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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
    14. O. Kraus
      Pages 719-722
    15. Elliot Pinhey
      Pages 723-731
    16. David C. Rentz
      Pages 733-746
    17. J. E. Ruelle
      Pages 747-762
    18. Elliot Pinhey
      Pages 763-773
    19. John Bowden
      Pages 775-796
    20. S. Endrödy-Younga
      Pages 797-821
    21. A. J. Prins
      Pages 823-875
    22. A. C. van Bruggen
      Pages 877-923
    23. J. C. Poynton, D. G. Broadley
      Pages 925-948
    24. J. M. Winterbottom
      Pages 949-979
    25. R. C. Bigalke
      Pages 981-1048
    26. Bill Puzo
      Pages 1049-1112
  4. Biogeography and ecology of special habitats

    1. D. S. Mitchell
      Pages 1113-1138
    2. A. D. Harrison
      Pages 1139-1152
    3. D. S. Brown
      Pages 1153-1180
    4. A. P. Bowmaker, P. B. N. Jackson, R. A. Jubb
      Pages 1181-1230
    5. E. J. Moll, M. J. A. Werger
      Pages 1231-1238
    6. A. C. Brown, N. Jarman
      Pages 1239-1277
    7. F. Malaisse
      Pages 1279-1300
  5. Conservation

    1. B. J. Huntley
      Pages 1333-1384
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1385-1439

About this book

Introduction

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'.

Keywords

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

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-9951-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9953-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9951-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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