Editor rating: 8 / 10Louise Willemen –– Decision makers need informative maps of wetlands. This study shows the variation in wetland maps resulting from different classification methods and as such highlighting the uncertainty of map classes. The way wetland maps are made impacts the planning and evaluation policies.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Xosé Anxelu G. Morán –– In this paper, the authors address an important question regarding eDNA surveys in marine environments: which impact tides have on community assembling based on this technique. Their analysis of eukaryotic eDNA samples collected at 3 coastal sites in the NE Pacific shows that community composition is mostly affected by local conditions but not tide.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Donald Kramer –– It has taken an interesting approach using internet photos to attempt to assess the frequency and distribution of associations between African birds and mammals. It illustrates the potential of internet photos to contribute to increased scientific understanding.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– A taxonomic paper with an interesting story and a solid dataset!
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Gabriela Parra Olea –– Herpetofauna from Thailand is far from being known or understood. This paper provides very important data to the field. The authors did a great job in using modern tools to evaluate the validity of the taxon and discussed it in the light of more general themes such a Biogeography and Evolution.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Donald Kramer –– Although only dealing with a single invasive species, it is a very thorough and interesting analysis of the potential for oil rigs to move fish (and potentially other marine species) around the world.
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