Virtual Library

The BIOFUND Virtual Library is an online archive of information on Mozambique’s biodiversity, organized along the lines suggested by the Convention on Biodiversity’s Clearing House Mechanism. The Virtual Library will strive to make available all the documents, studies, reports, articles, educational and communications materials, maps and digital files that have been produced, to serve as a repository of our collective institutional memory as a conservation community. The usefulness of the Virtual Library will improve the more we share amongst ourselves. If you have any materials that are not currently part of the Virtual Library, please click on "Add Document" and become a contributor.

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Philatelic LepidopteraSmith, M1954


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The Lepidopterists' News


Many entomologists who are also philatelists are collectors of insects on stamps. These include bees and beehives, mosquitoes, dragonflies, a praying mantis, termitaria, and several beetles, but by far the greatest number are butterflies or moths. The 20-value set issued by Mozambique, and the four most recent Pro Juventude sets of Switzerland, all in full natural color, should do much to interest collectors in this special field. Fourteen stamp-issuing countries, from 1902 through 1953, have issued a total of ninety-nine stamps of forty-six different designs, showing forty-three species of butterflies, moths, or their caterpillars.




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General


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Gender and Biodiversity


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Philatelic Lepidoptera
Nest site fidelity and nest site selection of loggerhead, Caretta caretta, and leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea, turtles in Kwazulu-Natal, South AfricaBotha, M.2010


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Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Department of Zoology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.




Loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles nest on the beaches of the north-eastern portion of Kwazulu-Natal within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Loggerheads place ~60 % of all nests within an 8 km stretch of beach, whereas leatherbacks tend to space their nests more evenly along the entire length of the monitoring area. The study aimed to determine nest site fidelity of loggerheads and leatherbacks and the factors that influence nest site selection of both species within the 56 km of turtle monitoring area (32N to 100S) and the 5 km area of high-density loggerhead nesting (0N to 12N). The effectiveness of nest site selection was then determined through the hatching success of loggerheads over the 5km area (0N to 12N).




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Marine Biodiversity


Peer-reviewed article


Gender and Biodiversity


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Nest site fidelity and nest site selection of loggerhead, Caretta caretta, and leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea, turtles in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Description of two new species of Zinophora Chamberlin, 1927 (Diplopoda: Spirostreptida: Harpagophoridae), with discussion of species groups in the genusRedman et al2010


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African Invertebrates


The millipede genus Zinophora (Chamberlin, 1927) was previously revised based on the species present south of the Zambezi and Kunene Rivers. Since that revision, two additional new species have been discovered and are here described: Zinophora lobata (Mozambique) and Z. taromberai (Zimbabwe and Tanzania). This brings the total number of described species in the genus to 21. An updated key to species in the genus is presented. Detailed illustrations of the gonopods supplement the descriptions and a distribution map of Z. taromberai in Zimbabwe is provided. There appear to be up to three species groups in the genus and the character states defining these groups are discussed.




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Other Terrestrial Biodiversity


Peer-reviewed article


Biological and Cultural Diversity;
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Description of two new species of Zinophora Chamberlin, 1927 (Diplopoda: Spirostreptida: Harpagophoridae), with discussion of species groups in the genus
The genus Anisomysis (Crustacea: Mysidae) from the east coast of South Africa – descriptions of three new species, and range extensions of two known speciesConnell, Allan D.2009


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African Natural History


Three new species of Mysidae, of the genus Anisomysis, are described. Two of these, Anisomysis (Anisomysis) pescaprae sp. nov. and A. (Anisomysis) neptuni sp. nov., were collected on reef in at a depth of 20–40 m, within the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, about 60 km south of Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal shelf. Both belong to the subgenus Anisomysis, and each possesses a uniquely shaped telson which immediately identifies the species. In shallow, sheltered waters adjacent to the derelict and partly submerged Vetch’s Pier in the southern corner of the Durban beachfront, the third new species, Anisomysis (Paranisomysis) sudafricana sp. nov., was found in small shoals.




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Coastal Biodiversity


Peer-reviewed article


Gender and Biodiversity


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The genus Anisomysis (Crustacea: Mysidae) from the east coast of South Africa – descriptions of three new species, and range extensions of two known species
Invertebrate Collection Donated by Professor Dr. Ion Cantacuzino to “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History from BucharestPetrescu, I. e Petrescu, A.2016


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DOI: 10.1515/travmu-2016-0013


Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle «Grigore Antipa»


The catalogue of the invertebrate collection donated by Prof. Dr. Ion Cantacuzino represents the first detailed description of this historical act. The early years of Prof. Dr. Ion Cantacuzino’s career are dedicated to natural sciences, collecting and drawing of marine invertebrates followed by experimental studies. The present paper represents gathered data from Grigore Antipa 1931 inventory, also from the original handwritten labels. The specimens were classified by current nomenclature. The present donation comprises 70 species of Protozoa, Porifera, Coelenterata, Mollusca, Annelida, Bryozoa, Sipuncula, Arthropoda, Chaetognatha, Echinodermata, Tunicata and Chordata.




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Marine Biodiversity


Peer-reviewed article


Gender and Biodiversity


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Invertebrate Collection Donated by Professor Dr. Ion Cantacuzino to “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History from Bucharest
A hydrogeological study of the Nhandugue River, Mozambique – A major groundwater recharge zoneArvidsson et al2011


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https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229339635




Physics and Chemistry of the Earth


The Nhandugue River flows over the western margin of the Urema Rift, the southernmost extension of the East African Rift System, and marks the north-western border of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. It constitutes one of the major indispensable water resources for the ecosystem that the park protects. Our study focused on the hydrogeological conditions at the western rift margin by resistivity measurements, soil sampling and discharge measurements. The resistivity results suggest that the area is heavily faulted and constitutes a major groundwater recharge zone. East of the rift margin the resistivity indicate that solid gneiss is fractured and weathered, and is overlain by sandstone and alluvial sediments.




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Inland Waters and Wetlands Biodiversity


Peer-reviewed article


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Gorongosa National Park

A hydrogeological study of the Nhandugue River, Mozambique – A major groundwater recharge zone
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