Zoological Science

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Artificial light at night alters life history in a nocturnal orb-web spider

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– It is important to understand the impact of environmental factors on species reproductive success
A new species of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from southern Brazil

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jörg Oehlmann –– The identification and description of a new species in a highly threatened vertebrate taxonomic group is very important to conserve our biodiversity.
Seeing spots: quantifying mother-offspring similarity and assessing fitness consequences of coat pattern traits in a wild population of giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Dany Garant –– Nice addition to the field
Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Piotr Tryjanowski –– Not many papers on sexual dimorphism in parasite loads, especially in presented context.
Function matters: a review of terminological differences in applied and basic clicker training research

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– This will be a valuable resource for both researchers and trainers in more applied settings and will help to further the cause of empirical research to back accepted training regimes.
Foraging dynamics are associated with social status and context in mouse social hierarchies

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Yuriy Orlov –– The work confirmed previously known behavior principles in mouse model.
Colour vision of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) hatchlings: do they still prefer blue under water?

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– It is important to understand the perceptual systems of organisms in order to establish adequate testing methods for other cognitive processes and perhaps to explain behavioral tendencies.
Functional significance of cuckoo Cuculus canorus calls: responses of conspecifics, hosts and non-hosts

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Wink –– interesting work on cuckoos
Nonspecific stress response to temperature increase in Gammarus lacustris Sars with respect to oxygen-limited thermal tolerance concept

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– Biochemistry of environmental stress in organismal to be used as biomarkers
Th2 cytokine bias induced by silver nanoparticles in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Susanne Brander –– It describes new findings regarding sublethal immunotoxic effects caused by a contaminant class (nanoparticles) of emerging concern in a marine organism of ecological importance.

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Spider growth and reproduction negatively affected by ALAN - see @urbanlightlab research from @arachnik @SciMelb out today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/sv9Dsi5HdT #lightpollution

Our latest new Brachycephalus species is out. And it is a cutie! https://t.co/Hgf1lFkQt1

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/Zfq1inK9v5 #Bioinformatics #EvolutionaryStudies #Zoology

Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses https://t.co/gBujNV9UGj @thePeerJ https://t.co/3XfildZ2K7

A very useful paper reviewing the use of clickers in animal training. Well-written too! https://t.co/IR5pKqVaSV via @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/lj62Wnqe6p #AnimalBehavior #NaturalResourceManagement

Foraging dynamics are associated with social status and context in mouse social hierarchies https://t.co/WCpEWu1455 @thePeerJ https://t.co/rAlf9BgBEG

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/vkyuSyZsTq #AnimalBehavior #Biodiversity #Ecology #Zoology

Washington Post: "Giraffes inherit mottled patterns of their spots from their mothers, study says:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/giraffes-inherit-mottled-patterns-of-their-spots-from-their-mothers-study-says/2018/10/05/e39c2f52-c800-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html

NPR: "Giraffes Inherit Spot Patterns From Their Mamas, Study Says"
https://www.npr.org/2018/10/10/656073566/giraffes-inherit-spot-patterns-from-their-mamas-study-says