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Reply to L. Jelínek and L. Pekárek's "Comment on Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field'' (Hynek Burda, 21 March 2014)

In their comment L. Jelínek and L. Pekárek express doubts on the validity of the data published in Hart et al.... read full comment

Comment on: Hart et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 10:80

Comment on ''Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field'' (Ludek Pekarek, 17 March 2014)

In the commented paper [1], Hart et al. claims to provide proof (based on a statistical evaluation of more than 7000 observations of dogs)... read full comment

Comment on: Hart et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 10:80

Missing ICZN Code compliance (, 26 February 2014)

This paper contains nomenclatoral acts (erection of new species)
Frontiers in Zoology is an online-only journal.
To constitute a validly published publication several criteria have to be met,
see http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/3944/
This is not the case in the present paper and deem the proposed taxa not available. read full comment

Comment on: Bilandžija et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 10:5

Reply to the criticism by Johnson et al. (2014) on the report by Allen et al. (2013) (Benjamin Allen, 26 February 2014)

Reply by Benjamin L. Allen, Lee R. Allen, Richard M. Engeman, Luke K-P.... read full comment

Comment on: Johnson et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 11:17

Errors in the y-axis labels of Figures 3a and 3b (Arne Hegemann, 06 February 2014)

Dear reader, We would like to alert you to errors in the y-axis labels of Figures 3a and 3b. In Figure 3a the correct y-axis label should be “H/L-ratio” instead of “delta H/L ratio” as given in the publication. In Figure 3b the correct y-axis label should be “delta Agglutination titer” instead of “delta Haptoglobin (mg/ml) “. We want to stress that both the figure legend and the accompanying results section describe the data correctly. Also in both cases the axis scaling is correct. Yet, we find it important to alert readers to this mistake. We apologize for this mistake and the confusion it might have caused. On behalf of all authors, Arne Hegemann read full comment

Comment on: Hegemann et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 10:77

Comment and update to Frontiers in Zoology 2006, 3: (Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, 13 January 2014)

In Kalcounis-Rueppell et al 2006 (Frontiers in Zoology) we placed ultrasound-recording devices in the field in the presence of resident Peromyscus mice for several weeks during December 2004 and January 2005. In Kalcounis-Rueppell et al 2006, we attributed 7 sound types (or motifs) to Peromyscus mice. Since that publication, we have conducted long-term and intensive field studies at the same field site.  In these studies, we have examined the behavioral context of ultrasound production from individual Peromyscus mice from two different species [Peromyscus boylii: Petric and Kalcounis-Rueppell 2013 (Behaviour 150: 1747-1766) and P. californicus: Briggs and Kalcounis-Rueppell 2011... read full comment

Comment on: Kalcounis-Rueppell et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 3:3

Mistakes / Typos (Marcel Koken, 02 January 2014)

The email "koken@infobiogen.fr" does not function anymore. Use instead "koken@laposte.net" Abstract: "0,1um range" should read "100um range". Legend of Fig. 1C: "Linaeus" should read "Linnaeus".  read full comment

Comment on: Koken et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 8:27

The achiasmatic syndrome provides an opportunity to test the eye-forelimb hypothesis empirically (Matz Larsson, 02 December 2013)

There is an error on page 3 in the section“Ipsilateral retinal projections and oculomotor
function”.  The sentence “The achiasmatic syndrome, a rare genetic condition, offers a model of a human vision system without IRP”ought to be replaced with “The achiasmatic syndrome, a rare genetic
condition, offers a model of a human vision system with only IRP, i.e. without contralateral retinal projections”. Moreover, in the legend to figure 3 the sentence “This type of visual system is present in humans with the rare achiasmatic syndrome (38).” should be omitted. However, the principal problem will be fairly similar in regards of eye hand coordination. According to the eye-forelimb hypothesis a subject with the achiasmatic syndrome is... read full comment

Comment on: Larsson Frontiers in Zoology, 10:41

Reply (Thomas Stach, 28 December 2011)

The comment `Attempt at a neuroanatomical glossary failed¿ by Ruthensteiner (Ruthensteiner 2011; shortly called `commentary¿ hereafter) criticizes the publication `Invertebrate neurophylogeny: suggested terms and definitions for a neuroanatomical glossary¿ by Richter and co-authors (Richter et al. 2011, shortly called `neuro-glossary¿ hereafter). In the following reply, I will address and hopefully clarify the issues raised by Ruthensteiner (2011) point by point.... read full comment

Comment on: Richter et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 7:29

Attempt at a neuroanatomical glossary failed? (Bernhard Ruthensteiner, 22 March 2011)

Richter et al. claim to provide a precise and consistent terminology for invertebrate nervous system components as a basis for morphological descriptions. However, such an attempt faces a specific problem in the first place: identical denomination of structures does not generally imply homology. There are numerous cases in which structures with similar function in taxa without close relationships are identically termed but are not (clearly) homologous. The authors are aware of this problem and try to bypass it - explicitly in their abstract and introduction - by declaring that any term ('entry') they treat should be regarded as 'free of homology assumptions'. In practice, however, this does not seem to be followed consequently; some 'entries' are treated fairly differently in this regard... read full comment

Comment on: Richter et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 7:29

Degrees of freedom in chi2 examination (wuyi liu, 22 January 2010)

In table 5, the degrees of freedom of chi2 distribution seem to be set too small as to compare different model in this paper. Please check it. read full comment

Comment on: Chiari et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 6:32

Expanded discussion (Jason Holmberg, 05 February 2007)

There is an expanded discussion on photo-identification for mark-recapture studies, especially as it relates to whale sharks, in this forum:http://forum.ecocean.org/index.php?topic=121.0if you're interested in this paper, I suggest participating in this forum and discussing the two algorithms and tools available. read full comment

Comment on: Speed et al. Frontiers in Zoology, 4:2