Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian J. Huntley, Nuno Ferrand
      Pages 3-14 Open Access
    3. Stephen P. Kirkman, Kumbi Kilongo Nsingi
      Pages 43-52 Open Access
    4. Octávio Mateus, Pedro M. Callapez, Michael J. Polcyn, Anne S. Schulp, António Olímpio Gonçalves, Louis L. Jacobs
      Pages 53-76 Open Access
  3. Flora, Vegetation and Landscape Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. David J. Goyder, Francisco Maiato P. Gonçalves
      Pages 79-96 Open Access
    3. Rasmus Revermann, Manfred Finckh
      Pages 97-107 Open Access
    4. Paulina Zigelski, Amândio Gomes, Manfred Finckh
      Pages 109-121 Open Access
    5. John M. Mendelsohn
      Pages 123-137 Open Access
  4. Invertebrate Diversity: Environmental Indicators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Jens Kipping, Viola Clausnitzer, Sara R. F. Fernandes Elizalde, Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra
      Pages 141-165 Open Access
    3. Luís F. Mendes, A. Bivar-de-Sousa, Mark C. Williams
      Pages 167-203 Open Access
  5. Vertebrates: Distribution and Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Paul H. Skelton
      Pages 207-242 Open Access
    3. Ninda Baptista, Werner Conradie, Pedro Vaz Pinto, William R. Branch
      Pages 243-281 Open Access
    4. William R. Branch, Pedro Vaz Pinto, Ninda Baptista, Werner Conradie
      Pages 283-334 Open Access
    5. W. Richard J. Dean, Martim Melo, Michael S. L. Mills
      Pages 335-356 Open Access
    6. Pedro Beja, Pedro Vaz Pinto, Luís Veríssimo, Elena Bersacola, Ezequiel Fabiano, Jorge M. Palmeirim et al.
      Pages 357-443 Open Access
    7. Caroline R. Weir
      Pages 445-470 Open Access
    8. Pedro Vaz Pinto
      Pages 471-491 Open Access
  6. Research and Conservation Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 493-493
    2. Brian J. Huntley, Pedro Beja, Pedro Vaz Pinto, Vladimir Russo, Luís Veríssimo, Miguel Morais
      Pages 495-512 Open Access
    3. Rui Figueira, Fernanda Lages
      Pages 513-542 Open Access
    4. Vladimir Russo, Brian J. Huntley, Fernanda Lages, Nuno Ferrand
      Pages 543-549 Open Access

About this book


This open access multi-authored book presents a 'state of the science' synthesis of knowledge on the biodiversity of Angola, based on sources in peer-reviewed journals, in books and where appropriate, unpublished official reports. The book identifies Angola as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, but notes that its fauna, flora, habitats and the processes that drive the dynamics of its ecosystems are still very poorly researched and documented.

This 'state of the science' synthesis is for the use of all students of Angola's biodiversity, and for those responsible for the planning, development and sustainable management of the country's living resources.  The volume brings together the results of expeditions and research undertaken in Angola since the late eighteenth century, with emphasis on work conducted in the four decades since Angola's independence in 1975. The individual chapters have been written by leaders in their fields, and reviewed by peers familiar with the region.


Open access Flora and fauna of Angola Angola, Africa African biodiversity conservation Pleistocene relict Miombo Woodlands, Tropical Rainforest, Namib Desert Angolan endemism Angolan exctinction Giant Sable Antelope, Gorilla, Oryx, Elephant

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian J. Huntley
    • 1
  • Vladimir Russo
    • 2
  • Fernanda Lages
    • 3
  • Nuno Ferrand
    • 4
  1. 1.CIBIO-InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos GenéticosUniversidade do PortoVairãoPortugal
  2. 2.Fundação KissamaLuandaAngola
  3. 3.ISCED – Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação da HuílaLubangoAngola
  4. 4.CIBIO-InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos Laboratório Associado, Campus de VairãoUniversidade do PortoVairãoPortugal

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