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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070307/global-ecological-success-of-thalassoma-fishes-in-extreme-coral-reef-habitats
#1
Christopher J Fulton, Peter C Wainwright, Andrew S Hoey, David R Bellwood
Phenotypic adaptations can allow organisms to relax abiotic selection and facilitate their ecological success in challenging habitats, yet we have relatively little data for the prevalence of this phenomenon at macroecological scales. Using data on the relative abundance of coral reef wrasses and parrotfishes (f. Labridae) spread across three ocean basins and the Red Sea, we reveal the consistent global dominance of extreme wave-swept habitats by fishes in the genus Thalassoma, with abundances up to 15 times higher than any other labrid...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070306/ecological-genomics-of-local-adaptation-in-cornus-florida-l-by-genotyping-by-sequencing
#2
Andrew L Pais, Ross W Whetten, Qiu-Yun Jenny Xiang
Discovering local adaptation, its genetic underpinnings, and environmental drivers is important for conserving forest species. Ecological genomic approaches coupled with next-generation sequencing are useful means to detect local adaptation and uncover its underlying genetic basis in nonmodel species. We report results from a study on flowering dogwood trees (Cornus florida L.) using genotyping by sequencing (GBS). This species is ecologically important to eastern US forests but is severely threatened by fungal diseases...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070305/calling-at-the-highway-the-spatiotemporal-constraint-of-road-noise-on-pacific-chorus-frog-communication
#3
Danielle V Nelson, Holger Klinck, Alexander Carbaugh-Rutland, Codey L Mathis, Anita T Morzillo, Tiffany S Garcia
Loss of acoustic habitat due to anthropogenic noise is a key environmental stressor for vocal amphibian species, a taxonomic group that is experiencing global population declines. The Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) is the most common vocal species of the Pacific Northwest and can occupy human-dominated habitat types, including agricultural and urban wetlands. This species is exposed to anthropogenic noise, which can interfere with vocalizations during the breeding season. We hypothesized that Pacific chorus frogs would alter the spatial and temporal structure of their breeding vocalizations in response to road noise, a widespread anthropogenic stressor...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070304/an-exception-to-the-matched-filter-hypothesis-a-mismatch-of-male-call-frequency-and-female-best-hearing-frequency-in-a-torrent-frog
#4
Longhui Zhao, Jichao Wang, Yue Yang, Bicheng Zhu, Steven E Brauth, Yezhong Tang, Jianguo Cui
The matched filter hypothesis proposes that the tuning of auditory sensitivity and the spectral character of calls will match in order to maximize auditory processing efficiency during courtship. In this study, we analyzed the acoustic structure of male calls and both male and female hearing sensitivities in the little torrent frog (Amolops torrentis), an anuran species who transmits acoustic signals across streams. The results were in striking contradiction to the matched filter hypothesis. Auditory brainstem response results showed that the best hearing range was 1...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070303/using-species-distribution-models-to-define-nesting-habitat-of-the-eastern-metapopulation-of-double-crested-cormorants
#5
Kate L Sheehan, Samuel T Esswein, Brian S Dorr, Greg K Yarrow, Ron J Johnson
When organisms with similar phenotypes have conflicting management and conservation initiatives, approaches are needed to differentiate among subpopulations or discrete groups. For example, the eastern metapopulation of the double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) has a migratory phenotype that is culled because they are viewed as a threat to commercial and natural resources, whereas resident birds are targeted for conservation. Understanding the distinct breeding habitats of resident versus migratory cormorants would aid in identification and management decisions...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070302/are-life-history-events-of-a-northern-breeding-population-of-cooper-s-hawks-influenced-by-changing-climate
#6
Robert N Rosenfield, Madeline G Hardin, John Bielefeldt, Edward R Keyel
Numerous studies have demonstrated earlier timing of spring migration and egg-laying in small passerines, but documentation of such responses to recent climate change in the life histories of higher trophic feeding birds such as raptors is relatively scarce. Raptors may be particularly susceptible to possible adverse effects of climate change due to their longer generation turnover times and lower reproductive capacity, which could lead to population declines because of an inability to match reproductive timing with optimal brood rearing conditions...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070301/blood-serum-retinol-levels-in-asinara-white-donkeys-reflect-albinism-induced-metabolic-adaptation-to-photoperiod-at-mediterranean-latitudes
#7
Maria Grazia Cappai, Maria Grazia Antonietta Lunesu, Francesca Accioni, Massimo Liscia, Mauro Pusceddu, Lucia Burrai, Maria Nieddu, Corrado Dimauro, Gianpiero Boatto, Walter Pinna
Previous works on albinism form of Asinara white donkeys (Equus asinus) identified the mutation leading to the peculiar phenotype spread to all specimens of the breed. Inbreeding naturally occurred under geographic isolation, on Asinara Island, in the Mediterranean Sea. Albino individuals can be more susceptible to develop health problems when exposed to natural sun radiation. Alternative metabolic pathways involved in photoprotection were explored in this trial. Nutrition-related metabolites are believed to contribute to the conservation of Asinara donkeys, in which melanin, guaranteeing photoprotection, is lacking...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070300/a-before-after-control-impact-assessment-to-understand-the-potential-impacts-of-highway-construction-noise-and-activity-on-an-endangered-songbird
#8
Ashley M Long, Melanie R Colón, Jessica L Bosman, Dianne H Robinson, Hannah L Pruett, Tiffany M McFarland, Heather A Mathewson, Joseph M Szewczak, J Cal Newnam, Michael L Morrison
Anthropogenic noise associated with highway construction and operation can have individual- and population-level consequences for wildlife (e.g., reduced densities, decreased reproductive success, behavioral changes). We used a before-after control-impact study design to examine the potential impacts of highway construction and traffic noise on endangered golden-cheeked warblers (Setophaga chrysoparia; hereafter warbler) in urban Texas. We mapped and monitored warbler territories before (2009-2011), during (2012-2013), and after (2014) highway construction at three study sites: a treatment site exposed to highway construction and traffic noise, a control site exposed only to traffic noise, and a second control site exposed to neither highway construction or traffic noise...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070299/evaluating-citizen-science-data-for-forecasting-species-responses-to-national-forest-management
#9
Louise Mair, Philip J Harrison, Mari Jönsson, Swantje Löbel, Jenni Nordén, Juha Siitonen, Tomas Lämås, Anders Lundström, Tord Snäll
The extensive spatial and temporal coverage of many citizen science datasets (CSD) makes them appealing for use in species distribution modeling and forecasting. However, a frequent limitation is the inability to validate results. Here, we aim to assess the reliability of CSD for forecasting species occurrence in response to national forest management projections (representing 160,366 km(2)) by comparison against forecasts from a model based on systematically collected colonization-extinction data. We fitted species distribution models using citizen science observations of an old-forest indicator fungus Phellinus ferrugineofuscus...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070298/community-structure-affects-trophic-ontogeny-in-a-predatory-fish
#10
Javier Sánchez-Hernández, Antti P Eloranta, Anders G Finstad, Per-Arne Amundsen
While most studies have focused on the timing and nature of ontogenetic niche shifts, information is scarce about the effects of community structure on trophic ontogeny of top predators. We investigated how community structure affects ontogenetic niche shifts (i.e., relationships between body length, trophic position, and individual dietary specialization) of a predatory fish, brown trout (Salmo trutta). We used stable isotope and stomach content analyses to test how functional characteristics of lake fish community compositions (competition and prey availability) modulate niche shifts in terms of (i) piscivorous behavior, (ii) trophic position, and (iii) individual dietary specialization...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070297/phylogeographic-patterns-of-a-lower-intertidal-isopod-in-the-gulf-of-california-and-the-caribbean-and-comparison-with-other-intertidal-isopods
#11
Luis A Hurtado, Mariana Mateos, Shuang Liu
A growing body of knowledge on the diversity and evolution of intertidal isopods across different regions worldwide has enhanced our understanding on biological diversification at the poorly studied, yet vast, sea-land interface. High genetic divergences among numerous allopatric lineages have been identified within presumed single broadly distributed species. Excirolana mayana is an intertidal isopod that is commonly found in sandy beaches throughout the Gulf of California. Its distribution in the Pacific extends from this basin to Colombia and in the Atlantic from Florida to Venezuela...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070296/host-plant-density-and-patch-isolation-drive-occupancy-and-abundance-at-a-butterfly-s-northern-range-margin
#12
Yoan Fourcade, Erik Öckinger
Marginal populations are usually small, fragmented, and vulnerable to extinction, which makes them particularly interesting from a conservation point of view. They are also the starting point of range shifts that result from climate change, through a process involving colonization of newly suitable sites at the cool margin of species distributions. Hence, understanding the processes that drive demography and distribution at high-latitude populations is essential to forecast the response of species to global changes...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070295/quantitative-evaluation-of-hybridization-and-the-impact-on-biodiversity-conservation
#13
Anna M van Wyk, Desiré L Dalton, Sean Hoban, Michael W Bruford, Isa-Rita M Russo, Coral Birss, Paul Grobler, Bettine Janse van Vuuren, Antoinette Kotzé
Anthropogenic hybridization is an increasing conservation threat worldwide. In South Africa, recent hybridization is threatening numerous ungulate taxa. For example, the genetic integrity of the near-threatened bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) is threatened by hybridization with the more common blesbok (D. p. phillipsi). Identifying nonadmixed parental and admixed individuals is challenging based on the morphological traits alone; however, molecular analyses may allow for accurate detection. Once hybrids are identified, population simulation software may assist in determining the optimal conservation management strategy, although quantitative evaluation of hybrid management is rarely performed...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070294/habitat-performance-relationships-of-a-large-mammal-on-a-predator-free-island-dominated-by-humans
#14
Andrew M Allen, Augusta Dorey, Jonas Malmsten, Lars Edenius, Göran Ericsson, Navinder J Singh
The demographic consequences of changes in habitat use driven by human modification of landscape, and/or changes in climate, are important for any species. We investigated habitat-performance relationships in a declining island population of a large mammal, the moose (Alces alces), in an environment that is predator-free but dominated by humans. We used a combination of demographic data, knowledge of habitat selection, and multiannual movement data of female moose (n = 17) to understand how space use patterns affect fecundity and calf survival...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070293/functional-community-structure-of-african-monodominant-gilbertiodendron-dewevrei-forest-influenced-by-local-environmental-filtering
#15
Elizabeth Kearsley, Hans Verbeeck, Koen Hufkens, Frederik Van de Perre, Sebastian Doetterl, Geert Baert, Hans Beeckman, Pascal Boeckx, Dries Huygens
Monodominant patches of forest dominated by Gilbertiodendron dewevrei are commonly found in central African tropical forests, alongside forests with high species diversity. Although these forests are generally found sparsely distributed along rivers, their occurrence is not thought to be (clearly) driven by edaphic conditions but rather by trait combinations of G. dewevrei that aid in achieving monodominance. Functional community structure between these monodominant and mixed forests has, however, not yet been compared...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070292/a-fundamental-study-revisited-quantitative-evidence-for-territory-quality-in-oystercatchers-haematopus-ostralegus-using-gps-data-loggers
#16
Philipp Schwemmer, Stefan Weiel, Stefan Garthe
A fundamental study by Ens et al. (1992, Journal of Animal Ecology, 61, 703) developed the concept of two different nest-territory qualities in Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus, L.), resulting in different reproductive successes. "Resident" oystercatchers use breeding territories close to the high-tide line and occupy adjacent foraging territories on mudflats. "Leapfrog" oystercatchers breed further away from their foraging territories. In accordance with this concept, we hypothesized that both foraging trip duration and trip distance from the high-tide line to the foraging territory would be linearly related to distance between the nest site and the high tide line...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070291/an-exotic-parasitoid-provides-an-invasional-lifeline-for-native-parasitoids
#17
Joanna K Konopka, Tim Haye, Tara Gariepy, Peter Mason, David Gillespie, Jeremy N McNeil
The introduction of an exotic species may alter food webs within the ecosystem and significantly affect the biodiversity of indigenous species at different trophic levels. It has been postulated that recent introduction of the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys (Stål)) represents an evolutionary trap for native parasitoids, as they accept H. halys egg masses as a host but produce no viable progeny. Interspecific interactions between European egg parasitoid, Trissolcus cultratus (Mayr), and an Asian parasitoid, Trissolcus japonicus (Ashmead), were assessed by providing egg masses to T...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070290/cancer-brings-forward-oviposition-in-the-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Audrey Arnal, Camille Jacqueline, Beata Ujvari, Lucas Leger, Céline Moreno, Dominique Faugere, Aurélie Tasiemski, Céline Boidin-Wichlacz, Dorothée Misse, François Renaud, Jacques Montagne, Andreu Casali, Benjamin Roche, Frédéric Mery, Frédéric Thomas
Hosts often accelerate their reproductive effort in response to a parasitic infection, especially when their chances of future reproduction decrease with time from the onset of the infection. Because malignancies usually reduce survival, and hence potentially the fitness, it is expected that hosts with early cancer could have evolved to adjust their life-history traits to maximize their immediate reproductive effort. Despite the potential importance of these plastic responses, little attention has been devoted to explore how cancers influence animal reproduction...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070289/is-xenodontine-snake-reproduction-shaped-by-ancestry-more-than-by-ecology
#19
Gisela P Bellini, Vanesa Arzamendia, Alejandro R Giraudo
One of the current challenges of evolutionary ecology is to understand the effects of phylogenetic history (PH) and/or ecological factors (EF) on the life-history traits of the species. Here, the effects of environment and phylogeny are tested for the first time on the reproductive biology of South American xenodontine snakes. We studied 60% of the tribes of this endemic and most representative clade in a temperate region of South America. A comparative method (canonical phylogenetic ordination-CPO) was used to find the relative contributions of EF and PH upon life-history aspects of snakes, comparing the reproductive mode, mean fecundity, reproductive potential, and frequency of nearly 1,000 specimens...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070288/getting-to-the-core-internal-body-temperatures-help-reveal-the-ecological-function-and-thermal-implications-of-the-lions-mane
#20
Paul Trethowan, Andrea Fuller, Anna Haw, Tom Hart, Andrew Markham, Andrew Loveridge, Robyn Hetem, Byron du Preez, David W Macdonald
It has been proposed that there is a thermal cost of the mane to male lions, potentially leading to increased body surface temperatures (Ts), increased sperm abnormalities, and to lower food intake during hot summer months. To test whether a mane imposes thermal costs on males, we measured core body temperature (Tb) continuously for approximately 1 year in 18 free-living lions. There was no difference in the 24-hr maximum Tb of males (n = 12) and females (n = 6), and males had a 24-hr mean Tb that was 0...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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