Suricata is a new sister journal to SANBI’s Strelitzia, and is a peer-reviewed publication that publishes original and applied research such as monographs, revisions, checklists, Red Data Lists, atlases, and Fauna’s of any taxa belonging to Regnum Animalia (the Animal Kingdom).

In the past, some extensive faunal research was published under the SANBI Biodiversity Series. Content of this nature will be more prominently published under the new monograph name, which will highlight the wider range of biodiversity work that SANBI does. The new monograph will therefore provide a vehicle for information that is already considered for the SANBI Biodiversity Series, but doesn’t fall within its framework of submissions (see SANBI Biodiversity Series above). The zoological part of SANBI’s work, in addition to biodiversity information sourced via collaboration and networking, can be more prominently showcased in this dedicated publication series.


Authors: Michael J. Samways & John P. Simaika
Publication date: 2016

Overall, freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened ecosystem type in the world. The scarce South African freshwaters are threatened by alien organisms, high volumes of water abstraction, and pollution. Yet some South African freshwaters are being restored to their former condition. It is important to monitor these systems and note whether they are declining or improving. One way to do this is to use the Dragonfly Biotic Index, which is based on dragonfly biogeography, their sensitivity to change, and the degree to which they are threatened. This index is sensitive and robust and is suitable for assessing and monitoring freshwaters across the country. This manual explains how to use and apply the Dragonfly Biotic Index, while also providing guidelines for species identification. Published by the National Botanical Institute (NBI). Soft cover. A4. pp. 224.

ISBN 978-1-928224-05-1
Price SADC R200
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Edited by: Michael F. Bates, William R. Branch, Aaron M. Bauer, Marius Burger, Johan Marais, Graham J. Alexander and Marienne S. de Villiers
Publication date: 2013

This Atlas and Red List details the outcomes of the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment (SARCA), the most thorough reptile assessment project ever conducted in Africa. The conservation status of the 422 recognised species and subspecies of reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was evaluated against IUCN guidelines, based on detailed distribution maps, published literature and the collective expertise of leading herpetologists. Maps were based on records from museums, conservation agencies, published literature, targeted fieldwork, and an online virtual museum.

The assessment revealed that a fifth of all species and subspecies are of conservation concern, mainly because of habitat alteration. Two species are now extinct, whereas 36 are classified as threatened (five Critically Endangered, 10 Endangered and 21 Vulnerable). As much as 45% of the region’s indigenous taxa are endemic, including most taxa of conservation concern.

This important publication includes, for the first time, colour photographs of all snakes, lizards, tortoises, terrapins, turtles and crocodiles of the region, as well as detailed maps illustrating their ranges. Accounts for each taxon also include details on taxonomic and conservation status, habitat, and threats. Introductory chapters discuss project design, data management, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships, conservation status, endemism, threats, and diversity hotspots.

The Atlas will appeal not only to herpetologists, but also to other biologists, naturalists, conservation planners and managers, environmental consultants, legislators, and members of the public. Published by SANBI Publishing (South African National Biodiversity Institute), Pretoria. Hard cover. pp. 504.

ISBN 978-1-919976-84-6
Price SADC R475.00
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