Peer reviewed Articles 2015


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

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Bigman, J. S., J. D. S. Knuckey, and D. A. Ebert. 2015. Color Aberrations in Chondrichthyan Fishes: First Records in the Genus Bathyraja (Chondrichthyes: Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae). Marine Biodiversity.

Articles, Reviews, Editorials, Chapters

Abbott, J. G., C. J. Hay, T. F. Næsje, D. Tweddle, and B. C. W. van der Waal. 2015. Rain and Copper: The Evolution of a Fish Marketing Channel in a Rapidly Changing Region of Southern Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies 41 (1): 29-45.

Alakananda, B., B. Karthick, J. C. Taylor, and P. B. Hamilton. 2015. Two New Species of Nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae) from Freshwater Environs of Lonar Crater Lake, India. Phycological Research 63 (1): 29-36.

Baldanzi, S., C. D. McQuaid, and F. Porri. 2015. Temperature Effects on Reproductive Allocation in the Sandhopper Talorchestia Capensis. Biological Bulletin 228 (3): 181-191. 

Baldanzi, S., N. F. Weidberg, M. Fusi, S. Cannicci, C. D. McQuaid, and F. Porri. 2015. Contrasting Environments Shape Thermal Physiology Across the Spatial Range of the Sandhopper Talorchestia Capensis. Oecologia 179 (4): 1067-1078.

Bauer, R. K., F. Forget, and J. -M Fromentin. 2015. Optimizing PAT Data Transmission: Assessing the Accuracy of Temperature Summary Data to Estimate Environmental Conditions. Fisheries Oceanography 24 (6): 533-539.

Bell, C., C. D. McQuaid, and F. Porri. 2015. Barnacle Settlement on Rocky Shores: Substratum Preference and Epibiosis on Mussels. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 473: 195-201.

Bellingan, T. A., D. J. Woodford, J. Gouws, M. H. Villet, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Rapid Bioassessment of the Effects of Repeated Rotenone Treatments on Invertebrate Assemblages in the Rondegat River, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 40 (1): 89-94.

Bennett, R. H., P. D. Cowley, A. -R Childs, and T. F. Næsje. 2015. Movements and Residency of Juvenile White Steenbras Lithognathus Lithognathus in a Range of Contrasting Estuaries. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 152: 100-108.

Bokhutlo, T., O. L. F. Weyl, K. Mosepele, and G. G. Wilson. 2015. Age and Growth of Sharptooth Catfish, Clarias Gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) (Clariidae), in the Lower Okavango Delta, Botswana. Marine and Freshwater Research 66 (5): 420-428.

Booth, A. J., S. Moss, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Effect of Rotenone on Gill-Respiring and Plastron-Respiring Insects. African Journal of Aquatic Science 40 (1): 95-100.

Chakona, G., E. R. Swartz, and A. Chakona. 2015. Historical Abiotic Events Or Human-Aided Dispersal: Inferring the Evolutionary History of a Newly Discovered Galaxiid Fish. Ecology and Evolution 5 (7): 1369-1380.  OA

Albert Chakona , Willem S Malherbe , Gavin Gouws , Ernst R Swartz Deep genetic divergence between geographically isolated populations of the goldie barb (Barbus pallidus) in South Africa: potential taxonomic and conservation implications.  African Zoology Vol. 50,: 5-10 

Childs, A. -R, P. D. Cowley, T. F. Næsje, and R. H. Bennett. 2015. Habitat Connectivity and Intra-Population Structure of an Estuary-Dependent Fishery Species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 537: 233-245.

Conradie, W., W. R. Branch, and G. Watson. 2015. Type Specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, Including the Historically Important Albany Museum Collection. Part 1: Amphibians. Zootaxa 3936 (1): 42-70.

Conradie, W. & Conradie, C. 2015. Correlation between development and increase of number of labial tooth rows in Ghost Frog tadpoles (Anura: Heleophrynidae). Acta Herpetologica 10(2), 143-148. OA

Cooke, S.J., V.M. Nguyen, J.M. Dettmers, R. Arlinghaus, M.C. Quist, D. Tweddle, O.L.F. Weyl, R. Raghavan, M. P]ortocarrero-Aya, E. Agudelo Cordoba, and I.G. Cowx. 2016. Sustainable inland fisheries – Perspectives from the recreational, commercial and subsistence sectors from around the globe. Pages 467-504, In G.P. Closs, M. Krkosek and J.D. Olden, Eds. Conservation of Freshwater Fishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Ch. in Book]

da Silva, C., A. J. Booth, S. F. J. Dudley, S. E. Kerwath, S. J. Lamberth, R. W. Leslie, M. E. McCord, W. H. H. Sauer, and T. Zweig. 2015. The Current Status and Management of South Africa's Chondrichthyan Fisheries. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (2): 233-248.

Dalu, T., J. C. Taylor, N. B. Richoux, and P. William Froneman. 2015. A re–examination of the Type Material of Entomoneis Paludosa (W SMITH) Reimer and its Morphology and Distribution in African Waters. Fottea 15 (1): 11-25. OA

Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Jordaan, M., Froneman, P.W. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2015. An assessment of the effects of rotenone on selected non-target aquatic fauna. PLoS ONE. 10(11), Art. e0142140. OA

Duncan, M., N. James, S. T. Fennessy, R. J. Mutombene, and M. Mwale. 2015. Genetic Structure and Consequences of Stock Exploitation of Chrysoblephus Puniceus, a Commercially Important Sparid in the South West Indian Ocean. Fisheries Research 164: 64-72.

Ebert, D. A., D. L. Haas, and M. R. De Carvalho. 2015. Tetronarce Cowleyi, Sp. Nov., a New Species of Electric Ray from Southern Africa (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Torpedinidae). Zootaxa 3936 (2): 237-250.

Ebert, D. A., C. Huveneers, and S. F. J. Dudley. 2015. Advances in Shark Research. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (2): v-v. [Editorial]

Ebert, D. A. and K. E. van Hees. 2015. Beyond Jaws: Rediscovering the ‘lost Sharks’ of Southern Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (2): 141-156.

Ellender, B. R. and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Resilience of Imperilled Headwater Stream Fish to an Unpredictable High-Magnitude Food. Koedoe 57 (1): 1-8. OA

Ellender, B.R., Woodford, D.J. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2015. The invasibility of small headwater streams by an emerging invader, Clarias gariepinus. Biological Invasions 17(1), 57-61.

Elston, C., R. G. von Brandis, and P. D. Cowley. 2015. Gastric Lavage as a Non-Lethal Method for Stingray (Myliobatiformes) Diet Sampling. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (3): 415-419.

Filmalter, J., Cowley, P., Forget, F. & Dagorn, L. 2015. Fine-scale 3-dimensional movement behaviour of silky sharks Carcharhinus falciformis associated with fish aggregating devices (FADs). Marine Ecology Progress Series 539, 207-223. OA

Forget, F. G., M. Capello, J. D. Filmalter, R. Govinden, M. Soria, P. D. Cowley, and L. Dagorn. 2015. Behaviour and Vulnerability of Target and Non-Target Species at Drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in the Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishery Determined by Acoustic Telemetry. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72 (9): 1398-1405.

Fusi, M., Giomi, F., Babbini, S., Daffonchio, D., Mcquaid, C.D., Porri, F. & Cannicci, S. 2015. Thermal specialization across large geographical scales predicts the resilience of mangrove crab populations to global warming. Oikos 124(6), 784-795.

Gaither, M. R., M. A. Bernal, I. Fernandez-Silva, M. Mwale, S. A. Jones, C. Rocha, and L. A. Rocha. 2015. Two Deep Evolutionary Lineages in the Circumtropical Glasseye Heteropriacanthus Cruentatus (Teleostei, Priacanthidae) with Admixture in the South-Western Indian Ocean.Journal of Fish Biology 87 (3): 715-727.

Gon, O., Y. -C Liao, and S. Kwang-Tsao. 2015. A New Species of the Cardinalfish Genus Jaydia (Teleostei: Apogonidae) from the Philippines. Zootaxa 3980 (2): 286-292.

Gon, O. & A.L. Stewart. 2015. Family Microstomatidae (pp. 332-336). In: C.D. Roberts, A.L. Stewart & C.D. Struthers (eds), The fishes of New Zealand. Te Papa Press, Wellington. [Ch. in book]

Gon, O. & A.L. Stewart. 2015. Family Bathylagidae (pp. 337-345). In: C.D. Roberts, A.L. Stewart & C.D. Struthers (eds), The fishes of New Zealand. Te Papa Press, Wellington. [Ch. in book]

Gavin Gouws, Nasreen Peer, Renzo Perissinotto. 2015. MtDNA lineage diversity of a potamonautid freshwater crab in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Koedoe; Vol 57, No 1 (2015): 1-12 OA

Hargrove, J. S., O. L. F. Weyl, M. S. Allen, and N. R. Deacon. 2015. Using Tournament Angler Data to Rapidly Assess the Invasion Status of Alien Sport Fishes (Micropterus Spp.) in Southern Africa. PLoS ONE 10 (6). 

Hill, J. M., R. W. Jones, M. P. Hill, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Comparisons of Isotopic Niche Widths of some Invasive and Indigenous Fauna in a South African River. Freshwater Biology 60 (5): 893-902.

Holmes, M. and J. C. Taylor. 2015. Diatoms as Water Quality Indicators in the Upper Reaches of the Great Fish River, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science.

Hussey, N. E., S. T. Kessel, K. Aarestrup, S. J. Cooke, P. D. Cowley, A. T. Fisk, R. G. Harcourt, et al. 2015. Aquatic Animal Telemetry: A Panoramic Window into the Underwater World. Science 348 (6240): 1255642.

Huveneers, C., D. A. Ebert, and S. F. J. Dudley. 2015. The Evolution of Chondrichthyan Research through a Metadata Analysis of Dedicated International Conferences between 1991 and 2014. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (2): 129-139.

James, B. S., M. N. Bester, G. S. Penry, E. Gennari, and S. H. Elwen. 2015. Abundance and Degree of Residency of Humpback Dolphins Sousa Plumbea in Mossel Bay, South Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (3): 383-394.

Kemper, J. M., D. A. Ebert, G. J. P. Naylor, and D. A. Didier. 2015. Chimaera Carophila (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a New Species of Chimaera from New Zealand. Bulletin of Marine Science 91 (1): 63-81.

Kimberg, P.K., Woodford, D.J., Roux, H. & Weyl, O.L.F. 2015. Species-specific impact of introduced largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides in the Groot Marico Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Area, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 39(4), 451-458.
Kindler, D., Wagennar, I. & Weyl, O.L.F. An assessment of the reproductive biology of the Marico barb Barbus motebensis Steindachner 1894 from the upper Groot Marico catchment. African Journal of Aquatic Science. 40(4), 425-431.  

Kisten, Y., P. Pattrick, N. A. Strydom, and R. Perissinotto. 2015. Dynamics of Recruitment of Larval and Juvenile Cape Stumpnose Rhabdosargus Holubi (Teleostei: Sparidae) into the Swartkops and Sundays Estuaries, South Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (1): 1-10.

Knowles, R., K. Thumm, M. Mahony, H. Hines, D. Newell, and M. Cunningham. 2015. Oviposition and Egg Mass Morphology in Barred Frogs (Anura: Myobatrachidae: Mixophyes Günther, 1864), its Phylogenetic Significance and Implications for Conservation Management. Australian Zoologist 37 (3): 381-402.

Lin, Y. -J, B. M. Jessop, O. L. F. Weyl, Y. Iizuka, S. -H Lin, and W. -N Tzeng. 2015. Migratory History of African Longfinned Eel Anguilla Mossambica from Maningory River, Madagascar: Discovery of a Unique Pattern in Otolith Sr:Ca Ratios. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98 (1): 457-468.

Magoro, M. L., A. K. Whitfield, and L. Carassou. 2015. Predation by Introduced Largemouth Bass Micropterus Salmoides on Indigenous Marine Fish in the Lower Kowie River, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 40 (1): 81-88.

Mann, B. Q., P. D. Cowley, and S. T. Fennessy. 2015. Movement Patterns of Surf-Zone Fish Species in a Subtropical Marine Protected Area on the East Coast of South Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (1): 99-114.

McQuaid, C.D., Porri, F., Nicastro, K.R. & Zardi, G.I. 2015. Simple, scale-dependent patterns emerge from very complex effects – an example from the intertidal mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis and Perna perna. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 53, 127-156.

Mecklenburg, C. W. and M. E. Anderson. 2015. Reassessment of Multiple Species of Gymnelus (Teleostei: Zoarcidae) in Pacific Arctic and Boreal Regions. Zootaxa 3948 (2): 263-278.

Miya, T., O. Gon, M. Mwale, and C. -H C. Cheng. 2015. Multiple Independent Reduction Or Loss of Antifreeze Trait in Low Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Notothenioid Fishes. Antarctic Science

Muller, C., N. A. Strydom, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Fish Community of a Small, Temperate, Urban River in South Africa. Water SA 41 (5): 746-752.

Muller, C.M., Weyl, O.L.F. & Strydom, N. 2015. Introduction, establishment and spread of the Southern mouthbrooder Pseudocrenilabrus philander in the Baakens River, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Zoology 50(3), 259-262.

Murray, T.S., Magoro, M.L., Whitfield, A.K. & Cowley, P.D. 2015. Movement behaviour of alien largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides in the estuarine headwater region of the Kowie River, South Africa. African Zoology, 50: 263–271.

Nielsen, J. G., W. Schwarzhans, and F. Uiblein. 2015. Review of the Indo-West Pacific Ophidiid Genera Sirembo and Spottobrotula (Ophidiiformes, Ophidiidae), with Description of Three New Species. Marine Biology Research 11 (2): 113-134.

Nunes, A. L., E. Tricarico, V. E. Panov, A. C. Cardoso, and S. Katsanevakis. 2015. Pathways and Gateways of Freshwater Invasions in Europe. Aquatic Invasions 10 (4): 359-370. OA [Review]

Peer, N., R. Perissinotto, G. Gouws, and N. A. F. Miranda. 2015. Description of a New Species of Potamonautes Macleay, 1838, from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. ZooKeys (503): 23-43.

Pinheiro, H.T., Di Dario, F., Gerhardinger, L.C., de Melo, M.R.S., de Moura, R.L., Reis, R.E., Veira, F., Zuanon, J. & Rocha, L.A. 2015. Brazilian aquatic biodiversity in peril. Science 350(6264), 1043-1044.

Plön, S., De Wet, M., Lane, E., Wohlsein, P. Siebert, U. & Thompson, P. 2015. The importance of a standardized necropsy protocol for health investigations of small cetaceans in South Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research 45(3), 332-341.  [OA at  Univ Pretoria IR]

Potter, I. C., J. R. Tweedley, M. Elliott, and A. K. Whitfield. 2015. The Ways in which Fish use Estuaries: A Refinement and Expansion of the Guild Approach. Fish and Fisheries 16 (2): 230-239

Potts, W. M., A. Götz, and N. James. 2015. Review of the Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Fishes in Southern Africa. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 25 (4): 603-630.

Sal, S., L. Alonso-Saez, J. Bueno, F. C. Garc─▒a, and A. Lopez-Urrutia. 2015. Thermal Adaptation, Phylogeny, and the Unimodal Size Scaling of Marine Phytoplankton Growth. Limnology and Oceanography 60 (4): 1212-1221.

Sloterdijk, H., N. C. James, M. K. S. Smith, W. Ekau, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Population Dynamics and Biology of an Invasive Population of Mosquitofish Gambusia Affinis in a Temperate Estuarine Lake System. African Zoology 50 (1): 31-40.

Smith, M.K.S., Kruger, N. & Murray, T.S. 2015. Aerial surveys conducted along the Garden Route coastline, South Africa, to determine patterns in shore fishing effort. Koedoe 57(1), 9pp. OA

Stewart, A.L. & Gon, O. 2015. Family Epigonidae (pp. 1219-1226). In: C.D. Roberts, A.L. Stewart & C.D. Struthers (eds), The fishes of New Zealand. Te Papa Press, Wellington. [Ch. in book]

Strydom, N. A., C. J. Coetzer, and P. Pattrick. 2015. The Complex Early Life History of a Marine Estuarine-Opportunist Fish Species, Solea Turbynei (Soleidae) from Temperate South Africa. Scientia Marina 79 (2): 169-178. OA

Suárez-Morales, E., R. J. Wasserman, and T. Dalu. 2015. A New Species of Lovenula Schmeil (Copepoda, Calanoida, Diaptomidae) from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Crustaceana 88 (3): 324-342.

Taylor, G. C., O. L. F. Weyl, P. D. Cowley, and M. S. Allen. 2015. Dispersal and Population-Level Mortality of Micropterus Salmoides Associated with Catch and Release Tournament Angling in a South African Reservoir. Fisheries Research 162: 37-42.

Tolotti, M. T., J. D. Filmalter, P. Bach, P. Travassos, B. Seret, and L. Dagorn. 2015. Banning is Not enough: The Complexities of Oceanic Shark Management by Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. Global Ecology and Conservation 4: 1-7.

Tweddle, D. 2015. What Factors Drive Fishery Yields in the Lower Shire River, Malawi? African Journal of Aquatic Science 40 (3): 307-310.

Tweddle, D., I. G. Cowx, R. A. Peel, and O. L. F. Weyl. 2015. Challenges in Fisheries Management in the Zambezi, One of the Great Rivers of Africa. Fisheries Management and Ecology 22 (1): 99-111.

Uiblein, F. and D. C. Gledhill. 2015. A New Goatfish of the Genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from Australia and Vanuatu, with Inter- and Intraspecific Comparisons. Marine Biology Research 11 (5): 475-491.

Uiblein, F. and G. Gouws. 2015. Distinction and Relatedness – Taxonomic and Genetic Studies Reveal a New Species Group of Goatfishes (Upeneus; Mullidae). Marine Biology Research.

Uiblein, F. and W. T. White. 2015. A New Goatfish of the Genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from Lombok, Indonesia and First Verified Record of U. Asymmetricus for the Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 3980 (1): 51-66.

Venter, J.A. & Conradie, W. 2015. A checklist of the reptiles and amphibians found in protected areas along the South African Wild Coast, with notes on conservation implications. Koedoe; Vol 57 (1), Art. 1247, 25 pp. OA

Von Der Heyden, S., J. A. Toms, P. R. Teske, S. J. Lamberth, and W. Holleman. 2015. Contrasting Signals of Genetic Diversity and Historical Demography between Two Recently Diverged Marine and Estuarine Fish Species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 526: 157-167.

Walovich, K. A., D. A. Ebert, D. J. Long, and D. A. Didier. 2015. Redescription of Hydrolagus Africanus (Gilchrist, 1922) (Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), with a Review of Southern African Chimaeroids and a Key to their Identification. African Journal of Marine Science 37 (2): 157-165.

Wasserman, R. J., T. J. F. Vink, T. Dalu, and P. W. Froneman. 2015. Fish Predation Regimes Modify Benthic Diatom Community Structures: Experimental Evidence from an in Situ Mesocosm Study. Austral Ecology 40 (7): 806-815.

Wasserman, R. J., T. J. F. Vink, D. J. Woodford, and P. W. Froneman. 2015. Spawning and Nest Guarding of the River Goby (Glossogobius Callidus) from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. African Journal of Ecology. Volume 53, Issue 4, December 2015, Pages: 609–612

Weidberg, N., F. Porri, C. E. O. Von der Meden, J. M. Jackson, W. Goschen, and C. D. McQuaid. 2015. Mechanisms of Nearshore Retention and Offshore Export of Mussel Larvae over the Agulhas Bank. Journal of Marine Systems 144: 70-80.

Weyl OLF, Cowley PD. 2015. Fisheries in subtropical and temperate regions of Africa. Pages 241-255 in JF Craig (Editor). The Ecology of Freshwater Fisheries. New York: Wiley. [Ch. in Book] 

Weyl, O. L. F., B. R. Ellender, R. J. Wasserman, and D. J. Woodford. 2015. Unintended Consequences of using Alien Fish for Human Benefit in Protected Areas. Koedoe 57 (1). OA

White, W.T., Vaz, D.F.B., Ho, H-C., Ebert, D.A., de Carvalho, M.R., Corrigan, S., Rochel, E., de Carvalho, M., Tanaka, S. & Naylor, G.J.P. 2015. Redescription of Scymnodon ichiharai Yano and Tanaka 1984 (Squaliformes: Somniosidae) from the western North Pacific, with comments on the definition of somniosid genera. Ichthyological Research 62, 213-229.

Whitfield, A. K. 2015. Why are there so Few Freshwater Fish Species in most Estuaries? Journal of Fish Biology 86 (4): 1227-1250. [Review]

Whitfield, A. K. and P. Pattrick. 2015. Habitat Type and Nursery Function for Coastal Marine Fish Species, Withemphasis on the Eastern Cape Region, South Africa. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 160: 49-59.  [Review