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

#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

: 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

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

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

Males are rarely involved in parental care in nature, with the notable exception of species. This is possibly linked with external eggs fertilization.


Data from 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.


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

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

Beware of STRANGE: very sensible recommendations for increasing in animal studies.
📄 Webster & Rutz (2020) How STRANGE are your study animals? Nature 582:337–340

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."


#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

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

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

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

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

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

thesis in behavioural ecology in , France. We are looking for candidates. Subject: Alternative reproductive tactics in structured populations of invasive fish species.

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