Aquatic Biology

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Investigating the spatial distribution and effects of nearshore topography on Acropora cervicornis abundance in Southeast Florida

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study focuses on an endangered coral species in the Caribbean Sea, and findings from it will facilitate conservation efforts.
Functional, size and taxonomic diversity of fish along a depth gradient in the deep sea

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This article demonstrate that the different measures of diversity which have been examined suggest that the deep areas of the continental slope may be equally or more diverse than assemblages just beyond the continental shelf.
Comparative cephalopod shell strength and the role of septum morphology on stress distribution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ingrid Weiss –– This work is highly cross-disciplinary, aiming at developing and combining novel methodological approaches.
Rapid induction of GFP expression by the nitrate reductase promoter in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Mss. is informative to the readers.
Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus (Monogenea, Diplectanidae), a parasite of deep-sea groupers (Serranidae) occurs transatlantically on three congeneric hosts (Hyporthodus spp.), one from the Mediterranean Sea and two from the western Atlantic

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article presents new data, both morphological and molecular, supporting a strange pattern of distribution for a parasite. This is probably only a first step but interesting to understand how these animals disperse and differentiate.
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.

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Just found this cool paper showing changes in functional diversity along continental slope https://t.co/liUOJhZlKS via @thePeerJ

https://t.co/HAR1gsJxLW My Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ

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