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Conference Reference Abc Taxa: series of peer-reviewed manuals dedicated to capacity building in taxonomy & collection management
Today, the so-called taxonomic impediment, i.e., the lack of taxonomic (inclusive of genetic) information, taxonomic and curatorial expertise, and infrastructure in many parts of the world, means that accessing and generating taxonomic information remains extremely difficult. To alter this trend, the Convention on Biological Diversity installed the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) and endorsed it with an operational program of work. Its objectives are to remedy the knowledge gaps in our taxonomic system, increase the number of well-trained taxonomists and curators, optimize the infrastructure needed to do sound taxonomic research, significantly improve access to taxonomic collections, data, and metadata, and, thereby, to improve decision- making in conservation of biodiversity. To speed up taxonomic capacity building the Belgian GTI Focal Point has established the series Abc Taxa (, a toll-free information highway between experts and novices. It is believed that this artery will speed up the construction of taxonomic capacity, as it does not evoke the expensive, long-term teacher-apprentice relationships previously utilized to install operational, high-quality taxonomists and collection managers. Since 2005, 19 volumes have been released with subjects as diverse as taxonomy of sea cucumbers of the Comoros, good practices in collection management of mollusc collections, taxonomy of the amphibians of Cuba and of Guyana, taxonomy of algae of Sri Lanka, bee taxonomy in sub-Saharan Africa, mushroom taxonomy of Central Africa, introduction to the taxonomy of mites, taxonomy of invasive succulents of South Africa, taxonomy of the sawflies of southern Africa, taxonomy of the diatoms of the Congo, taxonomy of fish parasites of African Freshwater fishes and taxonomy of the brittle and basket stars of South Africa. This contribution briefly details the scope and aims of Abc Taxa, demonstrates the value of the series for development, and acts as a call for future manuscripts.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Inproceedings Reference About canals and qanats: long-term human impact on Late Quaternary alluvial landscapes
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications
Inproceedings Reference Absolute dating (14C and OSL) of the formation of coversand ridges occupied by prehistoric man in NW Belgium
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications
Inproceedings Reference Accuracy of species richness estimates obtained from incomplete inventories: lessons from a benchmark dataset on tropical ants.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications
Inproceedings Reference Acoustic and optical turbidity response to altering particle size distribution during extreme events
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2022 OA
Inproceedings Reference Active earth-surface processes following rainfall events in the southern Namib Desert – Insights from the Kaukausib catchment by means of remote sensing
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference Adaptations in ancient lake animals
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Inproceedings Reference Additional vertebral material of Thaumastophis from the early Eocene of India provides new insights on the early diversification of colubroidean snakes
The Ypresian Cambay Shale Formation at Vastan, Mangrol, and Tadkeshwar lignite mines in Gujarat, western India, has yielded a rich vertebrate fauna including madtsoid, palaeophiid, booid, and colubroid-like snakes. The latter are particularly abundant but their systematic affinities are difficult to resolve. Here we describe new specimens of the colubroidean-like snake Thaumastophis missiaeni, including anterior, mid-, and posterior trunk vertebrae, as well as caudal vertebrae. This species presents several characters shared with Renenutet enmerwer from the late Eocene of Egypt, suggesting exchange with North Africa probably along the southern margin of the Neotethys. Among these are the presence of parazygosphenal foramina (although not in all vertebrae), deep blade-like prezygapophyseal processes, and thick and tall neural spine. The available vertebral evidence is hardly sufficient to distinguish both taxa from each other, suggesting that these might be even congeneric taxa. However, more material is needed to test more appropriately this hypothesis. Both taxa are considered to be close to the root of the Colubroidean tree. We also revise the Eocene colubroidean fossil record in light of these new findings. This research was funded by grants from National Geographic Society, Leakey Foundation, U.S. NSF, Government of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Belgian Science Policy Office, and Brazilian FAPESP.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2019
Unpublished Reference Addressing the “taxonomic impediment” in partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation through the Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative within CEBioS
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2022
Inproceedings Reference Adieu, veau, vache, cochon… ? L’apport des restes d’animaux découverts en contexte archéologique
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2017