Zoological Science

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.
Spiders did not repeatedly gain, but repeatedly lost, foraging webs
Joseph Gillespie –– Advances knowledge and methods for establishing the ancestral condition of foraging web making in spiders
Behavioral responses around conspecific corpses in adult eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei spp.)
Jennifer Vonk –– It is very rare to find detailed observations of primates' response to the death of conspecifics and it is a topic that can really illuminate aspects of their cognitive understanding of death.
Underwater sound production varies within not between species in sympatric newts
John Measey –– This work adds considerably to the little known world of caudate acoustics, describing high frequency clicks produced by adults underwater.
Serial monogamy benefits both sexes in the biparental convict cichlid
Simon Griffith –– It provides nice insight into the benefits of social pair bonds in a fish, broadening the taxonomic depth of work in this area.
Effects of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis infection on egg production and the immune response of the laying duck Anas platyrhynchos
Carlos Conte-Junior –– This paper has interesting information on a major public health pathogen. Microbiology and immunology were studied together to understanding this pathogen in duck production.
Potential surrogate plants for use in semi-field pesticide risk assessment with Megachile rotundata
Sheila Colla –– Methods to test pesticide impacts on species other than honeybees and bumblebees will be important for policy and regulation going forward.
The gut microbiome correlates with conspecific aggression in a small population of rescued dogs (Canis familiaris)
Jennifer Vonk –– This is a novel study that has important practical applications to the management of pet dogs
Zoological Science

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An interesting article I handled as editor has been published in @PeerJLife @thePeerJ https://t.co/gPsuWFqtM3 #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology #ClimateChangeBiology #AtmosphericChemistry

An article I handled as editor "The role of the isolation of the marginal seas during the Pleistocene in the genetic structure of black sea bream Acanthopagrus schlegelii (Bleeker, 1854) in the coastal waters of Japan" has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/0JLWaKrNSB

An article I handled as editor has just been published @thePeerJ https://t.co/sJG7xhvj9G Congratulations to A. McDonald (@WesternCenter) and collaborators and many thanks to @AlbertPrietoMa1, P. Bell, and @paleoduck for their expert assistance! #Dinosaur #NewMexico

Nutritional content of Totoaba macdonaldi (Gilbert, 1890), Antioxidants and lipid peroxidation in muscle https://t.co/gEoQPxWT7s @thePeerJ https://t.co/EkMhixARKe

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The Clare lab collected DNA from the air. Science is so cool. https://t.co/qVsPLVYiwM https://t.co/A2axId0s1P @QM_SBCS @Dave_Hone

#Anurognathids are an elusive group of diminutive, potentially arboreal #pterosaurs. Published today in @peerjlife, Wei et al present a new genus and species from the Middle-Late Jurassic Tiaojishan Formation - Sinomacrops bondei". Read the full article https://t.co/ByrG0PtYDY https://t.co/ycGbPffkIv

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My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/RUQP0gYruW #Biochemistry #Mycology #Zoology #Ecotoxicology

New paper published! We tested aggressiveness for the first time in pearly razorfish! @thePeerJ https://t.co/mRTfqWr9Sp @josep_alos @enekoasp @MBarceloSerra @aranchalana https://t.co/H542Orm1Uu

Incorporation of feeding functional group information informs explanatory patterns of long-term population changes in fish assemblages https://t.co/kjbVCzq4vc @thePeerJ https://t.co/7CzCs4g8Ok

My work was published today in @thePeerJ, so I'd like to assume my title of "pioneer in bee research." https://t.co/nwcOvISFaS #AnimalBehavior #Entomology #Zoology

OSU Press Release: "Sample of rescued dogs shows link between gut microbiome, aggressiveness "

Cosmos: "Gorillas mourn friends and strangers alike"