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Public Lecture Wednesday 18 September "The metamorphosis of the butterfly atlas"

LepiMAP34343 Vaughan Jessnitz

The Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) project aimed to increase understanding of the diversity and distribution of butterflies in the atlas region (South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland), thereby providing for effective conservation assessment and planning. It was a three-way partnership between the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa and the Animal Demography Unit (UCT). The main outputs were conservation assessments and red listings, as well as distribution maps, for all 794 butterfly species and subspecies in the atlas region. Three taxa are extinct and one in every eight butterflies is threatened with extinction. The SABCA project started as an idea in 2004 (the “egg” stage), and metamorphosed since then to produce the Red List and Atlas which was recently published and launched in May 2013 (the “adult” stage).

Dr Silvia Mecenero : Silvia was the project coordinator for the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) project. SABCA ran from May 2007 to April 2011. It was a three-way partnership between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc) and the Animal Demography Unit at UCT. Silvia is currently doing a postdoc through the University of Pretoria and the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Kirstenbosch, with close collaboration with the University of York, UK. Her research involves macroecological approaches towards understanding spatiotemporal patterns in butterfly diversity and distribution in southern Africa, with relevance to biodiversity conservation. Her project is making use of the database compiled during the butterfly atlas project (SABCA).

Date: Wednesday 18th September 2013

Time: 17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)

Place: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory

You can also get this information as a pdf. Please forward the information to anyone whom you think might be interested.

The photo is by Vaughan Jessnitz, and is from the ADU Virtual Museum through which a lot of data was uploaded into the butterfly atlas. This project continues. Please upload all photos of butterflies to the Virtual Museum. Full details of the photo are available here.


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