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Featured Article: Evidence for a postreproductive phase in female false killer whales

Photopolou et al report evidence for a postreproductive lifespan in South African and Japanese pods of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens. This species is the third non-human mammal in which this phenomenon has been demonstrated in wild populations. 

Featured Article: Worker Reproduction of the Invasive Yellow Crazy Ant

Ching-Chen Lee et al reported, for the first time, that Anoplolepis gracilipes workers possess functional ovaries and are able to produce both reproductive and trophic eggs. Reproductive eggs can be further developed into haploid males, whereas trophic eggs may have served as a critical regulator for protein-rich food, thus allowing colonies to survive through periods of food shortage.


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Aims and scope

Frontiers in Zoology is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing high quality research articles and reviews on all aspects of animal life.

As a biological discipline, zoology has one of the longest histories. Today it occasionally appears as though, due to the rapid expansion of life sciences, zoology has been replaced by more or less independent sub-disciplines amongst which exchange is often sparse. However, the recent advance of molecular methodology into "classical" fields of biology, and the development of theories that can explain phenomena on different levels of organisation, has led to a re-integration of zoological disciplines promoting a broader than usual approach to zoological questions. Zoology has re-emerged as an integrative discipline encompassing the most diverse aspects of animal life, from the level of the gene to the level of the ecosystem.

Frontiers in Zoology is the first open access journal focusing on zoology as a whole. It aims to represent and re-unite the various disciplines that look at animal life from different perspectives and at providing the basis for a comprehensive understanding of zoological phenomena on all levels of analysis. Frontiers in Zoology provides a unique opportunity to publish high quality research and reviews on zoological issues that will be internationally accessible to any reader at no cost.

The journal was initiated and is supported by the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, one of the largest national zoological societies with more than a century-long tradition in promoting high-level zoological research.

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Jürgen Heinze is currently Professor of Zoology at University of Regensburg.

"Zoology is an active and colorful biological discipline with a long history and a promising future. The development of new theories and methodology makes this a particularly exciting time for researchers interested in aspects of animal life."

Uli Technau

Ulrich Technau is Professor of developmental biology at the University of Vienna

"Zoology is addressing some of the most fundamental questions in Biology. It continues to deliver novel insights into the fascinating diversity and biology of animals by taking advantage of a combination of classical concepts and modern methods."


Official journal of

  • DZG
  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (German Society of Zoology)

We're the leading fully open-access journal of the Zoology category in the Journal Citation Reports

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The Editors of Frontiers in Zoology support initiatives that expedite the peer review process and are willing to consider manuscripts which have been reviewed by Peerage of Science. Please indicate in your cover letter if this applies to your manuscript.