Aquatic Biology

The response of sulfur dioxygenase to sulfide in the body wall of Urechis unincinctus
James Reimer –– As stated by the reviewers, the mechanistic approach across levels in this specific piece of work represent an important step forward in our understanding of sulfide physiology.
Distribution and status of living colonies of Acropora spp. in the reef crests of a protected marine area of the Caribbean (Jardines de la Reina National Park, Cuba)
Blanca Figuerola –– This study gives important information for species that experienced abrupt declines in their populations in the early 1980s and provides a baseline for future research on the status of their populations.
Seasonal variations of the ichthyoplankton assemblage in the Yangtze Estuary and its relationship with environmental factors
Jianjun Wang –– This is a valuable contribution to the understanding of ichthyoplankton assemblage in the Yangtze Estuary.
Maternal inheritance of F1 hybrid morphology and colony shape in the coral genus Acropora
Anastazia Banaszak –– An interesting study about naturally-occurring hybrids in the field.
Shifting headlines? Size trends of newsworthy fishes
Mark Benfield –– This paper utilizes data from media reports on apparent changes in the sizes of charismatic megafaunal fishes in the ocean. It provides another mechanism for assessing human impacts of fish stocks.a
The association between meteorological variables and road traffic injuries: a study from Macao
Yuming Guo –– This paper adds evidence on the associations between meteorological variables and road traffic injuries. It is important finding in the context of climate change.
Digging for DNA at depth: rapid universal metabarcoding surveys (RUMS) as a tool to detect coral reef biodiversity across a depth gradient
Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study describes a novel method (rapid universal metabarcoding surveys [RUMS]) for characterizing marine biodiversity from sediment eDNA of coral-reefs ecosystems.
Disentangling the effect of host-genotype and environment on the microbiome of the coral Acropora tenuis
Robert Toonen –– The article highlights the importance of host genotype on coral-associated microbiome under experimentally manipulated stress experiments, and shows the high host-genotype specificity of coral microbiomes. The authors conclude this specificity may limit microbiome utility as a marker for environmental disturbance, and recommend meticulous control of host-genotype effects in future coral microbiome research.
Growth estimation of the larger foraminifer Heterostegina depressa by means of population dynamics
Kenneth De Baets –– The author development a new method to infer growth in foraminifera and compare both living and dead assemblages. This allow to compare populations features in laboratory and natural populations.
Bait-attending amphipods of the Tonga Trench and depth-stratified population structure in the scavenging amphipod Hirondellea dubia Dahl, 1959
James Reimer –– Very interesting deep-sea work combining basic biodiversity studies with ecology, with important implications for competition and populations in these understudied ecosystems.
Aquatic Biology

Section discussions

Drivers of beta diversity in ancient (Cassian Fm.) versus modern #reef-associated soft-bottom environments @VanessaJBeta via @thePeerJ #paleobiology #evolution #biodiversity

Changes in the gut microbiota during Asian particolored bat (Vespertilio sinensis) development @thePeerJ

Another KUENM Group publication is out. This contribution points out and examines a problem with the traditional biodiversity inventory completeness statistics when applied to truly big data. @thePeerJ #Biodiversity

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleontology #Histology

EEG based assessment of stress in horses: a pilot study @thePeerJ

Mongabay: "You’re gonna need a smaller boat: Media obscures shrinking ‘newsworthy’ fish"