Saturday, January 29, 2005

New Scientific Publication for GONHS

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS) has just issued a new publication, going under the title of Iberis: the scientific journal of the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society.

Iberis takes the name of the Gibraltar Candytuft, Iberias gibraltarica, which in Europe is found only in Gibraltar, but is also found in north Morocco. Iberis will be publishing scientific papers on the biology of the Strait of Gibraltar, which adds to the suitability of the journal’s little.

Published in full colour, the first issue carries articles on birds and invertebrates. One of the articles, by Charles Perez, records the first ever record in Europe of the Mountain Chiffchaff, a bird from the Himalayas, ringed at the GONHS station at Jews’ Gate.

Other articles are on invertebrates, including a review of Gibraltar’s land molluscs by Alex Menez, of isopods (woodlice and their allies) by Jason Easter, of beetles by Charles Perez and Keith Bensusan, and another on dragonflies by several authors including Paul Acolina. Another article confirms the presence in Gibraltar of the Scorpion.

The new journal is edited by an editorial board which includes GONHS members and university professors from three continents, Prof Mohamed Mouna of Rabat University Mohamed V-Agdal, Prof Agustin Fuentes of Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA, and Prof Antonio Galán de Mera from San Pablo University in Madrid. Co-ordinating the publication is Corresponding Editor Dr John Cortes of GONHS.

Iberis will be distributed to learned Societies and Universities around the world.
Copies of Iberis are available free to GONHS members and are on sale to the public for £2.50 at The Nature Shop in Casemates.

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