Zoological Science

Validation and description of two new north-western Australian Rainbow skinks with multispecies coalescent methods and morphology

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Peter Prentis –– It describes new diversity in an Australian lizard group.
Implications of nutritional stress as nestling or fledgling on subsequent attractiveness and fecundity in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dany Garant –– Nice study
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.
Diversity of compounds in femoral secretions of Galápagos iguanas (genera: Amblyrhynchus and Conolophus), and their potential role in sexual communication in lek-mating marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

John Measey –– Very few studies exist and this is a well designed study that should be well cited.
Quercivorol as a lure for the polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers, Euwallacea spp. nr. fornicatus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae), vectors of Fusarium dieback

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Work on these exotic pests has so far been minimal. This provides a good foundation for further investigations on semiochemical-based IPM methods for monitoring, deterrence, or perhaps even mass trapping.
RNA helicase domains of viral origin in proteins of insect retrotransposons: possible source for evolutionary advantages

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Yegor Vassetzky –– The MS describes the transfer of viral helicases to insect retrotransposons.
Simulated bacterial infection disrupts the circadian fluctuation of immune cells in wrinkle-lipped bats (Chaerephon plicatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– Within the field of comparative immunology, this study provides a solid contribution toward the understanding of the circadian regulation of the immune system in Bats.
Effect of environmental noise and music on dexmedetomidine-induced sedation in dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Philip Kass –– Adds to the body of literature of environmental stimulation of dogs under anesthesia, which often occurs with considerable ambient sounds.
Using electroretinograms and multi-model inference to identify spectral classes of photoreceptors and relative opsin expression levels

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– It has an interesting use of Akaikes Information Criterion to assist with choosing spectral templates.
­Glial and stem cell expression of murine Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 in the embryonic and perinatal nervous system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Concetta Geloso –– The study adds useful information about the role of FGFR1 signaling during brain development.

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I find report controversial, have to read more carefully though - [viral] RNA helicase in insect retrotransposons https://t.co/Lh6DIE97T8

Implications of nutritional stress as nestling or fledgling on attractiveness & fecundity in zebra finches https://t.co/bbWpLmIy2m

Second chapter is out! Let me present 2 new Kimberley Carlia skinks: C. insularis and C. isostriacantha in https://t.co/F7q4H5bkcB https://t.co/BwHiI6pGXN

Energetics and evasion dynamics of #pumas vs hounds https://t.co/XpBOLN4LJz

Article from my collegues! @thePeerJ https://t.co/smnVkbTihi #AnimalBehavior #Ecology #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology #Hematology

Modeling spectral photoreceptor classes (using all the info you can get your hands on) Nice! https://t.co/PzX8XvK2d7 via @thePeerJ