The aims of this web site are to catalogue the insect biodiversity of South(ern) Africa, particularly in terms of agreements like the Convention on Biodiversity; to provide a channel of communication between experts and the wider public; to provide a "shop window" for professional Southern African systematic entomology; to encourage participation by everyone holding expertise in the systematics, biogeography and biodiversity of Southern African insects.|
This web site started life as a checklist of the aquatic insects of South Africa, spurred on by the encouragement and active participation of people such as Ferdy de Moor, Helen Barber-James, Arthur Harrison, Tanza Clarke, Tessa Hedge, Jason Londt, Sarah Gess, Fred Gess, Penny Greenslade, Mervyn Mansell, Ian Millar, Mike Stiller, Mary Jean Gabriel, Hamish Robertson, Marc De Meyer, Jeff Skevington, Mihaly F?ldv?ri, and Edward Vanden Berghe and the example set by the Transvaal Museum's on-line catalogue of the Biodiversity of South Africa. Major developments flowed from the encouragement by the Institute for Water Quality Studies and the Water Research Comission, and the site has evolved to include reference material, links to other specialist web sites, and pictures of many of the animals. In time it may even incorporate keys too.
We are particularly grateful to the South African Museum and the Institute for Water Quality Studies, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, for providing photographs of some of the insects. Links to other sites dealing with the biology of specific insect groups are being added to the appropriate pages. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please drop us an e-message.
You are welcome to make links to any page(s) in this site, and to make regularly updated mirror sites, but please do not copy or redistribute material from this Web site because the copies will not be kept up to date. Copyright of each page in this site is held by its author.
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