Aquatic Biology

Larval assemblages over the abyssal plain in the Pacific are highly diverse and spatially patchy
Mark Costello –– Because this is the most inaccessible and largest habitat on Earth it is little studied. The authors are to be congratulated on bringing these data together .
A new record of kelp Lessonia spicata (Suhr) Santelices in the Sub-Antarctic Channels: implications for the conservation of the “huiro negro” in the Chilean coast
Blanca Figuerola –– This study contributes to diversity and biogeography of kelp species at high latitudes of South America with implications for conservation concerns.
Oceanographic habitat and the coral microbiomes of urban-impacted reefs
James Reimer –– Cross-disciplinary work on understanding coral microbiomes on urban reefs.
Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean alter the trophic structure of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum
Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– The effects of the increasing Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean on the trophic food web is analyzed
Latitudinal variation in phlorotannin contents from Southwestern Atlantic brown seaweeds
Blanca Figuerola –– This article can help to understand the ecological drivers of defensive chemistry in seaweeds.
262 Voyages Beneath the Sea: a global assessment of macro- and megafaunal biodiversity and research effort at deep-sea hydrothermal vents
Craig Moyer –– This is a timely and important survey of global vent fauna diversity, especially in light of impending undersea mining operations.
First molecular approach to the octopus fauna from the southern Caribbean
James Reimer –– A timely study demonstrating the utility of molecular approaches to more accurately assess cephalopod diversity, with interesting and important results for our understanding of these animals in the Caribbean.
Differential gene expression in skeletal organic matrix proteins of scleractinian corals associated with mixed aragonite/calcite skeletons under low mMg/Ca conditions
Anastazia Banaszak –– This work considers the molecular and mineralogical aspects of the biomineralization mechanism in stony corals. It should be of iparticular nterest to coral biologists and geochemists.
Polyp expansion of passive suspension feeders: a red coral case study
Anastazia Banaszak –– Using a combination of in situ and flume-based observations, the data indicate that passive suspension feeders may rely on their ability to maximise prey capture during food pulses and thus allows us to better understand trophic dynamics of red corals.
Factors affecting relative abundance of low-mobility fishing resources: spiny lobster in the Galapagos Marine Reserve
Donald Kramer –– Although not my specific research area, both reviewers highlight the relevance of this article to standardizing fisheries catch data. It is a very data-rich study with substantial analytical effort. It should prove useful in emphasizing that traditional approaches to stock assessment need modification for species with low mobility.
Aquatic Biology

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Congrats to Danial! His article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Genomics #Taxonomy #Virology #InfectiousDiseases

Distribution of the acoustic occurrence of dolphins during the summers 2011 to 2015 in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico @thePeerJ

Impact of cost distance and habitat fragmentation on the daily path length of Rhinopithecus bieti @thePeerJ

Non-parallel changes in songbird migration timing are not explained by changes in stopover duration @thePeerJ

Recent advances in biochar application for water and wastewater treatment: a review @thePeerJ