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  1. Content type: Methodology

    Over the past couple of decades, measuring immunological parameters has become widespread in studies of ecology and evolution. A combination of different immunological indices is useful for quantifying differe...

    Authors: Arne Hegemann, Sara Pardal and Kevin D. Matson

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:43

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  2. Content type: Research

    Fluorochrome staining is among the most widely used techniques to study growth dynamics of echinoderms. However, it fails to detect fine-scale increments because produced marks are commonly diffusely distribut...

    Authors: Przemysław Gorzelak, Aurélie Dery, Philippe Dubois and Jarosław Stolarski

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:42

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  3. Content type: Research

    Diversity of hair in marine mammals was suggested as an evolutionary innovation to adapt aquatic environment, yet its genetic basis remained poorly explored. We scanned α-keratin genes, one major structural co...

    Authors: Xiaohui Sun, Zepeng Zhang, Yingying Sun, Jing Li, Shixia Xu and Guang Yang

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:41

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  4. Content type: Research

    Aedes albopictus (Diptera; Culicidae) is a highly invasive mosquito species and a competent vector of several arboviral diseases that have spread rapidly throughout the world. Prevalen...

    Authors: Giacomo Tavecchia, Miguel-Angel Miranda, David Borrás, Mikel Bengoa, Carlos Barceló, Claudia Paredes-Esquivel and Carl Schwarz

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:39

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  5. Content type: Research

    Trophic interactions are a fundamental aspect of ecosystem functioning, but often difficult to observe directly. Several indirect techniques, such as fatty acid analysis, were developed to assess these interac...

    Authors: Félix B. Rosumek, Adrian Brückner, Nico Blüthgen, Florian Menzel and Michael Heethoff

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:36

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  6. Content type: Research

    Animal colours and patterns commonly play a role in reducing detection by predators, social signalling or increasing survival in response to some other environmental pressure. Different colour morphs can evolv...

    Authors: Aidan O’Hanlon, Kristina Feeney, Peter Dockery and Michael J. Gormally

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:35

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  7. Content type: Research

    Acclimation to abiotic challenges, including decreases in O2 availability, requires physiological and anatomical phenotyping to accommodate the organism to the environmental conditions. The retention of a nucleus...

    Authors: Juan Antonio Martos-Sitcha, Azucena Bermejo-Nogales, Josep Alvar Calduch-Giner and Jaume Pérez-Sánchez

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:34

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  8. Content type: Research

    Foraging efficiency determines whether animals will be able to raise healthy broods, maintain their own condition, avoid predators and ultimately increase their fitness. Using accelerometers and GPS loggers, f...

    Authors: Juan F. Masello, Akiko Kato, Julia Sommerfeld, Thomas Mattern and Petra Quillfeldt

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:33

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  9. Content type: Research

    Numerous historical descriptions of the Lesser Egyptian jerboa, Jaculus jaculus, a small bipedal mammal with elongate hindlimbs, make special note of their extraordinary leaping ability. We observed jerboa locomo...

    Authors: Talia Y. Moore, Alberto M. Rivera and Andrew A. Biewener

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:32

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  10. Content type: Research

    The origin of jawed vertebrates was marked by profound reconfigurations of the skeleton and muscles of the head and by the acquisition of two sets of paired appendages. Extant cartilaginous fish retained numer...

    Authors: Janine M. Ziermann, Renata Freitas and Rui Diogo

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:31

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  11. Content type: Research

    A substantial period of life after reproduction ends, known as postreproductive lifespan (PRLS), is at odds with classical life history theory and its causes and mechanisms have puzzled evolutionary biologists...

    Authors: Theoni Photopoulou, Ines M. Ferreira, Peter B. Best, Toshio Kasuya and Helene Marsh

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:30

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  12. Content type: Research

    Fat deposits enable a female mammal to bear the energy costs of offspring production and thus greatly influence her reproductive success. However, increasing locomotor costs and reduced agility counterbalance ...

    Authors: Sandra A. Heldstab, Carel P. van Schaik and Karin Isler

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:29

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:3

  13. Content type: Research

    Variation in growth and immune function within and among populations is often associated with specific environmental conditions. We compared growth and immune function in nestlings of year-round breeding equat...

    Authors: Henry K. Ndithia, Samuel N. Bakari, Kevin D. Matson, Muchane Muchai and B. Irene Tieleman

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:28

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  14. Content type: Research

    Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem c...

    Authors: Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis and Michael Schoppmeier

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:26

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  15. Content type: Research

    The understanding of concerted movements and its underlying biomechanics is often complex and elusive. Functional principles and hypothetical functions of these complex movements can provide a solid basis for ...

    Authors: Sebastian Büsse, Thomas Hörnschemeyer and Stanislav N. Gorb

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:25

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  16. Content type: Research

    Reproductive division of labor is one of the key features of social insects. Queens are adapted for reproduction while workers are adapted for foraging and colony maintenance. In many species, however, workers...

    Authors: Ching-Chen Lee, Hirotaka Nakao, Shu-Ping Tseng, Hung-Wei Hsu, Gwo-Li Lin, Jia-Wei Tay, Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Chow-Yang Lee, Chung-Chi Lin and Chin-Cheng (Scotty) Yang

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:24

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  17. Content type: Research

    Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus sp...

    Authors: Jessica S. Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber and Thomas Ruf

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:23

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  18. Content type: Research

    Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish.

    Authors: Elettra Leo, Kristina L. Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O. Pörtner and Felix C. Mark

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:21

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  19. Content type: Research

    The Asian house rat (Rattus tanezumi) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) are closely related species and are partially sympatric in southern China. Over the past 20 years, R. tanezumi has significantly expande...

    Authors: Hong-Ling Guo, Hua-Jing Teng, Jin-Hua Zhang, Jian-Xu Zhang and Yao-Hua Zhang

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:20

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  20. Content type: Research

    Animals show consistent individual behavioural differences in many species. Further, behavioural traits (personality traits) form behavioural syndromes, characterised by correlations between different behaviou...

    Authors: Andrea C. Schuster, Uwe Zimmermann, Carina Hauer and Katharina Foerster

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:19

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