Biodiversity and Conservation

A Pan-Amazonian species delimitation: high species diversity within the genus Amazophrynella (Anura: Bufonidae)

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– The paper contribute to the knowledge of an the Amazonian Biodiversity and of an unknown Amazonian anfibia
Low resolution scans can provide a sufficiently accurate, cost- and time-effective alternative to high resolution scans for 3D shape analyses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Philip Cox –– The many different scanning methodologies now available are being used across many different research fields. Thus, the results of this study of high interest to researchers in a variety of disciplines.
Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservation

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kara Hoover –– Comprehensive approach to reviewing literature and available data focused on primate conservation in critical zones.
Phytoregionalisation of the Andean páramo

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Victoria Sosa –– Its global scale, considering all plant communities from the Andean Biodiversity hotspots is important
Change of niche in guanaco (Lama guanicoe): the effects of climate change on habitat suitability and lineage conservatism in Chile

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Bruno Marino –– Climate change in Chile may affect historic habitats for the guanaco, however, these changes are uncertain. This study presents insights into perturbation of guanaco habitat and implications for conservation of the lineage. The study has implications for past, present and future guanaco studies.
The effect of climate change on the distribution of a tropical zoanthid (Palythoa caribaeorum) and its ecological implications

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Anastazia Banaszak –– It addresses the effects of climate change on the distribution of a tropical species
Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– This is an enigmatic species, long-lived species of which little is known.
Is the future already here? The impact of climate change on the distribution of the eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– It suggests that sea snakes are already changing their distribution in response to climate change.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
Out of Asia: mitochondrial evolutionary history of the globally introduced supralittoral isopod Ligia exotica

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.

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An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/XLRgxyKtWq #Biodiversity #EvolutionaryStudies #Zoology

Our article on global primate conservation has been published today in @thePeerJ @QueenFireface @PrimConsOBU @BorneoNature @IUCN_Gibbon https://t.co/kQttj4SMT7 #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology https://t.co/j4bDu0oAMW

Here's our latest lab publication Aqui nuestra última contribución Environmental niche of guanaco in Chile https://t.co/aKh59SHbrE via @thePeerJ

Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding #behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines https://t.co/j98OJtoESL @thePeerJ https://t.co/7CFTTu50BR

Proud of my first Honors Fellow, Jenny Archis, whose thesis work was publisehd today! https://t.co/iKPqGvi7Fj

Hot off the press – The contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot! https://t.co/5O6fZBPI8M #Biogeography #Evolution #Neotropics @GGBC_GU @thePeerJ