Biodiversity and Conservation

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Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
Annual and spatial variation in composition and activity of terrestrial mammals on two replicate plots in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
Simulations indicate that scores of lionfish (Pterois volitans) colonized the Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Hixon –– This study provides insight on the size of the founding introduced population that gave rise to one of the worst marine invasions in history.
Shift of symbiont communities in Acropora tenuis juveniles under heat stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– This is important work on a small scale, pertaining to the biology of these corals. But it is further ecological significance, and thus will be of interest to marine biologists ecologists and environmental scientists.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
The ultimate legs of Chilopoda (Myriapoda): a review on their morphological disparity and functional variability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting review about the centipede morphology and functional biology, particularly focused on the anatomical variability of the last pair of legs and their adaptability to different functions. Although apparently restricted to myriapod specialists, the paper may have a moderate broader impact in general studies on the origin, variability and adaptations of the arthropod appendages.
Anthropogenic water sources and the effects on Sonoran Desert small mammal communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– This study was to investigate the effects of AWS on desert rodent communities. The work compared AWS sites and non-AWS control sites by an appropriate statistical method, the principal component analysis (PCA).
New species of the endemic Neotropical caddisfly genus Contulma from the Andes of Ecuador (Trichoptera: Anomalopsychidae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– New species description
New Cernotina caddisflies from the Ecuadorian Amazon (Trichoptera: Polycentropodidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Two new species descriptions for an understudied part of the world that is facing cumulative anthropogenic threats.

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241 days ago
Portunoid crab molecular phylogenetics @thePeerJさんから

Terrestrial mammals in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador:

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Biogeography #ConservationBiology

Ever wonder how many lionfish spawned the invasion in the Atlantic? Probably over 100!

282 days ago
Check our new paper about symbiont genotypes changes in coral juveniles under heat condition. #coral_juveniles #ocean_warming #Symbiodinium #サンゴ #褐虫藻

284 days ago
Introgression in Colpichthys (silversides) at the Colorado Delta, cool paper guys :) via @thePeerJ

312 days ago
Very nice review article by Matthes Kenning, Carsten H. G. Müller, and Andy Sombke about the ultimate legs of Chilopoda

Effect of artificial #water sources in #desert on small #wildlife? Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Ecology #NaturalResourceManagement

Nuevas especies de Trichptera de los Andes de Ecuador publicado hoy en#@thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Entomology #Taxonomy

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Entomology #Taxonomy #Trichoptera #Ecuador

Discover Magazine: Dozens—Perhaps Even Hundreds—of Lionfish Likely Launched the Atlantic Invasion