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What tiny lakes are revealing about cichlid speciation

Tiny lakes may hold the key to the spectacular adaptive radiation of African cichlid fish, new research has shown

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Investigating dry forest reptiles using unconventional methods

Unusual methods of tracking and identifying reptiles are being used in North West Madagascar. ‘Invisible’ UV nail polish and fluorescent powder are making it possible to study chameleons and snakes without making them more conspicuous to predators.

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Reef survey of entire East African coast

An ambitious project to collect data on the reef fish community structure along the whole of East Africa’s coast aims to provide a baseline understanding to underpin and inform future conservation efforts.

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Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on Eastern Arc Mountain forest chameleons

Research into chameleons’ sensitivity to landscape alteration in East Africa shows that species vary in their response. Some species increase in population density as a result of habitat fragmentation, partially counteracting the population decline from habitat loss.

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Herbivore distribution patterns mapped on SA Game Reserve

Data gathered on a South African game reserve shows the importance of terrain type for herbivores within the reserves and the accuracy of using line-transect sampling as opposed to aerial surveys to gather the data. The results will aid conservation planning on the reserves.

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How vasectomy affects elephant behaviour in the longer term

A long-term study suggests that vasectomy is a cost-effective, viable way to control elephant populations

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The role of skin colour in Madagascan herpetofauna

A study into the ecological significance of skin colour among groups of lizards in northwestern Madagascar has focused on the roles of matching backgrounds (camouflage) and communication within populations

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