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Getting to the heart of anatomical diversity and phenotypic plasticity: fish hearts are an optimal organ model in need of greater mechanistic study
Summary: Cardiac form and function show enormous species diversity and phenotypic plasticity among fishes. Consequently, the fish heart has great potential to mechanistically link organ form and function with their molecular underpinnings.
Summary: Molecular probe leaks across gut wall of cold-stressed locusts in vivo, whereas the gut microbiome does not cross the gut epithelium, suggesting that probe breakdown by the microbiome is a cause of leak.
Manduca sexta caterpillars parasitized by the wasp Cotesia congregata stop chewing despite an intact motor system
Summary: A parasitic wasp causes its caterpillar host to stop feeding. It does not damage the caterpillar's motor nerves or muscles used for chewing, but appears to block feeding initiation.
Dynamic defence? Intertidal triplefin species show better maintenance of mitochondrial membrane potential than subtidal species at low oxygen pressures
Summary: Compared with their subtidal counterparts, intertidal hypoxia-tolerant triplefin fish show dynamic oxic–hypoxic adaptions, which allow maintenance of mitochondrial membrane potential at lower oxygen partial pressures.
Intergenerational plasticity to cycling high temperature and hypoxia affects offspring stress responsiveness and tolerance in zebrafish
Summary: Parental exposure to cycles of elevated temperatures and hypoxia confers complex carryover effects that may promote resilience to environmental stressors in larval zebrafish.
The role of body size and cuticular hydrocarbons in the desiccation resistance of invasive Argentine ants (Linepithema humile)
Highlighted Article: Cuticular hydrocarbons help invasive ants survive desiccation and identify supercolony members. Some supercolonies have greater desiccation resistance, but this is likely due to differences in body size, not cuticular hydrocarbons.
Northern shrimp from multiple origins show similar sensitivity to global change drivers, but different cellular energetic capacity
Summary: Pandalus borealis shrimp from different geographic origins, differing in their environmental regimes, are similarly sensitive but differently vulnerable to rapid ocean global change drivers.
Highlighted Article: Social experience affects how fish perceive temperature and causes them to take more thermal risks.
Repetitive nociceptive stimulation elicits complex behavioral changes in Hirudo: evidence of arousal and motivational adaptations
Editor's choice: Repeated noxious stimulation of the medicinal leech elicits a transition from reflexive withdrawal to pre-emptive evasion behaviors that is modifiable as a result of differences in internal state or prior injury.
Mapping the nutritional landscape in the yellow mealworm: testing the nutrient-mediated life-history trade-offs
Summary: Nutritional landscape reveals a nutrient-mediated trade-off between key life-history traits and energy storage in the yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor.