© 1978

Biogeography and Ecology of Southern Africa

  • M. J. A. Werger

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Environment, present and past

  3. Biogeography and ecology

    1. M. J. A. Werger
      Pages 145-170
    2. H. C. Taylor
      Pages 171-229
    3. M. J. A. Werger
      Pages 231-299
    4. M. J. A. Werger, B. J. Coetzee
      Pages 301-462
    5. F. White
      Pages 463-513
    6. D. J. B. Killick
      Pages 515-560
    7. E. J. Moll, F. White
      Pages 561-598
    8. F. White, M. J. A. Werger
      Pages 599-620
    9. M. C. Rutherford
      Pages 621-659
    10. R. W. Sims
      Pages 661-676
    11. G. Newlands, H. Ruhberg
      Pages 677-684
    12. G. Newlands
      Pages 685-702
    13. Magdalena K. P. Smith Meyer, G. C. Loots
      Pages 703-718

About this book


Southern Africa is certainly not a naturally bounded area so that there are several possibilities for delineating it and concepts about its extent. Wellington* discussed the various possibilities for delineation and suggested that one line stands out more clearly and definitely as a physical boundary than any other, namely the South Equatorial Divide, the watershed between the ZaIre, Cuanza and Rufiji Rivers on the one hand and the Z ambezi, Cunene and Rovuma Rivers on the other. This South Equatorial Divide is indeed a major line of separation for some organisms and is also applicable in a certain geographical sense, though it does not possess the slightest significance for many other groups of organisms, ecosystems or geographical and physical features of Africa. The placing of the northern boundary of southern Africa differs in fact strongly per scientific dis­ cipline and is also influenced by practical considerations regarding the possibilities of scientific work as subordinate to certain political realities and historically grown traditions. This is illustrated, for example, in such works as the Flora of Southern Africa, where the northern boundary of the area is conceived as the northern and eastern political boundaries of South West Africa, South Africa and Swaziland. Botswana, traditionally included in the area covered by the Flora Zambesiaca, thus forms a large wedge in 'Southern Africa'.


Fauna Karoo Mangrove Namib Vegetation classification ecology ecosystem environment morphology

Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. A. Werger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeobotanyUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenthe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biogeography and Ecology of Southern Africa
  • Editors Marinus J.A. Werger
    A.C. van Bruggen
  • Series Title Monographiae Biologicae
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-6193-083-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9953-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9951-0
  • Series ISSN 0077-0639
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 1444
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Applied Ecology
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