The invasive plant sour fig (Carpobrotus edulis: also known as Hottentot-fig, ice plant, highway ice plant, or pigface) can have a clear impact reducing the abundance of native invertebrates, with substantial effects on herbivores.
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26 May 2020
Spiders in the genus Ammoxenus were very abundant at certain sites along the transect. Species in this genus tend to specialize on eating termites. (Image by Peter Webb)
A study by C·I·B core team member Stefan Foord and co-author, Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman (Agricultural Research Council) in the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape, points to the remarkable ability of spiders to respond to changes in the environment.
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12 September 2016
View up the valley from 1800 m asl. (Photo credit: Tom Bishop)
A recent study by C·I·B and University of Liverpool student Tom Bishop and supervisors Mark Robsertson, Berndt Janse van Rensburg and Catherine Parr has asked how the composition of ant groupings changes across environmental gradients.
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29 October 2015
By providing a continuous biodiversity turnover metric, zeta diversity is particularly useful for assessing the conservation status of protected areas not only based on endangered species but also common ones, such as the Lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudata) in Kruger National Park (South Africa). Photo credit: C. Hui.