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Fish moving poleward at rate of 26 kilometers per decade
Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new University of Britsh Columbia study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. The study identified ocean hotspots for local fish extinction but also found that changing temperatures will drive more fish into the Arctic and Antarctic waters. (2014-10-10)

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island
University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there. (2009-12-02)

Scientists make major breakthrough on omega-3 production
A major discovery that could 'revolutionize' the understanding of omega-3 production in the ocean has been made by an international team of scientists. (2018-05-02)

Brazilian zoologists discovered the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm in South America
Typical cave-dwelling organisms, unpigmented and eyeless, were discovered in a karst area located in northeastern Brazil. The organisms were assigned to a new genus and species of freshwater flatworm and may constitute an oceanic relict. They represent the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm in South America. The genus and species names honor a Hungarian biologist who immigrated to Brazil and studied freshwater flatworms over many years. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2014-09-25)

A new coral reef species from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
A new shallow water coral species, Echinophyllia tarae sp. n., is described from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. Scleractinia, also called stony corals, are exclusively marine animals; they are very similar to sea anemones but generate a hard skeleton. This coral was observed in muddy environments where several colonies showed partial mortality and re-growth. The paper describing to the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2013-07-26)

Learning from 'Little Monsters'
By studying deep and shallow water zones of streams and their resident invertebrates, researcher reveals mysteries of fresh water life. (2018-07-19)

Genetic differences influence the structure of communities
Scientists from the University of Manchester are among a group of researchers investigating how genetic differences among individuals contribute to the way ecological communities form, interact and change over time. (2011-04-07)

Hidden diversity: 3 new species of land flatworms from the Brazilian Araucaria forest
A huge invertebrate diversity is hidden on the forest floor in the Araucaria moist forest. Land flatworms constitute a numerous group among these invertebrates occurring in the Neotropical region. Three new species of land flatworms were described from areas covered by the Araucaria moist forest in South Brazil. The new species were named after their characteristic color pattern. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2017-01-09)

Plastic waste is a hazard for subalpine lakes too
Many subalpine lakes may look beautiful and even pristine, but new evidence suggests they may also be contaminated with potentially hazardous plastics. Researchers say those tiny microplastics are likely finding their way into the food web through a wide range of freshwater invertebrates too. The findings, based on studies of Italy's Lake Garda and reported on October 7th in Current Biology, suggest that the problem of plastic pollution isn't limited to the ocean. (2013-10-07)

The genomic keys to the origin of the vertebrates
An international team of scientists led by Spanish researchers reports how more complex and specialized gene regulation proved to be pivotal in the origin of the vertebrates. The work, published recently by the Nature journal, compiles genomic, epigenomic and gene expression data from several organisms and provides unique information about the functional changes that gave rise to greater complexity in the vertebrates, particularly in the nervous system. (2018-11-21)

NE Australian marine heatwave shakes up coral reef animal populations
Research published today in Nature describes upheaval among fish and invertebrate communities after a marine heatwave hit Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea in early 2016. The IMAS-led study analysed data collected across these areas by the Reef Life Survey (RLS) citizen science program. It identified important changes in reef-animal communities that may affect the resilience of coral reefs, potentially reducing the capacity of corals to rebuild after mass bleaching. (2018-07-25)

Elevated water temperature and acidity boost growth of key sea star species: UBC researchers
New research by UBC zoologists indicates that elevated water temperatures and heightened concentrations of carbon dioxide can dramatically increase the growth rate of a keystone species of sea star. (2009-06-01)

Internationally recognized experts presents a complete overview on hydroecology and ecohydrology
This research level text considers the growing volume of research at the interface of hydrology and ecology. (2007-12-21)

A dynamic forest floor
Walk along the beach after a winter storm and you'll see a shore littered with wracks of giant kelp, some 30 to 40 feet long -- evidence of the storm's impact on coastal kelp forests. (2021-02-22)

Snakes, salamanders and other creatures thrive in areas with higher deer populations
Reducing the number of deer in forests and parks may unexpectedly reduce the number of reptiles, amphibians and insects in that area, new research suggests. A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University and National Park Service found that higher deer activity is modifying forest ecosystems in unexpected ways. Out of several species of snakes, salamanders and invertebrates studied, a greater diversity of animals were found in areas with deer populations than were in areas with no deer activity. (2008-10-20)

Scientists take first census of Arctic freshwater molluscs in 130 years
Based on previously released data and their own investigations, researchers at the St Petersburg University Laboratory of Macroecology and Biogeography of Invertebrates have assessed the diversity of freshwater molluscs in the Circumpolar region of the World. (2020-05-25)

Unravelling the costs of rubber agriculture on biodiversity
A striking decline in ant biodiversity found on land converted to a rubber plantation in China. (2016-05-16)

Cool, clean water for Seattle and salmon
Seattle will keep cool, clean drinking water flowing from the Cedar River Watershed while keeping streams healthy for threatened salmon, with help from a monitoring method developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. The stream-scoring method was described in a USGS report released today. The watershed is the primary source of drinking water for Seattle. (2000-01-06)

Potent neurotoxin found in flatworm
The neurotoxin tetrodotoxin has been found for the first time in two species living out of water. (2014-06-25)

Uncovering the hidden life of 'dead' coral reefs
'Dead' coral rubble can support more animals than live coral, according to University of Queensland researchers trialling a high-tech sampling method. UQ's Dr Kenny Wolfe said that reef rubble habitat was often overlooked as desolate, unattractive and 'dead', however reef rubble was very much alive. (2020-08-31)

More than 31 freshwater species have 'moved' to Galicia over past century
Galician researchers have studied the evolution in the introduction of non-native fresh water species in Galicia over the past century, and have compared this with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. The results show that 31 exotic aquatic species out of the 88 recorded for the entire Iberian Peninsula have become established in the region over the past century. (2011-01-13)

Measuring dispersal -- how well are soft-sediment invertebrate communities connected on the seafloor?
Different types of disturbances to the seafloor can affect both the invertebrates inhabiting them and the critical ecosystem functions they provide us (e.g. nutrient cycling, oxygenation, food for fish). (2012-12-13)

New insect order discovered for first time since 1915
An international team of scientists announced today the first discovery of a new insect order since 1915. The discovery will be posted on tomorrow's Science Express website, and will be published in an upcoming issue of Science. (2002-04-17)

Everything you ever wanted to know about leech sex but were afraid to ask
New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, sheds light on the effects the synthetic estrogens commonly found in birth control pills have on leeches. (2020-07-21)

Microplastics affect the survival of amphibians and invertebrates in river ecosystems
In collaboration with the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC) in Madrid, the UPV/EHU's Stream Ecology research group has conducted two parallel studies to look at how the larvae of one freshwater amphibian and one invertebrate evolved during 15 days' exposure to microplastics at different concentrations. The highest concentrations used had lethal effects and the intermediate ones reduced the growth of the amphibians. (2020-03-10)

MSU biologists discovered the pathwaysof groups of the lophophore
Scientists from Moscow State University have proved that lophophorates -- the invertebrates with special tentacular apparatus -- are relatives. Scientists have examined some representatives of one of the phylum of this group. The results were published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study was carried out within the framework of the 'Animals' branch of the Noah's Ark project supported by a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (RNF). (2017-10-31)

Beach replenishment may have 'far reaching' impacts on ecosystems
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems. (2016-03-29)

Uncovering secrets of life in the ocean
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology now explain the remarkable ability of marine zooplankton to swim towards light. Their study, published in the current issue of Nature, reveals how simple eyes of only two cells, sense the direction of light and guide movement towards it. The research also provides new insights into what the first eyes in animal evolution might have looked like and what their function was. (2008-11-19)

Marine invertebrate larvae actively respond to their surroundings
Using larvae of sea urchins as test examples, scientists from HKUST and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that these little creatures actively modify their swimming speeds in response to ambient flow conditions. They actively increase their swimming speed in increased turbulence and are passively reoriented through morphology-flow interactions, which compromise their ability to maintain directed swimming. (2016-06-06)

Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets
Researchers from UC Berkeley, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and University of Chicago sequenced and annotated the first cephalopod genome, the California two-spot octopus. They found widespread rearrangements of genes and a dramatic expansion of a family of genes involved in neuronal development that was once thought to be unique to vertebrates. Study of this and other cephalopod genomes will help reveal the genetic basis for these creatures' unusual behavior and physiology. (2015-08-12)

Biting backfire: Some mosquitoes actually benefit from pesticide application
The common perception that pesticides reduce or eliminate target insect species may not always hold. Jennifer Weathered and Edd Hammill report that the impacts of agricultural pesticides on assemblages of aquatic insects varied resulting in distinct ecological winners and losers within aquatic communities. (2019-06-17)

From guts to glory: The evolution of gut defense
Gut 'missing link' shows how mammals evolved to live with their microbes. (2018-08-24)

Improvements in water quality could reduce ecological impact of climate change on rivers
Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers, finds a new study by Cardiff University's Water Research Institute and the University of Vermont. (2019-06-03)

Insect diversity boosted by combination of crop diversity and semi-natural habitats
To enhance the number of beneficial insect species in agricultural land, preserving semi-natural habitats and promoting crop diversity are both needed, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied of Ecology. (2020-08-13)

When natural disaster strikes, can insects and other invertebrates recover?
After a 100-year flood struck south central Oklahoma in 2015, a study of the insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates in the area revealed striking declines of most invertebrates in the local ecosystem, a result that researchers say illustrates the hidden impacts of natural disasters. (2018-03-15)

Syracuse researchers shine light on ancient global warming
The team's research is the first to address the effects of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) -- a relatively brief period of global climate change, spanning 200,000 years -- on marine invertebrates, including snails, clams and other mollusks. (2018-09-05)

Researchers discover how infectious bacteria can switch species
Scientists from the Universities of Bath and Exeter have developed a rapid new way of checking for toxic genes in disease-causing bacteria which infect insects and humans. Their findings could in the future lead to new vaccines and antibacterial drugs. (2008-10-09)

Zika study may 'supercharge' vaccine research
Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines. The study, led by The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, used a new technique to uncover Zika mutations that help foster virus replication in mosquito hosts, while hindering its ability to replicate in mammals. (2019-03-18)

Lobster organs and reflexes damaged by marine seismic surveys
A new study of the impact on marine life of seismic air guns, used in geological surveys of the seafloor, has found that the sensory organs and righting reflexes of rock lobster can be damaged by exposure to air gun signals. (2019-07-24)

A lesson from Darwin
When British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he took notice of the giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of species would be lost. These underwater ecosystems, Darwin believed, could be even more important than forests on land. (2018-03-14)

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