Aquatic Biology

Insights into the morphology of symbiotic shrimp eyes (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae); the effects of habitat demands

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Combined analyses with symbiont-host information in the marine realm are still relatively rare; and this study is generally very well done.
The myogenic electric organ of Sternopygus macrurus: a non-contractile tissue with a skeletal muscle transcriptome

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ibolya 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.
A crab swarm at an ecological hotspot: patchiness and population density from AUV observations at a coastal, tropical seamount

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alex Ford –– This paper details a really interesting aggregation and swarm of crabs occurring in the deep sea.
The sex lives of ctenophores: the influence of light, body size, and self-fertilization on the reproductive output of the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James 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.
Broad-scale sampling of primary freshwater fish populations reveals the role of intrinsic traits, inter-basin connectivity, drainage area and latitude on shaping contemporary patterns of genetic diversity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William 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.
Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– Noise pollution is a really important issue that garners less attention than it should.
Evaluation of the global impacts of mitigation on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants in marine fish

Editor rating: 7 / 10

J. Thomas Sanderson –– A large data set of pollutant levels in marine fish across the globe provides important information for ecotoxicologists, environmental chemists and regulators alike. This will be very useful for future reference.
First insights into the diversity of gill monogeneans of ‘Gnathochromis’ and Limnochromis (Teleostei, Cichlidae) in Burundi: do the parasites mirror host ecology and phylogenetic history?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This paper use the study of parasites as a bioindicator of host ecology or even host phylogeny.
A tide prediction and tide height control system for laboratory mesocosms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Toonen –– Experimental work recreating intertidal habitats in the laboratory remains a challenge, but this system is a relatively inexpensive way to create realistic tidal fluctuations in the lab.
Combining environmental suitability and population abundances to evaluate the invasive potential of the tunicate Ciona intestinalis along the temperate South American coast

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rita Castilho –– This paper goes beyond the standard reporting of invasive species distributions to attempt to predict likely future distributions along a long latitudinal gradient. Moreover, modelling of the abundance of an invasive marine species may have implications for conservation.

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Huffington Post: "Scientists Spy Rare Carpet Of Crabs Swarming Across Deep Sea Floor"

Boston Globe: "Woods Hole scientists discover swarming mass of crabs"

Smithsonian: "Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floor"

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"

The Wall St Journal: "Scientists Discover Massive Swarm of Crabs"

Diving scientists record 'cloud' of thousands of swarming crabs

LA Times: "Scientists capture 'mesmerizing' video of swarming red crabs"