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Lysmata arvoredensis nov. sp. a new species of shrimp from the south coast of Brazil with a key to species of Lysmata (Caridea: Lysmatidae) recorded in the southwestern Atlantic

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Antonina Dos Santos –– As I say in the decision letter, it is important for any ecological studies in the region s.l. and also for taxonomy studies around the world. It has the quality of describing a new species using integrative taxonomy.
Effectiveness of five personal shark-bite deterrents for surfers

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Scientific work examining the efficacy of shark deterrents - this work is sure to catch the attention of a wide range of people both in marine biology and the general public.
Summer diatom blooms in the eastern North Pacific gyre investigated with a long-endurance autonomous surface vehicle

Editor rating: 7 / 10

John Berges –– This is an important demonstration that we can reconcile synoptic measurements (e.g. satellite measurements of ocean color) with local and microscale measurements of individual phytoplankton species (an autonomous vehicles and digital holography).
Spatio–temporal variation in stable isotope signatures (δ13C and δ15N) of sponges on the Saba Bank

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The ecosystem role of sponges is only now being recognized, particularly on Caribbean reefs. This paper is a useful contribution to this area of research.
Metabolism in a deep hypertrophic aquatic ecosystem with high water-level fluctuations: a decade of records confirms sustained net heterotrophy

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– There are too few studies on long-term aquatic metabolism in subtropical environments.
Biases during DNA extraction affect characterization of the microbiota associated with larvae of the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– DNA extraction is always crucial for the subsequent analyses; so this work will help the researchers' to work with shrimp microbiota.
Stream acidification and reduced aquatic prey availability are associated with dietary shifts in an obligate riparian Neotropical migratory songbird

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– As stated by a reviewer and the editor - a nice piece of science examining changes in the diet of a bird species when their food source(s) are compromised by negative anthropogenic impacts, in this case stream acidification.
Phylogeny and divergence times of suckers (Cypriniformes: Catostomidae) inferred from Bayesian total-evidence analyses of molecules, morphology, and fossils

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Toonen –– The editor is more qualified than I am and I defer to his evaluation on this one.
Speciation among sympatric lineages in the genus Palythoa (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Zoantharia) revealed by morphological comparison, phylogenetic analyses and investigation of spawning period

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study employed a variety of approaches (morphology, phylogenetics, and spawning observations) to clarify taxonomic affiliations within the genus Palythoa, a complex group of Zoantharia.
Responses of an oyster host (Crassostrea virginica) and its protozoan parasite (Perkinsus marinus) to increasing air temperature

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Martina Doblin –– The prevalence of disease in marine environments is rising. This study provides insight on the mechanistic links between warming and oyster mortality, and will be of interest to a diverse readership.

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Lysmata arvoredensis nov. sp. a new species of shrimp from the south coast of Brazil with a key to species of Lysmata (Caridea: Lysmatidae) recorded in the southwestern Atlantic https://t.co/MjGMV8vBiV @thePeerJ https://t.co/2rbZfV3VLp

Shark deterrent study just out in @thePeerJ: A personal deterrent can reduce the risk of shark bites https://t.co/GmawYCZS35 #SharkScience #FreeAccess @Meyer_Sci @conservbytes https://t.co/n6mWAhsek5

Spatio–temporal variation in stable isotope signatures (δ13C and δ15N) of sponges on the Saba Bank https://t.co/bxJlUTJTQW @thePeerJ https://t.co/Ncob45VDxc

Metabolism in a deep hypertrophic aquatic ecosystem with high water-level fluctuations: a decade of records confirms sustained net heterotrophy. DOI: https://t.co/LSlUomD0Y2 vía @thePeerJ KW: #CarbonSource #EcosystemMetabolism #TropicalReservoir #WaterFluctuations #OpenAccess https://t.co/kXoyTngVYa

Biases during DNA extraction affect characterization of the microbiota associated with larvae of the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei https://t.co/iMev1w6H5o @thePeerJ https://t.co/dbIW7Tki1s

Last chapter of my dissertation was finally published today! In this paper, I show that a stream-dependent migratory songbird must expand its dietary niche and consume terrestrial prey to compensate for stream contamination. Read it for free: https://t.co/g5pLGovPR8

Speciation among sympatric lineages in the genus Palythoa (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Zoantharia) revealed by morphological comparison, phylogenetic analyses and investigation of spawning period https://t.co/e41DJ0Hv1O @thePeerJ https://t.co/8NKc4aUPBt

Elegant phylogeny and divergence times of suckers (Cypriniformes: Catostomidae) inferred from Bayesian total-evidence analyses of molecules, morphology, and fossils @thePeerJ https://t.co/Gi8GEVRHyb #Aquaculture #FisheriesandFishScience #Taxonomy #Paleontology https://t.co/aJHWNHG7YD

Responses of an oyster host (Crassostrea virginica) and its protozoan parasite (Perkinsus marinus) to increasing air temperature https://t.co/V6urpIAlKq @thePeerJ https://t.co/BAezRscjoh