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...
FBIP hits 1 million species occurrence records in 2020

FBIP hits 1 million species occurrence records in 2020

Cape Town – Despite being a tumultuous year due to the Covid pandemic, 2020 has seen the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) reach an important milestone. The FBIP has breached the 1 million mark for species occurrence records submitted by...
New flat mite species described for South Africa

New flat mite species described for South Africa

A new flat mite species has been described for South Africa. It is the fifth South African species to be included in the genus grouping Obuloides which now comprises eight species. Mites are small arthropods belonging to the class Arachnida and the subclass Acari...