African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems

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Bernhard A. Huber, Bradley J. Sinclair, Karl-Heinz Lampe
Springer Science & Business Media, May 19, 2005 - Medical - 443 pages
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In May 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum hosted the Fifth International Symposium on Tropical Biology. This series was established at the ZFMK in the early 1980s, and has variably focused on systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. Previous volumes are those edited by Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 was organized by the Entomology Department under the direction of Michael Schmitt. The intention was to focus on Africa rather than on a particular taxon, and to highlight biodiversity at all levels ranging from molecules to ecosystems. This focus was timely partly because of the currently running BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary research project focusing on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa (http://www.biote-africa.de). Session titles were Biogeography and Speciation Processes, Phylogenetic Patterns and Systematics, Diversity Declines and Conservation, and Applied Biodiversity Informatics. Each session was opened by an invited speaker, and all together 77 lectures and 59 posters were presented. There were over 200 participants and it was gratifying to us to meet colleagues from 26 nations, including Russia, Ukraine, Japan, USA, and ten African countries. We thank all participants for their valuable contributions.
  

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Contents

TESTING THE EFFICIENCY OF USING COARSESCALE DISTRIBUTION DATA
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PATTERN AND PROCESS
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MADAGASCAR AS A MODEL REGION FOR THE STUDY OF TEMPO AND PATTERN IN ADAPTIVE RADIATIONS
69
COMMEMORATING MARTIN EISENTRAUT 19021994 IMPORTANT EXPLORER OF TROPICAL AFRICAN VERTEBRATES
85
INSECTS OF KENYA CHECKLIST AND SPECIES NEW TO KENYA
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ACRIDIDAE
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ENSIFERA OF THE KAKAMEGA FOREST RESERVE WESTERN KENYA
119
COLEOPTERA SCARABAEOIDEA IN AN AFROTROPICAL RAINFOREST
125
IDENTIFYING KNOWLEDGE GAPS BY DATAMINING THE GLOBAL REGISTER OF MIGRATORY SPECIES
245
AVIFAUNAL RESPONSES TO LANDSCAPESCALE HABITAT FRAGMENTATION IN THE LITTORAL FORESTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MAD...
253
USE OF SATELLITE TELEMETRY AND REMOTE SENSING DATA TO IDENTIFY IMPORTANT HABITATS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS CICON...
261
PLATYSTEIRIDAE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
271
PLOCEIDAE ARE SOME PLOCEUS SPECIES HYBRIDS?
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EVOLUTION OF MAMMALIAN BODY MASS DISTRIBUTION IN AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA DURING NEOGENE AND QUARTERNA...
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A CASE STUDY FROM THE UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS OF TANZANIA
297
SMALL MAMMAL DIVERSITY AND REPRODUCTION ALONG A TRANSECT IN NAMIBIA BIOTA S 07
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COLEOPTERA
133
HYDROPSYCHIDAE
141
SURVEY COMPLETENESS AND CORRELATES OF SPATIAL DIVERSITY
151
SYMPHYTA
159
APOIDEA
167
DOES GRAZING INFLUENCE BEE DIVERSITY?
173
PHOLCIDAE STATE OF KNOWLEDGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
181
WEST AFRICAN FISH DIVERSITY DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS AND POSSIBLE CONCLUSIONS FOR CONSERVATION STRATEGIES
187
MANTELLIDAE
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AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE DIVERSITY IN THE SOUTHERN UDZUNGWA SCARP FOREST RESERVE SOUTHEASTERN TANZANIA
205
INTERPRETING MORPHOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR DATA ON INDIAN OCEAN GIANT TORTOISES
213
SERPENTES
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PRELIMINARY DATA FROM MITOCHONDRIAL DNA SEQUENCES SQUAMATA GEKKONIDAE
229
THE LYGODACTYLUS CAPENSIS COMPLEX FROM SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA REPTILIA GEKKONIDAE
237
POSSIBLE KARYOLOGICAL AFFINITIES OF SMALL MAMMALS FROM NORTH OF THE ETHIOPIAN PLATEAU
315
ANOMALURIDAE
321
BATHYERGIDAE
329
A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON MASTOMYS SPECIES AND LASSA FEVER DISTRIBUTIONS
339
EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT LAND USE ON THE PARASITE BURDEN AND MHC CONSTITUTION OF TWO RODENT SPECIES GERBILLURUS...
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MURIDAE USING MITOCHONDRIAL DNA SEQUENCES
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A NEW CLASSIFICATION OF THE MOST SPECIOSE CARNIVORAN GENUS IN AFRICA
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HOW TO DIGITIZE LARGE INSECT COLLECTIONS PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE DIG PROJECT
385
MONITORING LANDCOVER CHANGES OF THE NIGER INLAND DELTA ECOSYSTEM MALI BY MEANS OF ENVISATMERIS DATA
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IS GEODIVERSITY CORRELATED TO BIODIVERSITY? A CASE STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPATIAL HETEROGENEITY ...
405
DECLINE OF WOODY SPECIES IN THE SAHEL
415
DIVERSITY OVER TIME AND SPACE IN ENSET LANDRACES ENSETE VENTRICOSUM IN ETHIOPIA
423
Index
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