Zoological Science

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Sociality genes are associated with human-directed social behaviour in golden and Labrador retriever dogs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– Gene - behavior associations is a very important and growing area of research. These types of studies will help us understand the impact of domestication at a more molecular level in canids.
Sexual dimorphism in the Arachnid orders

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– This manuscript a comprehensive review of sexual dimorphism in arachnids including several small understudied orders. This makes it possible to discuss general patterns and gaps in our current knowledge. For the more general audience, it might be interesting to see how male and female arachnids can differ.
Egg perivitelline fluid of the invasive snail Pomacea canaliculata affects mice gastrointestinal function and morphology

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jörg Oehlmann –– The article contributes to the understanding of animal chemical defence mechanisms against predation and is also important from an evolutionary perspective as it describes a trait that could be a key factor for the broad geographical distribution for ampullariid snails.
A new species of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from southern Brazil

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jörg Oehlmann –– The identification and description of a new species in a highly threatened vertebrate taxonomic group is very important to conserve our biodiversity.
Function matters: a review of terminological differences in applied and basic clicker training research

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– This will be a valuable resource for both researchers and trainers in more applied settings and will help to further the cause of empirical research to back accepted training regimes.
Functional significance of cuckoo Cuculus canorus calls: responses of conspecifics, hosts and non-hosts

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Wink –– interesting work on cuckoos
Nonspecific stress response to temperature increase in Gammarus lacustris Sars with respect to oxygen-limited thermal tolerance concept

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– Biochemistry of environmental stress in organismal to be used as biomarkers
Th2 cytokine bias induced by silver nanoparticles in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Susanne Brander –– It describes new findings regarding sublethal immunotoxic effects caused by a contaminant class (nanoparticles) of emerging concern in a marine organism of ecological importance.
Integrative taxonomy of the genus Pseudostegana (Diptera, Drosophilidae) from China, with descriptions of eleven new species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

John Ringo –– Eleven new species are described. Classical morphological characters are analyzed alongside genetic data, a nice synthesis.
foxr1 is a novel maternal-effect gene in fish that is required for early embryonic success

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mason Posner –– This study uses the zebrafish to show that the foxr1 transcription factor is maternally inherited and important for early embryonic development. The authors use a combination of CRISPR genome editing and measurements of mRNA expression to provide compelling evidence for their conclusions. A phylogenetic analysis suggests that the importance of foxr1 may be widespread in vertebrates. This study is a good example of an integrative approach to examining vertebrate early development and an excellent use of the zebrafish model system.

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Sociality genes are associated with human-directed social #behavior in golden and Labrador retriever #dogs https://t.co/HK1MTDxrrQ @thePeerJ https://t.co/pwU7UhObOc

Our paper about sexual dimorphism in the arachnid orders (and how it’s completely bizarre in nearly all of them) is out in @thePeerJ today. @RussellGarwood @cbrassey @AniMAS_lab https://t.co/OZzlCQrggq

Egg perivitelline fluid of the invasive snail Pomacea canaliculata affects mice gastrointestinal function and morphology https://t.co/YKWCRVJqbd @thePeerJ https://t.co/X7RGelJMdI

Our latest new Brachycephalus species is out. And it is a cutie! https://t.co/Hgf1lFkQt1

A very useful paper reviewing the use of clickers in animal training. Well-written too! https://t.co/IR5pKqVaSV via @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/vkyuSyZsTq #AnimalBehavior #Biodiversity #Ecology #Zoology

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/BtLtCAJg3Z #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #CellBiology #Genetics