Journal of East African Natural History <p>The <em>Journal of East African Natural History </em>is published jointly by the East Africa Natural History Society and the National Museums of Kenya. The <em>Journal</em> publishes papers and notes in the field of natural history, broadly defined as the study of organisms in their natural state, relevant to the eastern African region. Of particular interest are contributions that add to our knowledge of the status and conservation of biological diversity in the region. Since the biological landscape is to a large extent shaped by man, papers on ethnobiology will also be considered. Contributions can be substantial articles, short notes and book reviews.</p> <p>More info on the journal can be found <a title="" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here:&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Other websites related to this journal:&nbsp;<a title="" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> en-US Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the journal. (Benny Bytebier) (Ms. Lorna A. Depew) Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:16:26 +0000 OJS 60 The status of flora and fauna in the Nzoia River drainage basin in western Kenya <p>The species richness of flora and fauna in the Nzoia River drainage basin is documented through a study of museum specimens,&nbsp; catalogues and databases. The catchment area and basin covers 2.2% (12900/580367 km2) of Kenya’s total land area with an altitudinal range of 1140 to 4300 m and varied ecosystem and land uses. We recorded approximately 9.3% (3239/34677) of Kenya’s current known species of vascular plants, invertebrates (insects and spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Bird species made up the highest proportion 58.3% (650/1114) of the national total followed by amphibians 37.3% (41/110), reptiles 45.0% (86/191), mammals 31.3% (122/390), vascular plants 17.9% (1251/7000), fish 6.7% (58/872) (32.2% (58/180) for freshwater fish only) and invertebrates (insects and spiders) 4.1% (1031/25000). Ninety-five species recorded in this area are endemic to Kenya and 42 globally threatened. The species recorded contribute to several ecosystem services including pest control, pollination, bio-indicators, medicine and cosmetics, building materials, ecotourism, research and education. Data available differed substantially across counties and taxon groups with gaps apparent in five counties (Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya and Usain Gishu) and four taxa plants, invertebrates, fungi and bacteria where a dearth of information exists. To fill these gaps we recommend prioritisng future survey effort on taxa and counties with fewer than 10% of the total numbers of records.</p> Oliver Nasirwa, Beryl A. Bwong, Patrick K. Malonza, Vincent Muchai, Domnick V. Wasonga, Jacob M. Ngwava, John Musina, Sikenykeny Kipkorir, Ednah Kulola, Timothy Mwinami, Wanja Kinuthia, Morris Mutua, Augustine Luanga, Laban Njoroge, Gilbert K. Kosgey, Tom Akelo, Simon Musila, Immaculate Muthoni, Ogeto Mwebi, Ben Nyakundi, Judith W. Nyamai, Mathias Mbale, Kennedy Matheka, Thomas Mwadime, Paul M. Musili Copyright (c) Fri, 06 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Annotated checklist of the plants of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Coastal Kenya <p>A total of 605 vascular plant species, including flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns, are included in this annotated checklist for Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve in Kilifi County in the Coast Region of Kenya. Out of these 491 are supported by a voucher specimen in the East African herbarium, and 106 are sight records, whereas an additional 8 are cited from the Flora of Tropical East Africa (FTEA). This total represents approximately 9% and 18% respectively of the flora of Kenya and the coastal region (K7 of FTEA). Taxa are distributed in 103 families and 389 genera, the largest families being <em>Leguminosae (Fabaceae)</em> with<em> 62 taxa, Rubiaceae </em>with<em> 53 and Malvaceae</em> with 26. The largest genera include <em>Grewia, Cyperus, Ficus </em>and<em> Ipomoea</em>. For each record a name, a cited specimen or sight record, a short general description, and its known phytogeographic distribution is provided. Globally threatened species are also indicated. The conservation importance of Arabuko-Sokoke is discussed.</p> Anthony N. Githitho Copyright (c) Fri, 06 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Book Review <p>No Abstract.</p> Benny Bytebier Copyright (c) Fri, 06 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000