Zoological Science

Comparison of physiological responses of Arabian striped hyaena (Hyaena hyaena sultana) to effective immobilisations with ketamine-medetomidine and ketamine-xylazine in (semi-) captive conditions
Jason Blackburn –– There are limited studies on wildlife immobilization, in particular this species.
The Munduruku marmoset: a new monkey species from southern Amazonia
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– The description of a new species of primate is always significant and relevant.
Changes of the erythrocyte phenotype and blood biochemistry in dairy calves during the first ten weeks of age
Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez –– Meets deadlines and revises layout and grammar style
Recently-adopted foraging strategies constrain early chick development in a coastal breeding gull
Donald Kramer –– This study adds to the growing body of literature on the consequences of alternative foraging strategies for fitness of marine birds and provides substantial insight from a parallel aviary study with controlled diets.
An attention bias test to assess anxiety states in laying hens
Giorgio Vallortigara –– xxx
Coleoptera genome and transcriptome sequences reveal numerous differences in neuropeptide signaling between species
Joseph Gillespie –– Nice compilation of information on neuropeptide signaling for a large animal group.
The cutting-edge morphology of the mole snake’s dental apparatus
Philip Cox –– As noted by one of the reviewers, this is likely the first report of sexual dimorphism in snake teeth and thus represents a significant contribution to the field.
Lateralization (handedness) in Magellanic penguins
Lesley Rogers –– To my knowledge, this is the first paper reporting lateralization of behaviour and structure in penguins. It is a comprehensive study and will make a valuable comparison to the study of lateralization in birds and other vertebrates.
Intermittent reproduction, mortality patterns and lifetime breeding frequency of females in a population of the adder (Vipera berus)
Daniel Lahr –– The study deals with an 18-year long study on reproductive behavior in a viper. This adds a large a mount of robust information to the literature. The study is basically a "must-read" and "must-cite" for further research in the area.
Evolution of digestive enzymes and dietary diversification in birds
Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important study that analyses the molecular and genomic evolution of the digestive enzymes in birds, a group that includes a wide variety of feeding strategies. The article is relevant given that birds are a charismatic and important group of animals, and also because the ideas used and developed here show a general comparative methodology for future comparative genomic studies in birds and other animals and even in plants, fungi and microbes.
Zoological Science

Section discussions

14 days ago
Gastrointestinal barrier function of yak https://t.co/SSTSKP6cdQ via @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/b9nCvOgJVR #Biodiversity #Ecology #Entomology #NaturalResourceManagement

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/dm0XM4StXS Congratulations to R. McGuire (@MidwesternUniv) and collaborators and many thanks to @histo_holly, E. Prondvai and J. Skedros for their expert assistance! #EvolutionaryStudies #Histology

15 days ago
My article of Little Egret tracking has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/IjWy9Xudur #AnimalBehavior #ConservationBiology #Ecology #EcosystemScience #Zoology #ardeid #littleegret

Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ . Kudos to the successful collaboration with Elżbieta M. Teschner, Dorota Konietzko-Meier @Dhujati_Isi https://t.co/XowAQyyNYe #Paleontology #Zoology #Histology #Paleontology

Adaptations to cursoriality and digit reduction in the forelimb of the African wild #dog (Lycaon pictus) https://t.co/uujYkRv6hU @thePeerJ https://t.co/AMh9h5OXcP

Small mammal postcrania and locomotion https://t.co/myse1sP0qR via @thePeerJ

Our article describing 5 pseudocryptic species of terrestrial planarians has been published today! see it in @thePeerJ https://t.co/VVv1eKx19Z #Biodiversity #MolecularBiology #Taxonomy #Zoology #Histology

Comparative masticatory myology in anteaters and its implications for interpreting morphological convergence in myrmecophagous placentals https://t.co/wOREfFJSL9 @thePeerJ https://t.co/tYdUGBX5CY

Very interesting tale(?) of a male southern elephant seal found in Indiana https://t.co/dShAdJESAy via @thePeerJ I love the variety of potential implications.