Zoological Science

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Modulation of the behavioral and electrical responses to the repellent DEET elicited by the pre-exposure to the same compound in Blattella germanica

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joao Rocha –– The manuscript describe a simple model to study the behavior of cockroaches. Since there are a huge appeal to reduce the use of vertabrates as experimental animals, the development of alternative models with invertabrates are highly desired. Furthermore, the knowledge of the molecular mechanism(s) involved in the regulation of learning and memory in insects are important both from academic point of view and from the practical perpective of developing new inseticides or repellents. Furthermore, the aversive learning can also be a potential important model to study learning in insects.
Towards evenly distributed grazing patterns: including social context in sheep management strategies

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Wendy Rauw –– It is an original work on grazing patterns in sheep. The method of using GPS data provides very useful information to sheep grazing.
The impact of an invasive ambrosia beetle on the riparian habitats of the Tijuana River Valley, California

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Well written and timely. Covers some initial information on an introduce species in California, and provides some early-impression natural historical information that will be potentially important in the long-term record.
Observed shifts in the contact zone between two forms of the diving beetle Hydroporus memnonius are consistent with predictions from sexual conflict

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Shows an interesting range expansion of a morphology within a species. Not clear on the reason (authors suggest sexual conflict). But an interesting phenomenon that takes some careful observation to notice, and worth further study.
Living to the range limit: consumer isotopic variation increases with environmental stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A nice and well-put together ecological study, combining a research question and clear hypothesis with stable isotope analyses.
A review and phylogeny of Scarabaeine dung beetle fossils (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae), with the description of two Canthochilum species from Dominican amber

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– This is a nice cross-discipline effort between paleontologist and biologists to calibrate the evolutionary history of scarab beetles. It describes new fossils and using various methods to test their phylogenetic position based on the characters they possess. It should be useful for people working on scarab beetles as well as people working on similar effort for other groups.
Integrative taxonomy of Metrichia Ross (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae: Ochrotrichiinae) microcaddisflies from Brazil: descriptions of twenty new species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Integrative taxonomy combining morphology and molecular data, and 20 new species from Brazil in one fell swoop - nice work.
Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– This manuscript presents a new phylogenetic hypothesis for the stalked jellyfishes, which differs significantly from the traditional taxonomy of the group. It therefore implies a novel view of the evolutionary history of the group.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
Mitochondrial aerobic respiration is activated during hair follicle stem cell differentiation, and its dysfunction retards hair regeneration

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ranji Cui –– Hair regeneration is always hot topic. Most of persons maybe like this kinds of research.However, relevent report is really seldom compared to cancer or other research.

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@NicholasAG72 @TomHoltzPaleo @Dean_R_Lomax @dustydino A few Cretaceous beetle fossils and trace fossils have been attributed to dung beetles, but their identification is not definitive (https://t.co/Ni93dHiur5).

'Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)' published 1 year ago today #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/StziYCKjBB

@realDonaldTrump What's really going down is the amount of leopard habitat. 63%-75% lost so far, and counting #scijack https://t.co/kAx3CQ1qJ0 https://t.co/iaZriUQK85

Lifegate: "Leopard populations have declined dramatically, new research reveals"
http://www.lifegate.com/people/news/leopard-populations-decline-peerj-study

The Wire: "Not Just Tigers, Our Leopards Are in Trouble As Well – and We’re Ignoring Them"
http://thewire.in/2016/05/06/not-just-tigers-our-leopards-are-in-trouble-as-well-and-were-ignoring-them-34185/

Discovery News: "Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Their Historic Range"
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-historic-range-160505.htm

Newsweek: "Leopards have lost up to 75 percent of their habitat worldwide"
http://www.newsweek.com/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-their-habitat-worldwide-456257

Christian Science Monitor: "Leopard survival requires increased conservation efforts, say scientists"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0504/Leopard-survival-requires-increased-conservation-efforts-say-scientists

Science Magazine: "Leopards have lost three-quarters of their range"
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/leopards-have-lost-three-quarters-their-range

The Guardian: Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-historical-habitat

National Geographic: Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their Territory
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/

New York Times: Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/leopards-are-more-vulnerable-than-believed-study-finds.html