Biodiversity and Conservation

The mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) and the phylogenetic implications
Jia-Yong Zhang –– The new mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) is interesting to discuss the evolution of Coleoptera.
Genetic diversity and population structure of two subspecies of western honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in the Republic of South Africa as revealed by microsatellite genotyping
Ruslan Kalendar –– Studying genetic diversity is very important, and even more so for bee colonies, which are obtained by selection from a very limited source. Hence the big problems for beekeepers who breed bee colonies originating from several sources.
Effectiveness of water-saving technologies during early stages of restoration of endemic Opuntia cacti in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Timothy Scheibe –– The paper presents a large study on the effectiveness of water-saving technologies in cactus restoration, which should be significant in supporting long-term restoration efforts in Galapagos and elsewhere.
Assessment of North American arthropod collections: prospects and challenges for addressing biodiversity research
Rüdiger Bieler –– This is a very relevant and timely review of the state of affairs of North American arthropod collections. Using specimens holdings and digitization efforts as their key metrics, the authors explore the collections' potential for providing much-needed biodiversity data.
Phylogeny and biogeography of the African Bathyergidae: a review of patterns and processes
Gabriela Parra Olea –– This paper adds information to the Biogeography of Bathyergidae and to molecular systematics overall.
Effects of research disturbance on nest survival in a mixed colony of waterbirds
Max Lambert –– Biologists often assume we impact our study species but in relatively negative ways that influence our results or our study species' conservation. This study adds to this conversation and should provoke us all to question what we actually know.
Open ocean nocturnal insect migration in the Brazilian South Atlantic with comments on flight endurance
Joseph Gillespie –– Exciting new insight on the under-appreciated long flight and migration of insects
Two new species of Notodasus Fauchald, 1972 (Annelida: Capitellidae) from the Central Indo-Pacific region
Patricia Gandini –– The paper increase the knowledge on marine Biodiversity .
Effects of mechanical and chemical control on invasive Spartina alterniflora in the Yellow River Delta, China
Gabriela Nardoto –– It brings new insights in how to minimize the potential environmental pollution for an efficient management of new invasive patches of S. alterniflora.
Phylogenomic analyses confirm a novel invasive North American Corbicula (Bivalvia: Cyrenidae) lineage
Tim Collins –– Bringing this level of data to bear on questions of the history of populations of this highly invasive clam promises to help us dissect the epidemiology of invasion at an unprecedented level.
Biodiversity and Conservation

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The biosonar of the boto: evidence of differences among species of river dolphins (Inia spp.) from the Amazon @thePeerJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBiology #PopulationBiology

59 days ago
Federal fishery disasters in the U.S. via @thePeerJ

Our article on understanding experiments and research practices for #reproducibility has been published today in @thePeerJ #FAIR #ReproducibleResearch #Recommendations @birgittaries @fusionUniJena

Rainwater chemistry observation in a karst city: variations, influence factors, sources and potential environmental effects @thePeerJ

Van Valkenburgh and White @UCLA examine naturally-occurring tooth wear, tooth fracture, and cranial injuries in large carnivores from Zambia Read the full @PeerJLife article #AnimalBehavior #Conservation #Biology #Zoology

New research from @SFU presents an integrated model to estimate seasonal changes in stock composition and abundance with an application to #Chinook #salmon Read the full @PeerJLife article #ConservationBiology #Ecology #Zoology

DNA barcode library aids in identifying all life stages of North American butterflies and provides new perspectives on the instance of cryptic and potentially over-split species. Read the paper @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Entomology

Historical effective population size of North American hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) and challenges to estimating trends in contemporary effective breeding population size from archived samples @thePeerJ

62 days ago
Our article describing a new species of #Elatostema from limestone #karst in #Guangxi, China and its chloroplast genome, published today @thePeerJ @KewScience @KewAmericas #Urticaceae #Taxonomy