Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Davidson, S. C., and E. C. Ruhs. 2021. Understanding the dynamics of Arctic animal migrations in a changing world. Animal Migration 8: 56–64. https://doi.org/10.1515/ami-2020-0114

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Sharifian, S., E. Kamrani, and H. Saeedi. 2021. Insights toward the future potential distribution of mangrove crabs in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59: 1620–1631. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzs.12532

Mangroves are an ideal habitat for brachyuran crabs because of nutritional and shelter support. Using maximum entropy (MaxEnt) modeling technique, we projected the potential global distributions of 10 dominant species of mangrove crabs from the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman under future climate c…

Boag, T. H., W. Gearty, and R. G. Stockey. 2021. Metabolic tradeoffs control biodiversity gradients through geological time. Current Biology 31: 2906-2913.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.021

The latitudinal gradient of increasing marine biodiversity from the poles to the tropics is one of the most conspicuous biological patterns in modern oceans.1, 2, 3 Low-latitude regions of the global ocean are often hotspots of animal biodiversity, yet they are set to be most critically affected b…

dos Santos, E. V., P. A. Martinez, G. Souza, and U. P. Jacobina. 2021. Genome size drives ecological breadth in Pomacentridae reef fishes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 540: 151544. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2021.151544

Genome size (GS) is known to vary widely among fishes. However, evolutionary drivers that shape this variation are largely unknown in Pomacentridae. GS information is available for several Pomacentridae species, which have adapted over evolutionary time mainly in reef environments. In the present st…

Oyinlola, M. A., G. Reygondeau, C. C. C. Wabnitz, M. Troell, and W. W. L. Cheung. 2018. Global estimation of areas with suitable environmental conditions for mariculture species L. Bosso [ed.],. PLOS ONE 13: e0191086. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191086

Aquaculture has grown rapidly over the last three decades expanding at an average annual growth rate of 5.8% (2005–2014), down from 8.8% achieved between 1980 and 2010. The sector now produces 44% of total food fish production. Increasing demand and consumption from a growing global population are d…

Mejía-Falla, P. A., E. Castro, N. Bolaños, J. P. Caldas, C. Ballesteros, H. Bent-Hooker, A. Rojas, and A. F. Navia. 2020. Richness and distribution patterns of elasmobranchs in the San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Archipelago: is this area a hotspot of these species in the greater Caribbean? Environmental Biology of Fishes 103: 1371–1389. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-020-01029-9

Hotspots identification can be used to establish protected or priority areas for conservation at different geographic scales. We aimed to determine if San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Archipelago could be considered as a hotspot of elasmobranch diversity within the Greater Caribbean. For t…

Sharifian, S., E. Kamrani, and H. Saeedi. 2020. Global biodiversity and biogeography of mangrove crabs: Temperature, the key driver of latitudinal gradients of species richness. Journal of Thermal Biology 92: 102692. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2020.102692

Mangroves are ideal habitat for a variety of marine species especially brachyuran crabs as the dominant macrofauna. However, the global distribution, endemicity, and latitudinal gradients of species richness in mangrove crabs remains poorly understood. Here, we assessed whether species richness of m…