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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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Ligia isopods are conspicuous inhabitants of rocky intertidal habitats exhibiting several biological traits that severely limit their dispersal potential. Their presence in patchy habitats and low vagility may lead to long term isolation, allopatric isolation and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3156v1
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Avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites (genera Haemoproteus, Plasmodium, and Leucocytozoon) affect bird demography, species range limits, and community structure, yet they remain unsurveyed in most bird communities and populations. We conducted a community-level...

["Biodiversity","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2997v2
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Background. Hungarian draft is a horse breed with a recent mixed ancestry. The interest in their conservation and characterization has increased over the last few years. It was developed in the 1920s by crossing local mares with draught horses imported from France...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3087v1
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Leptopoma is a species rich genus with approximately 100 species documented according to shell morphology and animal anatomy. Many of the Leptopoma species are described in terms of shell size, shape, sculpture and colour patterns of a small number of examined...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3078v1
324 downloads
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Environmental bulk samples often contain many taxa that vary several orders of magnitude in biomass. This can be problematic in DNA metabarcoding and metagenomic high-throughput sequencing approaches, as large specimens contribute disproportionately high amounts...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2561v3
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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
63 downloads
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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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The use of online data repositories and the establishment of new data standards that require data to be computer-parsable so that algorithms can reason over them have become increasingly important with the emergence of high-throughput technologies, Big Data and...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Zoology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2429v2
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New records of the Oligo-Miocene mekosuchine crocodilian, Baru, from Queensland and the Northern Territory are described. B. wickeni and B. darrowi are accepted as valid species in the genus and their diagnoses are revised. Both species are present in Queensland...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2909v1
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1) DNA metabarcoding holds great promise for the assessment of macroinvertebrates in stream ecosystems. However, few large-scale studies have compared the performance of DNA metabarcoding with that of routine morphological identification. 2) We performed metabarcoding...

["Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology","Zoology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2759v3
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I used radio-telemetry to track the movements of Mangrove Cuckoos (Coccyzus minor) captured in southwest Florida. Relatively little is known about the natural history of Mangrove Cuckoos, and my goal was to provide an initial description of how individuals use...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2798v1
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We present new information on the distribution of the marsupial frog Gastrotheca testudinea (Jiménez de la Espada, 1870) in Ecuador. We provide the first record from the province of Cañar, and the country’s southernmost locality (which also corresponds to the third...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2710v1
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Temperature rise from climate change may completely change geological landscapes and environmental conditions at habitats previously conducive for specific animal species. Together with increasing difficulty in coping with greater fluctuations in temperature between...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2696v1
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Human expansion has negatively impacted biodiversity. Oceanic islands have some of the most diverse, endemic biodiversity. Endemism leads to vulnerability due to the isolated and discrete nature of oceanic islands. Birds are indicator species that adapt to change...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2672v1
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