Zoological Science

Editors' Picks

Arthropod IGF, relaxin and gonadulin, putative orthologs of Drosophila insulin-like peptides 6, 7 and 8, likely originated from an ancient gene triplication
Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo –– An extensive work addressing the functions and evolution of peptides insulin-like in the post-genomic era.
Access to scientific literature by the conservation community
Max Lambert –– This work provides a stunningly rich data set for a well-understood, but poorly quantified problem in conservation science and practice - access to the scientific literature.
Multi-predator assemblages, dive type, bathymetry and sex influence foraging success and efficiency in African penguins
Patricia Gandini –– A very interesting study that combines technologies that provide important information on foraging efficiency and foraging succes of the African penguin.
Description of soft tissue artifacts and related consequences on hindlimb kinematics during canine gait
Robert Druzinsky –– I agree with the rating of the reviewer.
Life in a harsh environment: the effects of age, sex, reproductive condition, and season on hair cortisol concentration in a wild non-human primate
Lesley Rogers –– Hair cortisol measurement is an important way of assessing level of stress in wild animals and this paper presents valuable evidence of the effects of a hot and dry environment on common marmosets.
Immune priming against bacteria in spiders and scorpions?
Brock Harpur –– This article documents tentative evidence of immune priming in non-model arthropods. It will be a valuable resource for those interested in priming.
Descriptions of five new species of the salamander genus Chiropterotriton (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from eastern Mexico and the status of three currently recognized taxa
Nikolay Poyarkov –– This is a very important contribution to our knowledge on Chiropterotriton diversity and taxonomy.
Effects of rumen bypass melatonin feeding (RBMF) on milk quality and mastitis of Holstein cows
Dunxian Tan –– The authors reported a new method to deal with the cow mastitis which is convenient and safe. If the results are confirmed, it is valuable for the diary farm to improve diary quality.
A scoping review of determinants of performance in dressage
Eric Bauman –– This paper provides a well rounded review of the literature.
Clinical applicability of the Feline Grimace Scale: real-time versus image scoring and the influence of sedation and surgery
Eric Bauman –– The article is novel and provides a starting place for a portfolio of like investigation.