The holotype of Megasoma actaeon johannae, one of the largest beetles in the world!

Taxonomists discover new subspecies of one of the world's largest beetles

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Siska Van Parys

Meet Megasoma actaeon johannae, one of the largest beetles in the world! This mysterious giga beetle was only recently described by one of our Citizen Science colleagues. Believe it or not, planet Earth still holds a great deal of secrets for us!

Aerial view on Belgian offshore wind farm. (Image: RBINS)

Offshore wind farms increase carbon storage in seabeds – useful knowledge for marine spatial planning and climate change models

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Kelle Moreau

Marine animals that grow on offshore wind turbines (such as mussels) affect the sea floor. We already knew that, but thanks to recent Belgian-Dutch research results, we now know exactly how important this effect is.  The results were presented in two recently published papers.

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Book 'Insectes du Monde'

Taxonomists publish 'Insect Bible'

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Reinout Verbeke

Experts have assembled 1.848 pages of knowledge about all insect orders in a new two-volume book: Les Insectes du Monde (in French). The first part is a practical guide to determine the different insect groups, while the second volume features illustrations.

Bottlenose dolphin seeks the company of divers, 26 February 2021, Belgian part of the North Sea (© RBINS/A. Norro)

Scientific divers are visited by two Bottlenose dolphins

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Kelle Moreau

On 26 February, two Bottlenose dolphins accompanied scientists during an entire dive near the Westhinder measuring platform in the south-western part of the Belgian North Sea.

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Impression of the exhibition Sea Force © Technopolis

Dive into the future at brand-new exhibition Sea Force

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Kelle Moreau

As of this summer, Mechelen is the place to be for an extraordinary day out by the sea.


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