SANBI publishes 2 new animal publications
The Reptile Atlas and Checklist of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
Authors: Michael F. Bates, William R. Branch, Aaron M. Bauer, Marius Burger, Johan Marais, Graham J. Alexander & Marienne S. de Villiers
Published by SANBI Publishing as first monograph in new SANBI Suricata series, May 2014
The Reptile Atlas is a book that was published with the co-ordinated input from the Animal Demography Unit (ADU), the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) Threatened Species Programme and SANBI Publishing. A team of reptile experts has written a comprehensive but accessible account for each of the 422 species included in the book, and includes information on the distribution, habitat, threats and conservation measures required for the conservation of each species. Each species is placed in one of the threat categories of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List system, an internationally endorsed scientific approach to assessing the risks of extinction to species.
The Reptile Atlas and Checklist of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland marks the initiation of a new series of publications by SANBI. By Act of Parliament in 2004, SANBI grew out of the National Botanical Institute to take responsibility for all biodiversity in South Africa. Its mandate was extended to include all life, not just plants. This publication marks the opportunity to launch a monographic series for South African animals Suricata, and the reptile atlas is the first of many planned animal monographs.
Something for everyone
The Reptile Atlas was launched on 16 April at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and an additional launch took place at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on 6 May.
The broad range of information as well as the informative and beautiful illustrations presented here makes this a publication which will be useful to everyone, from conservation planners and managers, researchers, professional and amateur herpetologists, legislators, environmental consultants and members of the public. Copies are available from the SANBI Bookshop and can also be ordered with mail order forms which are available for download on our website.
Wasps and bees in southern Africa by Sarah K. Gess and Friedrich W. Gess
Published by SANBI Publishing as SANBI Biodiversity Series 24, April 2014
In this work, the authors have compiled all that is known for southern Africa of the biology of wasps and bees, important pollinators and predators, and have shown how agricultural land use and coastal development impact on the diversity of wasps and bees. The principal focus is the semi-arid to arid areas—the authors’ main study areas over the past 40 years. The work is intended for all who are interested in natural history, conservation and farming, and as a starting point for further observations and research.
“This will be a valuable work for the intended audience. The Gesses are the only scientists that could produce such a work for the southern African region. The work is an amazing compilation of hard-won data, most of it having been collected by the Gesses themselves. It will be highly useful to future researchers.” — Prof. Kevin O'Neil, Montana State University, United States of America Author of Solitary Wasps: Behavior and Natural History, Cornell University Press.
“This [book] is part of the culmination of a lifetime’s work on bees and wasps. I do not think that there is part of another country that has as detailed an account of their bees and stinging wasps’ food plant and nesting biology as presented in this [book].” — Dr Connal Eardley, Biosystematics Division, Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa
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