17
taxa
6 plants
1 amphibian
2 birds
1 mammal
2 reptiles
3 insects
2 arachnids
21
observations
18
life list firsts

Photos / Sounds

P1110506

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 07:11 AM EST

Description

A Citrullus variety was thought to have been domesticated 4000 years ago in Egypt, which led to the watermelon.

Location approximate to Okwa Valley.

Photos / Sounds

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 07:13 AM EST

Description

Abundant ground cover.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 07:26 AM EST

Description

Still deciding between G flava and G bicolor

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P1110518

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 07:27 AM EST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 08:53 AM EST

Description

Certain of the genus, less confident about the species.

Photos / Sounds

P1110531

What

black-winged kite Elanus caeruleus

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 09:00 AM EST

Description

location approximate to Okwa Valley

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 09:04 AM EST

Description

Not 100% confident on ID.

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What

trumpet thorn (Catophractes alexandri) Catophractes alexandri

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 09:06 AM EST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 11:55 AM EST

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P1110548

What

Bushveld Lizard (Heliobolus lugubris) Heliobolus lugubris

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 01:08 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

P1110549

What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 01:09 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 03:02 PM EST

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P1110556

What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 03:20 PM EST

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P1110563

What

Afrotis afraoides Eupodotis afraoides

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 06:08 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

P1110562

What

Gemsbok Oryx gazella

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 06:08 PM EST

Description

5x individuals

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P1110564

What

gemsbok Oryx gazella

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 06:18 PM EST

Description

1x individual

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P1110572

What

gemsbok Oryx gazella

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 06:25 PM EST

Description

the last gemsbok I saw in Botswana

Photos / Sounds

What

Isoptera Order Blattodea

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 07:29 PM EST

Description

Winged termites emerging from ground. Happening simultaneously from hundreds of burrows. One of the most spectacular things I've ever seen.

Photos / Sounds

What

African Bullfrog Pyxicephalus adspersus

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 08:07 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

P1110606

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007 08:16 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

muir

Date

December 16, 2007

Description

The red velvet mite.

From Cloudley-Thompson (1962) Some aspects of the physiology and behaviour of Dinothrombium (Acari):
"Adult giant velvet mites appear in the desert after rain. They are diurnal in habit, but become crepuscular in dry conditions. Their high rate of water-loss by transpiration suggests that they are not particularly well adapted to drought. They are positively phototactic [moves in response to light] and negatively geotactic [moves upward away from the pull of gravity] in dry sand, but dig burrows where it is damp. Their scarlet coloration has an aposematic function."

location approximate to Okwa Valley