|Publication:||Name: African Invertebrates Publisher: The Council of Natal Museum Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Zoology and wildlife conservation Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2003 The Council of Natal Museum ISSN: 1681-5556|
|Issue:||Date: August, 2003 Source Volume: 44 Source Issue: 1|
The Centre International de Myriapodologie (CIM) was established in
1968 at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. This organisation
is the official international society for specialist research on all
aspects of myriapods and onychophorans. An international congress is
held every three years under the auspices of the CIM. The 12th
International Congess of Myriapodology was held at a resort in Mtunzini,
on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa between 29 July and 2
August, 2002. This was the first African venue for the congress, at
which there were 47 participants from 20 countries.
This volume of African Invertebrates represents a collection of papers presented at the 12th International Congress of Myriapodology. This is an important contribution to the series of ten previous proceedings produced through these congresses, and published as supplements to a variety of international journals.
African Invertebrates was formerly known as the Annals of the Natal Museum. This journal has a long tradition of publishing predominantly taxonomic and morphological papers on myriapods and onychophorans, with a focus on those from southern Africa.
With the change in name, the journal has broadened its focus to include all aspects of African invertebrate biology, including biogeography, ecology, and conservation. While the majority of papers in this volume do not focus on African myriapods in particular, most of the topics covered have relevance to myriapods across all geographic areas, including Africa. In order to ensure that the standard required by African Invertebrates was met in this volume, the usual review process for African Invertebrates was followed, with each manuscript being peer-reviewed by two experts in a relevant field.
This volume has resulted from the dedicated efforts of a large number of people, including the congress participants who travelled to South Africa and the authors of the manuscripts presented here. The International Scientific Committee--Prof. Dr Henrik Enghoff, Dr Jean-Jaques Geoffroy, Dr Sergei Golovatch, Dr Richard Hoffman, Dr John G. Lewis, Dr Robert Mesibov, Dr Helen Read, Dr Roland Shelley, and Prof. Robert Slotow--made an enormous contribution in terms of the review and editorial process. In addition, I am grateful for the willingness of the following reviewers to assist with manuscripts: Dr Colleen Downs, Dr Savel Daniels, Dr David Barraclough, Dr Gregory Edgecombe, Dr Markus Koch, Prof. Wolfgang Dohle, Prof. Alessandro Minelli, Dr Muriel Walker, Dr Brian Stuckenberg, Dr Jean-Pierre Hugo, Dr Gero Hilken, and Mr Guy Redman. Dr David Barraclough provided invaluable editorial assistance. Mr Graham Elliott is thanked for doing the layout for publication.
The 13th International Congress of Myriapodology will be held in Bergen, Norway, in 2005. I am sure that all myriapodologists and onychophoran researchers anticipate another fulfilling congress, and wish the organisers a successful event.
Michelle Hamer, School of Botany and Zoology, University of Natal
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