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by D. Cilia
Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 27887

^ Fair enough.

IL-PINE mentioned Maltese seashells, what's the deal with these?
by D. Cilia
Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Trochoidea
Replies: 12
Views: 28354

MWP, I just sent you an email as regards the subject. Thanks!
by D. Cilia
Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: A Cactus, not Opuntia
Replies: 10
Views: 22087

Is that from St Philip Gardens at Floriana?
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Burnt Vitex agnus-castus at Qawra valley, Gozo
Replies: 4
Views: 13071

And while I'm at it, this kind of stupidity should be made totally illegal as well (photo taken at the same place):
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Burnt Vitex agnus-castus at Qawra valley, Gozo
Replies: 4
Views: 13071

Burnt Vitex agnus-castus at Qawra valley, Gozo

These pictures I took speak for themselves. The (indigenous trees were probably burnt in the summer by a vandal who had fair knowledge of what he was doing, since all other trees in the area were untouched. Though it's probably too late to take action, it is mournful that someone would actually do t...
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Trochoidea
Replies: 12
Views: 28354

I'd actually love to see a section on Maltese geology and related sciences!
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 27887

Re: Shark Tooth Pendant ??

David, A very simple question for you !! Are you still the proud owner of an Australiam Shark's tooth pendant ? How long have you had it now, if it is still in your possession? Hey :-D Yes I must say I'm still the proud owner of that tooth! The species to which that tooth belongs is Isurus oxyrinch...
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:51 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Orange fungi from the ashes
Replies: 6
Views: 22556

I beg to differ; they look like ascomycotes (discomycetes, more specifically) to me. Sorry I can't tell you more but they sure are beautiful.
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 27887

wow! this is gross..... I did not even know we had such fossils, let alone that they would be sold abroad.... unfortunately it is the same regarding Maltese shells..... There are many such vertebrate fossils in Maltese rocks, mostly in Quaternary deposits like that at Ghar Dalam. Though it's not th...
by D. Cilia
Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: SEAHORSES ??
Replies: 4
Views: 13630

Wasn't a population of the H. ramulosus killed off recently when someone decided to convert a rocky bay to a sandy one artificially? I forgot the exact location though.
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Trochoidea
Replies: 12
Views: 28354

Trochoidea spratti Pfeiffer (which you probably saw) which is common endemic and widespread and has been divided into millions of species in the past, of which today they are all regarded as variations of this one species. Anatomically they are all the same. Prof. PJ Schembri confirms that, thank y...
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 27887

sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum

Unfortunately for us Maltese I found this while searching for information on fossilized reptiles from Malta: http://www.fossilmall.com/EDCOPE_Enterprises/vertebrates/vfossil10/vfossil10.htm Maltese law explicitly forbids export and sale of geological materials so this is probably indicative of lax c...
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Trochoidea
Replies: 12
Views: 28354

I suggest to post some photos which makes it easier ! :study: MWP, I've no adequate camera yet, sorry! Hopefully the coming of Christmas will remedy this ROLCAM, thanks for the references! No mention of Trochoidea but I did manage to find some info on another (freshwater) gastropod from the area wh...
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Lycosa narborensis?
Replies: 14
Views: 36399

No doctors here! That D stands for my name ;)

Yes it's that rare spider which you mentioned. Your picture shows the spider on a smooth (vertical?) surface so that about confirms my suspicion.

By the way, I realise you didn't actually mean it, but spiders are not insects :lol:
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Trochoidea
Replies: 12
Views: 28354

Trochoidea

While impatiently waiting for my copy of 'The Non-Marine Mollusca of the Maltese Islands' to arrive, I would like to ask anyone knowledgeable what species of Trochoidea are present in Dwejra, Gozo. I collected five (empty) shells from there recently and there seems to be a huge variation in colour a...
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Brown Lichen
Replies: 7
Views: 25217

I agree, great post. As far as I know lichens are still named using the traditional Linnaean system because the two organisms are so closely dependent on one another that they do not exist separately in nature. Interestingly, some botanists regard lichens as parasitic systems because fungal hyphae a...
by D. Cilia
Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Cramp balls
Replies: 7
Views: 21562

Maybe my biology needs some polishing, but is it really parasitism a form of symbiosis? Is symbiosis when the 2 organsisms benefit from each other (ore there is no harm affeced to the other)? Symbiosis is any kind of relationship between two species, even predation and herbivory are types of symbio...
by D. Cilia
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Brown Lichen
Replies: 7
Views: 25217

This could actually be inorganic calcite (CaCO3) crystal growth, I've seen this on museum samples and literature but never in Malta. Stalactites and stalagmites grow in a similar way. Is this particular spot sheltered from rain? Do you have any note of the texture of the growth?
by D. Cilia
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:51 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Cramp balls
Replies: 7
Views: 21562

Definitely... though I never saw such a huge quantity of fruiting bodies on a single tree trunk.
by D. Cilia
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Lycosa narborensis?
Replies: 14
Views: 36399

Probably Aelurillus schembrii, an endemic salticid.