Biodiversity and Conservation

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Molecular phylogeny of the megadiverse insect infraorder Bibionomorpha sensu lato (Diptera)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It provides an important advance toward our understanding of a highly diverse group of flies.
Histological variability in the limb bones of the Asiatic wild ass and its significance for life history inferences

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William Jungers –– Even with its small sample sizes, it expands our understanding of the basic bone biology of a poorly known mammalian species, and this information may be of use to other nonspecialist scientists in paleontology and conservation biology.
Environmental and spatial drivers of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic characteristics of bat communities in human-modified landscapes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Karen Esler –– Using a novel variation partitioning approach, the authors assessed the relative importance of spatial and environmental drivers of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic aspects of bat communities.
A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This review article presents a synopsis of more than two decades of mesophotic research in the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore is a very valuable document for all readers interested in mesophytic coral ecosystems.
Reef-scale trends in Florida Acropora spp. abundance and the effects of population enhancement

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Research examining population enhancement in endangered Acropora spp. in Florida - which may have relevance and meaning for coral reefs across the Caribbean.
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.
The origin of widespread species in a poor dispersing lineage (diving beetle genus Deronectes)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article uses up-to-date methodologies and new data to analyse an issue that is in between biogeography, phylogeny and ecology, which is very interesting since many ecological work does not have into account evolution, and many times also evolutionary work does not have into account how habitats can affect organisms histories and evolutionary success.
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.
Spatial heterogeneity of physicochemical properties explains differences in microbial composition in arid soils from Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
Patchiness of forest landscape can predict species distribution better than abundance: the case of a forest-dwelling passerine, the short-toed treecreeper, in central Italy

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This paper is an interesting and relevant contribution to the understanding of the process that determine the distribution and abundance of a species in relationship to environmental variables and patchiness. Also it is important because the comparison among different modelling methods, and for the potential of the ideas and methods in conservation biology and in understanding the role of fragmentation. The different methodologies and approaches should be useful in similar studies in other species.

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