Zoological Science

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Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogenetics of the Idarnes incertus species-group (Hymenoptera, Agaonidae, Sycophaginae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It involves the description of many species of a highly diverse group.
An integrative systematic revision and biogeography of Rhynchocalamus snakes (Reptilia, Colubridae) with a description of a new species from Israel

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– makes a significant contribution to a very poorly known group of snakes
Deciphering the preservation of fossil insects: a case study from the Crato Member, Early Cretaceous of Brazil

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an important contribution for a better understanding of the taphonomic processes that allow the preservation of delicate organisms, and as so, it will be interesting to a wide readership.
Preventative and therapeutic effects of a GABA transporter 1 inhibitor administered systemically in a mouse model of paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– New drug treatments for neuropathic pain is being researched especially in animal models
The effect of changing topography on the coordinated marching of locust nymphs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Spacing in animals during migration is an interesting topic, not yet particularly well investigated. Understanding it is important in locust swarming, given that the species is an invasive pest. The findings also have relevance to moving groups of other species.
Malagasy Conostigmus (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea) and the secret of scutes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– A new methodology applied for taxonomic studies
Identifying suitable reference genes for gene expression analysis in developing skeletal muscle in pigs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Cong-Jun Li –– The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial to accurately evaluate and normalize the relative expression level of target genes for gene function analysis. This manuscript provides some important information about the references genes for pigs, one is of important economic value.
Meta-analysis reveals that seed-applied neonicotinoids and pyrethroids have similar negative effects on abundance of arthropod natural enemies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Leon Higley –– Given their broad ecological impacts, this work significantly adds to growing evidence of risks associated with the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
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.

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【メモ】種子処理用のネオニコチノイド系殺虫剤が土着天敵(捕食者・捕食寄生者)に与える影響をメタ解析した論文。ピレスロイド系殺虫剤と同程度に土着天敵の数を減らすことが示唆されている。 Douglas MR, Tooker JF 2016 PeerJ, 4, e2776. https://t.co/gtgmV4W6T6

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/