Aquatic Biology

The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– An interesting study that add to the understanding of the evolution of mimicry in egg-cowrie gastropods and also provides a creative learning tool implementation.
Differences in meiofauna communities with sediment depth are greater than habitat effects on the New Zealand continental margin: implications for vulnerability to anthropogenic disturbance

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Micro- to regional scale analyses of meiofaunal communities, with both evidence of environmental factors and possible influences of trawling and environment (sediment density). This study sets the stage for many different future works.
Protogyny in a tropical damselfish: females queue for future benefit

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Louise Barrett –– This is a fascinating system, and this is a well designed study.
Transient turbid water mass reduces temperature-induced coral bleaching and mortality in Barbados

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– This work examines large-scale ocean circulation patterns as a factor in determining the severity of coral bleaching events - something that has been little discussed or examined in the literature until now.
Living to the range limit: consumer isotopic variation increases with environmental stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A nice and well-put together ecological study, combining a research question and clear hypothesis with stable isotope analyses.
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.

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'The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals' #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/k9sT2RShfQ

'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