Puma predation of dangerous prey

Stage-dependent puma predation on dangerous prey L.M. Elbroch, J Feltner, and H.B. Quigley; Journal of Zoology, Volume 302, Issue 3, Pages 164-170, July 2017   I found the fresh footprints of a subadult male puma not one mile from the typically bustling headquarters of the High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado, USA. But it was... Continue Reading →


The gluttonous king: the effects of prey size and repeated feeding on predatory performance in kingsnakes

Imagine what it must be like to catch prey like a kingsnake; you have to bring your most sensitive tissues in close contact with other animals that will perform all possible attempts to escape.  Now, assume you are a kingsnake that has recently fed but encounters another feeding opportunity; are you up to the task... Continue Reading →

Offspring transportation in poison frogs: tadpoles approach adult frogs to escape competition and cannibalism

Poison frog tadpoles seek parental transportation to escape their cannibalistic siblings Lisa M. Schulte and Michael Mayer. (2017) Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12472 Parental care can be found in many different animal taxa and it is highly beneficial for the survival of the offspring. This is also the case for Neotropical poison frogs: most species... Continue Reading →

Recluse spiders and their highly modified, self-sufficient spinning apparatus

Recluse spiders produce flattened silk rapidly using a highly modified, self-sufficient spinning apparatus I. L. F. Magalhaes, A. M. Ravelo, C. L. Scioscia, A. V. Peretti, P. Michalik and M. J. Ramírez. (2017) Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12462   Silk is one of the most fascinating biological materials – it can be as tough as steel, and twice as elastic. This remarkable... Continue Reading →

Morpho-dynamics and early development of interlimb coordination in baboons

Intrinsic limb morpho-dynamics and the early development of interlimb coordination of walking in a quadrupedal primate F. Druelle, G. Berillon and P. Aerts; Journal of Zoology, Volume 301, Issue 3, pages 235–247, March 2017 The development toward locomotor autonomy is a long journey for primate (altricial) species. Although the process is multidimensional, the mechanical properties of the changing... 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, Travis DeVault talks to us about their experiment testing whether bird collisions with vehicles are affected by experience, we will learn from Fanny Ruhland about the brain of tarantulas and whether they show behavioural or morphological left-right... Continue Reading →

Author Spotlight – Alien versus predators: effective induced defenses in an invasive frog

Alien versus predators: effective induced defenses of an invasive frog in response to native predators E. Pujol-Buxó, C. García-Guerrero and G. A. Llorente Have you ever asked yourself, as a biologist, when should a species be considered “invasive”? You may even have discussed it with your colleagues. And when is a species “allochtonous”? Seems easy to define... Continue Reading →

Author Spotlight: How soil features are shaping the bite force and skull morphology in subterranean rodents

The role of soil features in shaping the bite force and related skull and mandible morphology in the subterranean rodents of genus Ctenomys (Hystricognathi: Ctenomyidae) L.R. Borges, R. Maestri, B.B. Kubiak, D. Galiano, R. Fornel and T.R.O. Freitas Tuco-tucos (genus Ctenomys) are subterranean rodents widespread in the southern cone of South America. They are members of the caviomorph lineage (e.g.... Continue Reading →

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