Lithops project blog

Lithops project blog


This is the blog page of the Lithops Project, in which we investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the enigmatic African "stone plants" belonging the genus Lithops.

In the first part of the project, we use hyperspectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and their local soil across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our first month-long field expedition on April 1, 2016 - if all goes according to plan, we should be able to post updates every 2-3 days.

Our imaging expeditions are supported by National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe. Hyperspectral camera equipment is provided by the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out

The hyperspec camera is finally here

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Sun, April 10, 2016 02:27PM
Hero of the day: Matt Britton (on the left below) drove all day yesterday to bring us the hyperspec camera once it had been released by the customs! He arrived late, but made it in time to see our first proper UV results.

We've been living on the porch of a farmhouse some way from Hopetown for the last couple of days, but now we're again headed for more remote regions.

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