Zoological Science

Multiple, independent colonizations of the Hawaiian Archipelago by the family Dolichopodidae (Diptera)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Substantial coverage of an interesting group, and an interesting evolutionary story.
Biology of tiny animals: three new species of minute salamanders (Plethodontidae: Thorius) from Oaxaca, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Describes species and characterizes the taxonomic diversity of this enigmatic group of salamanders, and provides a conservation assessment of species of this group.
Sexual reproduction in the Caribbean coral genus Isophyllia (Scleractinia: Mussidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This is very much classic work, some would say “old fashioned” but as it has a place in the field of coral reef biology. Scientific data on coral reproduction are scarce and hard to obtain, but they are essential for understanding the basic functional biology and adaptation of these complex organisms.
Factors influencing infection and transmission of Anopheles gambiae densovirus (AgDNV) in mosquitoes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ewa Chrostek –– Anopheles mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on the planet due to their ability to vector malaria. This work is a small but important step towards full understanding of their biology and possible development of methods enabling control of these insects.
Host plant affects morphometric variation of Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leon Higley –– This manuscript contributes to our understanding of morphological variation in an important insect pest species
Social buffering and contact transmission: network connections have beneficial and detrimental effects on Shigella infection risk among captive rhesus macaques

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rachel McMullan –– This article contributes to our understanding of how social groupings play both positive and negative roles in protecting animals from infection.
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.
A retrospective study detects a novel variant of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in England in archived material from the year 2000

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– This paper reported retrospective analysis of archived material from one of the last confirmed cases in England in the year 2000 demonstrated the previous existence of a very diverse PED virus strain. Authors suggested that further investigation of PED archived material from Europe and elsewhere established the degree of heterogeneity of historic PEDV strains and filled sequence data.
Molecular phylogeny of the megadiverse insect infraorder Bibionomorpha sensu lato (Diptera)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It provides an important advance toward our understanding of a highly diverse group of flies.
Histological variability in the limb bones of the Asiatic wild ass and its significance for life history inferences

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William Jungers –– Even with its small sample sizes, it expands our understanding of the basic bone biology of a poorly known mammalian species, and this information may be of use to other nonspecialist scientists in paleontology and conservation biology.

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Newly discovered salamanders may be doomed
http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Newly-discovered-salamanders-may-be-doomed-10634227.php#photo-11854520

Tiny Salamanders Represent Three New Species
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/science/tiny-salamanders-represent-three-new-species.html?_r=0

Sale temps pour les microsalamandres
http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2016/11/21/sale-temps-pour-les-microsalamandres_5035370_1650684.html#meter_toaster

Three matchstick-sized salamander species discovered, already dying out
http://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/new-species/three-matchstick-sized-salamander-species-discovered-already-dying-out

Gizmodo: Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders
http://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-discovered-three-adorably-tiny-new-sala-1788975331

Berkeley News: Newly discovered salamander species, world’s smallest, already endangered
http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/newly-discovered-salamander-species-worlds-smallest-already-endangered/

National Geographic: 3 Tiny Salamander Species Found, Each Smaller Than a Coin
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/salamanders-amphibians-mexico-endangered/