By Bernhard A. Huber
In might 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological learn Museum hosted the 5th foreign Symposium on Tropical Biology. This sequence used to be proven on the ZFMK within the early Nineteen Eighties, and has variably fascinated with systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. earlier volumes are these edited via Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 was once equipped through the Entomology division lower than the course of Michael Schmitt. The purpose used to be to target Africa instead of on a selected taxon, and to spotlight biodiversity in any respect degrees starting from molecules to ecosystems. This concentration used to be well timed partially due to the at present working BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity tracking Transect research in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary examine undertaking targeting sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa (http://www.biote-africa.de). consultation titles have been Biogeography and Speciation procedures, Phylogenetic styles and Systematics, variety Declines and Conservation, and utilized Biodiversity Informatics. every one consultation was once opened by way of an invited speaker, and all jointly seventy seven lectures and fifty nine posters have been provided. there have been over 2 hundred individuals and it was once satisfying to us to satisfy colleagues from 26 international locations, together with Russia, Ukraine, Japan, united states, and ten African international locations. We thank all contributors for his or her useful contributions.
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Later theories about scorpion distribution patterns in southern Africa (Newlands, 1972a, 1972b, 1978a, 1978b, 1980; Lamoral, 1978b, 1979) also failed to accommodate ecological explanations within a historical context. Such criticisms are not reserved solely for studies of scorpion biogeography, but extend to biogeographic studies of many other taxa. , 1994). ” In this contribution, a distributional dataset for the southern African scorpion species is compiled and analysed with a geographical information system (GIS).
3). The apparent absence of scorpions from large parts of Mozambique, northern Zimbabwe, and the central Kalahari in Botswana is a sampling artefact. Despite the bias caused by undersampling in these areas, coverage of southern Africa is fairly complete for an arthropod group. Western Eastern Central Sand Systems Namib Kalahari S Namibia-N Cape Sandveld Limpopo Mountains Escarpment Cape Fold Other Orange River North South Transriverine Range size 1-20 (QDS) 20-50 50-100 100-200 200-300 300-400 Sth.
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