Aquatic Biology

Switching between standard coral reef benthic monitoring protocols is complicated: proof of concept
Magnus Johnson –– This is a good example of a robust approach to dealing with variation between survey methods in coral reef ecology. It may serve as a good example beyond the field of coral reef ecology.
Munidopsis species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munidopsidae) from carcass falls in Weijia Guyot, West Pacific, with recognition of a new species based on integrative taxonomy
Juan J Morrone –– Very interesting analysis describing a new species from an unusual place.
Chronic trace metals effects of mine tailings on estuarine assemblages revealed by environmental DNA
Craig Moyer –– This manuscript describes the use of eDNA as indicator of meiofaunal community changes, in order to observe effects caused by metals from mining tailings in an impacted estuary.
Spatio-temporal patterns of the oceanic conditions and nearshore marine community in the Mid-Atlantic Bight (New Jersey, USA)
Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis –– As the expert reviewer commented, this article is extremely important as it directly addresses potential climate change and impacts on fisheries resources and marine faunal communities, which are obviously threatened due to these environmental alterations.
Combining simulation modeling and stable isotope analyses to reconstruct the last known movements of one of Nature’s giants
Jason Blackburn –– This is a unique and interesting approach and should improve how such data are interpreted for future studies.
The planktonic stages of the salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are tolerant of end-of-century pCO2 concentrations
Mark Costello –– Ocean acidification is a hot topic and sometimes framed as an impending disaster but with little evidence. It is refreshing to see such a detailed and comprehensive study on these marine crustacean larvae which shows they can accommodate changes in pH without impacting their survival and growth.
Multiplexed ISSR genotyping by sequencing distinguishes two precious coral species (Anthozoa: Octocorallia: Coralliidae) that share a mitochondrial haplotype
James Reimer –– Agree with the reviewer's statement: "Species delimitation in corals has been very difficult because of plastic and homoplasious morphological traits coupled with very slowly evolving mitochondrial genomes. This study suggests that MIGseq may be a useful approach for delimiting species where other genetic approaches have failed."
Thermal biology and swimming performance of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)
James Reimer –– As stated by the reviewers, well-thought out work with important information for both scientists and fisheries managers.
An update on anatomy and function of the teleost olfactory system
James Reimer –– As one of the reviewers stated, "a succinct review of the field of olfaction in teleosts".
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 .
Aquatic Biology

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Estimating species sensitivity distributions on the basis of readily obtainable descriptors and toxicity data for three species of algae, crustaceans, and fish @thePeerJ

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Composition and distribution of fish environmental DNA in an Adirondack watershed @thePeerJ