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X-ray imaging of a water bear offers a new look at tardigrade internal anatomy
Vladimir Gross, Mark Müller, Lorenz Hehn, Simone Ferstl, Sebastian Allner, Martin Dierolf, Klaus Achterhold, Georg Mayer and Franz Pfeiffer
Published on: 11 May 2019

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Mosaic of plesiomorphic and derived characters in an Eocene myliobatiform batomorph (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from Italy defines a new, basal body plan in pelagic stingrays
Giuseppe Marramà, Giorgio Carnevale, Gavin J. P. Naylor and Jürgen Kriwet
Published on: 25 April 2019

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Branching pattern and morphogenesis of medusa tentacles in the jellyfish Cladonema pacificum (Hydrozoa, Cnidaria)
Akiyo Fujiki, Shiting Hou, Ayaki Nakamoto and Gaku Kumano
Published on: 14 March 2019

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Growth and mineralogy in dental plates of the holocephalan Harriotta raleighana (Chondrichthyes): novel dentine and conserved patterning combine to create a unique chondrichthyan dentition
Moya Meredith Smith, Charlie Underwood, Tomasz Goral, Christopher Healy and Zerina Johanson
Published on: 12 March 2019

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Hydra vulgaris exhibits day-night variation in behavior and gene expression levels
Hiroyuki J. Kanaya, Yoshitaka Kobayakawa and Taichi Q. Itoh
Published on: 8 March 2019

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Etmopteridae bioluminescence: dorsal pattern specificity and aposematic use
Laurent Duchatelet, Nicolas Pinte, Taketeru Tomita, Keiichi Sato and Jérôme Mallefet
Published on: 6 March 2019

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Influence of temperature on development, reproduction and regeneration in the flatworm model organism, Macrostomum lignano
Jakub Wudarski, Kirill Ustyantsev, Lisa Glazenburg and Eugene Berezikov
Published on: 12 February 2019

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Diminution of pharyngeal segmentation and the evolution of the amniotes
Subathra Poopalasundaram, Jo Richardson, Annabelle Scott, Alex Donovan, Karen Liu and Anthony Graham
Published on: 11 February 2019

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Testing the adaptive value of gastropod shell morphology to flow: a multidisciplinary approach based on morphometrics, computational fluid dynamics and a flow tank experiment
Gerlien Verhaegen, Hendrik Herzog, Katrin Korsch, Gerald Kerth, Martin Brede and Martin Haase
Published on: 18 January 2019

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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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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.

Aims and scope

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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The Zoological Society of Japan

ZooDiversity Web is a search and access website that provides an attractive and easy-to-use internet search engine and showcase for scientific papers published since 1984 in the English-language journal of the Zoological Society of Japan (Zoological Science). These papers include over 4,000 peer-reviewed articles on a great diversity of over 13,000 different species of animals.

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