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Cape Shoveler Anas smithii
2012-04-02 15:05:15

The Cape Shoveler, (Anas smithii), is a species of dabbling duck native to South Africa. It is also commonly found further north in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zambia. Its habitats are open wetlands such as grassland or marshes with some emergent vegetation. This bird is non-migratory, but does have some seasonal movements. The birds binomial (species)...

2012-03-21 18:26:56

Massospondylus, meaning “longer vertebrae,” is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Hettangian to Pliensbachian ages of the Early Jurassic Period (200 to 183 million years ago). Massospondylus was discovered in 1853 by J.M. Orpen in the Upper Elliott Formation at Harrismith, South Africa. It was described in 1854 by Sir Richard Owen. It is one of the first dinosaurs to have been named....

2010-02-02 16:01:17

Melanorosaurus, meaning "Black Mountain Lizard", is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period. It was discovered in the Elliot Formation on the northern slope of Thaba 'Nyama (Black Mountain) in Transkei, South Africa. The type species, M. readi, was described in 1924. The first complete skull was not described until 2007. One other species is known, M. thabanensis. This...

Baboon Flower Babiana stricta
2009-04-23 10:13:13

The Baboon Flower, or Babiana stricta, the most familiar species of Babiana, grows in Cape Province, South Africa. This plant is typically used as an ornamental plant. It is classified in the Iridaceae family and the Crocoideae subfamily. The baboon flower grows from a corm into not so large, but very colorful blooms. It exists in many different hybrids and variations with multi colored...

Blacksmith Lapwing
2009-02-27 14:44:51

The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) is a species of bird found from Kenya through central Tanzania to southern and southwestern Africa. It occurs in wetlands of all sizes. It is even attracted to water troughs and places where water is spilled and dampens the ground. In South Africa this bird are more commonly found in balanced grasslands, as opposed to...

Cape Francolin
2009-01-15 18:29:10

The Cape Francolin (Francolinus capensis) is a species of pheasant from the family Phasianidae. It is native to the southwestern Cape of South Africa. Its habitat is scrubby open areas that are usually close to running water. Undisturbed specimens may be very tame and can be seen feeding in gardens, along the roadsides, or on farms around chickens. When disturbed, it will run rather than fly....

Southern Double-collared Sunbird
2008-08-14 10:26:21

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus), also known as the Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, is a species of sunbird that breeds in southern South Africa. It is mainly resident, but partially migratory in the north-east of its range. This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. It was formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia. The Southern...

Malachite Sunbird
2008-08-11 20:36:40

The Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa), is a small bird with two subspecies. The nominate N. f. famosa occurs mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and western Swaziland, although its range just extends into southern Namibia and Zimbabwe. N. f. cupreonitens breeds in the highlands from Ethiopia south to northern Mozambique. This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos, protea and aloe habitat and...

Scrub Hare
2008-06-16 16:02:21

The Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis), is a species of hare found in South Africa, parts of central Africa, and Namibia. It is found at about 3200 to 6500 feet above sea level. Its dorsal fur is gray and black, while its ventral fur is white. It has a black and white tail, while it has lighter fur around its face. Its length varies from 17.5 to 25 inches, and it weighs 3.5 to 10 pounds. Females...

Goldribbon Soap Fish
2008-06-16 14:23:16

The Goldribbon Soap fish (Aulacocephalus temminckii), is a large marine fish of the grouper family, found in the Indo-Pacific oceans from South Africa to Japan, and New Zealand where it is at its southernmost limit. Its depth range is between 65 and 400 feet. It inhabits caves and crevices in rocky reefs. The body coloring is deep blue, with a yellow band on each side from the snout through...

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