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First description of epimorphic development in Antarctic Pallenopsidae (Arthropoda, Pycnogonida) with insights into the evolution of the four-articled sea spider cheliphore
Georg Brenneis and Claudia P. Arango
Published on: 14 January 2019

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Comparative morphology of ultimate and walking legs in the centipede Lithobius forficatus (Myriapoda) with functional implications
Matthes Kenning, Vanessa Schendel, Carsten H. G. Müller and Andy Sombke
Published on: 14 January 2019

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Heterochirality results from reduction of maternal diaph expression in a terrestrial pulmonate snail
Takeshi Noda, Noriyuki Satoh and Takahiro Asami
Published on: 10 January 2019

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High diversity in species, reproductive modes and distribution within the Paramacrobiotus richtersi complex (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae)
Roberto Guidetti, Michele Cesari, Roberto Bertolani, Tiziana Altiero and Lorena Rebecchi
Published on: 3 January 2019

The phylum Vertebrata: a case for zoological recognition
Naoki Irie, Noriyuki Satoh and Shigeru Kuratani
Published on: 26 December 2018

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The ride of the parasite: a 100-million-year old mantis lacewing larva captured while mounting its spider host
Joachim T. Haug, Patrick Müller and Carolin Haug
Published on: 22 December 2018

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Crossing the equator: a northern occurrence of the pygmy right whale
Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and James G. Mead
Published on: 17 December 2018

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Ontogeny and phylogeny of the mammalian chondrocranium: the cupula nasi anterior and associated structures of the anterior head region
Evelyn Hüppi, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Athanasia C. Tzika and Ingmar Werneburg
Published on: 24 November 2018

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Morphological development of the dorsal hindbrain in an elasmobranch fish (Leucoraja erinacea)
Christos Michael Suriano and David Bodznick
Published on: 10 November 2018

Evolution of the muscular system in tetrapod limbs
Tatsuya Hirasawa and Shigeru Kuratani
Published on: 20 September 2018

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A novel photic entrainment mechanism for the circadian clock in an insect: involvement of c-fos and cryptochromes
Yuki Kutaragi, Atsushi Tokuoka, Yasuaki Tomiyama, Motoki Nose, Takayuki Watanabe, Tetsuya Bando, Yoshiyuki Moriyama and Kenji Tomioka
Published on: 18 September 2018

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Draft genome of Dugesia japonica provides insights into conserved regulatory elements of the brain restriction gene nou-darake in planarians
Yang An, Akane Kawaguchi, Chen Zhao, Atsushi Toyoda, Ali Sharifi-Zarchi, Seyed Ahmad Mousavi, Reza Bagherzadeh, Takeshi Inoue, Hajime Ogino, Asao Fujiyama, Hamidreza Chitsaz, Hossein Baharvand and Kiyokazu Agata
Published on: 29 August 2018

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Modification of pectoral fins occurs during the larva-to-juvenile transition in the mudskipper (Periophthalmus modestus)
Eri Okamoto, Hieu Van Mai, Atsushi Ishimatsu and Mikiko Tanaka
Published on: 11 August 2018

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Factors affecting interspecific differences in genetic divergence among populations of Anolis lizards in Cuba
Antonio Cádiz, Nobuaki Nagata, Luis M. Díaz, Yukari Suzuki-Ohno, Lázaro M. Echenique-Díaz, Hiroshi D. Akashi, Takashi Makino and Masakado Kawata
Published on: 9 August 2018

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RFamidergic neurons in the olfactory centers of the terrestrial slug Limax
Yuko Matsuo, Amami Yamanaka and Ryota Matsuo
Published on: 9 August 2018

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Morphological responses to feeding in ticks (Ixodes ricinus)
J. Matthias Starck, Lisa Mehnert, Anja Biging, Juliana Bjarsch, Sandra Franz-Guess, Daniel Kleeberger and Marie Hörnig
Published on: 4 August 2018

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Founded in 1878, the Zoological Society of Japan is known to be one of the oldest and successful academic societies in Japan, and has supported scientific activities across a wide-range fields of areas associated with basic zoology. The Zoological Society of Japan is an academic society aimed at the advance and dissemination of animal scientific research. Members, starting with researchers and graduate students affiliated with universities and research institutes, consist of teaching staff at elementary, middle and high schools, and the number of members has reached 2,700.

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Zoological Letters is an open access journal that publishes new and important findings in the zoological sciences. As a sister journal to Zoological Science, Zoological Letters covers a wide range of basic fields of zoology, from taxonomy to bioinformatics. We also welcome submissions of paleontology reports as part of our effort to contribute to the development of new perspectives in evolutionary zoology. Our goal is to serve as a global publishing forum for fundamental researchers in all fields of zoology.

Shigeru Kuratani, Editor-in-Chief

Shigeru Kuratani received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology at Kyoto University. He spent the period from 1988 to 1991 working in experimental embryology in the Department of Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia before moving to the Biochemistry Department, Baylor College of Medicine, where he focused on molecular embryological research. He returned to Japan in 1994 to take a position as associate professor at the Institute of Medical Embryology and Genetics in the Kumamoto University School of Medicine. He moved to Okayama University to assume a professorship in the Department of Biology in 1997, where he remained until he was appointed team leader at the CDB in 2001. He was appointed Group Director at CDB from 2005 to 2014. Since 2014, he is Chief Scientist at RIKEN.


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