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2005-08-03 15:34:09

How fast a lineage divides may explain why some areas contain more species than others. The Cape of South Africa is one of the most floristically diverse regions on Earth and many species are found nowhere else. There are two broad explanations for high species richness in the Cape: either the Cape represents an old, relatively undisturbed area that has accumulated species richness gradually over time or the recent onset of its Mediterranean-type climate triggered rapid diversification. In a...


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Cape Grysbok, Raphicerus melanotis
2012-06-26 15:14:46

The cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis) is native to the Western Cape area of South Africa. Its range stretches from Albany to the Cedarberg mountains. Its preferred habitat lies within the "Fynbos biome", or Cape Floristic Region, where it inhabits dense shrub lands. It will sometimes browse for food in orchards and vineyards and has been seen along the edges of urban sites in the Cape Peninsula. In southern Karoo, it has been spotted within reed beds and along riverbeds. The cape grysbok...

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