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Dominant male of the new species Haplochromis glaucus.
22/04/2022

Ten new species of predatory fish from Lake Edward

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of Belgian researchers has described ten new species of small predatory fish from Lake Edward. Scientists have long suspected that this lake between the DR Congo and Uganda is home to exceptional fish diversity.

A 'hunched' male O. gibbosus spider. (Photo: Gilbert Loos, ARABEL-image bank)
23/12/2021

Supergene turns spider into a ‘macho male’

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences found in a spider species that 'macho males' have an extra set of genes that is lacking in feminized males.

Chimpanzé regarde dans le camera
31/03/2021

New Population of Eastern Chimpanzees Discovered in Remote Congolese Mountain Forests

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Reinout Verbeke

A Belgian-Congolese research team has discovered and documented a community of eastern chimpanzees in three small mountain forests in eastern Congo, near Lake Albert.

Black skin in a live Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) (Photo: Michaël Nicolaï)
02/06/2020

Underneath The Feathers: Darker Bird Skin Protects Against UV Light

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the University of Ghent discovered that bird skin becomes darker towards the equator. Tanned skin protects birds from harmful UV light. This evolutionary pattern was already know for humans and reptiles.

A snake inside a snake: the cobra Naja samarensis has eaten the rare terrestrial snake Cyclocorus nuchalis nuchalis. (Photo: RBINS, Jonathan Brecko)
13/03/2020

CT Scan Reveals a Rare Snake Inside a Snake

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Reinout Verbeke

You know the Russian matryoshka dolls? Well, while CT-scanning a Samar cobra snake from our collections, we found another snake inside: a rare species of about the same size! 

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