This year Living World has reached a major milestone in that we are now published online. This enables Living World to be more widely accessible and, even more importantly, to be searchable online through Google Scholar and similar services. This issue of Living World contains seven research papers, six nature notes, and one report. We cover a wide range of animal taxa including insects, arachnids, molluscs, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Cover Photograph: The ocelot, Leopardus pardalis, is our only documented native species of cat. Rarely seen and typically nocturnal, its status on the island is poorly understood but it is known to exist in forested areas throughout Trinidad. This individual was photographed in Cat's Hill during a camera trapping exercise in 2013.
On 22 December, 2014 we in the Club lost one of our most influential members, Dr. Victor Quesnel. While we cannot fully express our gratitude to Victor in the Journal, we remember his invaluable contribution in the section Our Notable Naturalists.This 2015 Living World contains six research papers, twelve Nature Notes, one Report, and a Book Review. The research papers this year cover a wide range of taxa.
Cover Photograph: This photo of a female giant fishing spider, Ancylometes bogotensis feeding on the crab Dilocarcinus dentatus was taken at Aripo Savanna by Mike Rutherford. While A. bogotensis is known to feed on fish and amphibians, records of feeding on a crustacean are rare or unknown (See Nature Note on Page 65).
The 2014 issue of Living World represents a change in Editor and new additions to the editorial team. Dr Elisha Tikasingh has retired after 15 years serving as the Editor as described in the Editorial of the 2013 issue. This, the 2014 issue contains six research papers, eight Nature Notes, the report of the bird records committee, a review of our knowledge, or lack thereof, of Social Insects in the West Indies and two of our Notable Naturalists are highlighted.
Cover Photograph: This Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) was one of a group of dolphins seen off the South East Coast of Trinidad and was photographed by Kerrie T. Naranjit. The Atlantic spotted dolphin is one of 19 species of cetacean known to inhabit the waters around Trinidad and Tobago. See Nature Note on page 51 which reports a sighting of this species among a large school of dolphins off the coast of Charlotteville, Tobago in 2012.
In this issue, we present a guest editorial, six Research Papers, fourteen Nature Notes and the annual report of the T&T Rare Bird Committee. We also provide an investigation into the lepidoptera collections of a notable collector and document the life work of Hans Boos. Sadly, we mourn the loss of three outstanding naturalists.
Cover Photograph: Resembling a miniature carnival masquerader, the elegant Sarota gyas (Cramer) is a widely distributed butterfly of the Riodinidae family. This individual was photographed along the Inniss Field Road in south Trinidad by Kris Sookdeo.
The 2012 issue of Living World is dedicated to Dr. Julian S. Kenny, former Professor of Zoology, University of the West Indies and we are pleased to include a tribute. Our Guest Editorial gives recognition to the flora of T&T. Meanwhile, we publish five Research Papers, record thirteen Nature Notes, the ninth report of the T&T Rare Birds Committee and provide a viewpoint on what work needs to be done on the island's herpetofauna.
Cover Photograph: The success of the Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis in Trinidad is well documented. It was first recorded in Trinidad in 1951 and reached Tobago in the early 1960s. It soon became the most abundant heron in Trinidad. Their success was in part due to their association with grazing animals. They walk alongside a cow or buffalo, and feed on insects disturbed by the movement. When Cattle Egrets first arrived in Trinidad this was a vacant feeding niche. They soon adapted to feeding along tractors and other machinery. Some individuals have learnt that fire also triggers grasshoppers into rash flights making them easy prey. This one was photographed by G. White at Nariva Swamp as it made use of a fire set by a farmer to clear the land.
The Living World 2011 includes ten articles describing original research, the regular report of the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Birds Committee (TTRBC), seven Nature Notes and a book review. Our research papers are limited to the animal kingdom but span topics of medical interest, taxonomy, island biogeography and invasive or at least colonising species.
Cover Photograph: The snake Erythrolamprus ocellatus (Peters 1868) is endemic to Tobago. This specimen was collected at Runnemede and photographed by Stephen L.S. Smith.
This issue contains a guest editorial, eight Research Papers, a checklist of T&T's orb-weaving spiders, Reports from the T&T Rare Bird Committee and on the monthly oilbird census at Springhill Estate. Five Nature Notes are provided. The passing of Richard ffrench in 2010 was a massive loss to both the TTFNC and the wider natural history local community. We pay tribute here to his years of outstanding work.
This issue contains ten Research Papers, seven Nature Notes and the annual report on rare bird sightings, as well as a guest editorial and a book review. We also pay tribute to the late Julius O. Boos.
Cover Photograph: Lithobates palmipes (Spix), previously named Rana palmipes, is rarely seen in Trinidad. This specimen was photographed by Saiyaad Ali at a pond near Austin South Road, west of Chatham, on 28 July, 2007.
It is now 35 years since we have had an article on mammals published in our journal. It is therefore, with pleasure that we welcome three articles in this issue on mammals. We feature ten Research Papers, six Nature Notes, a Review of rodents in the Caribbean and the annual TTRBC report.Cover Photograph: The Double-striped Thick-knee, Burhinus bistriatus is a large inland shorebird associated with open country. Unlike most shorebirds they are nocturnal, hence their large eyes. This species occasionally wanders across to Trinidad or Tobago from Venezuela. This one, only the second record for Tobago, was photographed at the Hilton Golf course, Lowlands on 25 February 2007.