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Departement Afrikaanse Zoölogie (KMMA)

English name: Department of African Zoology
Parent institute: Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika; Departement Biologie (KMMA), more

Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren
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Type: Scientific
Level: Department

Persons (5)  Top | Institutes | Publications 

Associated to an institute part (11)

Child institutes (2)  Top | Persons | Publications 
  • Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika; Afrikaanse Zoölogie; Afdeling invertebraten niet-insecten (KMMA), more
  • Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika; Afrikaanse Zoölogie; Afdeling Vertebraten (KMMA), more

Within the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), founded in 1898, the department of African Zoology is divided into six branches, two of which comprise a marine or an estuarine component. These branches are: ‘Non-insect invertebrates’ and ‘Vertebrates; research unit Ichthyology’. The former specialises in the systematics (classification) of diverse groups of animals which fall neither under vertebrates nor insects. This branch is mainly concerned with the study of spiders, mites, Diplopoda and certain marine organisms such as sea cucumbers. The scientists are specialised in the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of African species. Their studies also focus on biodiversity, research of indicator species and the protection of terrestrial and aquatic fauna.

On the other hand, the branch ‘Vertebrates; research unit Ichthyology’ is among other things responsible for the database concerning African fresh water and brackish fish (FishBase for Africa).

In summary, research conducted on the marine and estuarine components by the department of African Zoology is related to the following topics:
• Taxonomic studies of sea cucumbers;
• FishBase: the largest worldwide fish-encyclopedia and scientific data source on fish. The RMCA is responsible for the African brackish and fresh water fish (

In the future, the branch ‘Non-insect invertebrates’ will further delve into the taxonomic study of sea cucumbers. Also, this branch collaborates closely with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the Museum Victoria (Australia) and the University of Florida (USA).

Publications (6)  Top | Persons | Institutes 
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  • Peer reviewed article Patzke, N.; Spocter, M.; Karlsson, K.; Bertelsen, M.; Haagensen, M.; Chawana, R.; Streicher, S.; Kaswera, C.; Gilissen, E.; Alagaili, A.; Mohammed, O.; Reep, R.; Bennett, N.; Siegel, J.; Ihunwo, A.; Manger, P. (2015). In contrast to many other mammals, cetaceans have relatively small hippocampi that appear to lack adult neurogenesis. Brain structure & function 220(1): 361-383., more
  • Peer reviewed article Michonneau, F.; Borrero-Perez, G.H.; Honey, M.; Kamarudin, K.R.; Kerr, A.M.; Kim, S.; Menez, M.A.; Miller, A.; Ocha, J.A.; Olavides, R.D.; Paulay, G.; Samyn, Y.; Setyastuti, A.; Solis-Marin, F.; Starmer, J.; Vandenspiegel, D. (2013). The littoral sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of Guam re-assessed - a diversity curve that still does not asymptote. Cah. Biol. Mar. 54(4): 531-540, more
  • Peer reviewed article Kylin, H.; Bouwman, H.; Louette, M. (2011). Distributions of the subspecies of Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus in sub-Saharan Africa. Bird Study 58(2): 186-192., more
  • Peer reviewed article Kylin, H.; Louette, M.; Herroelen, P.; Bouwman, H. (2010). Nominate lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus fuscus) winter in the Congo basin. Ornis Fennica 87(3): 106-113, more
  • Peer reviewed article Samyn, Y.; Kerr, A.; O’Loughlin, M.; Massin, C.; Pawson, D.L.; Rowe, F.W.E.; Smiley, S.; Solis-Marin, F.A.; Thandar, A.S.; VandenSpiegel, D.; Paulay, G. (2010). Using sea cucumbers to illustrate the basics of zoological nomenclature. SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 30: 33-40, more
  • Peer reviewed article Samyn, Y.; VandenSpiegel, D.; Massin, C. (2006). Taxonomie des holothuries des Comores. Abc Taxa, 1. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 130 pp., more

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