The flexible clock: predictive and reactive homeostasis, energy balance and the circadian regulation of sleep–wake timing
Summary: The daily temporal niche of animals is adaptive and depends on environmental and physiological context.
Summary: Lasius niger ant queens compare their own status of fertility with that of their rivals before deciding whether to engage in lethal interactions.
Summary: Copepods that possess myelinated axons are better at localizing an abrupt hydromechanical stimulus than those that lack myelin. This advantage might have been a factor in the evolution of myelin.
METHODS & TECHNIQUES
Summary: The R package LoLinR provides methods to reliably and reproducibly estimate monotonic biological rates from non-linear time series data applicable to many research disciplines in the biological sciences.
Highlighted Article: Intertidal oysters are more vulnerable to ocean acidification than subtidal oysters, and this may limit their vertical distribution.
Different mechanisms of Na+ uptake and ammonia excretion by the gill and yolk sac epithelium of early life stage rainbow trout
Summary: Na+ uptake occurs as Na+/NH4+ exchange by the gills, but not the yolk sac skin, of early life stage rainbow trout, possibly resulting from the lack of the key transporter NHE2 in the yolk sac epithelium.
Summary: Sexual size dimorphism in a male-larger lizard is influenced by neither male gonadal androgens nor female reproductive allocation, but instead is controlled by ovarian hormones.
Integrating gastrocnemius force–length properties, in vivo activation and operating lengths reveals how Anolis deal with ecological challenges
Summary: Integration of multiple techniques reveals that incline affects the relationship between muscle activity and potential force and perch diameter impacts the propulsive contribution of the gastrocnemius in Anolis equestris.
Summary: Differences in muscle synergies during incline and level walking provide further evidence of the flexible use of a consistent set of neural elements in human neuromuscular control.
Highlighted Article: Rat ultrasonic vocalizations are composed of identifiable vocal motor gestures that are combined and re-combined within a single breath.
Summary: Hagfishes use a variety of techniques to squeeze through tight spaces, which is relevant to their ecological roles as burrowers and scavengers.
Summary: Rapid unloading of intact wild-type and Ttn mutant soleus muscles indicates that titin, an elastic element within muscle sarcomeres, is activated upon Ca2+ influx in skeletal muscle.
Both thyroid hormone levels and resting metabolic rate decrease in African striped mice when food availability decreases
Summary: Seasonal changes occur in the relationship between thyroid hormone levels and resting metabolic rate in free-living African striped mice: a negative relationship exists in the moist season but not the dry season.
Temperature and photoperiod as environmental cues affect body mass and thermoregulation in Chinese bulbuls, Pycnonotus sinensis
Summary: Chinese bulbuls increase basal thermogenesis in response to colder temperature and shorter photoperiod; increases in mitochondrial state-4 respiration capacity and cytochrome c oxidase activity may play a role in this phenotypic flexibility.
Summary: Courtship song dynamics arise from finely tuned motor circuits. Alterations in the activity of a key nucleus of the hindbrain vocal circuit accompany call pattern divergence during speciation in African clawed frogs.
Predator exposure-induced immunosuppression: trade-off, immune redistribution or immune reconfiguration?
Summary: In caterpillars, exposure to a predator induces a change in immune strategy, optimizing immune function according to the physiological state.
Diet-induced co-variation between architectural and physicochemical plasticity in an extended phenotype
Summary: Multiple prey cues induce spiders to alter web architecture and silk properties to plastically switching foraging strategies.
Importance of the antenniform legs, but not vision, for homing by the neotropical whip spider Paraphrynus laevifrons
Summary: Tropical amblypygids inhabit structurally complex habitats, yet navigate home in the dark after a night hunting prey; olfaction appears to be important for navigation.
Highlighted Article: There is a ‘cost’ of being ‘smart’ compared with being ‘average’. This cost is an inability to cope with a stressor.
Lactobacillus plantarum favors the early emergence of fit and fertile adult Drosophila upon chronic undernutrition
Summary: Lactobacillus plantarumWJL is beneficial to Drosophila physiology across its entire life cycle, triggering the early emergence and longer survival of fit and fertile adults.
Summary: Squid display differences in attack strategies and use of turning performance measures depending on the type of prey they encounter.
Effect of diet quality and ambient temperature on the use of torpor by two species of neotropical nectar-feeding bats
Summary: Physiological constraints on energy acquisition, body mass and the energetic costs of ambient temperature affect the way that neotropical nectar-feeding bats use torpor as an energy-saving strategy.
Summary: Bumblebee males leave their nest directly, but they perform learning flights when they leave artificial flowers, during which they turn back and fixate the flowers.
Thermal sensitivity of motor control of muscle-powered versus elastically powered tongue projection in salamanders
Summary: Temperature has similar effects on the motor control of feeding mechanisms in salamanders whether powered by muscle or by elastic recoil.