By Bernhard A. Huber
In may perhaps 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological learn Museum hosted the 5th overseas Symposium on Tropical Biology. This sequence was once demonstrated on the ZFMK within the early Nineteen Eighties, and has variably keen on systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. prior volumes are these edited through Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 was once prepared by way of the Entomology division less than the course of Michael Schmitt. The goal was once to target Africa instead of on a specific taxon, and to focus on biodiversity in any respect degrees starting from molecules to ecosystems. This concentration used to be well timed in part end result of the at present operating BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity tracking Transect research in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary study venture concentrating on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa (http://www.biote-africa.de). consultation titles have been Biogeography and Speciation strategies, Phylogenetic styles and Systematics, variety Declines and Conservation, and utilized Biodiversity Informatics. every one consultation used to be opened via an invited speaker, and all jointly seventy seven lectures and fifty nine posters have been awarded. there have been over two hundred contributors and it was once enjoyable to us to satisfy colleagues from 26 countries, together with Russia, Ukraine, Japan, united states, and ten African international locations. We thank all members for his or her invaluable contributions.
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Key words: Chelicerata; Scorpiones; southern Africa; diversity; endemism; distribution; GIS; hotspot; taxonomy; evolution; speciation; biogeography 1. INTRODUCTION Predictable, non-random patterns characterise the spatial distribution of most taxa (MacArthur, 1972; Myers and Giller, 1988), and scorpions are no exception. A. Huber et al. ), African Biodiversity, 25–68. © 2005 Springer. Printed in the Netherlands. 26 Lorenzo Prendini Birula, 1917a, 1917b, 1925; Hewitt, 1925; Lawrence, 1952; Lamoral, 1980a; Stockwell, 1989; Sissom, 1990; Nenilin and Fet, 1992; Lourenço, 1996, 1998, 2000; Soleglad and Fet, 2003).
A cell was therefore chosen where three characteristic species of the humid Zambesian woodland region overlap, at their range margin, with a rather local species of riverine forest. The mismatch between coarse- and fine-scale priority areas in this region (Fig. 4) would disappear if we exclude two species (Ploceus angolensis and Serinus capistratus), which are only marginally associated with forest. We actually kept these species in the database in order to illustrate how sensitive the priority-setting in such regions can be to contingent decisions.
African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems by Bernhard A. Huber