Aquatic Biology

Article commentary

Rapidly increasing macroalgal cover not related to herbivorous fishes on Mesoamerican reefs

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph 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.
Coral reproduction in Western Australia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James 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.
Largest global shark biomass found in the northern Galápagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mónica 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.
Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim 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.
The interplay between habitat structure and chemical contaminants on biotic responses of benthic organisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James 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.
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.

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82 days ago
Field work at Darwin & Wolf, #Galápagos is always exciting! The highest biomass of #sharks on earth. Read more here: https://t.co/c05qyt5Q8t @PelayoSalinas #SharkWeek #shark https://t.co/nK9pzd6pMV

'Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)' published 1 year ago today #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/StziYCKjBB

Our paper on the interplay between habitat structure and contaminants was published 1 year ago @thePeerJ https://t.co/4lXB9mfsST @mgmatias81

Huffington Post: "Scientists Spy Rare Carpet Of Crabs Swarming Across Deep Sea Floor"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scientists-film-swarming-crabs_us_570d291ae4b0836057a27f72

Boston Globe: "Woods Hole scientists discover swarming mass of crabs"
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/04/12/woods-holes-scientists-discover-swarming-mass-crabs/Pmlj0mHgYCBA7VJIiwmCVJ/story.html

Smithsonian: "Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floor"
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unprecedented-massive-swarm-crabs-scuttling-along-ocean-floor-180958740/

Christian Science Monitor: "Weird 'cloud' of crabs off Panama baffles scientists (+video)"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0412/Weird-cloud-of-crabs-off-Panama-baffles-scientists-video

New York Times: "Uncovering a Deep-Sea Swarm of Zombie Crabs"
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/science/uncovering-a-deep-sea-swarm-of-zombie-crabs.html

Newsweek: "Huge underwater swarm of crabs stuns scientists"
http://www.newsweek.com/huge-underwater-swarm-crabs-stuns-scientists-446923

Motherboard: "Scientists Have No Explanation for This Mysterious Swarm of Thousands of Crabs"
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/scientists-have-no-explanation-for-this-mysterious-swarm-of-thousands-of-crabs-panama

The Wall St Journal: "Scientists Discover Massive Swarm of Crabs"
http://www.wsj.com/articles/scientists-discover-massive-swarm-of-crabs-1460471662

Diving scientists record 'cloud' of thousands of swarming crabs
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/12/red-crabs-swarm-panama

LA Times: "Scientists capture 'mesmerizing' video of swarming red crabs"
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-red-crab-swarm-20160412-story.html