Living World 2012

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.

Table of Contents

Editorial

Graham White
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Yasmin S. Baksh-Comeau
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Our Notable Naturalists

E. Julian Duncan
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Research Papers

J.R. Downie
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Victor C. Quesnel, David J. Stradling
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Matthew J.W. Cock
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Victor R. Townsend Jr., Michael K. Moore, Daniel N. Proud, Virginia A. Young
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Judith F. Gobin, John B.R. Agard, Azad Mohammed, Richard Warwick
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J.D. Burgon, E.G. Hancock, J.R. Downie
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Nature Notes

Matthew J.W. Cock, Jorge M. González
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Matthew J.W. Cock, Charles de Gannes
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Allan W. Hook
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Elisha S. Tikasingh
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David Bass
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Stevland P. Charles, John C. Murphy, Joshua Traub, Mike G. Rutherford
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Mike G. Rutherford
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Michelle Rochford
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Stevland P. Charles, Patrick Corcoran, Jared Lukaszewicz, Mike G. Rutherford
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Mike G. Rutherford, Mark N.S. Charran
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Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
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Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
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Ryan S. Mohammed, Mike G. Rutherford
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Viewpoint

John C. Murphy, J. Roger Downie
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Reports

Martyn Kenefick
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