Abnormal development found in Karoo trapdoor spiders

Abnormal development found in Karoo trapdoor spiders

Cape Town – A recent study has drawn attention to the abnormal development of trapdoor spiders in the Karoo, with possible links to the use of chemicals in the region now earmarked for shale gas exploration.    Among other hypotheses, PhD student Shannon...
FBIP Proposal Writing Workshop 2021

FBIP Proposal Writing Workshop 2021

The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is offering a Proposal Writing Workshop aimed at academics who are planning to submit a research proposal in response to the annual NRF/FBIP Call for Small Grants and/or Large Grants (Concept Notes and Full...
Thesium: How do you eat an elephant?

Thesium: How do you eat an elephant?

Cape Town – It is said that a big task is like an elephant. And the only way to finish it is to eat it piece by piece. A group of South African botanical taxonomists are slowly and systematically revising a plant group that was last looked at nearly 100 years ago –...
SA legless skink taxonomically ‘demoted’

SA legless skink taxonomically ‘demoted’

Cape Town – The Variegated legless skink has been taxonomically ‘demoted’. Once a valid described species, its position on the tree of life is now less prominent since its designation as a taxonomic ‘synonomy’. Skinks (family Scincidae) are the most diverse group of...