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Roraima firefly larva. (Photo: RBINS)
19/11/2019

Firefly Stops Glowing And Preys On Its Predator

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian biologist Philippe Kok has found that larvae of a firefly species in South-America shifted their diet to a small toad that is supposed to be their predator. Interestingly, the larvae have stopped glowing. In this way, they can better ambush the toad.

Summer Exhibition 'Kijk, een Walvis (Look, a Whale)'© RBINS/K. Moreau
08/07/2019

Summer Exhibition 'Kijk, een Walvis (Look, a Whale)' in De Haan

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Kelle Moreau

From 1 July to 31 August 2019, the summer exhibition 'Kijk, een walvis (Look, a whale)' will take place in the community centre 't Schelpestik in De Haan (Vosseslag 131, 8420 De Haan).

Séverine Fourdrilis, showing her collection of Melarhaphe neritoides
17/05/2019

‘It’s like science isn’t enough in itself'

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Siska Van Parys

Tiny snails can tell great stories... When Séverine Fourdrilis started her PhD at our Institute 7 years ago, her plan was to carry out a rather classical genetic study on marine snails. After one year however, she discovered something strange was going on with one of the species’ genes.

Nilus spider eating a Hyperolius argus frog at Diani Beach, Kenya (photo: Andrea Benaglia)
01/04/2019

Yes, It’s Possible: Spiders Eating Frogs

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists have observed spiders catching and eating frogs and toads in tropical Africa. The frogs often exceed the spiders in size.

Sardines (Stolothrissa tanganicae) from Lake Tanganyika. (Photo: Els De Keyzer)
15/01/2019

Sardines of Lake Tanganyika Prove One And Indivisible

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Reinout Verbeke

The sardines from Lake Tanganyika (Africa) form one homogeneous group, according to a genetic study. This implies that the four countries around the lake will have to team up to maintain the overfished sardines. The fish offers food security to millions of people in Central Africa.

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