Rapid behavioural responses of native frogs caused by past predation pressure from invasive mongooses

Komine, H., Fukasawa, K., Akasaka, M., Watari, Y., Iwai, N. and Kaji, K. (2020), Rapid behavioural responses of native frogs caused by past predation pressure from invasive mongooses. Journal of Zoology, vol. 310, pp. 126-134. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12734   It is well known that strong predation pressure by invasive predators cause native prey populations to decline. However,... Continue Reading →

The ‘Happiest Animal in the World’ May Not Be So Happy After All

Scholtz, E.J. and DeSantis, L.R.G. (2020). Invasive species, not environmental changes, restrict the population and geographical range of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus). Journal of Zoology, https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12765    In 2013, the quokka was named the “Happiest Animal in the World” by the Huffington Post. After one look at these Australian marsupials and their natural 'smiles,' it's... Continue Reading →

Red deer increase triggers interspecific competition causing a numeric decline in Alpine chamois

Corlatti, L., Bonardi, A., Bragalanti, N. and Pedrotti, L. (2019), Long‐term dynamics of Alpine ungulates suggest interspecific competition. Journal of Zoology, vol. 309, pp. 241-249. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12716 Despite being the most abundant mountain-dwelling ungulate of Europe, some chamois (Rupicapra spp.) populations have recently showed a numeric decline. How is it possible that this goat-antelope, so well adapted... Continue Reading →

Winner of the 2018 Journal of Zoology ‘Paper of the Year’ award: Early environmental conditions affect the volume of higher-order brain centers in a jumping spider

We congratulate the winners of the 2018 Journal of Zoology 'Paper of the Year' award Philip Steinhoff, Jannis Liedtke, Andy Sombke, Jutta Schneider and Gabriele Uhl, at the University of Greifswald and University of Hamburg, with their excellent paper entitled 'Early environmental conditions affect the volume of higher order brain centers in a jumping spider'.... Continue Reading →

Obituary: Tim Halliday 1945-2019

Timothy Richard Halliday, 73, a zoologist, conservationist and artist, died on 10th April 2019, after a long illness caused by lymphoma, in Oxford, England.  Tim Halliday was one of the fathers of the study of sexual selection and a leading light in amphibian conservation, he was also a talented illustrator and will be sorely missed... Continue Reading →

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