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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.



Bill Dawbin edits and the Biology Society publishes three times each year a remarkable little Journal—Tuatara. Tuatara aims in the field of natural science at filling the gap between text book and scientific journal.

To date the Tuatara has been an undoubted success. Articles included have all been written by recognised specialists in various fields and have been welcomed by serious students of botany and zoology in all four colleges. Circulation of Tuatara amongst sixth form biology students is increasing and filling a long felt need.

A major point of policy contributing to the journal's success has been the regular publication of keys for the identification of families, genera and species of N.Z. plants and animals. These keys constructed by specialists, painstakingly accurate, and right up to date are invaluable to students embarking on research and till a gaping hole in N.Z. biology.

The latest issue of Tuatara (Vol. 2—No. 1) has appeared. Articles include a survey of the Cawthron Institute by the Director, Sir Theodore Rigg, an article explaining the application of statistical method to biology by Dr. J. T. Campbell, Director of Grasslands Division. Bruce Levy writes on Conversion of Rain Forest to Grassland in New Zealand.

The Keys in this issue are a continuation of Dr. K. R. Allen's Keys to New Zealand Lichens published in Tuatara Vol. 1 No 3 and a key to the Brachyrhynchus Crabs of New Zealand by Prof. Richardson.