Aquatic Biology

Early-branching euteleost relationships: areas of congruence between concatenation and coalescent model inferences

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– To the extent that phylogenetics is used across all biological disciplines, these results may be significant, especially, if they do the suggested data/method exploration in the revisions to address the conflicting results between methodologies.
Laboratory evaluation of different formulations of Stress Coat® for slime production in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and koi (Cyprinus carpio)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– Stress coat for slime production can help to better wound healing.
Construction of a fur null mutant and RNA-sequencing provide deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rüdiger Ettrich –– I am convinced that the article indeed contributes to a deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon and reaches out to the adjacent disciplines. Thus the statement in the title is not overstated but indeed advertises the findings in this paper.
Microbial bioenergetics of coral-algal interactions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study provides insights into the underlying thermodynamic mechanisms involved in the microbial food web associated with coral and macroalgae interactions.
Taxonomic richness and abundance of cryptic peracarid crustaceans in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, Mexico

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– The fauna living within marine gravel and rubble is very poorly studied because of sampling difficulties and the relative rarity of the habitat (in contrast to gravel in rivers). Yet, it is especially rich in crustaceans which are an important functional role in ecosystems (grazing, fish prey). This study shows their high diversity in a coral reef ecosystem and highlight how this group has been overlooked in coral reef ecology.
Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
Alien vs. predator: bacterial challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovorax predators

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents interesting data that show how some coral-associated microbes have the capacity to protect their host by predating on alien bacteria.
Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.
Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure across the Belizean Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The conclusions of this paper run contrary to the view that the lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs has greatly reduced populations of small reef fishes.

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Early-branching euteleost relationships: areas of congruence between concatenation and coalescent model inferences https://t.co/MFh857tCVN

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Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/btMIwZ3kU6 #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology

Benthic microbial bioenergetics from my boy Ty Roach https://t.co/uJ1MSuQenZ via @thePeerJ

Taxonomic survey of cryptofauna in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, Mexico. #365papers https://t.co/g6okAw0sOX

Elegant study exploring co-influences of gregariousness & density dependence on #intertidal #barnacle settlement https://t.co/RNJexr138f

New paper: #Whale #cetacean mass mortality during #elnino linked to #toxicalgae #harmfulalgalbloom #psp #chile https://t.co/j0rJh8bu3L

#CoralBleaching in popular #Hawaiian tourist destination #HanaumaBay. https://t.co/6DFMTuyCen

Alien vs. Predator: Vibrio challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovax https://t.co/Rf8i7QnbS3 via @thePeerJ

New broad-scale, multi-year study showed that lionfish had no effect on prey fish community structure in Belize. https://t.co/gHOOQ28kO6

Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/death-killer-algae/

Corals Are Dying At Hawaii’s Most Popular Snorkeling Spot
http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/06/corals-are-dying-at-hawaiis-most-popular-snorkeling-spot/

Coral Bleaching Threatens One of Hawaii's Most Popular Coral Reefs
https://weather.com/science/environment/news/hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-hawaii-coral-reef-bleaching

Hawaiian Reef in Danger as Bleaching Event Continues
https://www.courthousenews.com/hawaiian-reef-danger-bleaching-event-continues/

Hawaiian corals in peril due to global climate change
http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/05/hawaiian-corals-in-peril-due-to-global-climate-change-001739617.html

The Guardian: "Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/us-coral-reefs-global-warming-climate-change