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  • Scientific names of organisms : attribution, rights, and licensing 

    Patterson, David J.; Egloff, Willi; Agosti, Donat; Eades, David; Franz, Nico; Hagedorn, Gregor; Rees, Jonathan A.; Remsen, David P. (BioMed Central, 2014-02-04)
    As biological disciplines extend into the ‘big data’ world, they will need a names-based infrastructure to index and interconnect distributed data. The infrastructure must have access to all names of all organisms if it ...
  • Environmental distribution and persistence of Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) 

    Gast, Rebecca J.; Moran, Dawn M.; Audemard, Corinne; Lyons, M. Maille; De Favari, Jacquelin; Reece, Kimberly S.; Leavitt, Dale F.; Smolowitz, Roxanna M. (Inter-Research, 2008-09-24)
    Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) is the cause of mass mortality events of hard clams Mercenaria mercenaria from Virginia, USA, to New Brunswick, Canada. Aquaculture areas in Massachusetts, USA, have been particularly hard ...
  • Quantification of cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflage : a study of color and luminance using in situ spectrometry 

    Akkaynak, Derya; Allen, Justine J.; Mathger, Lydia M.; Chiao, Chuan-Chin; Hanlon, Roger T. (2012-11-19)
    Cephalopods are renowned for their ability to adaptively camouflage on diverse backgrounds. Sepia officinalis camouflage body patterns have been characterized spectrally in the laboratory but not in the field due to the ...
  • Cephalopod genomics : a plan of strategies and organization 

    Albertin, Caroline B.; Bonnaud, Laure; Brown, C. Titus; Crookes-Goodson, Wendy J.; da Fonseca, Rute R.; Di Cristo, Carlo; Dilkes, Brian P.; Edsinger-Gonzales, Eric; Freeman, Robert J.; Hanlon, Roger T.; Koenig, Kristen M.; Lindgren, Annie R.; Martindale, Mark Q.; Minx, Patrick; Moroz, Leonid L.; Nodl, Marie-Therese; Nyholm, Spencer V.; Ogura, Atsushi; Pungor, Judit R.; Rosenthal, Joshua J. C.; Schwarz, Erich M.; Shigeno, Shuichi; Strugnell, Jan M.; Wollesen, Tim; Zhang, Guojie; Ragsdale, Clifton W. (Genomic Standards Consortium, 2012-09-26)
    The Cephalopod Sequencing Consortium (CephSeq Consortium) was established at a NESCent Catalysis Group Meeting, “Paths to Cephalopod Genomics- Strategies, Choices, Organization,” held in Durham, North Carolina, USA on May ...
  • Green algal infection of American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) exoskeletal structures 

    Braverman, Hillary; Leibovitz, Louis; Lewbart, Gregory A. (2012-06)
    Degenerative lesions in the dorsum of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) exoskeleton, eyes, arthrodial membrane, and base of the telson were documented in a population of wild caught laboratory animals. The disease ...
  • Optimization of a GCaMP calcium indicator for neural activity imaging 

    Akerboom, Jasper; Chen, Tsai-Wen; Wardill, Trevor J.; Tian, Lin; Marvin, Jonathan S.; Mutlu, Sevinc; Calderon, Nicole Carreras; Esposti, Federico; Borghuis, Bart G.; Sun, Xiaonan Richard; Gordus, Andrew; Orger, Michael B.; Portugues, Ruben; Engert, Florian; Macklin, John J.; Filosa, Alessandro; Aggarwal, Aman; Kerr, Rex A.; Takagi, Ryousuke; Kracun, Sebastian; Shigetomi, Eiji; Khakh, Baljit S.; Baier, Herwig; Lagnado, Leon; Wang, Samuel S.-H.; Bargmann, Cornelia I.; Kimmel, Bruce E.; Jayaraman, Vivek; Svoboda, Karel; Kim, Douglas S.; Schreiter, Eric R.; Looger, Loren L. (Society for Neuroscience, 2012-10-03)
    Genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) are powerful tools for systems neuroscience. Recent efforts in protein engineering have significantly increased the performance of GECIs. The state-of-the art single-wavelength ...
  • Biological versus electronic adaptive coloration : how can one inform the other? 

    Kreit, Eric; Mathger, Lydia M.; Hanlon, Roger T.; Dennis, Patrick B.; Naik, Rajesh R.; Forsythe, Eric; Heikenfeld, Jason (2011-11)
    Adaptive reflective surfaces have been a challenge for both electronic paper (e-Paper) and biological organisms. Multiple colours, contrast, polarization, reflectance, diffusivity and texture must all be controlled ...
  • Neural control of tuneable skin iridescence in squid 

    Wardill, Trevor J.; Gonzalez-Bellido, Paloma T.; Crook, Robyn J.; Hanlon, Roger T. (2012-07-25)
    Fast dynamic control of skin coloration is rare in the animal kingdom, whether it be pigmentary or structural. Iridescent structural coloration results when nanoscale structures disrupt incident light and selectively reflect ...
  • Potential for sound sensitivity in cephalopods 

    Mooney, T. Aran; Hanlon, Roger T.; Madsen, Peter T.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob; Ketten, Darlene R.; Nachtigall, Paul E. (2010-07)
    Hearing is a primary sense in many marine animals and we now have a reasonable understanding of what stimuli generate clear responses, the frequency range of sensitivity, expected threshold values and mecha-nisms of sound ...
  • A “mimic octopus” in the Atlantic : flatfish mimicry and camouflage by Macrotritopus defilippi 

    Hanlon, Roger T.; Watson, Anya C.; Barbosa, Alexandra (Marine Biological Laboratory, 2010-02)
    The sand-dwelling octopus Macrotritopus defilippi was filmed or photographed in five Caribbean locations mimicking the swimming behavior (posture, style, speed, duration) and coloration of the common, sand-dwelling flounder ...
  • Hyperspectral imaging of cuttlefish camouflage indicates good color match in the eyes of fish predators 

    Chiao, Chuan-Chin; Wickiser, J. Kenneth; Allen, Justine J.; Genter, Brock; Hanlon, Roger T. (2011-03-31)
    Camouflage is a widespread phenomenon throughout nature and an important anti-predator tactic in natural selection. Many visual predators have keen color perception, thus camouflage patterns should provide some degree ...
  • To be seen or to hide : visual characteristics of body patterns for camouflage and communication in the Australian giant cuttlefish Sepia apama 

    Zylinski, S.; How, M. J.; Osorio, D.; Hanlon, Roger T.; Marshall, N. J. (University of Chicago, 2011-04-06)
    It might seem obvious that a camouflaged animal must generally match its background whereas to be conspicuous an organism must differ from the background. However, the image parameters (or statistics) that evaluate the ...
  • Culture-dependent characterization of the microbial community associated with epizootic shell disease lesions in American lobster, Homarus americanus 

    Chistoserdov, Andrei Y.; Smolowitz, Roxanna M.; Mirasol, Feliza; Hsu, Andrea (National Shellfisheries Association, 2005-10-01)
    Epizootic shell disease in the American lobster is an important factor affecting lobster fisheries in and around the Long Island Sound. It is a strictly dermal disease, because no correlation was observed between occurrence ...
  • New species longevity record for the northern quahog (=hard clam), Mercenaria mercenaria 

    Ridgway, Iain D.; Richardson, C. A.; Enos, Edward; Ungvari, Z.; Austad, S. N.; Philipp, E. E. R.; Csiszar, Anna (National Shellfisheries Association, 2011-04)
    Twenty-two large shells (>90 mm shell height) from a sample of live collected hard shell clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, from Buzzards Bay, Woods Hole, Cape Cod, MA, were subjected to sclerochronological analysis. Annually ...
  • Temporal variation in the symbiosis and growth of the temperate scleractinian coral Astrangia poculata 

    Dimond, Jay; Carrington, Emily (Inter-Research, 2007-10-25)
    Seasonal variation in the algal symbiosis and growth of Astrangia poculata, a facultatively symbiotic temperate scleractinian, was explored in Rhode Island, USA. Coral pigmentation and growth were measured simultaneously ...
  • Clicking for calamari : toothed whales can echolocate squid Loligo pealeii 

    Madsen, Peter T.; Wilson, M.; Johnson, Mark P.; Hanlon, Roger T.; Bocconcelli, Alessandro; Aguilar De Soto, Natacha; Tyack, Peter L. (Inter-Research, 2007-11-27)
    Squid play an important role in biomass turnover in marine ecosystems and constitute a food source for ~90% of all echolocating toothed whale species. Nonetheless, it has been hypothesized that the soft bodies of squid ...
  • DGGE-based detection method for Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) 

    Gast, Rebecca J.; Cushman, E.; Moran, Dawn M.; Uhlinger, Kevin R.; Leavitt, Dale F.; Smolowitz, Roxanna M. (Inter-Research, 2006-06-12)
    Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) is a significant cause of hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria mortality along the northeast coast of the United States. It infects both wild and cultured clams, often annually in plots that are ...
  • Development of a real time quantitative PCR assay for the hard clam pathogen Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) 

    Lyons, M. Maille; Smolowitz, Roxanna M.; Dungan, Christopher F.; Roberts, Steven B. (Inter-Research, 2006-09-14)
    Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) is a thraustochytrid pathogen responsible for catastrophic mortalities of the northern quahog (hard clam) Mercenaria mercenaria. A real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay ...
  • Primary and secondary defences of squid to cruising and ambush fish predators : variable tactics and their survival value 

    Staudinger, Michelle D.; Hanlon, Roger T.; Juanes, Francis (2010-11-19)
    Longfin squid (Loligo pealeii) were exposed to two predators, bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) and summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), representing cruising and ambush foraging tactics, respectively. During 35 trials, ...
  • Tactical release of a sexually-selected pheromone in a swordtail fish 

    Rosenthal, Gil G.; Fitzsimmons, Jessica N.; Woods, Kristina U.; Gerlach, Gabriele; Fisher, Heidi S. (Public Library of Science, 2011-02-09)
    Chemical communication plays a critical role in sexual selection and speciation in fishes; however, it is generally assumed that most fish pheromones are passively released since most fishes lack specialized scent glands ...

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