Monthly Archives: July 2014

More gold closer to home … Hottentot Golden Mole

There are 15 species of golden moles in southern Africa. Endemic to Africa (south of the Sahara), these small mammals are all similiar in appearance with no external ears, no visible eyes and no external tails. They all have sheens … Continue reading

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Flying for conservation

Eye in the sky – conservation action along the Wild Coast Illegal and irregular developments along the Wild Coast continue to challenge government departments and officials charged with protecting arguably one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.  The … Continue reading

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Slender sunfish – exhibition replica

A previous post (28/2/2014) reported on a Slender sunfish (Ranzania laevis) having been secured for the museum collection. Unlike mammal specimens fish specimens cannot be preserved and mounted in the traditional fashion and museum colleague Greg Brett has made a … Continue reading

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Gold in the Karoo …. !

One of the most vividly marked and pretty gecko species in South Africa has to be the Golden Spotted Gecko, Pachydactylus oculatus.   During the palaeontological field trip to Nieu-Bethesda (posted previously), museum scientist Kevin Cole noticed the reptile (illustrated below) … Continue reading

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Unknown squid washes out at Nahoon Point Nature Reserve

The sea with its unusually high swells in recent weeks has washed out a rare squid species, commonly referred to as glass or cranch squid. A photo was sent to marine biologist Dr Marek Lapinski who confirmed it as a Cranchiid … Continue reading

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