The list below represents the most-read articles in JEB last month. Most-read rankings are recalculated at the beginning of each month and are based on full-text and pdf views of articles published in the past 12 months only.
- The king of snakes: performance and morphology of intraguild predators (Lampropeltis) and their prey (Pantherophis)
Summary: Higher constriction pressures allow kingsnakes to successfully prey on ratsnakes of similar size despite comparable muscle cross-sectional area and escape performance.
- Swimming and diving energetics in dolphins: a stroke-by-stroke analysis for predicting the cost of flight responses in wild odontocetes
- Strain-specific differences of the effects of stress on memory in Lymnaea
- The ecology and evolution of social behavior in microbes
Summary: To avoid misleading conclusions, the study of microbial social behavior must be grounded in ecology and account for eco-evolutionary feedback. Recent developments may facilitate this experimentally and inform theoretical frameworks.
- The Achilles tendon is mechanosensitive in older adults: adaptations following 14 weeks versus 1.5 years of cyclic strain exercise
Highlighted Article: The stiffness of the aging Achilles tendon increases after 14 weeks of mechanical loading exercise by changing its material and dimensional properties, whereas continuing exercise causes no further adaptive changes.
- Naturalistic path integration of Cataglyphis desert ants on an air-cushioned lightweight spherical treadmill
Highlighted Article: Cataglyphis ants are shown to exhibit naturalistic navigation and typical homing behaviour, with a straight approach phase and looping search phase, on newly designed, fast-responding, lightweight, air-cushioned treadmill.
- Intertidal oysters reach their physiological limit in a future high-CO2 world
- Archerfish use their shooting technique to produce adaptive underwater jets
Summary: Archerfish use the same mouth opening maneuver to produce and to adapt aerial and underwater jets.
- Metabolic plasticity for subcutaneous fat accumulation in a long-distance migratory bird traced by 2H2O
Summary: A novel and non-lethal tracer method using deuterated water revealed alteration in lipid metabolism of migrant black-tailed godwits subjected to different diets.
- Mechanistic underpinnings of dehydration stress in the American dog tick revealed through RNA-Seq and metabolomics
Highlighted Article: Ticks employ a suite of molecular and biochemical mechanisms to survive dehydration stress; strategies include limiting damage and maximizing recovery when conditions allow.