Cover ImageCover: Many lizards have the amazing ability to drop (autotomize) their tail, especially during predator−prey interactions. The tail then moves around, distracting the predator and allowing the lizard to escape. The tails of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) not only swing back and forth but also jump and flip. Higham and Russell (pp. 435−441) examined the motor control of these behaviors and found that swinging is initiated by alternating contractions of the left and right sides of the tail, whereas jumps and flips are initiated by relatively synchronous contractions of the left and right sides of the tail. Photo credit: T. E. Higham.Close Modal
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The mysterious cognitive abilities of bees: why models of visual processing need to consider experience and individual differences in animal performance
Seeing near and seeing far; behavioural evidence for dual mechanisms of pattern vision in the honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Flexural stiffness of feather shafts: geometry rules over material properties
Wake structures behind a swimming robotic lamprey with a passively flexible tail
Brain activation pattern depends on the strategy chosen by zebra finches to solve an orientation task
Time-varying motor control of autotomized leopard gecko tails: multiple inputs and behavioral modulation
The correlation between locomotor performance and hindlimb kinematics during burst locomotion in the Florida scrub lizard, Sceloporus woodi
Worker division of labor and endocrine physiology are associated in the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus
Phenotypic plasticity in response to dietary salt stress: Na+ and K+ transport by the gut of Drosophila melanogaster larvae
Temperature gradients drive mechanical energy gradients in the flight muscle of Manduca sexta
Kinematics of quadrupedal locomotion in sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps): effects of age and substrate size
First evidence of epithelial transport in tardigrades: a comparative investigation of organic anion transport
Independence of net water flux from paracellular permeability in the intestine of Fundulus heteroclitus, a euryhaline teleost
Origin and mechanism of thermal insensitivity in mole hemoglobins: a test of the ‘additional’ chloride binding site hypothesis
The polarization compass dominates over idiothetic cues in path integration of desert ants
Sensory input from the osphradium modulates the response to memory-enhancing stressors in Lymnaea stagnalis
Glycogen synthase kinase-3: cryoprotection and glycogen metabolism in the freeze-tolerant wood frog
Warmer is better: thermal sensitivity of both maximal and sustained power output in the iliotibialis muscle isolated from adult Xenopus tropicalis
Long-term memory and response generalization in mushroom body extrinsic neurons in the honeybee Apis mellifera
Response to ‘Measurement of sensitive distortion-product otoacoustic emissions in insect tympanal organs’
Total recoil: perch compliance alters jumping performance and kinematics in green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis)
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, JEB has launched two new grants to support junior faculty staff working in animal comparative physiology and biomechanics who are within five years of setting up their first lab/research group. Check out our ECR Visiting Fellowships and Research Partnership Kickstart Travel Grants. First deadline for applications is 15 July 2023.
JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Sanjay Sane
Sanjay Sane tells us about his first experience of publishing with the journal and why he thinks JEB is going to play a key role in our understanding of the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity.
The Forest of Biologists
The Forest of Biologists is a biodiversity initiative created by The Company of Biologists, with support from the Woodland Trust. For every Research and Review article published in Journal of Experimental Biology a native tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition to this we are protecting and restoring ancient woodland and are dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. Visit our virtual forest to learn more.
Celebrating 100 years of discovery
This Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, this series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today’s research, and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.
Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues Review the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
Lack of oxygen curtails vision in red-eared sliders
When red-eared sliders sink to the bottom of a frozen pond for winter they reduce many biological systems to minimum life support, but now Michael Ariel and colleagues show that the reptiles temporarily lose their sight due to lack of oxygen but retain hearing.