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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823648/patterns-of-integration-in-the-canine-skull-an-inside-view-into-the-relationship-of-the-skull-modules-of-domestic-dogs-and-wolves
#1
Stefan Curth, Martin S Fischer, Kornelius Kupczik
The skull shape variation in domestic dogs exceeds that of grey wolves by far. The artificial selection of dogs has even led to breeds with mismatching upper and lower jaws and maloccluded teeth. For that reason, it has been advocated that their skulls (including the teeth) can be divided into more or less independent modules on the basis of genetics, development or function. In this study, we investigated whether the large diversity of dog skulls and the frequent occurrence of orofacial disproportions can be explained by a lower integration strength between the modules of the skull and by deviations in their covariation pattern when compared to wolves...
August 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760683/functional-morphology-of-hummingbird-bill-tips-their-function-as-tongue-wringers
#2
Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Margaret A Rubega
Nectarivores are animals that have evolved adaptations to efficiently exploit floral nectar as the main source of energy in their diet. It is well known that hummingbirds can extract nectar with impressive speed from flowers. However, despite decades of study on nectar intake rates, the mechanism by which feeding is ultimately achieved - the release of nectar from the tongue so that it can pass into the throat and be ingested - has not been elucidated. By using microCT scanning and macro high-speed videography we scrutinized the morphology and function of hummingbird bill tips, looking for answers about the nectar offloading process...
July 28, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807502/cranial-size-and-shape-variation-in-isolated-populations-of-the-olkhon-mountain-vole-alticola-olchonensis-litvinov-1960
#3
Sergey A Abramov, Natalya V Lopatina, Yuri N Litvinov
The Olkhon mountain vole (Alticola olchonensis) is an endemic species of the Lake Baikal area with an extremely restricted range. We investigated the pattern of differentiation of cranial shape and size in five isolated insular populations of A. olchonensis from the Baikal islands (Olkhon, Hubyn, Borokchin, Ogoy, and Zamogoy). The ventral aspect of the cranium was analysed using landmark-based geometric morphometric methods While the sexes of A. olchonensis did not differ regarding cranium size and shape, multivariate statistical analyses showed that there were inter-island differences in skull morphology...
July 19, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779969/misconceptions-about-logarithmic-transformation-and-the-traditional-allometric-method
#4
REVIEW
Gary C Packard
Logarithmic transformation is often assumed to be necessary in allometry to accommodate the kind of variation that accompanies multiplicative growth by plants and animals; and the traditional approach to allometric analysis is commonly believed to have important application even when the bivariate distribution of interest is curvilinear on the logarithmic scale. Here I examine four arguments that have been tendered in support of these perceptions. All the arguments are based on misunderstandings about the traditional method for allometric analysis and/or on a lack of familiarity with newer methods of nonlinear regression...
July 19, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807503/morphological-physiological-and-dietary-covariation-in-migratory-and-resident-adult-brown-trout-salmo-trutta
#5
Kathryn S Peiman, Kim Birnie-Gauvin, Martin H Larsen, Scott F Colborne, Kathleen M Gilmour, Kim Aarestrup, William G Willmore, Steven J Cooke
The causes and consequences of trait relationships within and among the categories of physiology, morphology, and life-history remain poorly studied. Few studies cross the boundaries of these categories, and recent reviews have pointed out not only the dearth of evidence for among-category correlations but that trait relationships may change depending on the ecological conditions a population faces. We examined changes in mean values and correlations between traits in a partially migrant population of brown trout when migrant sea-run and resident stream forms were breeding sympatrically...
July 14, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811167/differences-in-mating-behavior-between-two-allopatric-populations-of-a-neotropical-scorpion
#6
Paola A Olivero, Camilo I Mattoni, Alfredo V Peretti
Courtship and mating behavior generally evolve rapidly in diverging populations and species. The adaptation to different environments may cause behavioral divergence in characteristics involved in mate choice. Our objective in this study was to compare the sexual behavior of two distant populations of the scorpion Bothriurus bonariensis. This species has a broad distribution in South America, inhabiting Central Argentina, Uruguay and south-eastern Brazil. It is known that in this species there is a divergence in morphological patterns (body size, coloration, allometry and fluctuating asymmetry indexes) among distant populations...
July 12, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720322/rodent-large-animal-and-non-human-primate-models-of-spinal-cord-injury
#7
REVIEW
Raffaele Nardone, Cristina Florea, Yvonne Höller, Francesco Brigo, Viviana Versace, Piergiorgio Lochner, Stefan Golaszewski, Eugen Trinka
In this narrative review we aimed to assess the usefulness of the different animal models in identifying injury mechanisms and developing therapies for humans suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI). Results obtained from rodent studies are useful but, due to the anatomical, molecular and functional differences, confirmation of these findings in large animals or non-human primates may lead to basic discoveries that cannot be made in rodent models and that are more useful for developing treatment strategies in humans...
June 21, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811168/an-ontogenetic-perspective-on-symphyseal-fusion-occlusion-and-mandibular-loading-in-alpacas-vicugna-pacos
#8
Kristin K Stover, JoAnna Sidote, Susan H Williams
A primary hypothesis for the evolution of mandibular symphyseal fusion in some mammals is that it functions to resist loads incurred during routine mastication. Anecdotal support for this hypothesis is based on the fact that when the symphysis fuses, it typically does so early during postnatal ontogeny prior to or around the time of weaning. However, little is known about the process of fusion, particularly relative to feeding behaviors and the dynamics of mastication, including occlusion and masticatory loading...
June 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811166/biomechanical-implications-of-cortical-elastic-properties-of-the-macaque-mandible
#9
Paul C Dechow, Olga Panagiotopoulou, Poorva Gharpure
Knowledge of the variation in the elastic properties of mandibular cortical bone is essential for modeling bone function. Our aim was to characterize the elastic properties of rhesus macaque mandibular cortical bone and compare these to the elastic properties from mandibles of dentate humans and baboons. Thirty cylindrical samples were harvested from each of six adult female rhesus monkey mandibles. Assuming orthotropy, axes of maximum stiffness in the plane of the cortical plate were derived from ultrasound velocity measurements...
June 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764866/experimental-assessment-of-the-effects-of-moisture-on-loggerhead-sea-turtle-hatchling-sex-ratios
#10
Alexandra Lolavar, Jeanette Wyneken
Many reptiles have temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Sex determination in marine turtles is described by a cool-male, warm-female pattern. Nest sand temperature strongly influences sea turtle embryo development and sex differentiation. Yet, variation in hatchling sex ratios is explained only partially by nest temperature and can be predicted only at the warmest and coolest temperatures. Hence, other factors during development influence sex determination. Rainfall is a common environmental variable that may impact development and sex determination...
June 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712676/first-observations-on-the-behavior-of-the-flightless-anomalure-zenkerella-insignis
#11
Vladimir Dinets
The sole extant representative of the ancient family Zenkerellidae, the flightless anomalure (Zenkerella insignis), is one of the world's least studied mammals. No first-hand observations of its behavior and live appearance have been published to date. I report an observation of Z. insignis behavior, live appearance and habitat in the Central African Republic.
June 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720323/rapid-divergence-of-histones-in-hydrozoa-cnidaria-and-evolution-of-a-novel-histone-involved-in-dna-damage-response-in-hydra
#12
Puli Chandramouli Reddy, Suyog Ubhe, Neha Sirwani, Rasika Lohokare, Sanjeev Galande
Histones are fundamental components of chromatin in all eukaryotes. Hydra, an emerging model system belonging to the basal metazoan phylum Cnidaria, provides an ideal platform to understand the evolution of core histone components at the base of eumetazoan phyla. Hydra exhibits peculiar properties such as tremendous regenerative capacity, lack of organismal senescence and rarity of malignancy. In light of the role of histone modifications and histone variants in these processes it is important to understand the nature of histones themselves and their variants in hydra...
June 15, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774721/ontogenetic-and-functional-modularity-in-the-rodent-mandible
#13
Rachel A Menegaz, Matthew J Ravosa
The material properties of diets consumed by juvenile individuals are known to affect adult morphological outcomes. However, much of the current experimental knowledge regarding dietary effects on masticatory form is derived from studies in which individuals are fed a non-variable diet for the duration of their postweaning growth period. Thus, it remains unclear how intra-individual variation in diet, due to ontogenetic variation in feeding behaviors or seasonal resource fluctuations, affects the resulting adult morphology...
June 8, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760682/the-bulbus-arteriosus-of-the-holocephalan-heart-gross-anatomy-histomorphology-pigmentation-and-evolutionary-significance
#14
Cristina Rodríguez, Miguel Lorenzale, Miguel A López-Unzu, Borja Fernández, Francisca Salmerón, Valentín Sans-Coma, Ana C Durán
This study was designed to determine whether the outflow tract of the holocephalan heart is composed of a myocardial conus arteriosus and a non-myocardial bulbus arteriosus, as is the case in elasmobranchs. This is a key issue to verify the hypothesis that these two anatomical components existed from the onset of the jawed vertebrate radiation. The Holocephali are the sister group of the elasmobranchs, sharing with them a common, still unknown Palaeozoic ancestor. The sample examined herein consisted of hearts from individuals of four species, two of them belonging to the Chimaeridae and the other two to the Rhinochimaeridae...
June 3, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716358/the-ability-of-lizards-to-identify-an-artificial-batesian-mimic
#15
Josef Beneš, Petr Veselý
Birds are usually considered the main predators shaping the evolution of aposematic signals and mimicry. Nevertheless, some lizards also represent predominately visually oriented predators, so they may also play an important role in the evolution of aposematism. Despite this fact, experimental evidence regarding the responses of lizards to aposematic prey is very poor compared to such evidence in birds. Lizards possess very similar sensory and cognitive abilities to those of birds and their response to aposematic prey may thus be affected by very similar processes...
June 3, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712674/the-ebbinghaus-illusion-in-the-gray-bamboo-shark-chiloscyllium-griseum-in-comparison-to-the-teleost-damselfish-chromis-chromis
#16
Theodora Fuss, Vera Schluessel
This is the first study to comparatively assess the perception of the Ebbinghaus-Titchener circles and variations of the Delboeuf illusion in four juvenile bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium griseum) and five damselfish (Chromis chromis) using identical training paradigms. We aimed to investigate whether these two species show similarities in the perceptual integration of local elements into the global context. The Ebbinghaus-Titchener circles consist of two equally sized central test circles surrounded by smaller or larger circles of different size, number and/or distance...
May 29, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712675/ejaculates-are-not-used-as-nuptial-gifts-in-simultaneously-hermaphroditic-snails
#17
Monica Lodi, Fedde W Meijer, Joris M Koene
Promoted by sexual selection, males usually adopt different ways to increase their fertilization chances. In many insect taxa males donate nuptial gifts, together with sperm, which represent a valuable additional nutrient source that females can use to provision eggs. This has also been suggested to occur in simultaneous hermaphrodites, organisms with both sex functions. In theory, donation of nuptial gifts or extra nutrients might work in hermaphrodites that mate unilaterally (one-way donation of ejaculates), but will not be effective when these organisms mate reciprocally (mutual exchange of ejaculates), since on average each partner would receive the amount it also transfers...
May 25, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550946/reply-to-the-commentary-by-hillman-et-al-on-vascular-distensibilities-have-minor-effects-on-intracardiac-shunt-patterns-in-reptiles-by-filogonio-et-al-2017
#18
Renato Filogonio, Cléo Alcantara Costa Leite, Tobias Wang
Our meta-analysis (Filogonio et al., 2017) on central vascular blood flows in a snake (Crotalus durissus) and a turtle (Trachemys scripta) was motivated by Hillman et al.'s (2014) analysis on amphibians to investigate whether cardiac shunt patterns depend on cardiac output and vascular distensibilities. In contrast to Hillman et al. (2014), we did not uncover a general trend that supports the notion that cardiac shunts in reptiles are dictated by vascular distensibilities. In addition to our response to the criticism raised by Hillman et al...
May 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550945/pre-birth-sense-of-smell-in-the-wild-boar-the-ontogeny-of-the-olfactory-mucosa
#19
Domenico Fulgione, Martina Trapanese, Maria Buglione, Daniela Rippa, Gianluca Polese, Viviana Maresca, Valeria Maselli
Animals recognize their surrounding environments through the sense of smell by detecting thousands of chemical odorants. Wild boars (Sus scrofa) completely depend on their ability to recognize chemical odorants: to detect food, during scavenging and searching partners, during breeding periods and to avoid potential predators. Wild piglets must be prepared for the chemical universe that they will enter after birth, and they show intense neuronal activity in the olfactory mucosa. With this in mind, we investigated the morpho-functional embryonic development of the olfactory mucosa in the wild boar (in five stages before birth)...
May 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546068/commentary-on-vascular-distensibilities-have-minor-effects-on-intracardiac-shunt-patterns-in-reptiles-by-filogonio-et-al-2017
#20
Stanley S Hillman, Michael S Hedrick, Zachary F Kohl
The recent study by Filogonio et al. (2017) suggested that net cardiac shunt patterns in two species of reptiles (Trachemys scripta and Crotalus durissus) were not significantly influenced by the vascular distensibilities of the systemic and pulmonary vasculatures. This is in contrast to a previously published study (Hillman et al., 2014) in the toad (Rhinella marina) in which net cardiac shunts were predicted primarily by the physical properties of vascular distensibility rather than physiological control of resistance of the systemic and pulmonary vasculature...
May 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
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