Research Articles (Zoology and Entomology)

Research Articles (Zoology and Entomology)

 

A collection containing some of the full text peer-reviewed/ refereed articles published by researchers from
the Department of Zoology and Entomology

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  • Fasanmi, Olubunmi Gabriel; Laleye, A. Tinuke; Fasina, Folorunso Oludayo (CABI, 2016)
    From 2003 to date (2015), confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks in poultry and humans have been reported, however, certain quantitative parameters remain lacking. We obtained 846 reports of HPAI ...
  • Jackson, Michelle C.; Potgieter, Michael J.; Fourie, Hermiena, E.; Chimimba, Christian Timothy; Woodford, Darragh J.; Bellingan, Terence A.; Weyl, Olaf L.F.; Rivers-Moore, Nick A.; Ellender, Bruce R. (Wiley Open Access, 2016)
    Studies on resource sharing and partitioning generally consider species that occur in the same habitat. However, subsidies between linked habitats, such as streams and riparian zones, create potential for competition ...
  • Jackson, Michelle C.; O'Gorman, Eoin J.; Olafsson, Olafur P.; Demars, Benoit O.L.; Friberg, Nikolai; Gudbergsson, Gudni; Hannesdottir, Elisabet R.; Johansson, Liselotte S.; Mclaughlin, Orla B.; Olafsson, Jon S.; Woodward, Guy; Gislason, Gisli M. (Wiley, 2016)
    Global warming is widely predicted to reduce the biomass production of top predators, or even result in species loss. Several exceptions to this expectation have been identified, however, and it is vital that we understand ...
  • Scheun, Juan; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Ganswindt, Andre; Nowack, J. (Wiley, 2017-04)
    Periods of reproduction are linked to changes in male behaviour, physiology and physical parameters. Although high androgen concentrations hold numerous advantages, especially during reproductive periods, chronically ...
  • Neumann, Peter; Dietemann, Vincent; Yanez, Orlando; Zheng, Huo-Qing; Su, Xiao-Ling; Hu, Fu-Liang (Taylor and Francis, 2015)
    Viruses seem to play a key role in European honey bee, Apis mellifera health, and have a much broader host spectrum than previously thought. Few studies have investigated interspecific virus transfer within the genus Apis. ...
  • Belton, Lydia; Cameron, Elissa Z.; Dalerum, Fredrik (PeerJ, 2016-10-19)
    Increasing human population growth has led to elevated levels of human-carnivore conflict. However, some carnivore populations have adapted to urban environments and the resources they supply. Such associations may ...
  • McIntyre, Trevor; Jordaan, Rowan K. (Seabird Group, 2016)
    The Cape Gannet Morus capensis is endemic to southern Africa, where the species typically displays high levels of nest-site fidelity to its breeding colonies (Crawford 2005). At Mkambati Nature Reserve, in June 2014, ...
  • Lindsey, Peter Andrew; Balme, Guy A.; Funston, Paul J.; Henschel, Philipp H.; Hunter, Luke T.B. (Wiley, 2016-07)
    Trophy hunting is widely used in Africa to generate funding for wildlife areas. In 2015, a global media frenzy resulted from the illegal killing of a radiocollared lion, “Cecil,” by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe. Trophy ...
  • Mole, Michael A.; DAraujo, Shaun Rodrigues; Van Aarde, Rudi J.; Mitchell, Duncan; Fuller, Andrea (Oxford University Press, 2016)
    Most of southern Africa’s elephants inhabit environments where environmental temperatures exceed body temperature, but we do not know how elephants respond to such environments. We evaluated the relationships between ...
  • Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Lutermann, Heike; Park, Thomas J.; Reznick, Jane; Peterson, Bethany L.; Blass, Gregory; Omerbasic, Damir; Henning, P.; Kuich, J.L.; Zasada, Christin; Browe, Brigitte M.; Hamann, Wiebke; Applegate, Daniel T.; Radke, Michael H.; Kosten, Tetiana; Gavaghan, Victoria; Eigenbrod, Ole; Begay, Valerie; Amoroso, Vince G.; Govind, Vidya; Minshall, Richard D.; Smith, Ewan St. J.; Larson, John; Gotthardt, Michael; Kempa, Stefan; Lewin, Gary R. (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2017-04)
    The African naked mole-rats’ (Heterocephalus glaber) social and subterranean lifestyle generates a hypoxic niche. Under experimental conditions naked mole-rats tolerate hours of extreme hypoxia and survive 18 minutes of ...
  • Noakes, Matthew J.; McKechnie, Andrew E.; Wolf, Blair O. (Company of Biologists, 2016-01)
    Intraspecific variation in avian thermoregulatory responses to heat stress has received little attention, despite increasing evidence that endothermic animals show considerable physiological variation among populations. ...
  • Hawkes, Peter G.; Camerik, Anne M.; Magowski, Wojciech Ł.; Ueckermann, Edward A.; Ochoa, Ronald; Bauchan, Gary R. (BioMed Central, 2016)
    A new species of relatively poorly known genus Zambedania Mahunka, 1972 was found on the baboon spider, Harpactirella overdijki Gallon, 2010 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) in South Africa. Besides the abundantly available ...
  • Verburgt, Luke; Branch, William R.; Haacke, Wulf; Pinto, Pedro Vaz; Conradie, Werner; Baptista, Ninda (Pensoft, 2017-03)
    Loveridge described two new geckos from Angola, Afroedura karroica bogerti and Pachydactylus scutatus angolensis. The descriptions of both species have vague and confusing type localities and refinements are suggested ...
  • Bishop, Tom R.; Gibb, Heloise; Dunn, Rob R.; Sanders, Nathan J.; Grossman, Blair F.; Photakis, Manoli; Abril, Silvia; Agosti, Donat; Andersen, Alan N.; Angulo, Elena; Armbrecht, Inge; Arnan, Xavier; Baccaro, Fabrico B.; Boulay, Raphael; Bruhl, Carsten; Castracani, Christina; Cerda, Xim; Del Toro, Israel; Delsinne, Thibaut; Diaz, Mireia; Donoso, David A.; Ellison, Aaron M.; Enriquez, Martha L.; Fayle, Tom M.; Feener (Jnr), Donald H.; Fisher, Brain L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Fritzpatrick, Matthew C.; Gomez, Crisanto; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Grove, Aaron; Grasso, Donato A.; Groc, Sarah; Guanard, Benoit; Majer, Jonathan; Gunawardene, Nihara; Heterick, Brain; Hoffman, Benjamin; Janda, Milan; Jenkins, Clinton; Kaspari, Michae; Klimes, Petr; Lach, Lori; Laeger, Thomas; Lattke, John; Leponce, Maurice; Lessard, Jean-Philippe; Longino, John; Lucky, Andrea; Lessard, Jean-Philippe; Luke, Sarah H.; Majer, Jonathan; McGlynn, Terrence P.; Menke, Sean; Mezger, Dirk; Mori, Alessandra; Moses, Jimmy; Munyai, Caswell Thinandavha; Pacheco, Renata; Paknia, Omid; Pearce-Duvet, Jessica; Pfeiffer, Martin; Philpott, Stacy M.; Resasco, Julian; Retana, Javier; Siva, Rogerio R.; Sorger, Magdalena D.; Souza, Jorge; Suarez, Andrew; Tista, Melanie; Vasconelos, Heraldo L.; Vonshak, Merav; Weiser, Michael D.; Yeats, Michelle; Parr, Catherine L. (Wiley, 2017-03)
    What forces structure ecological assemblages? A key limitation to general insights about assemblage structure is the availability of data that are collected at a small spatial grain (local assemblages) and a large spatial ...
  • Olivier, Pieter Ignatius; Van Aarde, Rudi J. (Wiley, 2017-03)
    South African coastal forests form part of two critically endangered eco-regions and harbor an extinction debt. Remainingfragments are small, isolated, and embedded within a range of human land-use types. In this study, ...
  • Ackermann, Simone; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Katandukila, Jestina V.; Oosthuizen, Maria Kathleen (Oxford University Press, 2017-01)
    Many African mole-rats (Bathyergidae) exhibit distinct circadian rhythms, despite the fact that they are strictly subterranean and are very infrequently exposed to light. We investigated the circadian system of Emin’s ...
  • McKechnie, Andrew E.; McCulloch, Stewart D.; Markotter, Wanda; Barclay, Robert M.R.; Jacobs, David S.; Harding, Craig T.; Paweska, Janusz; Brigham, R. Mark (Oxford University Press, 2017-02)
    Many bats, including some small-bodied tropical and sub-tropical Pteropodidae, use torpor to offset energetic constraints. We tested the hypothesis that medium sized (110-160 g) cave-roosting Egyptian rousette bats (Rousettus ...
  • Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Williams, Hannah J.; Holton, Mark D.; Shepard, Emily L.C.; Largey, Nicola; Norman, Brad; Ryan, Peter G.; Duriez, Olivier; Scantlebury, Michael; Quintana, Flavio; Magowan, Elizabeth A.; Marks, Nikki J.; Alagaili, Abdulaziz N.; Wilson, Rory P. (BioMed Central, 2017-03-27)
    BACKGROUND : Accelerometers are powerful sensors in many bio-logging devices, and are increasingly allowing researchers to investigate the performance, behaviour, energy expenditure and even state, of free-living ...
  • Reznick, Jane; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Bozek, Katarzyna; Khrameeva, Ekaterina E.; Omerbasić, Damir; Lewin, Gary R.; Azpurua, Jorge; Gorbunova, Vera; Seluanov, Andrei; Regnard, Pierrick; Wanert, Fanelie; Marchal, Julia; Pifferi, Fabien; Aujard, Fabienne; Liu, Zhen; Shi, Peng; Paabo, Svante; Schroeder, Florian; Willmitzer, Lothar; Giavalisco, Patrick; Khaitovich, Philipp (Nature Publishing Group, 2017-01-31)
    Maximal lifespan of mammalian species, even if closely related, may differ more than 10-fold, however the nature of the mechanisms that determine this variability is unresolved. Here, we assess the relationship between ...
  • Nicolson, Sue W.; Wright, Geraldine A. (Wiley, 2017-01)
    Animal pollinators have driven the diversification of plants on the earth for more than 100 million years. The mutualism between plants and their pollinators rests on an exchange: food for pollinators and efficient ...

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