A look at how male anglerfish stick and fuse to their females without suffering the equivalent of organ rejection.

nytimes.com/2020/07/30/science

#Fish #Anglerfish #Biology #Sex #Parasitism

Too many white men: scientists portrayed in common biology textbooks are not representative of their target audience, the student population.
📄 Wood et al (2020) A scientist like me: demographic analysis of biology textbooks reveals both progress and long-term lags. Proc R Soc lond B 287:20200877 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0

: practical recommendations for research on wild animals.
📄 Soulsbury et al (2020) The welfare and ethics of research involving wild animals: A primer. Methods in Ecology and Evolution dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.1

Mike Tyson effect in social insect: wasps rely on public information to assess their opponent's strength before engaging in a .
📄 Tibbetts et al (2020) Wasps use social eavesdropping to learn about individual rivals. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.

Compared with many animal species, we are essentially color-blind, deaf and anosmic. Many fish and bird species have far better than us. Here is a new example in .
📄 Stoddard et al (2020) Wild hummingbirds discriminate nonspectral colors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.191937

Males are rarely involved in parental care in nature, with the notable exception of species. This is possibly linked with external eggs fertilization.
🔗 nytimes.com/article/fathers-da

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Data from @digitalsci@twitter.com show just how much the pandemic is holding back female researchers. Female first-author papers have declined since March – when most lockdowns began and schools closed. timeshighereducation.com/news/

🐦🔗: twitter.com/sarakcuster/status

Remarkable robustness of linear ‐effects models. It does not give a blank cheque for reckless statistical analysis, but it certainly is good news for scientists having to deal with deviations from textbook’s unrealistic assumptions regarding data .
📄 Schielzeth et al (2020) Methods in Ecology and Evolution dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.1

More than half of the 360 living species of and are threatened with .
📄 Stanford et al (2020) Turtles and tortoises are in trouble. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.

Beware of STRANGE: very sensible recommendations for increasing in animal studies.
📄 Webster & Rutz (2020) How STRANGE are your study animals? Nature 582:337–340 dx.doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-

Interesting write-up about a paper on the social behaviour of flies.

"In this paper, we demonstrate that, in flies, the size of the group alters how the group as a whole behaves."

natureecoevocommunity.nature.c

#Flies #Insects #Biology #Behaviour #Social

Ecological interactions between species are incredibly complex, but they also share striking similarities with the computer game . Recent success of deep learning in this game arouses interest in .
📄 Barbe et al (2020) Artificial intelligence accidentally learned ecology through video games. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35:557–560 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020

production by is expected to be balanced with even proportion of y-chromosome bearing (leading to son in ). This new study in shows that sperm can be tweaked in response to sexual competition.
📄 Firman et al. (2020) Sperm sex ratio adjustment in a mammal: perceived male competition leads to elevated proportions of female-producing sperm. Biology Letters 16:20190929 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0

The vast majority of species has (right-handed) shell. individuals are extremely rare in snails. Here is a very nice citizen science project investigating the developmental origin of this . biology
📄 Davison et al. (2020) Internet ‘shellebrity’’ reflects on origin of rare mirror-image snails.’ Biology Letters 16:20200110 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0

In front of puzzle boxes, wild cockatoo are as smart as captive ones, but far less interested in these lab toys.
📄 Rössler et al (2020) Using an Innovation Arena to compare wild-caught and laboratory Goffin’s cockatoos. Scientific Reports 10:1–12 dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-

Life span increases with social integration, a review based on long-term studies in mammals.
Snyder-Mackler et al. (2020) Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animals. Science 368:eaax9553 dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aax

Impressive underwater in : they produce sounds called "antennal rasps" which propagate over several hundreds meters.
📄 Jézéquel et al. (2020) Spiny lobster sounds can be detectable over kilometres underwater. Scientific Reports 10:1–11 dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-

thesis in behavioural ecology in , France. We are looking for candidates. Subject: Alternative reproductive tactics in structured populations of invasive fish species.
🔗 e2m2.universite-lyon.fr/medias

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