long-nosed armadillos...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2924v1
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Radio telemetry is a common tool to monitor animals in many ecosystems. Radio telemetry, or radio tracking, typically uses a tag or collar with a radio transmitter attached to an animal that is monitored by researchers with a receiver. This technique is used for...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2922v1
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Spinosaurids (Diapsida: Spinosauridae) and sphenacodontids (Synapsida: Sphenacodontidae) share not only a characteristic tall neural spines, but also an atypical – compared to their close respective relatives – ecology, i.e. apparently piscivorous and possibly...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2917v1
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