African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems by Bernhard A. Huber

By Bernhard A. Huber

In may possibly 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological examine Museum hosted the 5th overseas Symposium on Tropical Biology. This sequence used to be proven on the ZFMK within the early Nineteen Eighties, and has variably involved in systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. past volumes are these edited through Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 was once equipped by way of the Entomology division less than the course of Michael Schmitt. The purpose was once to target Africa instead of on a selected taxon, and to spotlight biodiversity in any respect degrees starting from molecules to ecosystems. This concentration was once well timed in part as a result of the at present operating BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity tracking Transect research in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary examine venture concentrating on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa ( consultation titles have been Biogeography and Speciation methods, Phylogenetic styles and Systematics, variety Declines and Conservation, and utilized Biodiversity Informatics. each one consultation used to be opened by way of an invited speaker, and all jointly seventy seven lectures and fifty nine posters have been awarded. there have been over two hundred individuals and it used to be pleasant to us to fulfill colleagues from 26 countries, together with Russia, Ukraine, Japan, united states, and ten African international locations. We thank all members for his or her worthy contributions.

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2 Patterns of species distribution Spatial analysis of the distributions of southern African scorpions reveals several patterns (Table 3). The southern African scorpion fauna is divided into distinct western and eastern components. g. Hottentotta, Uroplectes and Hadogenes, are evenly divided into distinct eastern and western elements. The two largest genera, Opistophthalmus and Parabuthus, dominate the arid western half of the subregion, but each also contains several species endemic to arid parts of the eastern half, such as the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces of South Africa.

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