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Journal of Afrotropical Zoology (JAZ)

  1. Editorial
  2. Contents  : Volume 1 (2004)
                         Volume 2 (2005) 
                         Volume 3 (2007)
                         Special volume  (2007)  
                         Volume 4 (2008)  
                         Volume 5 (2009)
                         Volume 6 (2010)
                         Special issue (2010)
                         Volume 7 (2011)
  3. How to order ?
  4. European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT), the successor

1.     Editorial

This new RMCA journal was the first to adopt the term ‘Afrotropical’ in its title, but it is obviously not the first to be devoted to the aspects of zoology cornered by that epithet.

In fact, the journal replaced the sub-series 'Miscellanea' within the main series formerly entitled ‘Annalen van het museum voor Midden-Afrika (serie Zoölogie) - Annales du Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale (série Zoologie)’, now partly transformed under the new title ‘Studies in Afrotropical Zoology’.
This impressive series had two main formats: in-4° and in-8°. The former, which is a large format, started in 1889 with a series of volumes on African fishes by Boulenger, the last publication appearing in 1966.
The first volume of the smaller format series was published in 1948, the last publication of which appeared as recently as 2003. Whereas the series was in principle devoted to monographs on the Afrotropical fauna, several volumes, including the last one (vol. 291), contained a number of smaller articles.

These journal type volumes, entitled ‘Miscellanea’, replaced the Journal of African Zoology, a periodical that was started in 1911 as a private initiative by H. Schouteden, who became director of the ‘Musée du Congo Belge’ in 1927. Initially the journal was called Revue de Zoologie africaine. It changed names several times and between 1927 (vol. 17) and 1974 (vol. 88), it bore the name Revue de Zoologie et Botanique africaines. In 1987, the then editor in chief, P. Basilewski, changed it again to Revue de Zoologie africaine. H. André, the third and last editor, made it bilingual (Revue de Zoologie africaine – Journal of African Zoology) in 1988 and finally dropped the French part to give it its final title Journal of African Zoology in 1994. The journal was discontinued in 1996 after 110 volumes.

The Revue de Zoologie africaine had been an important outlet for contributions on the Afrotropical fauna, mainly from collaborators of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, and its discontinuation left a serious gap. The recent actualization of the RMCA publications provided an ideal opportunity to fill this gap by launching the present Journal of Afrotropical Zoology

The Journal of Afrotropical Zoology was obviously devoted to the biology of animals living in the tropical part of Africa, including the islands with that climatic regime but excluding the area north of the Sahara. Although the divide between the Afrotropical and the Palaearctic realms is not clear-cut, it is common knowledge that it lies somewhere near the Tropic of Cancer (23°30’N), although some of the mountain areas south of it may contain Palaerctic elements and vice versa for more northern ranges. To the south, the entirety of Africa is included, although the southern tip of the continent is known to have a temperate climate. However, there is no clear zoological boundary between tropical and southern temperate and it is generally accepted that the Afrotropical realm includes all of South Africa.

The volume no. 7 (2011) was the last one of the Journal of Afrotropical Zoology (JAZ) which will cease to be published by the RMCA.
Together with a number of other scientific journals it will be incorporated in a new journal of taxonomy that will be fully electronic: European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT)

Rudy Jocqué
Editor in chief

2.    Contents

  • Volume 1 (2004)

    FAIN, A. & BOCHKOV, A.V. Listrophoroides (Afrolistrophoroides) prionomys n. sp. (Acari, Atopomelidae) parasitic on Prionomys batesi (Rodentia, Dendromurinae) from Republique Centrafricaine.
    VANDENSPIEGEL, D. The first Kenyan species of Doratogonus (Diplopoda, Spirostreptidae).
    WARUI, C. M., VILLET, M. H. AND YOUNG, T. P. Spiders (Araneae) from black cotton soil habitats of a highland savanna in Laikipia, central Kenya.
    DE MEYER M. A new Centrioncus (Diptera: Diopsidae, Centrioncinae) species from the Taita Hills, Kenya.
    VANDENSPIEGEL D. & PIERRARD G. Révision du genre Xystopyge (Odontopygidae, Diplopoda) et description de nouvelles espèces et sous-espèces d’Afrique de l’Est.
    FACCHINI, S. Notes on Siopelus Murray, 1859 with description of S. (Aulacoryssus) demeyeri sp.n. from Africa. (Coleoptera Carabidae, Harpalinae).
    MAES, K.V.N.  New Scopariinae from Eastern and Southern Africa (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambidae).
    BEENEN, R. Oides bertiae a new Galerucinae-species from Central Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).
    PRENDINI, L. Revision of Karasbergia Hewitt (Scorpiones: Buthidae), a monotypic genus endemic to southern Africa.
    FROLOV, A.. New and little known species of the Afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) and a phylogenetic analysis of the genus.
    PIERRARD, G. Description de deux espèces nouvelles de Peridontopyge (Odontopygidae, Diplopoda) d'Afrique Centrale.

    ISBN: 90-75894-72-4
    Retail price : 22,5 euro
  • Volume 2 (2005)
    DIJKSTRA K.-D.B 2005. A review of continental Afrotropical Ceriagrion (Odonata: Coenagrionidae).
    LOUETTE, M. &  VERSTRAELEN, L. 2005. Postjuvenile moult in four Platysteiridae (Aves) species in Central Africa..
    HADDAD C.R. 2005. A redescription of Corinna natalis Pocock, 1898 (Araneae: Corinnidae), Africa’s largest dark sac spider, with natural history notes.
    FACCHINI, S. 2005. A new species of  Progonochaetus (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Harpalinae) from Central Africa.
    PENNEY, D., ONO, H. & SELDEN, P.A. 2005. A new synonymy for the Madagascan copal spider fauna (Araneae, Selenopidae).
    ALDERWEIRELDT  M. and JOCQUÉ R. 2005. A taxonomic review of the Afotropical representatives of the genus Hippasa (Araneae, Lycosidae).
    FROLOV, A.V. 2005. Taxonomic position of Sissantobius mandibularis (Lansberge) and synonymy of Orphnus over Sissantobius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Orphninae).
    MAES, KOEN V.N. 2005. Revisionary notes on the genus Algedonia with emphasis on the Afrotropical region. (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambidae, Pyraustinae).
    RUSSELL-SMITH, A. & MURPHY, J.A. 2005. Zelotibia, a new zelotine genus from central Africa (Araneae: Gnaphosidae).

    ISBN 90-75894-78-3
    Retail price : 22,50 euro 
  • Volume 3 (2007)
    ALDERWEIRELDT, M. & JOCQUÉ, R. Minicosa neptuna n. gen., n. sp.  (Araneae, Lycosidae), the smallest wolf spider from Africa.
    GOLOVATCH, S.I. & MAURIÈS, J.-P. A new, highly aberrant genus and species of Polydesmida (Diplopoda) from Sokotra, Yemen.
    MURPHY, J. & RUSSELL-SMITH, A. A revision of the spider genus Echemella Strand 1906 (Araneae, Gnaphosidae).
    HERROELEN, P. Comments on the identification of pipits (Aves, Motacillidae: genus Anthus) from Central and Southern Africa in the hand.
    MWABVU, T. & VANDENSPIEGEL, D. On the generic position of Pseudotibiozus montanus (Attems, 1909) (Spirostreptida: Spirostreptidae).
    VANDENSPIEGEL, D. & GOLOVATCH, S.I. The millipedes of the Comoro Islands (Myriapoda: Diplopoda).
    RUSSELL-SMITH, A., ALDERWEIRELDT, M. & JOCQUÉ, R. On the new genus Foveosa accomodating the Afrotropical wolf spiders related to Pardosa foveolata (Araneae: Lycosidae).
    DIJKSTRA, K.-D.B. & PILGRIM, E.M. Trithetrum, a new genus of African dragonflies formerly placed in Sympetrum (Odonata, Libellulidae).
    WAGNER, T. Revision of Afrotropical Monolepta Chevrolat, 1837 – Part VI: species with reddish or black cross-like elytral pattern (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae).
    WESENER, T. & VANDENSPIEGEL, D. Microsphaerotherium ivohibiensis, a new genus and species of Giant-Pill Millipedes from Madagascar (Diplopoda, Sphaerotheriida, Arthrosphaerinae).

    Short communication
    JOCQUÉ, R. & SCHARFF, N. Holmelgonia, a new name for the genus Elgonia Holm, 1989 (Araneae, Linyphiidae).

    ISBN : 978-9-0758-9497-4
    Retail price : 22,50 euro

  • Special Volume (2007). Proceedings of the Third International Conference on African Fish and Fisheries, Cotonou, Benin, 10-14 November 2003
    Guest editors: Jos Snoeks, Philippe Lalèyè & Pierre Vandewalle
    VAN DEN AUDENAERDE, T. D.F.E. L’ichthyologie africaine
    ABOU, Y. & FIOGBE, E.D. Couverture d’Azolla et production du Tilapia du Nil
    AKIN-ORIOLA, G.A. & LAWTON, L.A. Primary detection of microcystins
    ANETEKHAIi, M.A., AKIN-ORIOLA, G.A., ADERINOLA, O.J.  & AKINTOLA S.L. Trace metals in prawns from Ologe Lagoon, Nigeria
    BRUMMETT, R.E. & TEUGELS, G.G. Lower Guinea rainforest rivers
    DARWALL, W. & TURNER, G. Lake Malawi fish community
    DÊHOTIN, U.A., LALÈYÈ, Ph. A., DAUTA A. & MOREAU, J. Facteurs écologiques et poissons du lac Nokoué
    DE SCHEPPER, N., ADRIAENS, D., TEUGELS, G.G., DEVAERE, S. & VERRAES, W. Vertebral shape variation in Clariidae
    FAGBENRO, O.A., AKANDE, Th. T. & FAPOHUNDA, O.O. Roselle seed meal in African catfish diets
    FREGENE, T. Poverty and marine fisher-folk in Lagos State
    GETAHUN, A. The Ethiopian freshwater fish fauna
    GNOHOSSOU, P., LALÈYÈ Ph. A., ATACHI, P., DAUTA, C. & MOREAU, J. Salinité et faune benthique du lac Nokoué au Bénin
    HOLZLOEHNER, S. ENIN, U.I, AMA-ABASI, D. & NWOSU, F.M. Species composition in Cross River estuary, Nigeria
    LALÈYÈ, Ph. A., VILLANUEVA, M.C., CHIKOU, A., d’ALMEDA, A., MONTEIL, Cl. & MOREAU, J. Food consumption of freshwater fish in the Ouémé basin (West Africa)
    LALÈYÈ, Ph. A., VILLANUEVA, M.C., ENTSUA-MENSAH, M. & MOREAU, J. Aquatic living resources in the Gulf of Guinea lagoons
    LALÈYÈ, Ph. A., ÉZIN, A., VANDEWALLE, P.,  PHILIPPART, J.-C. & TEUGELS, G.G. La pêche dans le fleuve Ouémé (Bénin)
    NIYONKURU, Ch., LALÈYÈ, Ph. A. VILLANUEVA, M.C. & MOREAU, J. Growth and mortalities of fish of Lake Nokoué (Bénin)
    NUNOO, F.K.E. Fish biodiversity threatened by beach seine fisheries in Ghana
    OMITOYIN, B.O. & Ajani, E.K. Feeding habits and heavy metal accumulation in fishes of Lake Eleiyele, Nigeria
    SCHELLY, R. Lamprologine morphology
    SCOTT, L.E.P., Skelton, P.H., Booth A.J., Verheust, L., Dooley, J. & Harris, R. An Atlas of Southern African Freshwater Fishes
    IMOROU TOKO, I. & FIOGBE, E.D. Comparaison de différents aliments chez les larves de Clarias gariepinus
    IMOROU TOKO, I., FIOGBE, E.D. & KESTEMONT, P. Élevage en “whedo” au Bénin
    VILLANUEVA, M.C., LALÈYÈ, Ph. A., LAË, R., ALBARET, J.-J., TITO DE MORAIS, L., SIMIER, M. & MOREAU, J. Preliminary trophic flow models of two West African lagoons
    LALÈYÈ Ph. & LEVEQUE, Ch. Conclusions générales

    216 pp., b/w foto’s/ photos N/B
    ISBN 978-9-0747-5218-3 ISSN 1781-1104
    Retail price: 22,50 euro
  • Volume 4 (2008)
    WESOLOWSKA, W. & TOMASIEWICZ, B. New species and records of Ethiopian jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae)
    VIGNOLI, V. & PRENDINI, L. A new species of Akentrobuthus Lamoral, 1976 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from the Republic of Benin (Western Africa)
    OGBOGU, S. Description of mature larva of the Genus Oecetis McLachlan (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae) from southwestern Nigeria, West Africa
    LOUETTE, M. Plumage and tail characteristics of the Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus (Aves: Accipitridae)
    DE MEYER, M. & FOLDVARI, M. Contribution to the Pipunculidae (Diptera) fauna of Mozambique
    PAULY, A., TIMMERMANN, K. & KUHLMANN, M. Description of a new interesting species from South Africa, Evylaeus (Sellalictus) fynbosensis n.sp. (Hymenoptera Apoidea Halictidae)
    FOMENA, A., LEKEUFACK FOLEFACK, G.B. & BOUIX, G. Three new species of Henneguya (Myxozoa: Myxosporea), parasites of fresh water fishes in Cameroon (Central Africa)
    ALDERWEIRELDT, M. & JOCQUE, R. A new species of the nebulosa-group of Pardosa (Lycosidae, araneae) from Côte d’Ivoire – a victim of the exotic weed Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae)?
    FOORD, S.H. Cladistic analysis of the family Hersiliidae (Arachnida, Araneae) of the Afrotropical Region, with the description of a new genus from Madagascar

    Short communication
    PENNEY, D. Possible anti-predator function for the stabilimentum in a West African (Bijilo Forest, The Gambia) Cyclosa (Araneae, Araneidae)

    Erratum in MURPHY, J. & RUSSELL-SMITH, A. 2007. A revision of the spider genus Echemella Strand 1906 (Araneae, Gnaphosidae)

    In memoriam
    Paul HERROELEN – Obituary 

    152 pp., b/w foto’s/ photos N/B + 30 photos/foto’s quadri
    ISBN 978-9-0747-5219-0 ISSN 1781-1104
    Retail price: 22,50 euro
  • Volume 5 (2009)
    SEYFULINA, R.R. & JOCQUÉ, R. 2009. Venia kakamega gen. n., sp. n., a new, canopy-dwelling, Afrotropical erigonine (Araneae, Linyphiidae).
    STAREGA, W. & SNEGOVAYA, N. Yu. 2009. Report on a Southern African collection of harvestmen in the Royal Museum for Central Africa: Family Assamiidae (Arachnida: Opiliones).
    DE MEYER M. & COPELAND R.S. 200x A new sexually dimorphic Ceratitis species from Kenya (Diptera: Tephritidae).
    HANSSENS, M. 2009. A review of the Clarias species (Pisces; Siluriformes) from the Lower Congo and the Pool Malebo.
    MAES, K.V.N. 2009. A checklist of the Pyrausta species of Africa with description of new species (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambidae, Pyraustinae).
    OPITZ, W. 2009. Revision of the African beetle genus Romanaeclerus (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Korynetinae).
    PURCHART, L. 2009. A new Prunaspila Koch (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Adelostomini) from Zimbabwe, with species key to the genus.
    JOCQUÉ, R. 2009. Some keep it short: on the radiation in the Afrotropical spider genera Capheris and Systenoplacis (Araneae, Zodariidae) without male pedipalp complexity increase.
    VANDENSPIEGEL, D. & PIERRARD, G. 2009. Review of the genus Prionopetalum (Odontopygidae, Diplopoda) and description of new species from East Africa.
    DALL'ASTA, U. 2009. Description of a new species of Eudasychira Möschler, 1887 (Lymantriidae, Lepidoptera) with a taxa checklist of the genus.
    AZARKINA, G.N. 2009. Two new species of the genus Aelurillus Simon, 1885 (Araneae, Salticidae) from Africa.

    180 pp., with b/w photo's + quadri
    ISBN: 978-9-0747-5257-2
    ISSN: 1781-1104
    Retail price: 22,5 euro
  • Volume 6 (2010)

    128 pp., with b/w photo's + quadri
    ISBN: 978-9-0747-5273-2
    ISSN: 1781-1104
    Retail price: 22,5 euro
  • Special Issue 2010
    BARBAGLI, F. & VIOLANI, C. Origin and development of the exotic bird collection in the Museo di Storia Naturale of Florence University
    BORGO, E. & VIOLANI, C. The African bird collections in the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” of Genoa
    COOPER, J. H. Charles Darwin, the bird curator
    FRAHNERT, S. & BUDEN, D. W. Birds collected by Otto Finsch in the Republic of Nauru, with notes on the history and current locations of the syntypes and other specimens of the Nauru Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus rehsei (Finsch, 1883)
    FUISZ, T. I., VAS, Z. & RACZ, R. Hidden treasures and the reorganisation of the bird collection in the Hungary Natural History Museum
    GAMAUF, A. Bodies & bones: the bird skeletons collection in the Museum of Natural History Vienna, Austria
    GROUW, H. J. VAN How to recognize colour aberrations in birds (in museum collections)
    MLIKOVSKY, J. Interpreting dates in ornithology
    MLIKOVSKY, J. Birds from extra-European expeditions in the collections of the National Museum, Praha, Czech Republic
    RUSSELL, D. G. D., White, J., Maurer, G. & Cassey, P. Data-poor egg collections: cracking an important resource
    SCHIDELKO, K., ELZEN, R. VAN DEN, HEGENBERG, D. & RODDER, D. The importance of collection data for ecological niche modeling: experiences with data from Pytilia melba (L., 1758)
    TOPFER, T. Scientific importance, management and use of feather collections in natural history museums
    BREMAN, F.C., JPRDAENS, K., SONET, G., HOUDT, J. VAN, NAGY, Z. T. & LOUETTE, M. Preliminary molecular systematics of the African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro (Daudin, 1800)
    COOLEMAN S., MULRENIN A., MERGEN, P., HEERLIEN, M., MEIRTE, D. & LOUETTE, M.  STERNA advanced semantic web tool for ornithology – connecting Europe’s  digital resources on the birds of the world
    CRAIG, A. J. F. K. The bird collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa: one African’s perspective
    CRAIG A. J. F. K. & NUTTALL, R. J. The current status of ornithological collections in southern African museums
    SONET, G., BREMAN, F. C., JORDAENS, K., LENGLET, G., LOUETTE, M., MONTANES, G., NAGY, Z. T., HOUDT, J. VAN & VERHEYEN, E. Do birds from The Democratic Republic of Congo present in museum collections contain useful genetic information?

    120 pp., with b/w photo's + quadri
    ISBN: 978-9-0747-5282-4
    ISSN 1781-1104
    Retail price. 22,5 euro
  • Volume 7 (2011)
    LOTZ, L.N. Three new harvestmen species from southern Africa (Arachnida: Opiliones: Caddidae, Neopilionidae, Assamiidae).
    MAES, K.V.N. Revision of the African representatives of the genus Diasemia Hübner, 1825 (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambidae, Spilomelinae).
    NZIGIDAHERA, B., DESNYDER, W. & JOCQUE, R.  An overview of the Afrotropical species of Mallinella (Araneae, Zodariidae) with the description of a remarkable new species from Burundi.
    OPITZ, W. Classification, natural history, and evolution of Korynetinae Laporte (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Part I. Generic composition of the subfamily and key to genera.
    MITROIU M.-D. Taxonomic changes in Afrotropical Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera), based on study of the type specimens of J. Risbec in the Royal Museum for Central Africa,
    WESOLOWSKA, W. & CUMMING, M.S.  New species and records of jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae) from Sengwa Wildlife Research Area in Zimbabwe.
    SMIRNOVA et al. Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe: we are halfway.

    108 pp. with b/w photos quadri
    ISBN 978-9-0747-5292-3
    ISSN 1781-1104
    Retail price: 22,5 euro

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