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peterslingsby

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July 29, 2012

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Ant-dependent fynbos plants 18d
Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
The foliage of this subsp is a particularly attractive grey: granite soils and pugnacious ants [Anoplolepis steingroeveri]. The uncommon and beautiful shimmering sugar ants [Camponotus vestitus] often forage in the fresh inflorescences for nectar.
See www.ants.org.za for more info

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peterslingsby

Date

October 17, 2014

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Bayne's Sugar ant (Camponotus baynei)
Slightly smaller than Camponotus maculatus - major about 14mm, minor about 7 mm; coloring very dark brown to black on coppery red with paler legs; lack the 'spotting' of C. maculatus but similar habitat and habits, too; one queen in the nest which we did not remove; lots of brood [eggs, larvae, pupae] - a healthy little colony of several hundred individuals. Handsome ants from the Maculatus group of Camponotines, nesting under a stone next to the path. More at www.ants.org.za

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peterslingsby

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October 17, 2014

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The Camponotus is not as numerous or aggressive as the Anoplolepis which it imitates; the smooth curve of the thorax [without any lumps or bumps] marks it as Camponotus. It seems to prefer granitic soils, too, whereas the Anoplolepis is commonest on hot, dry shales.
The refractive hairs on the gaster of the large Pugnacious ant [Anoplolepis custodiens] give them a distinct, shimmering 'checkered' appearance and may be a device to warn predators that this very aggressive ant is not to be trifled with. The Shimmering sugar ant [Camponotus vestitus] imitates this property with considerable precision. It's not a very aggressive or numerous species: is it imitating its distant cousin as a protection?
More at www.ants.org.za

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peterslingsby

Date

February 19, 2015

Description

Very aggressive ants that attack on contact; they are prime movers of seeds of myrmecochorous plants

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peterslingsby

Date

July 19, 2006

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Sissies
Ant-dependent fynbos plants 11
Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
This startling little beauty was growing close to the cliff-edge above Platteklip Gorge. The fruits and elaiosomes [ant-attract-ants] are very small and look as though small-sized ants could be involved. But ... don’t hold your breathe. The only ants around were Anoplolepis steingroeveri.
What more can we say? Resprouter or non-resprouter? Dunno.
See www.ants.org.za for more info

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peterslingsby

Date

January 14, 2007

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Ant-dependent fynbos plants 6a
Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
MOUNTAIN DAHLIA
These splendid flowers are also vigorous resprouters, and here’s the rub – the only ants we saw fossicking around in these flowers were Crematogasters, which if they took the fruits of myrmecochores would put the plants amongst Nature’s greatest losers – the ants nest in fire-prone old dry wood and, if that’s not bad enough, build nests of inflammable cardboard in bushes. But that’s not all ... Crematogasters [cocktail ants] are implacable enemies of Anoplolepis, the greatest drivers of myrmecochory in the fynbos. So we don’t know who takes the fruits, but fortunately the plant is a great resprouter and seedlings [hardly surprisingly] are pretty hard to find.
See www.ants.org.za for more info

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amur leopard Panthera pardus

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iluvpoland

Date

February 20, 2015 12:00 AM COT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

a small amur leopard close up!! life changing expeiriance!!

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amur leopard Panthera pardus

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iluvpoland

Date

February 20, 2015 12:00 AM COT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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a small amur leopard close up!! life changing expeiriance!!

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Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis

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kylecmsmith

Date

October 14, 2014

Description

After reaching the top of Table Mountain, I started heading in the direction of the tourist shop in order to find some much needed drinking water. I saw some people looking over the wall to the left, and I looked over. Just as I was hoping, there was a hyrax. I actually saw a few in that area.

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peterslingsby

Date

April 5, 2012

Description

Black sugar ant (Camponotus werthi)
Medium size [majors >10mm, minors >6mm] jet-black ants that prefer moist fynbos environments; shy and probably nocturnal, they often nest in old wood or hollow stems and are not as prominently active as their hairy cousins, C. niveosetosus. Black sugar ants closely resemble the Hairy sugar ant (Camponotus niveosetosus) in size and body colour, but lack the prominent white bristles that distinguish the latter. They are much more shy and often nest in wood or hollow stems. Common in the Cape Peninsula mountains and the Kogelberg, but I have not found them elsewhere. More on these and other camponotines at www.ants.org.za

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peterslingsby

Date

November 11, 2014

Description

Southern timid ant (Monomorium australe)
Evenly coloured brown with slightly darker gaster, ants about 2.5 mm, all same size. A pair of bristles on each petiole node and a few pairs of bristles on the gaster segments. The thorax is faintly pitted. The Southern timid ant illustrated can easily be confused with Pheidole ants, but the absence of big-headed major ants gives them away. They appear to be able to survive invasion by Argentine ants and I have found them in my Zandvlei garden. This species can be distinguished under the microscope by the few pairs of bristles on the petiole nodes and the gaster segments. All Monomoriums have stings but are too small to cause harm to humans.
For more info see www.ants.org.za

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Five-toed Whip Lizard Tetradactylus seps

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toby

Date

January 1, 2015 09:01 PM SAST

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Flowering plants Class Magnoliopsida

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ctnash

Date

October 29, 2008 12:35 PM AEST

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Woody seed cases, on rock side of mountain.

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Proteas Family Proteaceae

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ctnash

Date

October 10, 2008 12:29 AM AEST

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Woody flowers, growing wild.

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Proteas Family Proteaceae

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ctnash

Date

October 10, 2008 12:31 AM AEST

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These are woody flowers gowing along the walking track.

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Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio

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ctnash

Date

October 10, 2008 12:31 AM AEST

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Nest material gathering.

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Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

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joachim

Date

September 27, 2014

Place

Houtbay (Google, OSM)

Description

Might be captive but also free roaming specimen in that place

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Cape sugarbird Promerops cafer

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Green Protea Beetle Trichostetha fascicularis

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Is specialised on Protea

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Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Four-striped Grass Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Cape fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus ssp. pusillus

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ctnash

Date

October 7, 2008 12:15 PM AEST

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Several seen ashore.

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Silver gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

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ctnash

Date

October 7, 2008 12:13 PM AEST

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Several seen perched.

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Cape fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus ssp. pusillus

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ctnash

Date

October 7, 2008 12:15 PM AEST

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Several seen ashore.

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Silver gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

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ctnash

Date

October 7, 2008 12:13 PM AEST

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Several seen perched.

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Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus

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rdm24

Date

February 20, 2005 06:27 PM PST

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Drive fast--these guys are carjackers!

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African Penguin Spheniscus demersus

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rdm24

Date

February 19, 2005 09:32 PM PST

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(Somewhere...)

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Black Girdled Lizard Cordylus niger

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rdm24

Date

February 20, 2005 05:20 PM PST

Place

cape town (Google, OSM)