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Zoological Letters


Research article
Fusion of piggyBac-like transposons and herpesviruses occurs frequently in teleosts
Authors: Yusuke Inoue, Masahiko Kumagai, Xianbo Zhang, Tomonori Saga, Deshou Wang, Akihiko Koga and Hiroyuki Takeda
Published on: 21 February 2018

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Development of hypobranchial muscles with special reference to the evolution of the vertebrate neck
Authors: Noritaka Adachi, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Tamami Hirai, Shinnosuke Higuchi and Shigeru Kuratani
Published on: 18 February 2018

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DNA metabarcoding of spiders, insects, and springtails for exploring potential linkage between above- and below-ground food webs
Authors: Hirokazu Toju and Yuki G. Baba
Published on: 15 February 2018

Research article
Highly efficient generation of knock-in transgenic medaka by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering
Ikuko Watakabe, Hisashi Hashimoto, Yukiko Kimura, Saori Yokoi, Kiyoshi Naruse and Shin-ichi Higashijima
Published on: 5 February 2018

Research article
Flight feather development: its early specialization during embryogenesis
Authors: Mao Kondo, Tomoe Sekine, Taku Miyakoshi, Keiichi Kitajima, Shiro Egawa, Ryohei Seki, Gembu Abe and Koji Tamura
Published on: 16 January 2018

Evolution of the vertebrate neurocranium: problems of the premandibular domain and the origin of the trabecula
Authors: Shigeru Kuratani and Per. E. Ahlberg
Published on: 9 January 2018

Research article
A sodium binding system alleviates acute salt stress during seawater acclimation in eels
Marty Kwok Shing Wong, Takehiro Tsukada, Nobuhiro Ogawa, Supriya Pipil, Haruka Ozaki, Yutaka Suzuki, Wataru Iwasaki and Yoshio Takei
Published on: 12 December 2017

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Paternal phylogeographic structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in northeastern Asia and the effect of male-mediated gene flow to insular populations
Daisuke Hirata, Tsutomu Mano, Alexei V. Abramov, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, Pavel A. Kosintsev, Koichi Murata and Ryuichi Masuda
Published on: 30 November 2017

Research article
Tube construction by a tanaidacean crustacean using a novel mucus secretion system involving the anal opening
Keiichi Kakui and Chizue Hiruta
Published on: 21 November 2017

Research article
Rhodopsin gene copies in Japanese eel originated in a teleost-specific genome duplication
Yoji Nakamura, Motoshige Yasuike, Miyuki Mekuchi, Yuki Iwasaki, Nobuhiko Ojima, Atushi Fujiwara, Seinen Chow and Kenji Saitoh
Published on: 17 October 2017

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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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