Peer Reviewed Articles 2023

Peer-reviewed publications by SAIAB Scientists, Honorary Research Associates and Postgraduate Students using SAIAB’s address - 2023.

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Abwe, E., Snoeks, J., Manda, B. K., Mutambala, P. K., Kalumba, L. N., Bragança, P. H. N., Kipanga, K., Mulelenu, C. M., Kayaba, M. K. I., Manda, A. C., & Vreven, E. J. W. M. N. (2023). Checklist of the Fishes of the Kundelungu National Park (Upper Congo Basin, DR Congo): Species Diversity and Endemicity of a Poorly Known Ichthyofauna. Diversity, 15(2).

Albano, P. S., Fallows, C., Fallows, M., Williams, L. H., Murray, T., Sedgwick, O., & Hammerschlag, N. (2023). Acoustic tracking of a threatened juvenile shark species, the smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), reveals vulnerability to exploitation at the boundary of a marine reserve. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10.

Bernt, M. J., da Silva Neto, D., Swartz, E. R., & Stiassny, M. L. J. (2023). Rediscovery and range extension for Platyclarias machadoi Poll, 1977 (Siluriformes, Clariidae) in the Kwanza River, Angola. Check List, 19(4).

Bowlby, H. D., Dicken, M. L., Towner, A. v., Waries, S., Rogers, T., & Kock, A. (2023). Decline or shifting distribution? A first regional trend assessment for white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in South Africa. Ecological Indicators, 154.

Chakandinakira, A. T., Madzivanzira, T. C., Mashonga, S., Muzvondiwa, J. v., Ndlovu, N., & South, J. (2023). Socioeconomic impacts of Australian redclaw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus in Lake Kariba. Biological Invasions, 25(9).

Conradie, W., Keates, C., Verburgt, L., Baptista, N. L., & Harvey, J. (2023). Contributions to the herpetofauna of the Angolan Okavango-Cuando-Zambezi river drainages. Part 3: Amphibians. Amphib. Reptile Conserv, 17(e325).

Daly, R., Venables, S., Rogers, T., Filmalter, J., Hempson, T., Murray, T., Hussey, N., Silva, I., Pereira, M., Mann, B., Nharreluga, B., & Cowley, P. (2023). Persistent transboundary movements of threatened sharks highlight the importance of cooperative management for effective conservation. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 720.

Day, J. J., Steell, E. M., Vigliotta, T. R., Withey, L. A., Bills, R., Friel, J. P., Genner, M. J., & Stiassny, M. L. J. (2023). Exceptional levels of species discovery ameliorate inferences of the biogeography and diversification of an Afrotropical catfish family. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 182.

de Lange, F., Netherlands, E. C., & du Preez, L. H. (2023). Call repertoire of Ptychadena uzungwensis (Anura: Ptychadenidae) to complement molecular and morphological identification of the species from the Soutpansberg, South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology, 72(1).

de Necker, L., Dyamond, K., Greenfield, R., van Vuren, J., & Malherbe, W. (2023). Aquatic invertebrate community structure and functions within a Ramsar wetland of a premier conservation area in South Africa. Ecological Indicators, 148.

Devloo-Delva, F., Burridge, C. P., Kyne, P. M., Brunnschweiler, J. M., Chapman, D. D., Charvet, P., Chen, X., Cliff, G., Daly, R., Drymon, J. M., Espinoza, M., Fernando, D., Barcia, L. G., Glaus, K., González-Garza, B. I., Grant, M. I., Gunasekera, R. M., Hernandez, S., Hyodo, S., … Feutry, P. (2023). From rivers to ocean basins: The role of ocean barriers and philopatry in the genetic structuring of a cosmopolitan coastal predator. Ecology and Evolution, 13(2).

Dixon, R. B., Murray, T. S., Mann, B. Q., Cowley, P. D., & Jordaan, G. L. (2023). Movement patterns of the iconic giant trevally Caranx ignobilis from southern Africa, determined using tag-recapture data. Fisheries Research, 263.

Elston, C., Murray, T. S., Parkinson, M. C., Filmalter, J. D., & Cowley, P. D. (2023). Female Diamond Rays Gymnura natalensis and Bull Rays Aetomylaeus bovinus Display Seasonal Philopatry to South African Estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts, 46(7).

Emami-Khoyi, A., Jooste, C. M., Wasserman, R. J., Dalu, T., Raath-Krüger, M. J., Jansen van Vuuren, B., & Teske, P. R. (2023). Persistent effects of historical sea levels on the population structure of a temporary wetland copepod. Freshwater Biology, 68(8).

Faure-Beaulieu, N., Lombard, A. T., Olbers, J., Goodall, V., da Silva, C., Daly, R., Jordaan, G., Kerwath, S. E., Kock, A., Mann, B. Q., Murray, T. S., Albano, P., Cliff, G., dos Santos, N. A., Gennari, E., Hammerschlag, N., Bester-van der Merwe, A. E., Watson, R., Andreotti, S., … Harris, J. (2023). A systematic conservation plan identifying critical areas for improved chondrichthyan protection in South Africa. Biological Conservation, 284.

Ferreira, J. A., Alberts, J. A., Smith, G., Bernard, A. T. F., Pereira, M. J., & de Vos, L. (2023). Seasonal changes characterise the shark and ray assemblages in a subtropical shallow sandy habitat in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. PeerJ, 11.

Fikiye, P. P., Smit, N. J., van As, L. L., Truter, M., & Hadfield, K. A. (2023). Integrative Morphological and Genetic Characterisation of the Fish Parasitic Copepod Ergasilus mirabilis Oldewage & van As, 1987: Insights into Host Specificity and Distribution in Southern Africa. Diversity, 15(9).

Fioravanti, T., Maio, N., Psomadakis, P. N., Manzotti, S., Gigante, A. P., Splendiani, A., Bottaro, M., & CaputoBarucchi, V. (2023). The sawfish (Rhinopristiformes, Pristidae) rostrum displayed in the “Basilica Santuario del Carmine Maggiore” in Naples, Italy: A long story of legends and taxonomic errors. Contributions to Zoology, 92(5).

Fowler, A. M., Dowling, N. A., Lyle, J. M., Alós, J., Anderson, L. E., Cooke, S. J., Danylchuk, A. J., Ferter, K., Folpp, H., Hutt, C., Hyder, K., Lew, D. K., Lowry, M. B., Lynch, T. P., Meadows, N., Mugerza, E., Nedreaas, K., Garrone-Neto, D., Ochwada-Doyle, F. A., … Chick, R. C. (2023). Toward sustainable harvest strategies for marine fisheries that include recreational fishing. Fish and Fisheries, 24(6).

Holmes, M., Campbell, E. E., de Wit, M., & Taylor, J. C. (2023). Can diatoms be used as a biomonitoring tool for surface and groundwater? Towards a baseline for Karoo water. South African Journal of Botany, 161.

Jordaan, B. J., du Preez, L. H., & Netherlands, E. C. (2023). Taxonomic re-evaluation of African anuran trypanosomes with the redescription and molecular diagnosis of Trypanosoma (Trypanosoma) nelspruitense Laveran, 1904 and Trypanosoma (Haematomonas) grandicolor Pienaar, 1962. Parasitology, 150(6).

Kajee, M., Dallas, H. F., Swanepoel, A., Griffiths, C. L., & Shelton, J. M. (2023). The Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (FBIS) fish data: a georeferenced dataset of freshwater fishes occurring in South Africa. Journal of Limnology, 82(s1).

Kajee, M., Henry, D. A. W., Dallas, H. F., Griffiths, C. L., Pegg, J., van der Colff, D., Impson, D., Chakona, A., Raimondo, D. C., Job, N. M., Paxton, B. R., Jordaan, M. S., Bills, R., Roux, F., Zengeya, T. A., Hoffman, A., Rivers-Moore, N., & Shelton, J. M. (2023). How the Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (FBIS) is supporting national freshwater fish conservation decisions in South Africa. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 11.

Khosa, D., South, J., Matam, N. Y., Mofu, L., Wasserman, R. J., & Weyl, O. L. F. (2023). The past and current distribution of native and non-native fish in the Kowie River catchment, Makhanda, Eastern Cape. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 129(424).

Kock, A., Glanville, H. C., Law, A. C., Stanton, T., Carter, L. J., & Taylor, J. C. (2023). Emerging challenges of the impacts of pharmaceuticals on aquatic ecosystems: A diatom perspective. In Science of the Total Environment (Vol. 878). 

Kock, A., Pheiffer, W., Wepener, V., Smit, N. J., & Taylor, J. C. (2023). Using Confocal Microscopy and Pigment Analyses to Detect Adverse Insecticide Effects in non-target Freshwater Diatom species – a proof-of-concept Using Nitzschia palea. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 110(6).

Landman, W., Verneau, O., Vences, M., & du Preez, L. (2023). Metapolystoma ohlerianum n. sp. (Monogenea: Polystomatidae) from Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis (Anura: Mantellidae). Acta Parasitologica, 68(2).

Lignon, J. S., Cohen, S. C., Justo, M. C. N., du Preez, L., Comarella, C. G., Nishimaru, R. A., Souza, P. V. A. M., de Ataíde, M. W., Müller, D. C. de M., Brun, M. V., & Monteiro, S. G. (2023). New species of Polystomoides (Monogenoidea: Polystomatidae) parasitizing the urinary bladder of a freshwater turtle in Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinaria, 32(3).

Lubitz, N., Daly, R., Filmalter, J. D., Sheaves, M., Cowley, P. D., Naesje, T. F., & Barnett, A. (2023). Context drives movement patterns in a mobile marine predator. Movement Ecology, 11(1).

Lynch, A. J., Cooke, S. J., Arthington, A. H., Baigun, C., Bossenbroek, L., Dickens, C., Harrison, I., Kimirei, I., Langhans, S. D., Murchie, K. J., Olden, J. D., Ormerod, S. J., Owuor, M., Raghavan, R., Samways, M. J., Schinegger, R., Sharma, S., Tachamo-Shah, R. D., Tickner, D., … Jähnig, S. C. (2023). People need freshwater biodiversity. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 10(3).

Madzivanzira, T. C., Chakandinakira, A. T., Mungenge, C. P., O’brien, G., Dalu, T., & South, J. (2023). Get it before it gets to my catch: misdirection traps to mitigate against socioeconomic impacts associated with crayfish invasion. Management of Biological Invasions, 14(2).

Mann, B. Q., Daly, R., Dixon, R. B., Filmalter, J. D., Murray, T. S., Cowley, P. D., Kyle, R., Chater, S., & Mann-Lang, J. B. (2023). The fate and movements of aquarium-released giant trevally Caranx ignobilis inferred from acoustic telemetry. Zoo Biology, 42(5).

Marr, S. M., & Swemmer, A. M. (2023). Hydrological characteristics of extreme floods in the Klaserie River, a headwater stream in southern Africa. Journal of Limnology, 82.

Masina, F. M., Wasserman, R. J., Wu, N., Mungenge, C. P., Dondofema, F., Keates, C., Shikwambana, P., & Dalu, T. (2023). Macroinvertebrate diversity in relation to limnochemistry in an Austral semi–arid transboundary aquifer region pan system. Science of the Total Environment, 878.

Mofu, L., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R. J., Woodford, D. J., & Weyl, O. L. F. (2023). Validation of growth zone formation in Oreochromis mossambicus otoliths collected from an irrigation pond in the Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 48(1).

Mpopetsi, P. P., & Kadye, W. T. (2023). Colonisation theory and invasive biota: the Great Fish River case history,35 years later. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 48(1).

Mungenge, C. P., Wasserman, R. J., Cuthbert, R. N., Dondofema, F., & Dalu, T. (2024). Salinisation of arid temporary pools alters crustacean hatching success but not phenology dynamics. Hydrobiologia, 851(1).

Mungenge, C. P., Wasserman, R. J., Dondofema, F., Keates, C., Masina, F. M., & Dalu, T. (2023). Assessing chlorophyll–a and water quality dynamics in arid–zone temporary pan systems along a disturbance gradient. Science of the Total Environment, 873. 

Murray, T. S., Elston, C., Bennett, R. H., Childs, A. R., & Cowley, P. D. (2023). Movement patterns and underestimation of the maximum age of a Vulnerable endemic guitarfish species inferred from mark-recapture studies. African Journal of Marine Science, 45(2).

Namiotko, T., de Moor, F. C., Barber-James, H. M., Schön, I., & Martens, K. (2023). Environmental correlates of non-marine ostracod (Crustacea: Ostracoda) assemblages of the Eastern Cape (South Africa). Hydrobiologia, 850(21).

Nel, A., McQuaid, C. D., Duna, O. O., Giménez, L., & Porri, F. (2023). Similar metabolic responses of co-occurring post-settlement mussels to temperature change despite distinct geographical distributions. Marine Biology, 170(1).

Nicolau, G. K., Jackson, E. A., & Wasserman, R. J. (2023). Mass vehicle induced mortalities of Giant Bullfrogs in Nylsvley Nature Reserve. Koedoe, 65(1).

Onomu, A. J., Slater, M. J., & Vine, N. G. (2023). Feeding indicators and bioremediation ability of warty sea cucumber Neostichopus grammatus fed potential wastes from abalone Haliotis midae farming. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 15.

Ottoni, F. P., South, J., Azevedo-Santos, V. M., Henschel, E., & de Bragança, P. H. N. (2023). Editorial: Freshwater biodiversity crisis: Multidisciplinary approaches as tools for conservation. In Frontiers in Environmental Science (Vol. 11).

Peer, N., Gouws, G., Maliwa, L., Barker, N., Juby, P., & Perissinotto, R. (2023). Description of a new montane freshwater crab (Arthropoda, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Potamonautidae) from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. ZooKeys, 2023(1160).

Phaka, F. M., Vanhove, M. P. M., du Preez, L. H., & Hugé, J. (2023). Library books as environmental management capacity building opportunities exclude most South African languages. Environmental Science and Policy, 141.

Pringle, B. A., Duncan, M. I., Winkler, A. C., Mafwila, S., Jagger, C., McKeown, N. J., Shaw, P. W., Henriques, R., & Potts, W. M. (2023). Ocean warming favours a northern Argyrosomus species over its southern congener, whereas preliminary metabolic evidence suggests that hybridization may promote their adaptation. Conservation Physiology, 11(1).

Rampheri, M. B., Dube, T., Dondofema, F., & Dalu, T. (2023a). Identification and delineation of groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) in the Khakea–Bray transboundary aquifer region using geospatial techniques. Geocarto International, 38(1).

Rampheri, M. B., Dube, T., Dondofema, F., & Dalu, T. (2023b). Progress in the remote sensing of groundwater-dependent ecosystems in semi-arid environments. In Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (Vol. 130).

Rezaie-Atagholipour, M., Jabado, R. W., Askari Hesni, M., Owfi, F., Rastegar Pouyani, E., & Ebert, D. A. (2023). Redescription of the Critically Endangered tentacled butterfly ray, Gymnura tentaculata (Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1841) (Myliobatiformes: Gymnuridae) from Iranian waters. Marine Biodiversity, 53(1).

Rindoria, N. M., Gichana, Z., Morara, G. N., van Wyk, C., Smit, W. J., Smit, N. J., & Luus-Powell, W. J. (2023). Scanning Electron Microscopy and First Molecular Data of Two Species of Lamproglena (Copepoda: Lernaeidae) from Labeo victorianus (Cyprinidae) and Clarias gariepinus (Clariidae) in Kenya. Pathogens, 12(8).

Rindoria, N. M., Morara, G. N., Smit, W. J., Truter, M., Smit, N. J., & Luus-Powell, W. J. (2023). Integrated morphological and molecular characterization of the fish parasitic nematode Rhabdochona (Rhabdochona) gendrei Campana-Rouget, 1961 infecting Labeobarbus altianalis (Boulenger, 1900) in Kenya. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 21.

Roberts, L. C., Abolnik, C., Waller, L. J., Shaw, K., Ludynia, K., Roberts, D. G., Kock, A. A., Makhado, A. B., Snyman, A., & Abernethy, D. (2023). Descriptive Epidemiology of and Response to the High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (H5N8) Epidemic in South African Coastal Seabirds, 2018. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 2023.

Sbragaglia, V., Brownscombe, J. W., Cooke, S. J., Buijse, A. D., Arlinghaus, R., & Potts, W. M. (2023). Preparing recreational fisheries for the uncertain future: An update of progress towards answering the 100 most pressing research questions. In Fisheries Research (Vol. 263).

Serite, C. P., Emami-Khoyi, A., Ntshudisane, O. K., James, N. C., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Bodill, T., Cowley, P. D., Whitfield, A. K., & Teske, P. R. (2023). eDNA metabarcoding vs metagenomics: an assessment of dietary competition in two estuarine pipefishes. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10.

Simpfendorfer, C. A., Heithaus, M. R., Heupel, M. R., MacNeil, M. A., Meekan, M., Harvey, E., Sherman, C. S., Currey-Randall, L. M., Goetze, J. S., Kiszka, J. J., Rees, M. J., Speed, C. W., Udyawer, V., Bond, M. E., Flowers, K. I., Clementi, G. M., Valentin-Albanese, J., Adam, M. S., Ali, K., … Chapman, D. D. (2023). Widespread diversity deficits of coral reef sharks and rays. Science, 380(6650).

Sink, K. J., Adams, L. A., Franken, M. L., Harris, L. R., Currie, J., Karenyi, N., Dayaram, A., Porter, S., Kirkman, S., Pfaff, M., van Niekerk, L., Atkinson, L. J., Bernard, A., Bessinger, M., Cawthra, H., de Wet, W., Dunga, L., Filander, Z., Green, A., … Skowno, A. (2023). Iterative mapping of marine ecosystems for spatial status assessment, prioritization, and decision support. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11.

Sithole, Y., Musschoot, T., Huyghe, C. E. T., Chakona, A., & Vreven, E. J. W. M. N. (2023). A new species of Parauchenoglanis (Auchenoglanididae: Siluriformes) from the Upper Lualaba River (Upper Congo), with further evidence of hidden species diversity within the genus. Journal of Fish Biology, 102(6).

Skelton, Z. R., Kacev, D., Frable, B. W., Chang, A., Costescu, V., Stabile, D., & Ebert, D. A. (2023). Two’s company: first record of two free-swimming megamouth sharks, Megachasma pelagios (Lamniformes: Megachasmidae), off the California coast. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 106(4).

Smit, K. P., Bernard, A. T. F., Sink, K. J., Dyer, A., & Lombard, A. T. (2023). Identifying suitable indicators to measure ecological condition of rocky reef ecosystems in South Africa. Ecological Indicators, 154.

Stauffer, J. R., Freedman, J. A., Fischer, D. P., & Criswell, R. W. (2023). Morphological Comparison of the Chesapeake Logperch Percina bimaculata with the Logperch Percina c. caprodes and Percina c. semifasciata in Pennsylvania. Fishes, 8(6).

Stauffer, J. R., & Konings, A. F. (2023). Description of a geographically variable elongate rock-dwelling cichlid (Cichliformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Zootaxa, 5296(2).

Strydom, N. A., Kisten, Y., & Montoya-Maya, P. H. (2023). Spatio-temporal relationships between larval fishes and zooplankton in cool-temperate estuaries of South Africa emphasizing the importance of mesohaline zone interactions. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 284.

Svitin, R., Kuzmin, Y., Harnoster, F., Nel, T., & du Preez, L. (2023). Cosmocerca goroensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Cosmocercidae) from South Africa and its phylogenetic relationships with other cosmocercids based on partial 28S sequences. Systematic Parasitology, 100(6).

Syrota, Y. Y., Kuzmin, Y. I., Lisitsyna, O. I., Salganskiy, O. O., Dykyy, I. v., Korol, E. M., du Preez, L. H., Dmytrieva, I. G., & Kuzmina, T. A. (2023). Infection patterns of helminth community in black rockcod Notothenia coriiceps in West Antarctica over a 6-year term. Parasitology Research, 122(3).

Truter, M., Hadfield, K. A., & Smit, N. J. (2023). Parasite diversity and community structure of translocated Clarias gariepinus (Burchell) in South Africa: Testing co-introduction, parasite spillback and enemy release hypotheses. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 20.

Truter, M., Přikrylová, I., Hadfield, K. A., & Smit, N. J. (2023). Working towards a conservation plan for fish parasites: Cyprinid parasites from the south African cape fold freshwater ecoregion as a case study. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 21.

Uiblein, F., & Nielsen, J. G. (2023). Five new ocellus-bearing species of the cusk-eel genus Neobythites (Ophidiidae, Ophidiiformes) from the West Pacific, with establishment of three new species groups. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 5336(2).

van Staden, M., Ebert, D. A., Gennari, E., Leslie, R. W., McCord, M. E., Parkinson, M., Watson, R. G. A., Wintner, S., da Silva, C., & Bester-van der Merwe, A. E. (2023). Molecular Taxonomy of South Africa’s Catsharks: How Far Have We Come? Diversity, 15(7).

Verneau, O., Johnston, G. R., & du Preez, L. (2023). A quantum leap in the evolution of platyhelminths: Host-switching from turtles to hippopotamuses illustrated from a phylogenetic meta-analysis of polystomes (Monogenea, Polystomatidae). International Journal for Parasitology, 53(5–6).

Wasserman, R. J., Dondofema, F., Keates, C., Cuthbert, R. N., & Dalu, T. (2023). Turtle-mediated dispersal of anostracan dormant eggs: Evidence for dominance hierarchy effects. In Ecology (Vol. 104, Issue 7).

Weideli, O. C., Daly, R., Peel, L. R., Heithaus, M. R., Shivji, M. S., Planes, S., & Papastamatiou, Y. P. (2023). Elucidating the role of competition in driving spatial and trophic niche patterns in sympatric juvenile sharks. Oecologia, 201(3).

Whitfield, A. K., & Durand, J. D. (2023). An overview of grey mullet (Mugilidae) global occurrence and species-rich ecoregions, with indications of possible past dispersal routes within the family. In Journal of Fish Biology (Vol. 103, Issue 2).

Whitfield, A. K., & Mann, B. Q. (2023). Life-history styles of eight morphologically similar estuary-associated sparid species from southern Africa. In Environmental Biology of Fishes (Vol. 106, Issue 3).

Whitfield, A. K., Potter, I. C., Neira, F. J., & Houde, E. D. (2023). Modes of ingress by larvae and juveniles of marine fishes into estuaries: From microtidal to macrotidal systems. Fish and Fisheries, 24(3).

Williams, L., Lucrezi, S., Cowley, P., & Gennari, E. (2023). Stakeholders’ perceptions of the conservation and management of elasmobranchs in South Africa. Marine Policy, 157.