Monthly Archives: September 2011

Underwater horse ride ….

  This seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) was found on the shore during a field collecting trip to Xhora along the Wild Coast (SA) during the month of August 2008. These species are specialised fishes that characteristically have a small mouth at … Continue reading

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Snake or a skink?

This is the Giant Legless Skink, Acontias plumbeus, which is fossorial and feeds on invertebrates (it is also known to eat small burrowing reptiles and frogs). This specimen was photographed at Haga-Haga, a coastal village north of East London (SA). … Continue reading

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Site locality of 2nd megamouth shark record for SA

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Ever heard of a Megamouth Shark?

The Natural History Department of the East London Museum routinely undertakes coastal audits along the Wild Coast, South Africa. Unusual fauna and flora are recorded for various biodiversity data bases as well as new records. A patrol between Mazeppa Bay … Continue reading

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Whale Shark, Christmas Rock, SA

Data was collected from this Whale Shark Rhincodon typus (March 2007) which had washed ashore at Christmas Rock, west of East London (SA). This was a second record in a decade of such a species in the same region of coast. Colleague … Continue reading

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Forest Survey: Amathole Mountains

This is a good time of the year to note the pale fresh green leaves of the White-stinkwood trees (Celtis africana)  in the forests of the Amathole mountains. It is easy to count the individual trees on a mountain slope to determine … Continue reading

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