Aquatic Biology

Developing and assessing a density surface model in a Bayesian hierarchical framework with a focus on uncertainty: insights from simulations and an application to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus)
Farzin Shabani –– David L Miller spent lots of time and effort on this MS. I have never seen such detailed feedback on any manuscripts. Thanks again and I do appreciate your significant contribution.
A revised Holocene coral sea-level database from the Florida reef tract, USA
Bruno Marino –– This work sets a new standard for Holocene sea-level reconstruction and will prove valuable to diverse studies of climate change impacts on oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems.
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.
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.
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.
Recommendations for dietary level of micro-minerals and vitamin D3 to Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) parr and post-smolt when fed low fish meal diets
Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo –– Mineral nutrition is a key aspect of fish aquaculture, and this paper addresses key aspects of micro minerals and vitamin D3 requirements in salmon.
Identification of candidate reference genes for qRT-PCR normalization studies of salinity stress and injury in Onchidium reevesii
Oren Levy –– A new reference genes for using qRT-PCR normalisation Onchidium reevesii
On the half-life of thiocyanate in the plasma of the marine fish Amphiprion ocellaris: implications for cyanide detection
Robert Toonen –– Cyanide fishing is not only harmful to the environment and the individuals who undertake this activity, but also to those who inadvertently support it by purchasing fish that are poisoned and will not survive. There is no currently rapid and cost-effective test for the determination of cyanide exposure in marine ornamental and other live fish markets. To quote one referee, this paper is a critical first step: "understanding the pharmacokinetics of cyanide in marine fish will allow for the identification of a viable biomarker that can lead to the development of a rapid onsite test for cyanide detection in fish."
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.
Evidence of acclimatization or adaptation in Hawaiian corals to higher ocean temperatures
James Reimer –– Re-running of an experiment almost 50 years later, with significant positive differences in corals, suggesting some acclimatization/adaptation to climate change - an important paper for not only coral reef science but climate change studies!
Aquatic Biology

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Кто проживает в горах океана? Astrolirus patricki – семирукие морские звезды, обнаруженные на подводных горах Тихого океана в компании губок, на которые иногда даже по трое забираются. Новый вид назван, конечно же, в честь Патрика, дружочка Спанч Боба.

Exact integer linear programming solvers outperform simulated annealing for solving conservation planning problems @thePeerJ

Parra-Olea et al. ( Partial revision of the genus, phylogenetic hypothesis, and five new species of the Mexican plethodontid salamander genus Chiropterotriton (C. casasi, C. ceronorum, C. melipona, C. perotensis, C. totonacus)

Microbiome analysis by primmorphs. Took more than year to publish с помощью @thePeerJ