Animals

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    23 November 2016

    The Cape hope squid is regarded as one of the most intelligent species within the class Cephalopoda. Although capable of living in isolation, the Cape hope squid often co-occurs with other fish species in either deep or shallow waters (Rosa et al, 2013). The Cape hope squid is well adapted to hunt in both dark and light waters, as a result – they are successful hunters of various sizes of prey (Sauer and Lipiński, 1991). The duration of the life cycle is less than 2 years and size at maturity is highly variable, depending on geographic location. Males and females may be mature at 90 mm mantle (covering layer) length and 100mm mantle length or immature at 250 mm mantle length and 180 mm mantle length respectively, weighting more than 1 kg for both males and female.

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    11 November 2016

    pilchard, sardine monterrey (Spanish), sardine du Pacifique (French)

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    20 September 2016

    The Temminck’s pangolin is a secretive, primarily nocturnal, mammal that is covered in overlapping plate-like scales, which provides protection from predators.

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    10 June 2016

    Adults of the mopane worm are large and robust moths with wingspans of approximately 120 mm. Wing colouration varies from fawn to shades of green and brown to red. White and black bands isolate the eyespots on both fore- and hind wings. The orange eyespots on the hind wings are much larger than the eyespots on the forewings. Male moths possess feathery antennae, with which they detect the presence of females. Larvae (caterpillars) are large, up to about 100 mm in length and about 10 mm in diameter. They are black in colour with round scales in indistinct, alternating reddish, yellowish and whitish bands and they are armed with short reddish or black spines, which are covered in fine white hairs.

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    18 April 2016

    The serval’s big ears and long legs make it extremely adaptable to hunting.

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    30 March 2016

    The taste of Sternocera orissa, an edible insect very rich in protein, is said to be similar to that of eland meat.

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    10 March 2016

    Cape cobras are valued by some farming communities as they help regulate rodent pests.

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    02 February 2016

    These mussels were first detected on the west coast of South Africa in the late 1970s.

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    25 January 2016

    Nile monitors can adapt to cold weather regions by hibernating during colder months.

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    11 January 2016

    This endangered tree frog is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal and the northeastern part of the Eastern Cape.

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    28 December 2015

    Edible stinkbugs have been served as food in South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe for generations.

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    14 December 2015

    Rose’s mountain toadlet is the only known voiceless amphibian in southern Africa.

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    30 November 2015

    The lion population has undergone a reduction of about 43% over the past two decades.

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    16 November 2015

    Zebras use the striped patterns of their skin to distract predators.

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    04 November 2015

    The Cape Parrot is the only parrot species endemic to South Africa.

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    19 October 2015

    The boomslang is shy and very seldom bites; however, it can deliver a lethal bite if threatened.

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    05 October 2015

    The Cape Peninsula moss frog does not spend any part of its life cycle in water.

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    21 September 2015

    The profile of the Hamerkop's head looks like a hammer, but is often hidden when the neck is drawn back.

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    07 September 2015

    Most southern white rhinos occur in just four countries, namely South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

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    24 August 2015

    Their eye sockets allow eyes to move independently, which gives them a 360° view of their surroundings.

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