Biodiversity and Conservation

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Biology of tiny animals: three new species of minute salamanders (Plethodontidae: Thorius) from Oaxaca, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Describes species and characterizes the taxonomic diversity of this enigmatic group of salamanders, and provides a conservation assessment of species of this group.
Hyainailourine and teratodontine cranial material from the late Eocene of Egypt and the application of parsimony and Bayesian methods to the phylogeny and biogeography of Hyaenodonta (Placentalia, Mammalia)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– An important review of new early Eocene carnivorous placentals that draws on both parsimony and Bayesian methods for phylogeny reconstruction.
The potential for self-seeding by the coral Pocillopora spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– The findings from this study are of considerable significance to understand the potential reproductive responsiveness of an ecological important coral species in the French Polynesian region.
Analyzing pathogen suppressiveness in bioassays with natural soils using integrative maximum likelihood methods in R

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– There is a need for more manuscriot addressing models to answer biological questions
Comparative internal anatomy of Staurozoa (Cnidaria), with functional and evolutionary inferences

Editor rating: 9 / 10

James Reimer –– A massive and detailed work which comparatively examines and summarizes the internal anatomy of the class Staurazoa for the first time, illustrated with an enormous set of figures. This manuscript will serve as a useful reference on this understudied group of animals for years to come.
Predictions of potential geographical distribution and quality of Schisandra sphenanthera under climate change

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chiyuan Miao –– The study supplies construction and advice for the protection and sustainable utilization of resources, and provides some measures and proposals for the prediction of the distribution and quality of medicinal plants under climate change conditions.
VSEARCH: a versatile open source tool for metagenomics

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Potential applications span many disparate fields of science.
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.

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Cool topic! Very needed to combine mechanistic models with statistics. Is there a paper/preprint available? If you like this, you may interested in: and #openaccess @b_rosen_baum @EllenLatz @thePeerJ @MethodsEcolEvol

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At last! VSEARCH is here via @thePeerJ

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