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Maltese Cat
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Scientific name:Felis catus
Maltese: Qattus irmiedi
English: Maltese cat
Occurrence locally: if any, Very Rare

Plumbe et al make reference to the Maltese cat breed that they describe as being a native of Malta, from which it derives its name; on the other hand Goodrich describes the Maltese cat as being of a mouse-colour with a distinguished mouse catching ability. It appears that by early 1900s the Maltese cat somehow lost its geographical link to the Maltese islands and was used exclusively to describe the blue/grey phenotype rather than breed or origin. Anon  states that “here in America we have plenty scattered all over the United States, but how they gained their name of Maltese, the writer has been unable to discover, for there is no blue cat indigenous to the island of Malta.” Is it possible that the population of the Maltese Blue cats had dwindled to insignificant numbers by the 1920s? Nowadays the term Maltese cat is used to describe any domestic cat of unknown breed with solid grey or blue short coat. The gene causing black eumelanin pigment to be diluted to blue or grey is melanophilin (MLPH). A cat with this blue phenotype will typically be d/d in genotype. This MLPH mutation (Dilution Gene). more data is being gathered by the current author.
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Tufted Ghost crab - eyes shut
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name: Ocypode cursor
English Name:Tufted Ghost crab
Maltese name: granc tal- pil ma ghajnejh
Occurrence locally: scarce 


info :
this species has been recently recorded in the maltese islands by  Professor Alan Deidun and the current author .Ocypode cursor can reach a carapace width of 55 millimetres  O. cursor can be distinguished from O. ceratophthalma and other species of Ocypode by the presence of a tuft of setae (bristles) extending from the tips of the eyestalks. Ocypode cursor prefers to live in sandy beaches, where it burrows near the high-tide mark, and sometimes above the intertidal zone altogether. It is less tolerant of extremes of salinity and temperature than the fiddler crab Uca tangeri, but can still extend some distance into brackish waters. O. cursor is a predator, and frequently feeds on the eggs of sea turtles.In the Mediterranean Sea, where the tidal range is negligible, the burrows of O. cursor begin within 3 metres (10 ft) of the sea, with larger crabs further from the water's edge.

for more images see: faunamelitensis.deviantart.com…

further reading :

www.timesofmalta.com/articles/…


and 

www.academia.edu/31190943/DEID…

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Tufted Ghost Crab - eyes open
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name: Ocypode cursor
English Name:Tufted Ghost crab
Maltese name: Granc tal- Pil ma Ghajnejh
Occurrence locally: scarce 


info :
this species has been recently recorded in the maltese islands by  Professor Alan Deidun and the current author .Ocypode cursor
 can reach a carapace width of 55 millimetres  O. cursor can be distinguished from O. ceratophthalma and other species of Ocypode by the presence of a tuft of setae (bristles) extending from the tips of the eyestalks. Ocypode cursor prefers to live in sandy beaches, where it burrows near the high-tide mark, and sometimes above the intertidal zone altogether. It is less tolerant of extremes of salinity and temperature than the fiddler crab Uca tangeri, but can still extend some distance into brackish waters. O. cursor is a predator, and frequently feeds on the eggs of sea turtles.In the Mediterranean Sea, where the tidal range is negligible, the burrows of O. cursor begin within 3 metres (10 ft) of the sea, with larger crabs further from the water's edge.


for more images see: faunamelitensis.deviantart.com…

further reading :

www.timesofmalta.com/articles/…


and 

www.academia.edu/31190943/DEID…

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Early illustration of A Maltese Wall lizard

One of the earliest illustrations of the Maltese wall lizard published by G. Waring in 1843 from a book 'letters from Malta and Sicily'. i studied this book  prior to my detailed publications about this species ecology and Maltese folkloristic believes of this species.  author of the latter: Arnold Sciberras
SCIBERRAS, A.  (2006) Ghajdut, Qlajjiet u Folklor fuq il-Gremxula ta’ Malta.L-Imnara 1pt 8 no 30:108-112.www.academia.edu/11459944/SCIB…   and

SCIBERRAS, A.   (2007) Ghajdut, Qlajjiet u Folklor fuq il- Rettili u Amfibji ta’ Malta.L-Imnara 1pt 9 no 31 :200-208.www.academia.edu/11459979/SCIB…

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Valletta`s army worm moth
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name: Mythimna putrescense vallettai 
English Name:The Valletta`s army worm moth
Maltese name: 
Occurrence locally: Endemic & Very Rare

info: i am currently in the process of writing a book about a local pioneer entomologist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_… this is one of the type specimens (ie: the species was described on the current specimen) i found in his collection. Apologies for the image poor quality but i took these pictures quite some time ago. the subspecies vallettai is endemic to the Maltese islands. some regards the latter  as a synonym.
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Hi all

Take a look at my new account :iconmaltese-churchap: , which is dedicated to local churches and chapels. In Malta we have loads of chapels and Churches! enjoy! :D
Though, I'm still using this account for local fauna and scenery.

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Have a wonderful party and  good luck in your
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I wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear!
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