Tuesday, 18 December 2012

From the archives: Eric Latimer's diary

Marjorie and the 1938 coelacanth

Eric Latimer was the father of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer. We are fortunate to have a transcript of part of his diary, which chronicles the childhood and early adulthood of his daughter.  Only 24, she was appointed in 1931 as curator of the East London Museum, South Africa, in 1931. She is credited with recognising the coelacanth as a unique find.

New Books December 2012

We have a bumper edition this month in time for your holiday reading.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Ban on red steenbras fishing

Please check out the latest Government Gazette regulation on recreational fishing. Red steenbras has been moved from the Permitted Species List to the Prohibited Species List.

Marine Living Resources Act: Regulations: Amendment,(G 35903, RG 9860, GoN 959), 23 November 2012 

Red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) is the largest member of the seabream family (Sparidae) and is endemic to South Africa. Illustration: Coastal fishes of Southern Africa Phil & Elaine Heemstra.Grahamstown: NISC/SAIAB, 2004.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Maditaba joins the Library

Maditaba Meltaf
Maditaba running the front desk
 Maditaba Meltaf joins us as the new Assistant Librarian. She’s originally from Sterkspruit but worked as Campus Librarian at Varsity College in Port Elizabeth. She is really excited about being in a research environment and looking forward to working with post-graduate students. Even though the library is a little quiet at the moment, Maditaba is looking forward to meeting the students and everyone else at SAIAB in the new year.

Friday, 9 November 2012

New book on anthiine fishes

Review of Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Anthiine FishesWilliam D. Anderson; Phillip C. Heemstra. 2012
Review of Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Anthiine Fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes: Serranidae), with Descriptions of Two New Genera

ISBN: 9781606180228

The authors present a taxonomic view of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific members of the serranid subfamily Anthiinae, providing a much-needed survey of an important group of fishes. This monograph builds upon the literature with the results of examinations of large numbers of museum specimens and living animals.

Available here for CAMFRI users

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

New books in the Library

The featured publisher this month is the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA). Link here

200 million-year-old Coelacanth, Texas

The species is now the youngest coelacanth from Texas: fish jaw and cranial material indicate a new family — Dipluridae — that was the evolutionary transition between two previously known families


Check out the WWF-SASSI app for Blackberry. Download it for free here to help you make more sustainable seafood choices where it counts … in retailer aisles and in restaurants.

Top 10 quirkiest sharks

The Jaws franchise has shaped the popular perception of sharks as huge, bloodthirsty beasts that exist to ruin beach vacations. However, that plotline is based more on fantasy than fact.

Biodiversity Heritage Library, Africa

The fishes of the Nile. Atlas.
London, Pub. for the Egyptian Government
by H. Rees, Ltd.,1907.

Sally Schramm attended the inaugural meeting, held by the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Libraries on June 14-15 at Kirstenbosch.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Welcome to this blog

This is an occasional blog for the staff and students using the Margaret Smith Library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) in Grahamstown, South Africa.