Where do nocturnal spotted hyaenas rest during the day?

Drivers of diurnal rest site selection by spotted hyaenas J.N.T. Kushata, S. Périquet, T. Tarakini,  M. Muzamba,  B. Mafuwa,  A.J. Loveridge,  D.W. Macdonald, H. Fritz,  M. Valeix; Journal of Zoology, vol 304, pp. 132-140   It is a well-known fact that spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) are nocturnal animals. Therefore, after focussing on their ecology and... Continue Reading →


New Journal of Zoology Podcast

A new episode of the Journal of Zoology podcast is now available and you can listen to it here. In this episode, Lisa Schulte talks to us about parental care and offspring begging behaviour in poison frogs, and we will also hear summaries of further three articles: Glauco Machado tells us about egg attendance in... Continue Reading →

How the Canadian beaver as ecosystem engineer can drive the reproduction of saproxylic beetles

Indirect effects of an ecosystem engineer: how the Canadian beaver can drive the reproduction of saproxylic beetles A. Mourant, N. Lecomte, G. Moreau; Journal of Zoology, vol. 304, pp. 90-97, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12506 Nutrient cycling is a fundamental ecosystem function and as such, contributing organisms are critical assets of natural systems. Conservation measures aimed at protecting and... Continue Reading →

Secrets of the silk of cave-dwelling spiders

Ontogenetic shift toward stronger, tougher silk of a web-building, cave-dwelling spider Piorkowski, D., Blamires, S. J., Doran, N. E., Liao, C.-P., Wu, C.-L. and Tso, I.-M., 2018, Journal of Zoology, vol 304, pp. 81-89 With my left foot positioned on a wobbly, semi-submerged stone, my right foot slowly losing traction on the gravel edge of... Continue Reading →

Palaeopathology mini-series: Periodontitis, hypercementosis, and enamel hypoplasia in extinct rhinoceroses

Dental paleopathology in fossil rhinoceroses: etiology and implications Christine Böhmer and Gertrud E. Rössner In the literature, a variety of dental anomalies have been reported in living and extinct rhinoceroses. Malpositionings, irregular eruptions, supernumerary teeth (hyperdontia), dental asymmetries and tooth rotations have been described. In comparison to anomalies found in permanent teeth, reports on anomalies... Continue Reading →

Early environmental conditions affect the volume of higher-order brain centers in a jumping spider

P.O.M. Steinhoff, J. Liedtke, A. Sombke, J.M. Schneider & G. Uhl, Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12512 The brain enables animals to vary their behavior in response to environmental conditions. In order to react to changes in the environment, changes in the anatomy of the brain can be advantageous. Changes of the physical or the social environment may... Continue Reading →

Forgotten classics: Making a monotreme

This blog was originally posted on the Node on October 17th, 2017 by Aidan Maartens   T. Thomson Flynn and J.P. Hill. 1939. The Development of the Monotrema – Part IV. Growth of the Ovarian Ovum, Maturation, Fertilisation and Early Cleavage. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 24, 445-623. T. Thomson Flynn and J.P. Hill. 1947. The Development of... Continue Reading →

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