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Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika © Charlotte Huyghe
19/11/2020

East Congolese Fishermen Denounce Lack of Safety on Lake Tanganyika

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Siska Van Parys

Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika in DR Congo experience a lack of safety and demand a more honest enforcement of current regulations regarding overfishing and illegal material.

Top: Cha-Am leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius pawangkhananti), Bottom: Ranong leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius dulayaphitakorum), both (c) Montri Sumontha
22/10/2020

Unexpected Discovery of Two New Gecko Species in Thailand

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Siska Van Parys

A team of researchers from Thailand and Belgium discovered two new gecko species, in two very unexpected places: next to a famous Buddhist temple in Cha-Am and in the middle of the city Ranong.

Gone, but now back in full force in Bruges heathlands: the lesser mottled grasshopper (Stenobothrus stigmaticus), one of the eight heathland indicator species. (Photo: Gilles San Martin, Wikimedia Commons)
14/07/2020

Managing Heathland Brings Back Grasshoppers

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Reinout Verbeke

In the heathland around Bruges you can hear grasshoppers again. Their comeback means that recreating heathland pays off.

Black skin in a live Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) (Photo: Michaël Nicolaï)
02/06/2020

Underneath The Feathers: Darker Bird Skin Protects Against UV Light

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the University of Ghent discovered that bird skin becomes darker towards the equator. Tanned skin protects birds from harmful UV light. This evolutionary pattern was already know for humans and reptiles.

Researcher Maarten Van Steenberge visits a fish market in Uganda (c) Maarten Van Steenberge, RBINS
20/04/2020

Catfish Genes Key to Evolution of the African Landscape

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Siska Van Parys

Researchers have reconstructed historical changes in the African landscape using the evolutionary history of the African sharptooth catfish. They were able to date important geological and climatic events, such as periods of severe drought, more precisely than ever before.

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