Animals

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    12 July 2017

    The Western Barn Owl are medium-sized, with long wings and a short squarish tail. They are not only the most widely distributed owl type but, also one of the most widely distributed birds on earth.

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    13 June 2017

    Aardvarks have strong claws on each of their spade-like feet, which, along with the fact that their hind legs are longer than their front legs, assist with their burrowing habit.

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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).

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    21 November 2016

    The ascidian (sea squirts), Ciona robusta is a solitary tunicate with an elongated cylindrical or vase-shaped body. Recently it has been distinguished from Ciona intestinalis by the texture of their test and pigmentation (Hoshino and Takasi, 1967).

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    14 November 2016

    Ficopomatus enigmaticus generates faeces and pseudo-faeces that can enrich the sediment closer to reefs, and consequently augment a flux of nutrients from the sediment to the water column, increasing the benthic pelagic coupling (the cycling of nutrients between the bottom sediments and overlying water column) (Bruschetti et al., 2016).

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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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