Editor rating: 9 / 10Joseph Pawlik –– This paper can be added to a growing list of recent contributions that find no relationship between seaweed cover and fish abundance on Caribbean reefs. This study is important because of its temporal and spatial scale, which is different from other studies.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– An excellent review and summary of the state of knowledge of reproduction of Scleractinia in Western Australia that should provided references and information for coral reef workers not only in this region, but worldwide.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mónica Medina –– Sharks are important ocean predators that are under major threat in unprotected areas but this study shows that even in protected areas, shark populations are in danger. The authors recommend more stringent measures to protect sharks from overfishing in the Galapagos Islands.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Tim Collins –– This manuscript presents a new phylogenetic hypothesis for the stalked jellyfishes, which differs significantly from the traditional taxonomy of the group. It therefore implies a novel view of the evolutionary history of the group.
Editor rating: 8 / 10James Reimer –– A novel approach examining habitat complexity and marine diversity, and what happens when contaminants are introduced into the system. The results show the effects of habitat complexity disappear when contaminants are introduced - a major take-away point to help us understand what happens in marine ecosystems under pollution pressure.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– Combined analyses with symbiont-host information in the marine realm are still relatively rare; and this study is generally very well done.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Ibolya Kiss –– Comprehensive expession analysis of transriptomes and miRNA compositions of muscles and electric organ of Sternopygus macrurus strongly supports the model that a novel post-transcriptional regulatory program directs the differentiation of the highly specialized non-contractile electronic cells from a skeletal muscle phenotype.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alex Ford –– This paper details a really interesting aggregation and swarm of crabs occurring in the deep sea.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– A generally understudied group of animals, that are basal in the Metazoa tree of life, so this study on reproductive biology could potentially have implications for many other groups of animals.
Editor rating: 7 / 10William Amos –– This study is important because of its large and comprehensive geographic coverage. It should provide an excellent comparison point for future studies on other taxa, whether fish or not.
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Christian Science Monitor: "Weird 'cloud' of crabs off Panama baffles scientists (+video)"
New York Times: "Uncovering a Deep-Sea Swarm of Zombie Crabs"
Newsweek: "Huge underwater swarm of crabs stuns scientists"
Motherboard: "Scientists Have No Explanation for This Mysterious Swarm of Thousands of Crabs"
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