Zoological Science

Auditory processing in the zebra finch midbrain: single unit responses and effect of rearing experience
Susanne Schmid –– This is an interesting electrophysiological study of auditory processing in the midbrain and how it changes with experience during zebrafinch development.
Doing nothing and what it looks like: inactivity in fattening cattle
Mohammed Gagaoua –– This paper is among the first that explored inactive behaviour in cattle by applying a detailed description of postures from an Inactivity Ethogram and by using the machine learning algorithm cspade to identify frequently co-occurring posture combinations
Arthropod IGF, relaxin and gonadulin, putative orthologs of Drosophila insulin-like peptides 6, 7 and 8, likely originated from an ancient gene triplication
Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo –– An extensive work addressing the functions and evolution of peptides insulin-like in the post-genomic era.
Multi-predator assemblages, dive type, bathymetry and sex influence foraging success and efficiency in African penguins
Patricia Gandini –– A very interesting study that combines technologies that provide important information on foraging efficiency and foraging succes of the African penguin.
Description of soft tissue artifacts and related consequences on hindlimb kinematics during canine gait
Robert Druzinsky –– I agree with the rating of the reviewer.
Life in a harsh environment: the effects of age, sex, reproductive condition, and season on hair cortisol concentration in a wild non-human primate
Lesley Rogers –– Hair cortisol measurement is an important way of assessing level of stress in wild animals and this paper presents valuable evidence of the effects of a hot and dry environment on common marmosets.
Immune priming against bacteria in spiders and scorpions?
Brock Harpur –– This article documents tentative evidence of immune priming in non-model arthropods. It will be a valuable resource for those interested in priming.
Descriptions of five new species of the salamander genus Chiropterotriton (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from eastern Mexico and the status of three currently recognized taxa
Nikolay Poyarkov –– This is a very important contribution to our knowledge on Chiropterotriton diversity and taxonomy.
Effects of rumen bypass melatonin feeding (RBMF) on milk quality and mastitis of Holstein cows
Dunxian Tan –– The authors reported a new method to deal with the cow mastitis which is convenient and safe. If the results are confirmed, it is valuable for the diary farm to improve diary quality.
A scoping review of determinants of performance in dressage
Eric Bauman –– This paper provides a well rounded review of the literature.
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Congratulations to Eden Mannix-Fisher @EdenMannix on the publication of the first paper from her PhD! The antimicrobial activity of silver acetate against Acinetobacter baumannii in a Galleria mellonella infection model https://t.co/HdX54JgOaE cc @SamMacX13

Photoperiod induced the pituitary differential regulation of lncRNAs and mRNAs related to reproduction in sheep https://t.co/WBGhQcLfK8 @thePeerJ https://t.co/pozRkn8kkP

Kawamura et al. examine chemosensitivity and role of swimming legs of mud #crab in feeding activity as determined by electrocardiographic and behavioural observations Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/qyZM6fWgWJ #MudCrab #AnimalBehavior #Aquaculture @AnimBehSociety https://t.co/uX5cvQO34x

Psychological aspects of using animals https://t.co/qg47Pzqsc9 via @thePeerJ

Just published @PeerJLife article examines epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on California #dairy cows - Research from @ucdavis @BenhaUniveristy @CairoUniv Read the full article https://t.co/mdV3jcMug3 #AgriculturalScience #Microbiology #VeterinaryMedicine https://t.co/rw5CDpLbkX

Van Valkenburgh and White @UCLA examine naturally-occurring tooth wear, tooth fracture, and cranial injuries in large carnivores from Zambia Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/9dkCoE97v8 #AnimalBehavior #Conservation #Biology #Zoology https://t.co/8QKEwi0h6B

New research from @SFU presents an integrated model to estimate seasonal changes in stock composition and abundance with an application to #Chinook #salmon Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/1xc9TPEPOZ #ConservationBiology #Ecology #Zoology https://t.co/YOdJr6fSvF