Southern Africa latest observations

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Welcome to iSpot southern Africa. Your one-stop shop for Biodiversity on the subcontinent. Please feel free to use the site for any interesting observation you may have, to document something, to obtain an ID - by adding an observation, by looking around, or more formally by using the browser (the "surfer") or the dictionary links. Please also help others by making an ID if you know something that someone else needs an ID for.

The Winter Longhorn Beetle (see here) was first identified by Dr. K. Adlbauer in 2012 from examples housed in the Transvaal Museum. It is known to occur in the Pretoria North and Hartebeespoort (Sarkiesnek) areas. Now also Mpumalanga - Presidentsrus based on previous location data and our observations.

it is presumed that this Longhorn's flight period is from June to July. This is firstly quite amazing as the night time temperature is commonly less than 10 deg. C.

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We have a new kid on the block. and

Spotted by our ant enthusiast Peter Slingsby in his own back yard.

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SeaKeys is the first large collaborative project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Program. Over the next three years, more than 30 SeaKeys team members from many organisations will work together to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities.

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The second carousel above is global and not very useful. In order to try and re-enervate our local users to help with getting identifications made, we have created a number of projects that can achieve this.

Help Confirm s African observations

Quick link to s African Projects index

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The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published (on 3 February 2016) the draft notices and regulations to declare a network of 22 new proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This will create 70 000 km2 of marine protected areas, bringing to 5% the ocean protected within our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).


What is an ecosystem? What is co-evolution? How do species interact with their habitat? How do we preserve ecosystems? These are some of the questions posed and answered in The Open University's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Introduction to Ecosystems. The next presentation of this free course starts on Monday, 27 June, 2016 and runs for six weeks. If you are interested, read on to find out more.