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by sandra
Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: fungus-quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 15652

Looks the same to me !!
by sandra
Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Challenging identifications !!
Replies: 16
Views: 28805

Yes Extremely difficult to remove. My mum has been trying to remove these from her garden since I was in primary school, to no avail. They creep all over the place!
by sandra
Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: august quiz from jackpot
Replies: 34
Views: 63878

ok...me to ... PLEASE :D
by sandra
Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Mystery
Replies: 24
Views: 44866

Sorry MWP.. I'm lost here! :?:
by sandra
Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Growing endemic plants
Replies: 5
Views: 19899

Cuttings no as far as I know but endemic plants yes, including Widnet in Bahar, Cremnophyton and others. Ive been recently and their nursery was quite extensive
by sandra
Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

Tnx wolf :cheers:
by sandra
Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

Wow great MWP. Thats a new one for me. Wolf.. can I use the pic for educational purposes as I am trying to set up ID sheets for the Chadwick lakes fauna to be used for fieldwork at Chwdwick lakes and I dont have any photos of this organism. Does any one know if someone has done a key of any of the l...
by sandra
Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

Apparently there are two local diving beetle species listed.. or so I found. The Large predacious dving beetle Dytiscus circumflexus and the black predacious diving beetle Meladema coriacea . The former has a yellow stripe around the edge of its body. I havent found many images on the web. http://ww...
by sandra
Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

Great find so it was not an amphibian or reptile after all, my first guess was closer. I'll post my unidentified chadwick lakes pics here when I do fieldwork with the kids :D I have observed diving beetle larvae and they are quite big and yes quite aggressive. I have infact encountered a mature one ...
by sandra
Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

Yes obviously in the wild! although with all these introduced "pets" you don't know anymore. They are disposed of anywhere. Akthough it may sound cruel, unless kept in captivity, it is better to kill them rather than release into the wild and create havoc of our ecosystems should the animal survive....
by sandra
Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 78494

That's a weird creature. As far as I know the painted frog is the only amphibian on the islands. The body looks segmented from the photo maybe it is some form of arthropod larval stage. Maybe you might email it to someone for exact identification. More studies needed on valley bottoms.
by sandra
Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:39 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Who loves the Maltese flora in Malta
Replies: 18
Views: 45365

Nothing to do with plant biodiversity. It is a workbook for biology form 3 students. Ive had a form 4 version ready since ages and have done already 2 trials with students printing some 150 copies and then selling them to students to get back my costs (they did sell fast though!). I'm a bit wary of ...
by sandra
Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Who loves the Maltese flora in Malta
Replies: 18
Views: 45365

I like your sense of humour Jackpot :lol: To get back on the book.. yes.. unfortunately local publishers will never tell you how much they actually sell.. at least thats what happened in my case... through contacts I had a rough idea which was absolutely not what the publisher told me :x I have no i...
by sandra
Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Who loves the Maltese flora in Malta
Replies: 18
Views: 45365

Well I guess we should ask Mr Weber to tell us how many copies of his new book he sells..that should give us an idea!
by sandra
Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: widnet il bahar
Replies: 23
Views: 78316

I had done the cuttings during the winter time and kept them in my lab..this was some time ago so I dont remember exactly when, as we have a gardener at school who actually split the large cuttings into smaller ones for me. I also placed the ends in rooting powder as MWP said and placed them in soil...
by sandra
Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: widnet il bahar
Replies: 23
Views: 78316

Never tried seeds but ive managed with small cuttings.
by sandra
Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria - what species
Replies: 11
Views: 23676

I'm attaching another photo of Persicaria salicifolia taken at Bahrija in June 2004.
by sandra
Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: New Book about Maltese flora - 500 plants listed!
Replies: 28
Views: 72401

I just bought a copy of the book today. Well done! it will surely be put to good use.
by sandra
Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Growing endemic plants
Replies: 5
Views: 19899

However you can buy some local species at nurseries. The Gaia foundation has a nursery and has numerous endemic species for sale.
by sandra
Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What's this Asteracea
Replies: 6
Views: 12526

Can you let me know where you took this photo. tx
by sandra
Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Violet flowers with small leaves
Replies: 5
Views: 12514

could be Lythrum junceum
by sandra
Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: What are these - can they be caught?
Replies: 8
Views: 39587

Oh dear! They never go hungry I guess. I've heard they eat all sorts of things and their natural remedies include a variety of species some of which are endangered. Im not sure if its the chinese but somewhere they even dessicate sea horses and grate them as some cure. Poor things! I never even got ...
by sandra
Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: What are these - can they be caught?
Replies: 8
Views: 39587

It is a type of Echinoderm called a sea cucumber. They are harmless creatures. This specimen might be a white spot cucumber .. Holothuria polii . and lives at a depth between 1-30m. Usually common on sandy bottoms. As far as I know no protection status. I never thought of them as a culinary delicacy...
by sandra
Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: BICREF upcoming seminars
Replies: 2
Views: 12379

There's always a first time! Many volunteers are actually non divers. We also do snorkelling surveys and coastal terrestrial surveys which involve a lot of data collection. Some like myself are biologists and hold a diving qualification but many are just nature lovers.
by sandra
Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:34 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: BICREF upcoming seminars
Replies: 2
Views: 12379

BICREF upcoming seminars

Bicref will be holding two seminars during july. I'm posting some information for those of you who may be interested. I shall be there on the 15th giving a talk entitled ' Methods to study marine and terrestrial biodiversity - survey techniques adopted by BICREF' While our coastal waters are crowded...
by sandra
Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white Anacamptis pyramidalis?
Replies: 7
Views: 13297

We have started doing fieldwork in Chadwick lakes these last two years. We work on small vertebrates and invertebrates in the water course, but no plants. Usually we go during the 1st week of March. However should you need I am ready to help. No I do not work with Gaia, I am a volunteer with BICREF ...
by sandra
Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Widnet il-bahar in Wied Babu
Replies: 7
Views: 28095

Yes.. you definitely cannot miss them. Very easy to spot. Just take care you dont get run over! It isnt the best place to take photos.
by sandra
Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white Anacamptis pyramidalis?
Replies: 7
Views: 13297

Thanks jackpot. Then I learnt something new. I know the feelings, students can give you a tough time. I had to co-ordinate datacollection from some 110 students this year with the help of other teachers. Yours are older though which helps. Maybe i should come over to Germany to do some fieldwork wit...
by sandra
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white Anacamptis pyramidalis?
Replies: 7
Views: 13297

Unfortunately I took this photo on the rush as It wasduring a fieldwork session so I was zooming arond identifying plants all over the place. The date was 29th March (Day of the eclipse) I'm attaching a larger version of the photo so it looks clearer. Isnt A. urvilleana less conical? If any of you t...
by sandra
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white Anacamptis pyramidalis?
Replies: 7
Views: 13297

white Anacamptis pyramidalis?

Is this a white form of the Anacamptis pyramidalis? Photo was taken in the area between the two temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. First time seen it white. Loads of orchids there this year :D