Zoological Science

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Captive gibbons (Hylobatidae) use different referential cues in an object-choice task: insights into lesser ape cognition and manual laterality

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– Lesser ape cognition is really understudied in comparison to other primates despite the unique nature of their social structure and their important place in the lineage of primates.
Motion-triggered video cameras reveal spatial and temporal patterns of red fox foraging on carrion provided by mountain lions

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– Carnivores remain somewhat understudied and information about foraging ecology is important both from a conservation standpoint and informing us about their cognition and behavior.
Touch-screen-guided task reveals a prosocial choice tendency by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– New methods for assessing prosocial behaviors in nonhuman primates are needed to help resolve a difficult topic.
Shape and size of the arenas affect amphipod behaviours: implications for ecotoxicology

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chris Vulpe –– A new approach to behavioral testing of crustaceans.
Rhabdias bufonis (Rhabdiasidae) from the lung of the African common toad, Amietophrynus regularis (Bufonidae) in Egypt: new data on the basis of light and scanning electron microscopic study

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Carlos Gutiérrez –– This manuscript supposes an advance in the knowledge on Rhabdias bufonis, a parasite previously described but not well characterized. These new data will help us for a better understanding of the biology of this parasite.
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

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

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)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Trabecular bone patterning in the hominoid distal femur

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Wink –– important piece of information for the interpretation of human fossils

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70 days ago
Our article on gibbon cognition and manual laterality has been published today in @thePeerJ . It's the first paper with my name on it! https://t.co/XvLEJbBUVh #AnimalBehavior #Zoology

Testing chimpanzees’ prosocial behavior using touchscreens https://t.co/8iE1lXR1se @thePeerJ @carvalhoprimate

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/lqsA9rY6Lq #AnimalBehavior #MarineBiology #Zoology #Ecotoxicology

Rhabdias bufonis (Rhabdiasidae) from the lung of the African common toad, Amietophrynus regularis (Bufonidae) in Egypt: new data on the basis of light and scanning electron microscopic study https://t.co/CT40BAgNzL @thePeerJ https://t.co/Akwk3WSNM8

Revision of the Gehyra variegata arid clade in Western Australia with description of 5 new species; G. ocellata, G. capensis, G. crypta, G. unguiculata and G. incognita. #openaccess @AusSocHerp @ASIHCopeia @HerpLeague https://t.co/3TmgAim5ZA https://t.co/bnlEGHJQvO

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My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/pGH6mLuJKu #AgriculturalScience #VeterinaryMedicine

Evaluation of standard imaging techniques and volumetric preservation of nervous tissue in genetically identical offspring of the crayfish Procambarus fallax cf. virginalis (Marmorkrebs) https://t.co/5X5dEC8Rrs @thePeerJ https://t.co/u7vFIKEiLL

Trabecular bone patterning in the hominoid distal femur https://t.co/jmCj4k5Ajt @thePeerJ