Zoological Science

Conspicuously concealed: revision of the arid clade of the Gehyra variegata (Gekkonidae) group in Western Australia using an integrative molecular and morphological approach, with the description of five cryptic species
Daniel Lahr –– This article demonstrates an interesting approach to deal with the problem of describing cryptic species. The authors flesh out a system of species of gekkos, using a multi-faceted approach that is likely to establish a precedent in the field.
Mechanical/thermal sensitivity and superficial temperature in the stump of long-term tail-docked dairy cows
Jennifer Vonk –– Good to see issues of animal welfare in the feed industry being addressed.
Evaluation of standard imaging techniques and volumetric preservation of nervous tissue in genetically identical offspring of the crayfish Procambarus fallax cf. virginalis (Marmorkrebs)
Kenneth De Baets –– The paper aims to bridge the gap between quantitative measurements on arthropod brain structures obtained by different methods. This paper is the first trying to overcome these problems by investigating possible conversion factors.
Automatic analysis of treadmill running to estimate times to fatigue and exhaustion in rodents
Jennifer Vonk –– Developing new technology to circumvent the need for human observers will make work in this area much more effective and potentially reduce error.
First use of molecular evidence to match sexes in the Monstrilloida (Crustacea: Copepoda), and taxonomic implications of the newly recognized and described, partly Maemonstrilla-like females of Monstrillopsis longilobata Lee, Kim & Chang, 2016
Mark Costello –– In addition to its significance for the taxonomy of this species of copepod, the article demonstrates the use of traditional morphological and molecular approaches to distinguish sexes of the same species.
Cortical bone adaptation and mineral mobilization in the subterranean mammal Bathyergus suillus (Rodentia: Bathyergidae): effects of age and sex
Daisuke Koyabu –– Interesting finding on mole rats. May imply resistance to aging.
Teleost and elasmobranch eye lenses as a target for life-history stable isotope analyses
Jennifer Vonk –– Seems valuable in providing novel methodology that can be widely applied to the study of fish.
Variations in early life history traits of Japanese anchovy Engraulis japonicus in the Yangtze River Estuary
Kenneth Leung –– It provides basic biological information on the Japanese anchovy in Yangtze River which is under various threats.
On the taxonomic status and distribution of African species of Otomops (Chiroptera: Molossidae)
Michael Wink –– good taxonomic and phylogenetic work on African bats
Haimormus shimojiensis, a new genus and species of Pseudozeuxidae (Crustacea: Tanaidacea) from a submarine limestone cave in Northwestern Pacific
James Reimer –– Discovery and description of a new species of Tanaidacea from a marine cave - a rare finding!
Zoological Science

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#LiteratureNotice Zhao et al. Expression analysis of genes related to cold tolerance in Dendroctonus valens https://t.co/9c1NG3knwe #Beetle #Beetles #PineBeetles #GeneExpression #Coleoptera #Curculionidae https://t.co/vXjG8TEFxF

Activity strategy and pattern of the Siberian jerboa (Orientallactaga sibirica) in the Alxa desert region, China https://t.co/8AlpNsMDG1 @thePeerJ https://t.co/bEJcdO6gOU

Iberian pigs: more tan excellent ham!My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/d5y3LMi3xY #AgriculturalScience #Biochemistry #Zoology

New research from Engelberg et al. @EmoryUniversity @WOUnews - examines the emotional canvas of human #screams: patterns and acoustic cues in the perceptual categorization of a basic call type Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/myZO5kIMHc https://t.co/2mE6Blq2Gq

Excited to have my first article as a first author published in @thePeerJ https://t.co/ITYaZWSpml. We kept this one short and sweet: the microbiome community structure from samples stored at -20C did not differ from those stored at the standard -80C, even after 4 years

Just published in @PeerJLife - Exposure-related, global alterations in innate and adaptive immunity; a consideration for re-use of non-human primates in research @wrair @umiamimedicine Read the full article https://t.co/qx8Z3cUkJi #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology #InfectiousDiseases https://t.co/TwvrsiUoMD

Mauki et al. @UniofNottingham examine the genetic variation of Nigerian cattle inferred from maternal and paternal genetic markers Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/puFzhWnKbI #AgriculturalScience #Genetics #Zoology https://t.co/hoCLyJURQa

Evolution of maniraptoran pelvic musculature: https://t.co/DxE0JB18dM #dinosaurs #birds