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  1. The social environment that mothers experience during pregnancy and lactation has a strong effect on the developing offspring. Whether offspring can be adaptively shaped to match an environment that is similar...

    Authors: Susanne Sangenstedt, Carsten Szardenings, Norbert Sachser and Sylvia Kaiser
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:13
  2. Upon publication of this article [1] it was noticed errors were introduced during the production process which resulted in the omission of decimal points from Tables 2 and 3. In addition Table 1 incorrectly us...

    Authors: Przemysław Gorzelak, Aurélie Dery, Philippe Dubois and Jarosław Stolarski
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:12

    The original article was published in Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:42

  3. Bivalves comprise a large, highly diverse taxon of invertebrate species. Developmental studies of neurogenesis among species of Bivalvia are limited. Due to a lack of neurogenesis information, it is difficult ...

    Authors: Olga V. Yurchenko, Olga I. Skiteva, Elena E. Voronezhskaya and Vyacheslav A. Dyachuk
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:10
  4. Foraging strategies of seabird species often vary considerably between and within individuals. This variability is influenced by a multitude of factors including age, sex, stage of annual life cycle, reproduct...

    Authors: Dariusz Jakubas, Lech M. Iliszko, Hallvard Strøm, Halfdan H. Helgason and Lech Stempniewicz
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:9
  5. Host-symbiont interactions are embedded in ecological communities and range from unspecific to highly specific relationships. Army ants and their arthropod guests represent a fascinating example of species-ric...

    Authors: Christoph von Beeren, Adrian Brückner, Munetoshi Maruyama, Griffin Burke, Jana Wieschollek and Daniel J. C. Kronauer
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:8
  6. Acoustic parameters of animal signals have been shown to correlate with various phenotypic characteristics of the sender. These acoustic characteristics can be learned and categorized and thus are a basis for ...

    Authors: Markus Boeckle, Georgine Szipl and Thomas Bugnyar
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:5
  7. In rats, urine-borne male pheromones comprise organic volatile compounds and major urinary proteins (MUPs). A number of volatile pheromones have been reported, but no MUP pheromones have been identified in rat...

    Authors: Xiao Guo, Huifen Guo, Lei Zhao, Yao-Hua Zhang and Jian-Xu Zhang
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:6
  8. Communal nursing in house mice is an example of cooperation where females pool litters in the same nest and indiscriminately nurse own and other offspring despite potential exploitation. The direct fitness ben...

    Authors: Nicola Harrison, Anna K. Lindholm, Akos Dobay, Olivia Halloran, Andri Manser and Barbara König
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:4
  9. Unfortunately, upon publication of this article [1] it was noticed there was an error within the Discussion section. During proofing a request to edit the following paragraph was missed:

    Authors: Sandra A. Heldstab, Carel P. van Schaik and Karin Isler
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:3

    The original article was published in Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:29

  10. Upon publication of this article it [1] was noticed the figure placement was incorrect and figure citations were also numbered incorrectly.

    Authors: Caroline Schuppli, Sofia I. F. Forss, Ellen J. M. Meulman, Nicole Zweifel, Kevin C. Lee, Evasari Rukmana, Erin R. Vogel, Maria A. van Noordwijk and Carel P. van Schaik
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:2

    The original article was published in Frontiers in Zoology 2016 13:43

  11. Brittle stars (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata) have been increasingly used in studies of animal behavior, locomotion, regeneration, physiology, and bioluminescence. The success of these studies directly depends on...

    Authors: Olga Zueva, Maleana Khoury, Thomas Heinzeller, Daria Mashanova and Vladimir Mashanov
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:1
  12. The need for the adaptation of species of annelids as “Evo-Devo” model organisms of the superphylum Lophotrochozoa to refine the understanding of the phylogenetic relationships between bilaterian organisms, ha...

    Authors: Brenda Irene Medina Jiménez, Hee-Jin Kwak, Jong-Seok Park, Jung-Woong Kim and Sung-Jin Cho
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:60
  13. Scavenger guilds are composed of a variety of species, co-existing in the same habitat and sharing the same niche in the food web. Niche partitioning among them can manifest in different feeding strategies, e....

    Authors: Meike Anna Seefeldt, Gabriela Laura Campana, Dolores Deregibus, María Liliana Quartino, Doris Abele, Ralph Tollrian and Christoph Held
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:59
  14. Beak morphology exhibits considerable adaptive plasticity in birds, which results in highly varied or specialized forms in response to variations in ecology and life history. As the only parid species endemic ...

    Authors: Yalin Cheng, Bin Gao, Haitao Wang, Naijian Han, Shimiao Shao, Shaoyuan Wu, Gang Song, Yong E. Zhang, Xiaojia Zhu, Xin Lu, Yanhua Qu and Fumin Lei
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:58
  15. Acoustic properties of vocalizations can vary with the internal state of the caller, and may serve as reliable indicators for a caller’s emotional state, for example to prevent conflicts. Thus, individuals may...

    Authors: Georgine Szipl, Eva Ringler, Michela Spreafico and Thomas Bugnyar
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:57
  16. Social learning allows animals to eavesdrop on ecologically relevant knowledge of competitors in their environment. This is especially important when selecting a habitat if individuals have relatively little p...

    Authors: Jelmer M. Samplonius, Iris M. Kromhout Van Der Meer and Christiaan Both
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:56
  17. Climate is often considered as a key ecological factor limiting the capability of expansion of most species and the extent of suitable habitats. In this contribution, we implement Species Distribution Models (...

    Authors: Mattia Iannella, Francesco Cerasoli and Maurizio Biondi
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:55
  18. Many legged animals change gaits when increasing speed. In insects, only one gait change has been documented so far, from slow walking to fast running, which is characterised by an alternating tripod. Studies ...

    Authors: Tom Weihmann, Pierre-Guillaume Brun and Emily Pycroft
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:54
  19. Human populations and breeds of domestic animals are composed of individuals with a multiplicity of eye (= iris) colorations. Some wild birds and mammals may have intraspecific eye color variability, but this ...

    Authors: Juan J. Negro, M. Carmen Blázquez and Ismael Galván
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:53
  20. Bone structure has a crucial role in the functional adaptations that allow vertebrates to conduct their diverse lifestyles. Much has been documented regarding the diaphyseal structure of long bones of tetrapod...

    Authors: Eli Amson, Patrick Arnold, Anneke H. van Heteren, Aurore Canoville and John A. Nyakatura
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:52
  21. Insemination in scorpions is carried out by means of a partly sclerotized structure, the spermatophore, which is composed of two separate halves, the hemispermatophores. In most genera these reproductive struc...

    Authors: Lionel Monod, Lucie Cauwet, Edmundo González-Santillán and Siegfried Huber
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:51
  22. Vocal sequences - utterances consisting of calls produced in close succession - are common phenomena in animal communication. While many studies have explored the adaptive benefits of producing such sequences,...

    Authors: Pawel Fedurek, Klaus Zuberbühler and Stuart Semple
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:50
  23. Exposure to future ocean acidification scenarios may alter the behaviour of marine teleosts through interference with neuroreceptor functioning. So far, most studies investigated effects of ocean acidification...

    Authors: Matthias Schmidt, Heidrun Sigrid Windisch, Kai-Uwe Ludwichowski, Sean Lando Levin Seegert, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Daniela Storch and Christian Bock
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:49
  24. Unlike Drosophila but similar to other arthropod and vertebrate embryos, the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum develops everted limb buds during embryogenesis. However, the molecular processes directing the evagin...

    Authors: Susanne Thümecke, Anke Beermann, Martin Klingler and Reinhard Schröder
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:48
  25. The maintenance of species and the promotion of speciation are closely related to chromosomal rearrangements throughout evolution. Decapoda represents the most species-rich order among crustaceans and, despite...

    Authors: Zeltia Torrecilla, Andrés Martínez-Lage, Alejandra Perina, Enrique González-Ortegón and Ana M. González-Tizón
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:47
  26. Animal toxins can have medical and therapeutic applications. Principally, toxins produced by insects, arachnids, snakes and frogs have been characterized. Venomous mammals are rare, and their venoms have not b...

    Authors: Krzysztof Kowalski, Paweł Marciniak, Grzegorz Rosiński and Leszek Rychlik
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:46
  27. Reproduction is an energetically expensive process that supposedly impairs somatic integrity in the long term, because resources are limited and have to be allocated between reproduction and somatic maintenanc...

    Authors: Charlotte Katharina Maria Schielke, Hynek Burda, Yoshiyuki Henning, Jan Okrouhlík and Sabine Begall
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:45
  28. A central question in evolutionary parasitology is to what extent ecology impacts patterns of parasitism in wild host populations. In this study, we aim to disentangle factors influencing the risk of parasite ...

    Authors: May Hokan, Christina Strube, Ute Radespiel and Elke Zimmermann
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:44
  29. 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
  30. 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

    The Correction to this article has been published in Frontiers in Zoology 2018 15:12

  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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

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

  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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