Journal of Zoology

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Edited By: Nigel Bennett (Editor-in-Chief), Matt Hayward, Andrew Kitchener, Rob Knell, Mark-Oliver Roedel, Jean-Nicolas Volff, Jane Waterman. Reviews Editor: Steven Le Comber

Impact Factor: 1.947

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 28/153 (Zoology)

Online ISSN: 1469-7998

Associated Title(s): Animal Conservation, International Zoo Yearbook, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

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Journal of Zoology podcast - Autumn 2014

This episode features a selection of papers published in October and November 2014Journal of Zoology Podcast

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

FreeSounds produced by the longsnout seahorse: a study of their structure and functions
         T. P. R. Oliveira, F. Ladich, D. Abed-Navandi, A. S. Souto, I. L. Rosa
         Interview with Tacyana Oliveira

FreeDoes human pedestrian behaviour influence risk assessment in a successful mammal urban adapter?
         P. W. Bateman, P. A. Fleming
         Interview with Philip Bateman

FreeExploration syndromes in the frog Xenopus (Silurana) tropicalis: correlations with morphology and performance?
M. Videlier, C. Bonneaud, R. Cornette, A. Herrel
         Interview with Anthony Herrel

Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2014

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from May to August 2014

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

FreeTrait-mediated effects between predators: ant chemical cues induce spider dispersal
         L. Mestre, R. Bucher, M.H. Entling
         Interview with Laia Mestre

FreeCompetition for pollination by the lesser short-tailed bat and its influence on the flowering phenology of some New Zealand endemics
         G. Cummings, S. Anderson, T. Dennis, C. Toth, S. Parsons
         Interview with Georgia Cummings

FreeTrue navigation in birds: from quantum physics to global migration
R.A. Holland
         Interview with Richard Holland

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2014

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from February to April 2014

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

FreeA proposed framework for establishing and evaluating hypotheses about the behaviour of extinct organisms
         D. W. E. Hone, C. G. Faulkes
         Interview with David Hone

FreeDo Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?
W. Wesołowska, T. Wesołowski
         Interview with Tomasz Wesołowski

FreeCheetah cub survival revisited: a re-evaluation of the role of predation, especially by lions, and implications for conservation
         M. G. L. Mills, M. E. J. Mills
         Interview with Gus Mills

Journal of Zoology podcast - Autumn 2013

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from September to December 2013

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

FreeThe emergence of reproductive division of labor in forced queen groups of the ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus
         S. Helms Cahan, E. Gardner-Morse
         Interview with Sara Helms Cahan

FreeIs the extant southern short-tailed opossum a pigmy sabretooth predator?
R. E. Blanco, W. W. Jones, N. Milne
         Interview with Rudemar Ernesto Blanco

FreeA direct comparison of the effectiveness of two anti-predator strategies under field conditions
         J. Carroll, T. N. Sherratt
         Interview with Justin Carroll

Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2013

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from May to July 2013

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

Spatial dichotomy of sociality in the African ice rat
A. Hinze, T. Rymer, N. Pillay
Interview with Neville Pillay

A cognitive perspective on aggressive mimicry
R. R. Jackson, F. R. Cross
Interview with Fiona Cross

Optimization of transit strategies while diving in foraging king penguins
N. Hanuise, C.-A. Bost, Y. Handrich
Interview with Nicolas Hanuise

Mechanisms of social learning across species boundaries
A. Avarguès-Weber, E. H. Dawson, L. Chittka
Interview with Aurore Avarguès-Weber

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2013

This episode features a selection of papers published from January to April 2013

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

Influence of prey depletion and human disturbance on tiger occupancy in Nepal
S. M. Barber-Meyer, S. R. Jnawali, J. B. Karki, P. Khanal, S. Lohani, B. Long, D. I. MacKenzie, B. Pandav, N. M. B. Pradhan, R. Shrestha, N. Subedi, G. Thapa, K. Thapa, E. Wikramanayake
Interview with Shannon Barber-Meyer

Using claw marks to study lion predation on giraffes of the Serengeti
M. K. L. Strauss, C. Packer
Interview with Megan Strauss

Morphology, function and evolution of the pseudothumb in the Otton frog
N. Iwai
Interview with Noriko Iwai

On the perception, production and function of blue colouration in animals

K. D. L. Umbers
Interview with Kate Umbers

Journal of Zoology podcast - Autumn 2012

This episode features a selection of papers published from September to December 2012

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

Assessing behavioural and morphological responses of frog tadpoles to temporal variability in predation risk
T. J. Hossie, D. L. Murray
Interview with Thomas Hossie

Vocal expression of emotions in mammals: mechanisms of production and evidence
E. F. Briefer
Interview with Elodie Briefer

Predictive modelling of leopard predation using contextual Global Positioning System cluster analysis
R. T. Pitman, L. H. Swanepoel, P. M. Ramsay
Interview with Ross Pitman

Provisioning call by mothers of a subsocial shield bug
S. Nomakuchi, T. Yanagi, N. Baba, A. Takahira, M. Hironaka, L. Filippi
Interview with Lisa Filippi

Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2012

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from June to August 2012

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

Rattling cisticola song features and variability across sub-Saharan Africa
L. Benedict, R. C. K. Bowie
Interview with Lauryn Benedict

Individual quality and nuptial throat colour in male European green lizards
O. Molnár, K. Bajer, J. Török, G. Herczeg
Interview with Orsolya Molnár

Spider monkeys use high-quality core areas in a tropical dry forest
N. Asensio, D. Lusseau, C. M. Schaffner, F. Aureli
Interview with Norber Asensio

Habitat and resource partitioning between abundant and relatively rare grazing ungulates
V. A. Macandza, N. Owen-Smith, J. W. Cain III
Interview with Norman Owen-Smith

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2012

Journal of Zoology PodcastThis episode features a selection of papers published from February to April 2012

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To find out more about their research, Elina Rantanen talks to the authors of the following papers:

Finite element analysis of ursid cranial mechanics and the prediction of feeding behaviour in the extinct giant Agriotherium africanum
C. C. Oldfield, C. R. McHenry, P. D. Clausen, U. Chamoli, W. C. H. Parr, D. D. Stynder, S. Wroe
Interview with Stephen Wroe

Influence of female moulting status on pairing decisions and size-assortative mating in amphipods
S. Cornet, G. Luquet, L. Bollache
Interview with Stéphane Cornet

Masking of the zeitgeber: African wild dogs mitigate persecution by balancing time
G. S. A. Rasmussen, D. W. Macdonald
Interview with Gregory Rasmussen

Is it better in the moonlight? Nocturnal activity of insular cottonmouth snakes increases with lunar light levels
H. B. Lillywhite, F. Brischoux
Interview with Harvey Lillywhite

Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2011

This episode features a selection of papers published from May to August 2011

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To find out more about their research, Anne Braae talks to the authors of the following papers:

Commuting, territoriality and variation in group and territory size in a black-backed jackal population reliant on a clumped, abundant food resource in Namibia
N. Jenner, J. Groombridge, S.M. Funk
Interview with Nicky Jenner

Assessing tiger-prey interactions in Sumatran rainforests
M. Linkie, M.S. Ridout
Interview with Matthew Linkie

Implications of diet composition of Asiatic lions for their conservation
V. Meena, Y.V. Jhala, R. Chellam, B. Pathak
Interview with Venkataraman Meena

Are you experienced? Predator type and predator experience trade-offs in relation to tadpole mortality rates
F. Nomura, V. H. M. do Prado, F. R. da Silva, R. E. Borges, N. Y. N. Dias, D. de C. Rossa-Feres
Interview with Fausto Nomura

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2011

This episode features a selection of papers published from October 2010 to January 2011

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Editorial board member, Rob Williams talks to us about the recent Zoological Society of London symposium, Marine Protected Areas on the high seas and discusses his January Editorial.

EDITORIAL: Establishing general principles from little truths: lessons from marine mammal research
R. Williams

Anne Braae speaks to the authors of the following papers to find out more about their research:

Simple predictors of bite force in bats: the good, the better and the better still (pages 284–290)
P. W. Freeman and C. A. Lemen
Interview with Trish Freeman

Effects of aposematic coloration on predation risk in bumblebees? A comparison between differently coloured populations, with consideration of the ultraviolet
R. J. Stelzer, N. E. Raine, K. D. Schmitt and L. Chittka
Interview with Ralph Stelzer

Synchronous monitoring of vulture movements with satellite telemetry and avian radar (pages 157–162)
R. C. Beason, J. S. Humphrey, N. E. Myers and M. L. Avery
Interview with Bob Beason

Journal of Zoology podcast - Autumn 2010

This episode features a selection of papers published from July to September 2010

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Anne Braae talks to the authors of the following papers about their research:

Feeding habits of reintroduced Eurasian beaver: spatial and seasonal variation in the use of food resources
J. Krojerová-Prokeová, M. Baranceková, L. Hamíková, A. Vorel
Interview with Jarmilla Krojerová

Necks-for-sex or competing browsers? A critique of ideas on the evolution of giraffe
R. E. Simmons & R. Altwegg
Interview with Rob Simmons

Temporary stay at various environmental humidities affects attachment ability of Colorado potato beetles Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)
D. Voigt, J. M. Schuppert, S. Dattinger, S. N. Gorb
Interview with Dagmar Voigt

And Reviews Editor, Steven Le Comber talks to us about the new online archive for the previous titles of the journal
EDITORIAL: Letters on several subjects of zoological interest?
S. C. Le Comber & E. J. Hare

Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2010

This episode features a selection of papers published from April to June 2010

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To find out more about their research, Anne Braae talks to the authors of the following papers:

Allometric equations for predicting body mass of dinosaurs
G.C. Packard, T.J. Boardman & G.F. Birchard
Interview with Geoff Birchard

On allometric equations for predicting body mass of dinosaurs
G.C. Cawley & G.J.Janacek
Interview with Gareth Janacek

Substrate and species constraints on the use of track incidences to estimate African large carnivore abundance
P.J. Funston, L. Frank, T. Stephens, Z. Davidson, A. Loveridge, D.M. Macdonald, S. Durant, C. Parker, A. Mosser, S.M.Ferreira
Interview with Paul Funston

Multi-scale resource selection and spatial ecology of the Indian fox in a human-dominated dry grassland ecosystem
A.T.Vanak & M.E. Gompper
Interview with Abi Tamim Vanak

And Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Bennett, introduces the first review in the Thomas Henry Huxley Review series:
REVIEW: How stupid not to have thought of that: post-copulatory sexual selection
T.R. Birkhead

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2010

This episode features a selection of papers published from January to March 2010

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Editor Virginia Hayssen discusses the contradictory findings of the below paper:

Birth size and postnatal growth in cave- and bridge-roosting Brazilian free-tailed bats
L.C. Allen, C.S. Richardson, G. F. McCracken, T. H. Kunz

Anne Braae from the Editorial Office speaks to the authors of the following papers:

Hurt yourself to hurt your enemy: new insights on the function of the bizarre antipredator mechanism in the salamandrid Pleurodeles waltl
E. Heiss, N. Natchev, D. Salaberger, M. Gumpenberger, A. Rabanser, J. Weisgram
Interview with Egon Heiss

Vestigial skeletal structures in dinosaurs
P. Senter
Interview with Phil Senter

Paul Sherman talks about his comprehensive review:

REVIEW: Avian longevities and their interpretation under evolutionary theories of senescence
D. E. Wasser, P. W. Sherman
Interview with Paul Sherman

And lastly, Eduardo Arraut and Anne Braae discuss the research presented in the below paper:

The lesser of two evils: seasonal migrations of Amazonian manatees in the Western Amazon
E. M. Arraut, M. Marmontel, J.E. Mantovani, E. M.L.M. Novo, D. W. Macdonald, R. E. Kenward
Interview with Eduardo Arraut

Journal of Zoology podcast - April & June 2009

This episode features a selection of papers published from April & June 2009.

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Lucinda Haines speaks to the authors of the following papers published between April and June:

REVIEW: Population density and the evolution of male aggression
R. J. Knell
Interview with Robert Knell

Mate plugging via genital mutilation in nephilid spiders: an evolutionary hypothesis
M. Kuntner, S. Kralj-Fišer, J. M. Schneider, D. Li
Interview with Matjaz Kuntner

Can a spider web be too sticky? Tensile mechanics constrains the evolution of capture spiral stickiness in orb-weaving spiders 
I. Agnarsson, T. A. Blackledge
Interview with Ingi Agnarsson

Dynamics of Mara–Serengeti ungulates in relation to land use changes
J. O. Ogutu, H.-P. Piepho, H. T. Dublin, N. Bhola, R. S. Reid
Interview with Joseph Ogutu

Reviews Editor, Steven Le Comber, then discusses 3 papers which he found particularly interesting:

A 3D geometric morphometric analysis of digging ability in the extant and fossil cingulate humerus
N. Milne, S. F. Vizcaíno, J. C. Fernicola

When is a species not a species? Uncoupled phenotypic, karyotypic and genotypic divergence in two species of South African laminate-toothed rats (Murinae: Otomyini)
P. J. Taylor, S. Maree, J. van Sandwyk, R. Baxter, R. V. Rambau

Vigilance in Przewalski's gazelle: effects of sex, predation risk and group size
Z. Li, Z. Jiang, G. Beauchamp

Journal of Zoology podcast - Spring 2009

This episode features a selection of papers published from January to March 2009.

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Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Bennett, discusses 2 papers which he particularly liked and explains why they are good examples of the type of research the Journal aims to publish:

Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers
Davison et al.

Boys will be boys: social affinity among males drives social segregation in western grey kangaroos
Abigail MacFarlane and Graeme Coulson.

And Lucinda Haines speaks to the authors of the following papers to find out in a little more depth what their research has unearthed:

Ecological and anthropogenic influences on space use by spotted hyaenas
J. M. Kolowski, K. E. Holekamp
Interview with Joseph Kolowski

Foraging opportunities drive interspecific associations between rock kestrels and desert baboons
A. J. King, G. Cowlishaw
Interview with Andrew King

A novel mating system in a solitary carnivore: the fossa
C. E. Hawkins, P. A. Racey
Interview with Clare Hawkins

The importance of conservancies for enhancing the value of game ranch land for large mammal conservation in southern Africa
P. A. Lindsey, S. S. Romañach, H. T. Davies-Mostert
Interview with Peter Lindsey

New in 2009 - the first Journal of Zoology Podcast

Listen to the first Journal of Zoology podcast, creating discussions around some of the best research published in the Journal in 2008, featuring interviews with authors of the papers below. Follow the links to read the free articles online.

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Interviews by Lucinda Haines.

Articles discussed:

Survival rates and causes of mortality of Amur tigers on and near the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Zapovednik
Goodrich et al; Interview with Dale Miquelle


Spatial ecology of cheetahs on north-central Namibian farmlands
Marker et al; Interview with Laurie Marker


Urban badger setts: characteristics, patterns of use and management implications
Davison et al; Interview with Tim Roper


Assessing the effects of resource availability and parity on reproduction in female Cape ground squirrels: resources do not matter
Pettitt, Waterman &Wheaton; Interview with Jane Waterman


Turning blue and ultraviolet: sex-specific colour change during the mating season in the Balkan moor frog
C. Ries et al; Interview with Walter Hödl  


Genetic identification of elusive animals: re-evaluating tracking and nesting data for wild western gorillas
Bradley, Doran-Sheehy & Vigilant; Interview with Linda Vigilant

Did you know?
Journal of Zoology also has regular commentaries written by Editorial Board Members on research of particular interest published in the journal. Click here to read the latest of these commentaries.

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