oa African Zoology - Observations on the utilization of a dune succulent by Namib faunae

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Trianthema hereroensis is one of the few plant species which persist during long dry periods in the Namib dunes. Direct and indirect utilization of this plant by Namib faunae, for food and shelter, were observed. Utilization of T. hereroensis by Oryx gazella resulted in vigorous regrowth which was preferentially utilized. The extent of utilization as well as the response of this plant to utilization, are discussed.

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