Zoological Science

Editors' Picks

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.
Clinical applicability of the Feline Grimace Scale: real-time versus image scoring and the influence of sedation and surgery
Eric Bauman –– The article is novel and provides a starting place for a portfolio of like investigation.
A multiplex centrality metric for complex social networks: sex, social status, and family structure predict multiplex centrality in rhesus macaques
Tjeerd Boonstra –– Using multilayer networks to better describe and understand animal social systems is a rapidly growing area of interest. This paper presents a novel approach for analyzing such data, and so offers a valuable contribution to its field.
Acoustic divergence in advertisement calls among three sympatric Microhyla species from East China
Jia-Yong Zhang –– The paper is inferring to the acoustic divergence advertisement calls among three sympatric Microhyla species from East China.
Effects of outdoor ranging on external and internal health parameters for hens from different rearing enrichments
Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez –– Eggs meeting consumer demands. This manuscript provides some pros and cons in outdoor laying hen production.
Application of a high-quality, high-volume trap–neuter–return model of community cats in Seoul, Korea
Dorothee Bienzle –– The world-wide problem of how to handle non-owned cat populations remains unsolved. This article contributes meaningful information in that respect.
Occurrence, ecological function and medical importance of dermestid beetle hastisetae
Joseph Gillespie –– Important contribution to the field that presents detailed information on the biology of an important human pest.
Evolution of sexual size dimorphism in the wing musculature of Drosophila
Darren Williams –– Variation in courtship song between species may be a due to changes in structural or functional networks that pattern song …yet anatomical or physiological changes to muscles, that generate the song, may also contribute significantly. Evolving bodies to evolve behaviour......where the rubber hits the road! This elegant study opens up a fascinating area of research.