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Field Guide to the Offshore Marine Invertebrates of South Africa book launch

Marine Biologists to Launch a One of a Kind Book on SA’s Marine Invertebrates

The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), will be launching a unique, first of its kind book in South Africa. The book titled Field Guide to the Offshore Marine Invertebrates of South Africa will be launched at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town this coming Thursday, 10 May 2018.

The book is an identification guide to the marine creatures (invertebrates) of the offshore deep-sea floor.  It is also a result of a long-term invertebrate monitoring program which saw a dedicated team of researchers who, working together in advancing South Africa’s marine biodiversity knowledge, collected, recorded and managed large amounts of specimens and data from 2007 to 2017.

The field guide is seen as a significant milestone in the description and mapping of South Africa's deep-water invertebrate biodiversity. The information presented in the book advances taxonomy and biogeographic research by contributing to the description, mapping, assessment (and thus the improved management) of marine ecosystems in South Africa.

In addition to the book compilation, the monitoring programme has also enabled a rapid increase in local knowledge and understanding of offshore invertebrate taxonomy in South Africa and laid a foundation for the classification, description and mapping of offshore benthic ecosystems.

All media are invited.

Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018
Time: 18h00 – 20h00
Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Light snacks and drinks will be served.

For more information and for interviews please contact Dr Lara Atkinson on Lara@saeon.ac.za or (+27) 82 712 7790

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