Saturday, August 04, 2007

Rhinoceros flies

Picture of White Rhinoceros from Botswana Tourism site

The Africa Science weblog has a fascinating story about Gyrostigma rhinocerontis -- the rhinoceros bot fly -- and its place in the ecology of southern African rhinoceros. David A. Barraclough, an investigator in Biological and Conservation Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, describes the difficulty for researchers in collecting specimens of what is considered to be Africa's largest fly. Information about community participation in the joint project to reintroduce rhinoceros to the Okavango Delta, Operation Roaming Rhino, is available on the GEF Small Grants Programme web site. In HOORC's Library, you can find Insect ecology : an ecosystem approach.

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