Thursday, September 27, 2007

New in HOORC's Library: Atlas of Southern African Freshwater Fishes

Tilapia ruweti from the Atlas

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)'s Atlas of Southern African freshwater fishes was created with GIS tools from specimen records collected between the years 1885 and 2000 in 11 countries of southern Africa. Two hundred and fifty four fish species from catchments of the Zambezi, Okavango and Cunene are represented. Each species distribution map is accompanied by a brief nomenclature, and, in some cases, an indication of the conservation status of the species. The digital atlas on the accompanying CDROM provides the facility to create maps at any scale and to define the level of detail required for each map. More about the atlas and other SAIAB information is on SAIAB's web site, which also provides access to library resources, natural collections databases, and images through its attractive new portal. You can find the atlas in HOORC's Library.

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