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Functional response of Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae) to Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) at different temperatures
"Mumtaz and colleagues provide valuable insights into mite predator-prey interactions and contribute to the development of Neoseiulus californicus as a biological control agent for spider mites."
Joseph Gillespie, Handling Editor
Scrutinising an inscrutable bark-nesting ant: Exploring cryptic diversity in the Rhopalomastix javana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) complex using DNA barcodes, genome-wide MIG-seq and geometric morphometrics
"A thorough assessment of an insect species delimitation problem. While the authors have left species descriptions for a subsequent paper, this study provides a good model for the addressing problematic species complexes in ants, which are increasingly being recognized as harbouring enormous cryptic diversity."
Andrew Mitchell, Handling Editor
Identification and characterization of cold-responsive aquaporins from the larvae of a crambid pest Agriphila aeneociliella (Eversmann) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)
"This article advances the study of the role of aquaporin genes in insect cold tolerance."
Clement Kent, Handling Editor
Two new species of Parahesione (Annelida: Hesionidae) associated with ghost shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda) and their phylogenetic relationships
"Two new species add to the biodiversity knowledge of our oceans together with valuable information on their life-history traits."
John Measey, Handling Editor
Use of soybean as an alternative protein source for welfare-orientated production of American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis)
"Provides fundamental knowledge for future development of artificial diet for American alligators"
Travis Beddoe, Handling Editor
Population genetic structure and hybrid zone analyses for species delimitation in the Japanese toad (Bufo japonicus)
"Important advance to the taxonomy and population genetics of this toad species in Japan"
Diogo Provete, Handling Editor
Sexual dimorphism in skull size and shape of Laticauda colubrina (Serpentes: Elapidae)
"Borczyk performs a comprehensive study of sexual dimorphism in a species of aquatic snake, providing fundamental information on how and why sexual dimorphism arises in evolutionary terms."
Joseph Gillespie, Handling Editor
A revised terminology for male genitalia in Hymenoptera (Insecta), with a special emphasis on Ichneumonoidea
"This study proposes an important framework for the use of male genitalia characters as phylogenetic and taxonomic tools in the study of the diverse family Ichneumonidae. Long awaited by the community, it will be very useful to further studies in taxonomy on this understudied insect group."
Tony Robillard, Handling Editor
Interference with the retinoic acid signalling pathway inhibits the initiation of teeth and caudal primary scales in the small-spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula
"This study brings new data and explores a complex signaling pathway (the retinoic acid pathway), in an animal species and in a phenomenon (dental/tooth bud development) still poorly explored with respect to this pathway."
Pascal Dollé, Handling Editor
Histological study of seventeen organs from dugong (Dugong dugon)
"The research on viscera of Dugong gives good details to understand microscopic anatomy. It will also help to understand the physiology and may help to prepare mitigation strategies for conservation of this species."
Mahendra Tomar, Handling Editor

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