Zoological Science

Conspicuously concealed: revision of the arid clade of the Gehyra variegata (Gekkonidae) group in Western Australia using an integrative molecular and morphological approach, with the description of five cryptic species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Daniel Lahr –– This article demonstrates an interesting approach to deal with the problem of describing cryptic species. The authors flesh out a system of species of gekkos, using a multi-faceted approach that is likely to establish a precedent in the field.
Host and symbiont genetic contributions to fitness in a Trichogramma–Wolbachia symbiosis

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– It adds information to the dynamics that underpin Wolbachia's ability to turn infected wasps into parthenogenetically reproducing hosts.
The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
A striking new genus and species of cave-dwelling frog (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae: Asterophryinae) from Thailand

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Gabriela Parra Olea –– Herpetofauna from Thailand is far from being known or understood. This paper provides very important data to the field. The authors did a great job in using modern tools to evaluate the validity of the taxon and discussed it in the light of more general themes such a Biogeography and Evolution.
Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Experiments demonstrate that although ants are frequent floral visitors and they carry pollen, they are not effective pollinators and they may even be detrimental to reproduction in a rare plant.
Molecular and serological dynamics of Chlamydia pecorum infection in a longitudinal study of prime lamb production

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– It is important for the agricultural industry and the knowledge base for C. percorum infection dynamics
Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
Adult zebra finches rehearse highly variable song patterns during sleep

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Rehearsal during sleep and memory consolidation is a big issue. This is an excellent paper.

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Revision of the Gehyra variegata arid clade in Western Australia with description of 5 new species; G. ocellata, G. capensis, G. crypta, G. unguiculata and G. incognita. #openaccess @AusSocHerp @ASIHCopeia @HerpLeague https://t.co/3TmgAim5ZA https://t.co/bnlEGHJQvO

Host and symbiont genetic contributions to fitness in a Trichogramma–Wolbachia symbiosis https://t.co/sVyBsROzhO

The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages https://t.co/TXOB7dyxro https://t.co/QkZN9Zfxz0

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Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb https://t.co/KDVc8QHFOX #Psychiatry

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Portunoid crab molecular phylogenetics https://t.co/27iDHwJL4z @thePeerJさんから

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