Update from Beleta-Gera – Ethiopia

The large mammal project is still up and running. The camera traps will soon be relocated a second time. During the first month, numerous mammals (and birds) have already been very photogenic, including these two magnificent creatures.

The shining guest ant – Third observation in Flanders

The shining guest ant (Formicoxenus nitidulus) is threatened with extinction according to the Flemish red list. Our observation of this species in Zoersel is the third in Flanders. These small ants (2-3 mm) are only found in and around nests of their hosts: red wood ants. Since red wood ants (of which 4 species occur in Belgium) are already relatively rare and protected, their guests suffer the same fate.

Update Expedition Beleta Gera – Ethiopia

The first month of our fieldwork in Ethiopia has passed. The amphibians are enjoying the rainy season and croak abundantly in both natural and not-so-natural habitats. Most reptiles hid themselves quite well for now, but we’ll find them eventually. Our first expedition to the Gera forest has ended and was fruitful to say the least. The camera traps are in place and the first results look promising! We’ll keep you updated.

New Pico Bonito expedition species

Tijdens deze expeditie (juni 2013) door het voorlopig nog onverstoorde regenwoud werden verschillende voor de wetenschap nieuwe soorten gevonden, waaronder een kikker- en salamandersoort.

A new expedition! Belete-Gera, Ethiopia

This area is known as the origin of the wild Arabica coffee. This area is under a considerably high threat due to population growth and rising demands for land, coffee and wood. Nonetheless, the forest is situated within the “UNESCO Eastern afromontane biodiversity hotspot” due to its rich fauna and flora with many endemic species.

The islands north of Papua New Guinea: in the footsteps of Benoit Mys

During the mid 1980’s a Belgian PhD student, Benoit Mys associated with the University of Antwerp, was completing a PhD on the zoogeography of reptiles, mostly scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea. Benoit tragically died while in PNG before he could finish his PhD and the collections he assembled were deposited at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) in Brussels, Belgium.

Photo Service – What species is this?

Did you find an unknown animal or plant and do you want to know what species it might be. Send an e-mail to welkesoortisdit@binco.eu and we will try to help you out with the identification of the unknown organism you found.

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