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The gut microbiome correlates with conspecific aggression in a small population of rescued dogs (Canis familiaris)

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– This is a novel study that has important practical applications to the management of pet dogs
Efficient generation of human primordial germ cell-like cells from pluripotent stem cells in a methylcellulose-based 3D system at large scale

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Shao-Chen Sun –– A system which produces more primordial germ cell-like cells.
Egg perivitelline fluid of the invasive snail Pomacea canaliculata affects mice gastrointestinal function and morphology

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jörg Oehlmann –– The article contributes to the understanding of animal chemical defence mechanisms against predation and is also important from an evolutionary perspective as it describes a trait that could be a key factor for the broad geographical distribution for ampullariid snails.
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.
Integrative taxonomy of the genus Pseudostegana (Diptera, Drosophilidae) from China, with descriptions of eleven new species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

John Ringo –– Eleven new species are described. Classical morphological characters are analyzed alongside genetic data, a nice synthesis.
Environmental stressors may cause equine herpesvirus reactivation in captive Grévy’s zebras (Equus grevyi)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Fernando Spilki –– The findings are of importance for those handling captive zebras.
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.

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Efficient generation of human primordial germ cell-like cells from pluripotent stem cells in a methylcellulose-based 3D system at large scale https://t.co/quaQNYKY18 @thePeerJ https://t.co/aZdVIuFHuF

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Egg perivitelline fluid of the invasive snail Pomacea canaliculata affects mice gastrointestinal function and morphology https://t.co/YKWCRVJqbd @thePeerJ https://t.co/X7RGelJMdI

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

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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

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