In 2020 our transition of Living World to an online journal with continuous publication was finally accomplished. This process has been made possible by a strengthening of the editorial team to include joint editors, four associate editors and three assistant editors in addition to our online editor. Bios of the editorial team will be available on the journal’s website. Continuous publication is facilitated by our Early View of each article or Nature Note published before November of the current year.
The 2020 issue includes six Research Papers, eight Nature Notes and one Report. The LW team is greatly
saddened by the passing of Jo-Anne Sewlal, one of our regular contributors and friend of the TTFNC. A survey of the spiders of Dominica is published here posthumously along with a tribute in her memory.
The 2019 issue of Living World includes four Research Papers, an unprecedented 12 Nature Notes, our annual report from the Trinidad and Tobago Bird Status and Distribution Committee and one Book Review.
The sea cave on Huevos Island is currently home to approximately 200 Oilbirds. Access to researchers is only possible on a low tide and a calm sea, even then it is a hard and risky swim into the cave. A small shingle beach at the back of the cave allowed a place for the photographer, Mike G. Rutherford, to capture this image whilst conducting an Oilbird Census in September 2019. See Research Paper on page 7.
The 2018 issue of Living World was initially published online as separate papers, followed by the overall issue. This issue comprises five Research Papers, five Nature Notes a guest editorial, the TTRBC Report and a book review.
The research papers covered the spiders of the Lesser Antilles, sphingid moths of T&T, chytrid infection in Tobago, bat communities of northeast Tobago and cyanobacteria associated with harvestmen. Nature Notes included two notes on the larvae of saturnid moths, a new record on mussels in Trinidad a note on cannibalism in tadpoles and one on a frog being eaten by a spider. The T&T Bird Status and Distribution Committee report presents 152 records submitted in 2017. This represents the highest number of submissions since the formation of the Committee 23 years ago. The book review was on our own Field Guide to the Amphibians & Reptiles of Trinidad & Tobago.
Cover photograph: This Common Tent-making Bat, Uroderma bilobatum is demonstrating the important role that bats play in dispersing forest fruit, in this case a Ficus fruit. The photo was taken by Merlin Tuttle, and enhanced by Edward Rooks.
The 2017 Living World contains a Guest Editorial, nine research papers, six nature notes, one report and a book review. This year we are honoured to receive a Guest Editorial from John Agard describing our national responsibility to reduce carbon emissions.
Cover Photograph: Green Turtles were once thought to feed exclusively within areas of turtle grass. We now know that they also feed on algae associated with rocky reefs around both Trinidad and Tobago. This individual, and others, were regularly seen off the coast of Blanchisseusse in northern Trinidad. Photo Graham White.
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.
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.
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.
Cover Photograph: An adult male dragonfly, Tramea abdominalis, a species in the Canash Pond (background photograph), a small freshwater body of water on the island of Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.