Biodiversity and Conservation

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

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Gabriela Parra Olea –– This paper contributes greatly to the knowledge of a little known taxon from a very complicated area such as the Amazon. The use of multiple lines of evidence such as molecular markers, morphological and environmental data proved useful for the detection of unknown taxa.
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.
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!
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/
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.
Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure across the Belizean Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph 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.
Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This manuscript is an important contribution to the knowledge of the almost unknown Siberian Neogene herpetofauna. It deals not solely with detailed anatomical descriptions and taxonomic identification of the specimens, but provides interesting paleobiogeographic hypotheses concerning the origin and dispersion of the taxa, including newly paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental aspects spanning mostly the Oligocene to Pliocene periods. Studied environmental parameters include precipitation rates in the Miocene which are compared to current rainfall values for the region.
Malagasy Conostigmus (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea) and the secret of scutes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– A new methodology applied for taxonomic studies
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.

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