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Researcher Maarten Van Steenberge visits a fish market in Uganda (c) Maarten Van Steenberge, RBINS
20/04/2020

Catfish Genes Key to Evolution of the African Landscape

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Siska Van Parys

Researchers have reconstructed historical changes in the African landscape using the evolutionary history of the African sharptooth catfish. They were able to date important geological and climatic events, such as periods of severe drought, more precisely than ever before.

A snake inside a snake: the cobra Naja samarensis has eaten the rare terrestrial snake Cyclocorus nuchalis nuchalis. (Photo: RBINS, Jonathan Brecko)
13/03/2020

CT Scan Reveals a Rare Snake Inside a Snake

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Reinout Verbeke

You know the Russian matryoshka dolls? Well, while CT scanning a Samar cobra snake from our collections, we found another snake inside: a rare species of about the same size! 

Alopochen aegyptiacus
25/02/2020

Invasive Species of European Concern Get A Factsheet

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museum for Central Africa have published factsheets for invasive species that are of concern to Europe.

A beetle in the heart of Brussels
15/01/2020

Urbanization Impoverishes Fauna, New Study Proofs

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Siska Van Parys

Urbanization reduces species diversity and decimates populations. That is the conclusion of a team of biologists after comparing a wide range of animal species between densely built-up and rural areas.

Roraima firefly larva. (Photo: RBINS)
19/11/2019

Firefly Stops Glowing And Preys On Its Predator

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian biologist Philippe Kok has found that larvae of a firefly species in South-America shifted their diet to a small toad that is supposed to be their predator. Interestingly, the larvae have stopped glowing. In this way, they can better ambush the toad.

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