This page provides access to the current, updated version of the bibliography of the Soqotra Archipelago. This was originally compiled by the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RGBE) Soqotra Team, and was based largely on material collected by Dr. Michael Gwynne, who kindly made his work available to the team [cf. numbers in brackets at the end of a reference]. There are nearly 1500 references in the bibliography and it will continue to expand as new references are submitted.
The updated bibliography provides references to scientific research, as well as to other publications on Soqotra, and historical references to earlier travelers’ accounts. In additon, a website was created to allow the download of "grey" literature dealing with Soqotra which either was not previously available on the internet or was difficult to access. PDFs of scientific literature from this website can only be downloaded if they are "open-access" or authorised.
Latest additions were by 26 October 2017
Porter, R.F. and Aspinall, S. (2017): Birds of the Middle East. Arabic edition. Natural History Book Service – NHBS.
This Arabic edition of Birds of the Middle East has now been published. It is available from the Natural History Book Service – NHBS. The books include all the birds of Socotra. Copies of the book are being made available for the UNEP-GEF programme.
Further, an app of the Arabic edition is currently being produced by BirdLife International and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East and will be launched in spring 2018. This will include the sounds and songs of all the birds (including those on Socotra) and will be made available as a free download so as to encourage an interest in birds of the region, especially amongst young Arabic readers.
Fiers, F. and Van Damme, K. (2017): Thalamocyclops pachypes gen. nov., sp. nov. (Copepoda: Cyclopoida: Cyclopidae), a crevicular cyclopine from Socotra Island (Yemen): tale of a remarkable survival drive, Journal of Natural History, 51:41-42, 2463-2507. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2017.1344328