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Sequences and structural attributes of mitochondrial genomes have played a key role in the clarification of relationships among Cnidaria, a key phylum of early-diverging animals. Among the major lineages of Cnidaria, Ceriantharia ("tube anemones") remains one of...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27042v1
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Background. Understanding genetic diversity and population structure is critically important for the conservation and management of endangered species. These factors are particularly relevant for species with small populations and/or restricted ranges, such as...

["Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27038v1
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Hatching timing is under strong selection and environmentally cued in many species. Embryos use multiple sensory modalities to inform hatching timing and many have spontaneous hatching patterns adaptively synchronized to natural cycles. Embryos can also adaptively...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27026v1
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Synopsis: Tyrannosaurid dinosaurs had larger than predicted preserved leg muscle attachments and low rotational inertia relative to their body mass, indicating that they could turn more quickly than other large theropods. Methods: To compare turning capability...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27021v1
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The Lake Victoria drainage basin (LVD) in Kenya is home to ten nominal species of small barbs (‘Barbus’) and one of large barbs (Labeobarbus altianalis). A recent molecular study genetically characterized small barbs in this region and found evidence of introgression...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27008v1
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Macronycteris commersonii (Hipposideridae), a bat species endemic to Madagascar, is widespread across the island, utilising open woodland, degraded habitats, and forested areas from sea level to 1325 m. We investigated the fine-scale phylogeographic history and...

["Biogeography","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27004v1
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Spurs are a testosterone-dependent secondary sexual characteristic of male chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) and are used as ‘weapons’ in intra-sexual fighting. While predominantly a male feature, they are also found in a small number of females. Here we show...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26994v1
215 downloads
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The recent discovery of the Araguaian river dolphin (Inia araguaiaensis) highlights how little we know about the diversity and biology of river dolphins. In this study, we described the acoustic repertoire of this newly discovered species in concert with their...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26962v2
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Biodiversity in coastal ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea have a long history of intense studies but investigations in deep-sea habitats are scarce. In collaboration with the (E/V) Nautilus, we examined the Anaximander Seamounts, located in the south of Turkey,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26955v1
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Living in social hierarchies requires individuals to adapt their behavior and physiology. We have previously shown that male mice living in groups of 12 form linear and stable hierarchies with alpha males producing the highest daily level of major urinary proteins...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26948v1
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The prevalence of artificial light at night (ALAN) is increasing rapidly around the world. The potential physiological costs of this night lighting are often evident in life history shifts. We investigated the effects of chronic night-time exposure to ecologically...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26943v1
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The Red Sea Biodiversity Project, a research collaboration of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (KAU) and Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany (SRI), was founded in 2011. The main goal of this project is to assess and report on the marine...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26938v1
920 downloads
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It is widely accepted that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, and few paleontologists disagree preferring a more ancient split of the avian and dinosaur lineages. The difference in digestive physiology between members of the theropod and crocodile lineages,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26902v2
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This paper examines the impact of disturbance factors – flooding and desiccation – on the distribution of water mites in the riparian springs situated in the valley of a small lowland river, the Krąpiel. The landscape factors and physicochemical parameters of the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26895v1
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We present two cases of study of ontogenetic allometry in outlines of bivalves using longitudinal data, a rarity among fossils, based on the preserved post-larval record of shells. The examples are two infaunal burrowing bivalves of the southern South America,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26892v1
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