Zoological Science

Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
The nematode homologue of Mediator complex subunit 28, F28F8.5, is a critical regulator of C. elegans development

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Heather Etchevers –– One of the reviewers in particular was very enthusiastic about the impact of this work on moving the field forward and generating new hypotheses.
Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
The presumed oldest flying insect: more likely a myriapod?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The re-investigation of Rhyniognatha is critical as it was originally interpreted one of the oldest in-group insects and has been used to calibrate evolutionary time-scale for insects using molecular clocks in various studies. The divergence estimates of insects might shift to younger ages, which would be more consistent with the fossil record. This is therefore of interest to entomologists, paleontologists, evolutionary biologists, etc.
A genome-wide assessment of stages of elevational parapatry in Bornean passerine birds reveals no introgression: implications for processes and patterns of speciation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Scott Edwards –– Novel techniques, interesting geographic setting
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Serotonergic activation during courtship and aggression in the brown anole, Anolis sagrei

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– The role of 5-HT in aggressive and other behaviour is an important topic and this paper adds considerably to the field. It highlights the importance of investigating the role of 5-HT in different species.
Anhanguera taxonomy revisited: is our understanding of Santana Group pterosaur diversity biased by poor biological and stratigraphic control?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This article identy characters in the pterosaur taxonomy that can be ontogenetically variable or sexually constrained, making it important to be taken into account for future research on pterosaur taxonomy and ontogeny.
Photoperiodic regime influences onset of lens opacities in a non-human primate

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Philip Kass –– Excellent ocular research in an animal model.
Short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not impact the health and acute stress response of adult Atlantic salmon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Conceição –– This article answers a fish welfare concern on farming operations, providing scientific evidence that short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not have major impact on the health and acute stress response of Atlantic salmon.

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Serotonergic activation during courtship and aggression in the brown anole, Anolis sagrei https://t.co/4ZltMGVK1d

Elegant study exploring co-influences of gregariousness & density dependence on #intertidal #barnacle settlement https://t.co/RNJexr138f

New paper: #Whale #cetacean mass mortality during #elnino linked to #toxicalgae #harmfulalgalbloom #psp #chile https://t.co/j0rJh8bu3L

Presumed oldest flying #insect more likely a #myriapod? @thePeerJ https://t.co/ga0DDyjrjV #Entomology #Paleontology #Paleobiology #Devonian https://t.co/slGrM1wEXl

Our new Bornean birds paper w/ KU, LSU, and Intl. colleagues: https://t.co/SwrVsac6lt @thePeerJ #biodiversity @Peter_Hosner @kunhm @LSU_MNS https://t.co/UjHJKIFTnP

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Yellow-eyed penguin population in decline, with changes in adult survival related to sea-surface temperature https://t.co/zUhJNV8xNm

Photoperiodic regime influences onset of lens opacities in a non-human primate https://t.co/IF8w18jrjy @thePeerJ https://t.co/vWGQS0pT1s

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Our new paper on anhanguerid #pterosaurs at @thePeerJ https://t.co/7WoxJP73Ax

Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/death-killer-algae/

The Oldest-Known Insect Might Lose Its Title
http://www.realclearscience.com/quick_and_clear_science/2017/06/03/the_oldest-known_insect_might_actually_be_a_centipede.html

New Zealand’s star species could be extinct on mainland by 2060
http://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/new-zealand%E2%80%99s-star-species-could-be-extinct-mainland-2060

Huffington Post: "New Zealand’s Iconic Yellow-Eyed Penguins Could Be Extinct Locally In 40 Years"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin-extinct_us_591e9a4ee4b094cdba52e689

New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Trouble
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/

Urgent Action Needed to Slow Penguin’s Slide to Extinction, Study Claims
http://www.courthousenews.com/urgent-action-needed-slow-penguins-slide-extinction-study-claims/

Global warming has put New Zealand's Yellow-eyed penguins on the brink of extinction
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4512200/New-Zealand-s-Yellow-eyed-penguins-brink-extinction.html

Yellow-eyed penguins could be gone by 2060
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/yellow-eyed-penguins-could-be-gone-2060

Popular Science: "New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin is waddling towards extinction"
http://www.popsci.com/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin

National Geographic: "Yellow-Eyed Penguin is Critically Endangered"
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/yellow-eyed-penguin-is-critically-endangered.aspx