Editor rating: 8 / 10Mark Costello –– The fauna living within marine gravel and rubble is very poorly studied because of sampling difficulties and the relative rarity of the habitat (in contrast to gravel in rivers). Yet, it is especially rich in crustaceans which are an important functional role in ecosystems (grazing, fish prey). This study shows their high diversity in a coral reef ecosystem and highlight how this group has been overlooked in coral reef ecology.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Robert Winkler –– The article has practical implications in the conservation of tree species.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors document the fossil pollen record of parasitic plants across various continents and use it together with molecular sequences to constrain their evolutionary time-scale . This will be relevant for palynologists, (paleo)botanist and evolutionary biologists in general.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Joseph Pawlik –– The conclusions of this paper run contrary to the view that the lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs has greatly reduced populations of small reef fishes.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Curtis Daehler –– Implications of plant restoration for invertebrate diversity have been rarely studied. This study documented diversity of Lepidoptera following different methods of plant restoration, concluding the choice of tree species used in restoration is probably more important than the specific method used to establish the trees.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Keith Crandall –– This paper demonstrates that there is significant hidden diversity still to be discovered and described in this interesting group of Australian freshwater crayfish.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Scott Edwards –– Novel techniques, interesting geographic setting
Editor rating: 8 / 10Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
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