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Ballan Wrasse color morph (B) :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 3 0 Flying Gurnard :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 1 0 Ballan Wrasse color morph (A) :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 2 0 Gozitan Siamese Cat :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 2 1 Maltese Cat :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 5 0 Tufted Ghost crab - eyes shut :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 3 0 Tufted Ghost Crab - eyes open :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 2 0 Early illustration of A Maltese Wall lizard :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 1 0 Valletta`s army worm moth :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 1 0 Valletta`s Leaf roller Moth :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 0 0 The Valletta`s Small Clouded Knot-horn moth :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 0 0 Maltese Plume Moth :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 1 0 White Wall mite (Pucpiec) :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 0 0 il-Bixwejka (Extinct Maltese cock) :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 4 0 Maltese Domestic Greenfinch :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 3 0 Maltese Domestic Greenfinch (Ventral View) :iconfaunamelitensis:Faunamelitensis 3 0
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Ballan Wrasse color morph (B)
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name:Labrus bergylta
Maltese: Morlin
English: Ballan Wrasse
Occurrence locally: scarce but may be commoner than we know

more info :
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Flying Gurnard
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name:Dactylopterus volitans
Maltese: Bies
English: Flying Gurnard
Occurrence locally: Frequent to scarce

other info :
also known as the helmet gurnard, is a bottom-dwelling fish of tropical to warm temperate waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On the American side, it is found as far north as Massachusetts (exceptionally as far as Canada) and as far south as Argentina, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.[3] On the European and African side, it ranges from the English Channel to Angola, including the Mediterranean. Similar and related species from the genus Dactyloptena are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

When excited, the fish spreads its "wings", which are semi-transparent, with a phosphorescent bright blue coloration at their tips. These are designed to scare away predators, but they don't enable the fish to glide in the air as do the fins of flying fish. The fish also has large eyes. It reaches up to 50 cm (20 in) in length and 1.8 kg (4.0 lb) in weight.

The fish's main diet consists of small fish, bivalves, and crustaceans
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Ballan Wrasse color morph (A)
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name:Labrus bergylta
Maltese: Morlin
English: Ballan Wrasse
Occurrence locally: scarce but may be commoner than we know

more info :

This species native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean from Norway to Morocco, including the islands of Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. They can be found at depths from 1 to 50 m (3.3 to 164.0 ft) amongst rocks, seaweed and reefs. It can grow to 65.9 cm  in total length (though most do not exceed 50 cm (20 in) standard length), and the greatest recorded weight of this species is 4.4 kg (9.7 lb). All Ballan wrasses are female for their first four to 14 years before a few change into males. Large Ballan wrasses are almost certainly male.

This species is popular as a food fish in the Orkney Islands and in Galway although it is not highly regarded as a food fish in much of the UK and Ireland.

In recent years, it has become a popular catch-and-release target for sport fishermen using light fishing tackle, particularly those employing soft plastic lures.

It can also be used to clean sea lice from Norwegian farmed salmon; the technique is also being developed in Scotland.

This species can also be found in the aquarium trade

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Gozitan Siamese Cat
Photo: Joseph Callejja
Scientific name:Felis catus
Maltese: Qattus Siamese t'Ghawdex
English: Gozitan Siamese Cat
Occurrence locally: unclear. seems to still be present in good numbers on the island of Gozo and  much smaller numbers in Malta.

Other info : recently first  documented by Arnold Sciberras, Jeffrey Sciberrras and Catherine Portelli in an article about local landraces, very little information  was collected about this breed which is feared to be decreasing rapidly. the latter is different morphologicallly from the international Siamese because it is much bulkier and heavier in weight. Skull  is more roundish and portrays longer limbs. the color is usually much more seal ending with a darker head and this must attribute to the local temperature and habitat. the majority of specimens are also cross-eyed and bear and kinked tail. this breed is much more similar to Siamese cats of the 19th centenary rater than modern day ones. in breeding is a common factor also amoungst this breed.More data is still being gathered.

for more info about Maltese cat breeds see:

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Maltese Cat
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
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). very good literature was gattered by Grupetta and  Attard.More data is being gathered by the current author, Jeffrey Sciberras and Catherine Portelli.

for more info about Maltese cat breeds see:

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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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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Nice gallery:) (Smile)
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     congratulations by Dieffi      enjoy the frog party by Dieffi    

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Happy Birthday!!!
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I wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Arnold!
Have a wonderful party and  good luck in your
 new year of your life!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday!!!
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:iconhappybirthdaysignplz: I hope you have a wonderful day!:iconmuchlove5plz::iconmuchlove6plz:
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I wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear!
Have a wonderful party and a great new year!

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