African Invertebrates: A Journal of Biodiversity
Publisher: Publications Committee on behalf of the Natal Museum
African invertebrates was formerly Annals of the Natal Museum.
African Invertebrates focusses on the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography,
biology, ecology, conservation and palaeontology of African invertebrates,
whether terrestrial, freshwater or marine. All contributions are published
in English (British Standard).
The Natal Museum had its origins in the Natal Society (founded in 1851), and
was established in 1903 by the Government of Natal. Since 1910 it has been
one of the National Museums of South Africa. The Museum has extensive
exhibition galleries (and associated study collections) devoted to the
Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural History, Geology, Palaeontology and
Zoology of South Africa, with special emphasis on the Province of
There are two Natural Science research departments currently active, both of
which concentrate on the study of the systematics and biology of
The Department of Arthropoda includes the Lawrence and Stuckenberg
collections. The Lawrence collection dates to the foundation of the Museum
and includes extensive holdings of southern African Arachnida, Onychophora
and Myriapoda. The Stuckenberg collection of Diptera is the largest and most
diverse in Africa; founded in 1953 it includes the older collections of the
Transvaal Museum and the Zumpt Collection of the South African Institute for
Medical Research. The Department also supervises collections management
activities for the natural sciences, and is responsible for the curation of
the extensive J. D. Plisko collection of South African Oligochaeta. This is
the largest and best documented collection of earthworms in Africa.
Although officially founded in 1969, the Department of Mollusca was
effectively initiated in 1894, with a display of shells by the Natal
Society. Through field-work and the acquisition of several major shell
collections, the department's mollusc collection has grown to be the largest
in Africa. It encompasses both marine and non-marine molluscs and includes
more than 2800 type specimens. Notable additions have been the extensive
samples collected on the South African continental shelf and upper slope
during the departmental dredging programme (1981-1997).
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Current Issue: Volume 46, 2005
Date: 15 January 2006