African Invertebrates is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1906 as the Annals of the Natal Government Museum (later changed to the Annals of the Natal Museum). The journal has been in continuous publication for over 100 years, and has published more than 5,000 nomenclatural acts. Original printed copies of the journal are still available back to 1906. Digital issues are also available for free via SABINET African Journal Archive. African Invertebrates is published twice yearly.
The journal covers the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, ecology, conservation, and paleontology of Afrotropical invertebrates, whether terrestrial, freshwater, or marine. African Invertebrates accepts large revisionary works, as well as review papers and smaller contributions.
A wide range of natural science topics has been covered in the Annals of the Natal Museum and subsequently in African Invertebrates, including papers dealing with embryology, histology, medical and agricultural entomology, terrestrial and marine ecology, botany, geography, general geology, with special reference to petrography and stratigraphy, and nature conservation have been published.
The coverage of animal taxa includes representatives of Protozoa, Porifera, Cnidaria, Plathelminthes, Nematoda, Rotifera, Onychophora, Arthropoda, Crustacea, Chelicerata, Trilobita, Myriapoda, Insecta, Annelida, Bryozoa, Mollusca, Sipunculida, Echinodermata, and Hemichordata.
African Invertebrates is indexed in the following databases: Science Citation Index, The Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, Scopus, and GeoRef. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2009 ranking is 53 among 129 journals in the category “Zoology.”