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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  • Tanga, Mbi Chrysantus; Mohamed, Samira Abuelgasim; Prem, Govender; Salifu, Daisy; Ekesi, Sunday (Taylor and Francis, 2019)
    Damage caused by invasive downey snow line mealybug, Rastrococcus iceryoides Green (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) has been reported to vary between 30% to complete crop loss where no control measure is applied. The current ...
  • Amade, F.M.C. (Faura); Chirwa, Paxie W.; Falcão, Mario P.; Oosthuizen, C.J. (Carel) (Taylor and Francis, 2018)
    Mangrove forests are among the most important ecosystems with high ecological and economic value. In order to better understand and conserve this ecosystem, we aim to provide an overview of mangrove structure along the ...
  • Pekor, Adam; Miller, Jennifer R.B.; Flyman, Michael V.; Kasiki, Samuel; Kesch, M. Kristina; Miller, Susan M.; Uiseb, Kenneth; Van der Merve, Vincent; Lindsey, Peter Andrew (Elsevier, 2019-01)
    The fencing of protected areas (PAs) is highly controversial, and much remains unknown about the associated financial, ecological, and social impacts. We surveyed experts on 63 fenced and 121 unfenced PAs across 23 African ...
  • Hartley, Alexandra; Shrader, A.M. (Adrian); Chamaillé-Jammes, Simon (Springer, 2018-11)
    The functional response describes how food abundance affects the intake rate of foraging individuals, and as such, it can influence a wide range of ecological processes. In social species, dominance status can affect the ...
  • O'Brien, Kelsey A.; Waterman, J.M. (Jane); Anderson, W. Gary; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961- (Company of Biologists, 2018-08)
    The immunocompetence handicap hypothesis (ICHH) proposes that testosterone has both beneficial effects on male reproductive potential and negative effects by suppressing the immune system. However, support for the ICHH ...
  • Gridley, T.; Elwen, Simon Harvey; Harris, G.; Moore, D.M.; Hoelzel, A.R.; Lampen, F. (Public Library of Science, 2018-09-12)
    The bottlenose dolphin, genus Tursiops is one of the best studied of all the Cetacea with a minimum of two species widely recognised. Common bottlenose dolphins (T. truncatus), are the cetacean species most frequently ...
  • Wolf, T.E. (Tanja); Ngonga Ngomo, A.-C.; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Burroughs, R.E.J. (Richard); Ganswindt, Andre (Wiley, 2018-06)
    Fission‐fusion social societies allow animals to respond in a flexible manner to environmental changes by adapting the size and composition of a group. Although group members change frequently in these systems, associations ...
  • Wilson, John R.U.; Faulkner, Katelyn T.; Rahlao, Sebataolo J.; Richardson, David M.; Zengeya, Tsungai Alfred; Van Wilgen, Brian W. (Wiley, 2018-11)
    1. A major challenge for the management of biological invasions is to ensure that data and information from basic inventories and ecological research are used alongside data from the monitoring and evaluation of interventions ...
  • Lutermann, Heike; Haukisalmi, Voitto; Junker, Kerstin (American Society of Parasitologists, 2018-10)
    The endoparasite fauna of Ansell's mole-rat, Fukomys anselli (Burda, Zima, Scharff, Macholán and Kawalika) (Rodentia, Bathyergidae), was studied for the first time near Lusaka, Zambia. We recovered 7 endoparasite taxa ...
  • Purdon, Andrew; Mole, Michael A.; Chase, Michael J.; Van Aarde, Rudi J. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-07-27)
    Migration is an important, but threatened ecological process. Conserving migration requires the maintenance of functional connectivity across sufficiently large areas. Therefore, we need to know if, where and why species ...
  • Badenhorst, Jessica; Dabrowski, Jacqueline; Scholtz, Clarke H.; Truter, Wayne Frederick (Elsevier, 2018-12)
    Mining activities contribute greatly to economic growth and development in South Africa. However, post-mining soils have limited land-use potential due to low fertility, deficiency in organic matter content and poor physical, ...
  • Scholtz, Clarke H.; Basson, R.J.; Bologna, M.A. (Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 2018-09)
    Phoresis is the interspecific symbiotic association in which one of two participants, the phoront, utilises the other participant in the association (the host) for mechanical transport. The association is seldom ...
  • Cram, Dominic L.; Monaghan, Pat; Gillespie, Robert; Dantzer, Ben; Duncan, Christopher; Spence-Jones, Helen; Clutton-Brock, Tim H. (Elsevier, 2018-09)
    In many cooperatively breeding animal societies, breeders outlive non-breeding subordinates, despite investing heavily in reproduction. In eusocial insects, the extended lifespans of breeders arise from specialized slowed ...
  • Wolf, T.E. (Tanja); Arif, Abdi; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Ganswindt, Andre (Wiley, 2018-09)
    As the natural habitat of more and more species becomes depleted, captive breeding programmes have become established to bring species back from the brink of extinction. Monitoring the reproductive status of an individual ...
  • Van der Horst, Gerhard; Medger, Katarina; Steckler, Daniela; Luther, Ilse; Bartels, Paul (Elsevier, 2018-08)
    Computer aided sperm analysis systems allow detailed examination of sperm motility and morphology variables, which are important for the understanding of the spermatology of a species and the development of assisted ...
  • Medger, Katarina; Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-; Chimimba, Christian Timothy; Oosthuizen, Maria Kathleen; Mikkelsen, Jens D.; Coen, Clive W. (Wiley, 2018-10)
    Of the 18 sub‐Saharan elephant‐shrew species, only eastern rock elephant‐shrews reproduce seasonally throughout their distribution, a process seemingly independent of photoperiod. The present study characterizes gonadal ...
  • Tucker, Marlee A.; Böhning-Gaese, Katrin; Fagan, William F.; Fryxell, John M.; Van Moorter, Bram; Alberts, Susan C.; Ali, Abdullahi H.; Allen, Andrew M.; Attias, Nina; Avgar, Tal; Bartlam-Brooks, Hattie; Bayarbaatar, Buuveibaatar; Belant, Jerrold L.; Bertassoni, Alessandra; Beyer, Dean; Bidner, Laura; Van Beest, Floris M.; Blake, Stephen; Blaum, Niels; Bracis, Chloe; Brown, Danielle; De Bruyn, P.J. Nico; Cagnacci, Francesca; Calabrese, Justin M.; Camilo-Alves, Constança; Chamaillé-Jammes, Simon; Chiaradia, Andre; Davidson, Sarah C.; Dennis, Todd; DeStefano, Stephen; Diefenbach, Duane; Douglas-Hamilton, Iain; Fennessy, Julian; Fichtel, Claudia; Fiedler, Wolfgang; Fischer, Christina; Fischhoff, Ilya; Fleming, Christen H.; Ford, Adam; Fritz, Susanne; Gehr, Benedikt; Goheen, Jacob R.; Gurarie, Eliezer; Hebblewhite, Mark; Heurich, Marco; Hewison, A.J. Mark; Hof, Christian; Hurme, Edward; Isbell, Lynne A.; Janssen, René; Jeltsch, Florian; Kaczensky, Petra; Kane, Adam; Kappeler, Peter M.; Kauffman, Matthew; Kays, Roland; Kimuyu, Duncan; Koch, Flavia; Kranstauber, Bart; LaPoint, Scott; Leimgruber, Peter; Linnell, John D.C.; López-López, Pascual; Markham, A. Catherine; Mattisson, Jenny; Medici, Emilia Patricia; Mellone, Ugo; Merrill, Evelyn; De Miranda Mourão, Guilherme; Morato, Ronaldo G.; Morellet, Nicolas; Morrison, Thomas; Díaz-Muñoz, Samuel L.; Mysterud, Atle; Nandintsetseg, Dejid; Nathan, Ran; Niamir, Aidin; Odden, John; O'Hara, Robert B.; Oliveira-Santos, Luiz Gustavo R.; Olson, Kirk A.; Patterson, Bruce D.; De Paula, Rogerio Cunha; Pedrotti, Luca; Reineking, Björn; Rimmler, Martin; Rogers, Tracy L.; Rolandsen, Christer Moe; Rosenberry, Christopher S.; Rubenstein, Daniel I.; Safi, Kamran; Saïd, Sonia; Sapir, Nir; Sawyer, Hall; Schmidt, Niels Martin; Selva, Nuria; Sergiel, Agnieszka; Shiilegdamba, Enkhtuvshin; Silva, João Paulo; Singh, Navinder; Solberg, Erling J.; Spiegel, Orr; Strand, Olav; Sundaresan, Siva; Ullmann, Wiebke; Voigt, Ulrich; Wall, Jake; Wattles, David; Wikelski, Martin; Wilmers, Christopher C.; Wilson, John W.; Wittemyer, George; Ziȩba, Filip; Zwijacz-Kozica, Tomasz; Mueller, Thomas (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018-01)
    Animal movement is fundamental for ecosystem functioning and species survival, yet the effects of the anthropogenic footprint on animal movements have not been estimated across species. Using a unique GPS-tracking database ...
  • Verburgt, Luke; Verburgt, U.K. (Ursula); Branch, William R. (Taylor and Francis, 2018)
    Seven specimens of Scolecoseps Loveridge, 1920 from the vicinity of Palma on the north coast of Mozambique are compared morphologically with other known material of this genus. The new material can be distinguished ...
  • Nicolson, Sue W.; Das Neves, Susana Da Silva; Human, Hannelie; Pirk, Christian Walter Werner (Elsevier, 2018-05)
    Pollen, the main protein source for honey bees, is mixed with regurgitated nectar or honey during collection and then stored as ‘bee bread’ before its consumption, mainly by young nurse workers. It has been suggested that ...

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