Tapping the Power of Crustacean Transcriptomes to Address Grand Challenges in Comparative Biology
New Frontiers in the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior: Nothing in Neuroscience Makes Sense Except in the Light of Behavior
Functional (Secondary) Adaptation to an Aquatic Life in Vertebrates
Cover image: A habitat belonging to the anchialine ecosystem of the Hawaiian Islands, pictured here from the ’Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve on South Maui. Anchialine habitats are defined as landlocked coastal ponds, pools, and caves with fluctuating volumes and salinities due to subterranean connections to both marine and fresh groundwater. In the current issue, Havird and Santos utilize comparative transcriptomics to report patterns of differential gene expression among developmental stages of the atyid shrimp Halocaridina rubra, which is endemic to the Hawaiian anchialine ecosystem. Dissimilarities in the feeding strategy, salinity tolerance, and phototactic response of H. rubra larvae and adults were mirrored by patterns of differential gene expression in these functional categories, consistent with previous observations of developmental biology and ecology for the species, as well as other biota, from the anchialine ecosystem. Photograph by Matt Ramsey (Honolulu, Hawaii).
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