African Invertebrates


African Invertebrates is an international peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, biology, ecology, conservation and palaeontology of Afrotropical invertebrates, whether terrestrial, freshwater or marine. African Invertebrates started in 1906 as the Annals of the Natal Government Museum that changed its name later to the Annals of the Natal Museum. The journal has a continuous history of more than 100 years, with over 800 natural history articles and more than 5,000 nomenclatural acts published.

A wide range of natural science topics has been covered in the Annals of the Natal Museum and subsequently in African Invertebrates. Besides taxonomy and systematics of various animal groups, papers dealing with embryology, histology, medical and agricultural entomology, terrestrial and marine ecology, botany, geography, palaeontology, general geology, with special reference to petrography and stratigraphy, and nature conservation have been published. The coverage of animal taxa includes representatives of Protozoa, Porifera, Cnidaria, Plathelminthes, Nematoda, Rotifera, Onychophora, Arthropoda (including Crustacea, Chelicerata, Trilobita, Myriapoda and Insecta), Annelida, Bryozoa, Mollusca, Sipunculida, Echinodermata, and Hemichordata (Enteropneusta).

Potential authors are encouraged to make use of extensive collections of the Natal Museum and other South African museums, and to deposit holotypes (paratypes) and voucher specimens in recognized South African institutions. African Invertebrates is currently published twice a year and accepts large revisionary works, as well as smaller contributions.

Originally printed copies of the journal back to 1906 are still available through African Invertebrates website.

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Additional Information

Stuckenberg, B.R. & Mostovski, M.B. 2006. Editorial. The Natal Museum and its journals: celebrating a century of publication, 1906–2005. African Invertebrates, 47: 1–9. PDF

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