Prof TG Mandiwana-Neudani


Research Interests:
My research has a strong focus on the evolution of birds (Galliformes and Passeriformes) with investigations that span taxonomy, evolutionary relationships (phylogenetics), patterns of distribution of taxa and genealogical lineages in space and time (biogeography and phylogeography).

Journal articles

CROWE TM, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, DONSKER DB, BOWIE RCK, LITTLE RM. 2020. Resolving nomenclatural ‘confusion’ vis-à-vis Latham’s Francolin (Francolinus/Peliperdix/Afrocolinus lathami) and the ‘Red-tailed’ francolins (Francolinus/Ortygornis/Peliperdix spp.). Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 91(2). 134–136. DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2020.1723140

MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, LITTLE RM, CROWE TM, BOWIE RCK. 2019. Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of ‘true’ francolins: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae, Gallini Francolinus, Ortygornis, Afrocolinus gen. nov., Peliperdix and Scleroptila spp. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 90(3). 191–221.

MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, LITTLE RM, CROWE TM, BOWIE RCK. 2019. Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of African spurfowls Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae, Coturnicini: Pternistis spp. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 90(2).145 – 172.

VAN NIEKERK JH, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG. 2018. The phylogeny of francolins (Francolinus, Dendroperdix, Peliperdix and Scleroptila) and spurfowls (Pternistis) based on chick plumage (Galliformes: Phasianidae). Avian Research 9(2). 1–18.

FRANCIS C, BOLTON JJ, MATTIO L, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, ANDERSON RJ. 2017. Molecular systematics reveals increased diversity within the South African Laurencia complex (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 54. 804–819.

MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, BOWIE RCK, HAUSBERGER M, HENRY L, CROWE TM. 2014. Taxonomic and phylogenetic utility of variation in advertising calls of francolins and spurfowls (Galliformes: Phasianidae). African Zoology 49(1). 54–82.

COHEN C, WAKELING JL, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, SANDE E, DRANZOA C, CROWE TM, BOWIE RCK. 2012. Phylogenetic affinities of evolutionarily enigmatic African galliforms: The Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus and Nahan’s Francolin Francolinus nahani, and support for their sister relationship with New World quails. Ibis 154. 768-780.

MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, KOPUCHIAN C, LOUW G AND CROWE TM. 2011. A study of gross morphological and histological syringeal features of true francolins (Galliformes: Francolinus, Scleroptila, Peliperdix and Dendroperdix spp.) and spurfowls (Ptemistis spp.) in a phylogenetic context. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 82(2). 115-127.

CROWE TM, BOWIE RCK, BLOOMER P, MANDIWANA TG, HEDDERSON TAJ, RANDI E, PEREIRA SL, WAKELING J. 2006. Phylogenetics, biogeography and classification of, and character evolution in, gamebirds (Aves: Galliformes): Effects of character exclusion, data partitioning and missing data. Cladistics 22. 1-38.

MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG, MOLEPO DK, MARR MM, HEYMANS J, ALLAN D, BOWIE RCK, FUCHS F. The phylogeographic structure of the southern African endemic avian species, the Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus (Gmelin, 1788): molecular and morphological perspectives. In Prep.

Popular articles
CROWE TM, MUASYA MM, KALIBA PM, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG. 2017. The long struggle to understand species: from pre-Darwin to the present day. The Conversation Africa: Academic rigour, Journalistic flair [].

Book Chapters
MOGANEDI KLM, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI TG. 2019. Explaining students’ readiness in the early study levels within a Life Sciences programme at a South African university. Pp. 101 – 112. In Amutabi MN (ed). Africa’s New Deal. Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 978-9966-116-71-0.

MANDIWANA TG work referenced in: LITTLE RM. 2005. Phasianidae. Pp. 67-68. In Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ, Ryan PG (eds). Roberts birds of southern Africa VII edition. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. ISBN 0-620-34053-3.

Commissioned Research
HAMER M, RAATH M, ROURKE J, OLIVER T, MANDIWANA-NEUDANI T, MWALE M, BARTELS P, MARASAS W. 2011. Collecting now to preserve the future. Commissioned by the National Research Foundation (NRF).