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Research article
Deep-sea ctenostome bryozoans: revision of the family Pachyzoidae, with description of a new genus and three new species from Zealandia
Thomas Schwaha & Dennis P. Gordon
Published 6 February 2024 

Research article
Neuromuscular organization of the benthic ctenophore, Vallicula multiformis
Kurato Mohri & Hiroshi Watanabe
Published 30 January 2024 

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Color vision evolution in egg-laying mammals: insights from visual photoreceptors and daily activities of Australian echidnas
Shiina Sakamoto, Yuka Matsushita, Akihiro Itoigawa, Takumi Ezawa, Takeshi Fujitani, Kenichiro Takakura, Yang Zhou, Guojie Zhang, Frank Grutzner, Shoji Kawamura & Takashi Hayakawa
Published 2 January 2024 

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Epimorphic development in tropical shallow-water Nymphonidae (Arthropoda: Pycnogonida) revealed by fluorescence imaging
Claudia P. Arango & Georg Brenneis
Published 2 January 2024 

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Comparative analysis of Hmx expression and the distribution of neuronal somata in the trigeminal ganglion in lamprey and shark: insights into the homology of the trigeminal nerve branches and the evolutionary origin of the vertebrate jaw
Motoki Tamura, Ryota Ishikawa, Yuki Nakanishi, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Makiko Fukui, Takashi Saitou, Fumiaki Sugahara, Filippo M. Rijli, Shigeru Kuratani, Daichi G. Suzuki & Yasunori Murakami
Published 5 December 2023 

Research article
Homology of the head sensory structures between Heterotardigrada and Eutardigrada supported in a new species of water bear (Ramazzottiidae: Ramazzottius)
Ji-Hoon Kihm, Krzysztof Zawierucha, Hyun Soo Rho & Tae-Yoon S. Park
Published 27 November 2023 

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A review of the genus Muusoctopus (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) from Arctic waters
Alexey V. Golikov, Gudmundur Gudmundsson, Martin E. Blicher, Lis L. Jørgensen, Ekaterina I. Korneeva, Steinunn H. Olafsdottir, Elena I. Shagimardanova, Leyla H. Shigapova, Denis V. Zakharov, Olga L. Zimina & Rushan M. Sabirov
Published 16 October 2023

Research article
Cell type specific polyploidization in the royal fat body of termite queens
Tomonari Nozaki, Eisuke Tasaki & Kenji Matsuura
Published 11 October 2023 

Research article
Male spiny frogs enter the underwater battlefield with loose skin exhibiting enhanced penetration of capillaries into the epidermis
Shuang Xu, Qiang Dai & Yuchi Zheng
Published on 6 October 2023

Research article
Difference in sulfur regulation mechanism between tube-dwelling and free-moving polychaetes sympatrically inhabiting deep-sea hydrothermal chimneys
Tomoko Koito, Yusuke Ito, Akihiko Suzuki, Akihiro Tame, Tetsuro Ikuta, Miwa Suzuki, Satoshi Mitsunobu, Makoto Sugimura & Koji Inoue 
Published on 4 October 2023


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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, RIKEN, Japan - 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.

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.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.1 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.479 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.914 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    8 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    160 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    184,944 downloads
    2,111 Altmetric mentions