Peer Reviewed Articles 2017


Peer-reviewed publications by SAIAB Scientists, Honorary Research Associates and Postgraduate Students using SAIAB’s address.

Open Access OA 

Baldanzi, S., Watson, R., McQuaid, C.D., Gouws, G. & Porri, F. 2017, "Epigenetic variation among natural populations of the South African sandhopper Talorchestia capensis", Evolutionary Ecology, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 77-91. doi:10.1007/s10682-016-9877-9

Beatty, S., Allen, M., Lymbery, A., Jordaan, M.S., Morgan, D., Impson, D., Marr, S., Ebner, B. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Rethinking refuges: Implications of climate change for dam busting", Biological Conservation, vol. 209, pp. 188- 195. 

Busschau, T., Conradie, W., Jordaan, A. & Daniels, S.R. 2017, "Unmasking evolutionary diversity among two closely related South African legless skink species (Acontinae: Acontias) using molecular data", Zoology, vol. 121, pp. 72-8

Carassou, L., Whitfield, A.K., Moyo, S. & Richoux, N.B. 2017, "Dietary tracers and stomach contents reveal pronounced alimentary flexibility in the freshwater mullet (Myxus capensis, Mugilidae) concomitant with ontogenetic shifts in habitat use and seasonal food availability", Hydrobiologia, , pp. 1-22.

Catelani, P.A., Bauer, A.B., Di Dario, F., Pelicice, F.M. & Petry, A.C. 2017, "First record of pughead deformity in Cichla kelberi (Teleostei: Cichlidae), an invasive species in an estuarine system in south-eastern Brazil", Journal of fish biology, .

Chakona, A. & Skelton, P.H. 2017, "A review of the Pseudobarbus afer (Peters, 1864) species complex (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) in the eastern Cape Fold Ecoregion of South Africa", ZooKeys, vol. 2017, no. 657, pp. 109-140. OA

Cocquyt, C., Taylor, J.C. & Kusber, W.-. 2017, "Reinvestigation of African Surirella taxa (Bacillariophyta) described by B.J. Cholnoky with some remarks on digitization of diatom types", Fottea, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 34-56.

Conradie, R., Cook, C.A., du Preez, L.H., Jordaan, A. & Netherlands, E.C. 2017, "Ultrastructural Comparison of Hepatozoon ixoxo and Hepatozoon theileri (Adeleorina: Hepatozoidae), Parasitising South African Anurans", Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 193-203.

Cotts, L., Pinheiro, A.E.P., da Silva Marinho, T., de Souza Carvalho, I. & Di Dario, F. 2017, "Postcranial skeleton of Campinasuchus dinizi (Crocodyliformes, Baurusuchidae) from the Upper Cretaceous of Brazil, with comments on the ontogeny and ecomorphology of the species", Cretaceous Research, vol. 70, pp. 163-188.

Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J. & Dalu, M.T.B. 2017, "Agricultural intensification and drought frequency increases may have landscape-level consequences for ephemeral ecosystems", Global Change Biology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 983-985.   

Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Magoro, M.L., Mwedzi, T., Froneman, P.W. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Variation partitioning of benthic diatom community matrices: Effects of multiple variables on benthic diatom communities in an Austral temperate river system", Science of the Total Environment, vol. 601-602, pp. 73-82.
Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Vink, T.J.F. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Sex and species specific isotopic niche specialisation increases with trophic complexity: Evidence from an ephemeral pond ecosystem", Scientific Reports, vol. 7. (2017) OA 

de F. L. Viana, S.T., Lisher, M.W. & de Carvalho, M.R. 2017, "Two new species of short-snouted dogfish sharks of the genus Squalus Linnaeus, 1758, from southern Africa (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Squalidae)", Marine Biodiversity, , pp. 1-28.                      

Dick, J.T.A., Alexander, M.E., Ricciardi, A., Laverty, C., Downey, P.O., Xu, M., Jeschke, J.M., Saul, W.-., Hill, M.P., Wasserman, R., Barrios-O’Neill, D., Weyl, O.L.F. & Shaw, R.H. 2017, "Fictional responses from Vonesh et al.", Biological Invasions, , pp. 1-2.  OA

Dick, J.T.A., Alexander, M.E., Ricciardi, A., Laverty, C., Downey, P.O., Xu, M., Jeschke, J.M., Saul, W.-., Hill, M.P., Wasserman, R., Barrios-O’Neill, D., Weyl, O.L.F. & Shaw, R.H. 2017, "Functional responses can unify invasion ecology", Biological Invasions, , pp. 1-6.  OA

Du Preez, L.H., Badets, M., Héritier, L. & Verneau, O. 2017, "Tracking platyhelminth parasite diversity from freshwater turtles in French Guiana: First report of Neopolystoma Price, 1939 (Monogenea: Polystomatidae) with the description of three new species", Parasites and Vectors, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-11. OA

Ebert, D.A., Papastamatiou, Y.P., Kajiura, S.M. & Wetherbee, B.M. 2017, "Etmopterus lailae sp. nov., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands", Zootaxa, vol. 4237, no. 2, pp. 371-382.

Ellender, B.R., Wasserman, R.J., Chakona, A., Skelton, P.H. & Weyl, O.L. 2017, "A review of the biology and status of Cape Fold Ecoregion freshwater fishes", Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, [early view]

Elston, C., von Brandis, R.G. & Cowley, P.D. 2017, "Dietary composition and prey selectivity of juvenile porcupine rays Urogymnus asperrimus", Journal of fish biology, .

Filmalter, J.D., Cowley, P.D., Potier, M., Ménard, F., Smale, M.J., Cherel, Y. & Dagorn, L. 2017, "Feeding ecology of silky sharks Carcharhinus falciformis associated with floating objects in the western Indian Ocean", Journal of fish biology, vol. 90, no. 4, pp. 1321-1337.

Fusi, M., Babbini, S., Giomi, F. ... Porri, F. [et al.] 2017. "Thermal sensitivity of the crab Neosarmatium africanum in tropical and temperate mangroves on the east coast of Africa". Hydrobiologia (Mangroves in Changing Environments)[Early online] pp 1-13  OA

Hargrove, J.S., Weyl, O.L.F. & Austin, J.D. 2017, "Reconstructing the introduction history of an invasive fish predator in South Africa", Biological Invasions, , pp. 1-16.

Héritier, L., Valdeón, A., Sadaoui, A., Gendre, T., Ficheux, S., Bouamer, S., Kechemir-Issad, N., du Preez, L., Palacios, C. & Verneau, O. 2017, "Introduction and invasion of the red-eared slider and its parasites in freshwater ecosystems of Southern Europe: risk assessment for the European pond turtle in wild environments", Biodiversity and Conservation, , pp. 1-27.

Jackson, M.C., Wasserman, R.J., Grey, J., Ricciardi, A., Dick, J.T.A. & Alexander, M.E. 2017, "Chapter Two: Novel and Disrupted Trophic Links Following Invasion in Freshwater Ecosystems". Advances in Ecological Research vol. 57, pp. 55–9 

Jones, R.W., Hill, J.M., Coetzee, J.A., Avery, T.S., Weyl, O.L.F. & Hill, M.P. 2017, "The abundance of an invasive freshwater snail Tarebia granifera (Lamarck, 1822) in the Nseleni River, South Africa", African Journal of Aquatic Science, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 75-81

Jordaan, M.S., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Slabbert, E. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Unexpected survival of sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822) during acute rotenone toxicity trials will complicate management of invasions", Biological Invasions, , pp. 1-6.

Jordaan, M.S., van der Walt, J.A., Brink, Z., Erasmus, S. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Conservation implications of establishment success of the Critically Endangered Twee River redfin 'Pseudobarbus' erubescens (Skelton, ) in an artificial impoundment in South Africa", Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems,

Karthick, B., Taylor, J.C. & Hamilton, P.B. 2017, "Two new species of Achnanthidium Kützing (Bacillariophyceae) from Kolli Hills, Eastern Ghats, India", Fottea, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 65-77. OA

Majewska, R., de Vijver, B.V., Nasrolahi, A., Ehsanpour, M., Afkhami, M., Bolaños, F., Iamunno, F., Santoro, M. & de Stefano, M. 2017, "Shared Epizoic Taxa and Differences in Diatom Community Structure Between Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Distant Habitats", Microbial ecology, , pp. 1-10.

Marr, S.M., Ellender, B.R., Woodford, D.J., Alexander, M.E., Wasserman, R.J., Ivey, P., Zengeya, T. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Evaluating invasion risk for freshwater fishes in South Africa", Bothalia, vol. 47, no. 2.

Marshall, B., Chakona, A., Tweddle, D., Skelton, P., Bills, R. & Minshull, J. 2017, "The composition and health of fishes in residual dry season habitats in southern Africa (Strauch et al. 2015)", Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 203-206.

Marufu, L., Dalu, T., Phiri, C. & Nhiwatiwa, T. 2017, "Diet composition changes in tigerfish of Lake Kariba following an invasion by redclaw crayfish", Annales de Limnologie, vol. 53, pp. 47-56.

Matobole, R.M., Van Zyl, L.J., Parker-Nance, S., Davies-Coleman, M.T. & Trindade, M. 2017, "Antibacterial Activities of Bacteria Isolated from the Marine Sponges Isodictya compressa and Higginsia bidentifera Collected from Algoa Bay, South Africa", Marine Drugs, vol. 15, no. 2.   (Special Issue Antibacterial Marine Pharmacology).

Melly, B.L., McGregor, G., Hofmeyr, G.J.G. & Plön, S. 2017, "Spatio-temporal distribution and habitat preferences of cetaceans in Algoa Bay, South Africa", Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, , pp. 1-15.

Nhiwatiwa, T. & Dalu, T. 2017, "Seasonal variation in pans in relation to limno-chemistry, size, hydroperiod, and river connectivity in a semi-arid subtropical region", Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, vol. 97, pp. 37-45.

Nhiwatiwa, T., Dalu, T. & Brendonck, L. 2017, "Impact of irrigation based sugarcane cultivation on the Chiredzi and Runde Rivers quality, Zimbabwe", Science of the Total Environment, [Epub ahead of print]

Nhiwatiwa, T., Brendonck, L. & Dalu, T. 2017, "Understanding factors structuring zooplankton and macroinvertebrate assemblages in ephemeral pans", Limnologica, vol. 64, pp. 11-19.  

Nhiwatiwa, T. & Dalu, T. 2017, "Seasonal variation in pans in relation to limno-chemistry, size, hydroperiod, and river connectivity in a semi-arid subtropical region", Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, vol. 97, pp. 37-45.

Nhiwatiwa, T., Dalu, T. & Brendonck, L. 2017, "Impact of irrigation based sugarcane cultivation on the Chiredzi and Runde Rivers quality, Zimbabwe", Science of the Total Environment, vol. 587-588, pp. 316-325.

Nunes, A.L., Hoffman, A.C., Zengeya, T.A., Measey, G.J. & Weyl, O.L. 2017, "Red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, found in South Africa 22 years after attempted eradication", Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, .

Nunes, A.L., Zengeya, T.A., Hoffman, A.C., John Measey, G. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Distribution and establishment of the alien australian redclaw crayfish, cherax quadricarinatus, in South Africa and Swaziland", PeerJ, vol. 2017, no. 4 OA

Peer, N., Gouws, G., Lazo-Wasem, E., Perissinotto, R. & Miranda, N.A.F. 2017, "Redescription of Potamonautes sidneyi (Rathbun, 1904) (Decapoda, Potamonautidae) and description of a new congeneric species from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa", ZooKeys, vol. 2017, no. 657, pp. 1-28.

Petersen, R.M., Hoffman, A.C., Kotze, P. & Marr, S.M. 2017, "First record of the invasive Australian redclaw crayfish cherax quadricarinatus (Von Martens, 1868) in the Crocodile river, Kruger National Park, South Africa", Koedoe, vol. 59, no. 1.

Riato, L., Della Bella, V., Leira, M., Taylor, J.C. & Oberholster, P.J. 2017, "A diatom functional-based approach to assess changing environmental conditions in temporary depressional wetlands", Ecological Indicators, vol. 78, pp. 205-213.

Shelton, J., Weyl, O., Van Der Walt, J., Marr, S., Impson, D., Maciejewski, K., Tye, D., Dallas, H. & Esler, K. 2017, "Effect of an intensive mechanical removal effort on a population of non-native rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss in a South African headwater stream", Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, .

Sungani, H., Ngatunga, B.P., Koblmüller, S., Mäkinen, T., Skelton, P.H. & Genner, M.J. 2017, "Multiple colonisations of the Lake Malawi catchment by the genus Opsaridium (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)", Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, vol. 107, pp. 256-265.

Taylor, G.C., Hill, J.M., Jackson, M.C., Peel, R.A. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Estimating δ15N fractionation and adjusting the lipid correction equation using Southern African freshwater fishes", PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 5.

Taylor, G.C. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Age, growth and reproduction of non-native largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides (Lacépède, 1802) populations in two temperate African impoundments", Journal of Applied Ichthyology, .

van der Walt, K-A., Swartz, E.R., Woodford, D. & Weyl, O. 2017, "Using genetics to prioritise headwater stream fish populations of the Marico barb, Enteromius motebensis Steindachner 1894, for conservation action", Koedoe, vol. 59, no. 1. OA

Walovich, K.A., Ebert, D.A. & Kemper, J.M. 2017, "Hydrolagus erithacus sp. Nov. (Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaerid from the southeastern Atlantic and Southwestern Indian oceans", Zootaxa, vol. 4226, no. 4, pp. 509-520.

Wasserman, R.J., Whitfield, A.K., Welch, R.J. & Dalu, T. 2017, "Are nest sites a limiting resource for speleophilic nesting fishes in sand dominated temporarily open/closed estuaries?", Environmental Biology of Fishes, vol. 100, no. 2, pp. 187-192.

White, W.T., Ebert, D.A., Mana, R.R. & Corrigan, S. 2017, "Etmopterus samadiae n. sp., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Papua New Guinea", Zootaxa, vol. 4244, no. 3, pp. 339-354.

Whitfield, A.K. 2017, "The role of seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, salt marshes and reed beds as nursery areas and food sources for fishes in estuaries", Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 75-110.

Woodford, D.J., Ivey, P., Jordaan, M.S., Kimberg, P.K., Zengeya, T. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2017, "Optimising invasive fish management in the context of invasive species legislation in South Africa", Bothalia, vol. 47, no. 2.

Zengeya, T., Ivey, P., Woodford, D.J., Weyl, O., Novoa, A., Shackleton, R., Richardson, D. & Van Wilgen, R. 2017, "Managing conflict-generating invasive species in South Africa: Challenges and trade-offs", Bothalia, vol. 47, no. 2. 

Zimkus, B.M., Lawson, L.P., Barej, M.F., Barratt, C.D., Channing, A., Dash, K.M., Dehling, J.M., Du Preez, L., Gehring, P.-., Greenbaum, E., Gvoždík, V., Harvey, J., Kielgast, J., Kusamba, C., Nagy, Z.T., Pabijan, M., Penner, J., Rödel, M.-., Vences, M. & Lötters, S. 2017, "Leapfrogging into new territory: How Mascarene ridged frogs diversified across Africa and Madagascar to maintain their ecological niche", Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, vol. 106, pp. 254-269.