Detection of arboreal feeding signs by Asiatic black bears: effects of hard mast production at individual tree and regional scales

Kahoko Tochigi, Takashi Masaki, Ami Nakajima, Koji Yamazaki, Akino Inagaki & Shinsuke Koike, 2018, Journal of Zoology, vol. 305, pp. 223-231,  Feeding signs give us information about the feeding ecology of animals, and can also provide information on animal distribution or abundance, as well as habitat selection. However, feeding signs do not necessarily directly reflect... 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 →

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