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Two digging decapod crustaceans, the sand crab species Lepidopa benedicti and the mole crab species Emerita benedicti, both live in the swash zone of fine sand beaches. They were examined for two parasites that infect decapod crustaceans in the region, an unidentified...

["Animal Behavior","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3852
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Modular evolution promotes evolutionary change, allowing independent variation across morphological units. Recent studies have shown that under contrasting ecological pressures, patterns of modularity could be related to divergent evolution. The main goal of the...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3851
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The phylogeny of the Salmonidae family, the only living one of the Order Salmoniformes, remains still unclear because of several reasons. Such reasons include insufficient taxon sampling and/or DNA information. The use of complete mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomics)...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3828
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Ravignani et al. (2013) habituated squirrel monkeys to sound sequences conforming to an ABnA grammar (n = 1, 2, 3), then tested them for their reactions to novel grammatical and non-grammatical sequences. Although they conclude that the monkeys “consistently recognized...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3806
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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 are minimal in their analyses. We compared...

["Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3805
212 downloads
1,567 views

Mosasauroid squamates represented the apex predators within the Late Cretaceous marine and occasionally also freshwater ecosystems. Proper understanding of the origin of their ecological adaptations or paleobiogeographic dispersals requires adequate knowledge of...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3782
32 downloads
1,202 views

Oceanic islands are among the most endemically biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They have been adversely impacted by human expansion, which affects regional biodiversity by altering the natural habitats of vulnerable, indigenous species. Birds represent a valuable...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3761
48 downloads
454 views

The social hymenoptera are emerging as models for epigenetics. DNA methylation, the addition of a methyl group, is a common epigenetic marker. In mammals and flowering plants methylation affects allele specific expression. There is contradictory evidence for the...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3798
42 downloads
245 views

Global amphibian decline is due to several factors: habitat loss, anthropization, pollution, emerging diseases, and global warming. Amphibians, with complex life cycles, are particularly susceptible to habitat alterations, and their survival may be impaired in...

["Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Biosphere Interactions"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3791
69 downloads
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Landscapes of Fear (LOF), the spatially explicit distribution of perceived predation risk as seen by a population, is increasingly cited in ecological literature and has become a frequently used “buzz-word”. With the increase in popularity, it became necessary...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3772
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Background Understanding constraints to the distribution of threatened species may help to ascertain whether there are other suitable sectors for reducing the risks associated with species that are recorded in only one protected locality, and to inform about the...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3771
48 downloads
459 views

Energy buffering systems are key for homeostasis during variations in energy supply. Spiders are the most important predators for insects and therefore key in terrestrial ecosystems. From biomedical interest, spiders are important for their venoms and as a source...

["Biochemistry","Biophysics","Zoology","Allergy and Clinical Immunology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3787
80 downloads
261 views

The largest plateau Tibetan Plateau supplied an excellent opportunity to investigate the influence of the Pleistocene events on the high-elevation species. To test for the alternative hypotheses of Pleistocene glacial refugia, we used partial sequences of two mitochondrial...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3770
65 downloads
430 views

Phylogenetic inference based on evidence from DNA sequences has led to significant strides in the development of a stable and robustly supported framework for the vertebrate tree of life. To date, the bulk of those advances have relied on sequence data from a small...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3548
43 downloads
288 views

A study was carried out to assess the effect of Stress Coat® on slime production in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and koi (Cyprinus carpio). The study also investigated histological changes that might be associated with slime producing cells, and wound healing in...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Dermatology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3759

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