Introduction Malta Fauna Website:|
MaltaFauna.com is an additional section of MaltaWildPlants.com displaying some of the animal and mushroom biodiversity of the wild life of the Maltese Islands. There are about 7,000-8,000 species belonging to the Animals and Funghi Kingdoms in the Maltese Islands, most of them being Insects (5000 c.) Molluscs (1000 c.) and Funghi (400 spp. c.). Only a small proportion are reptiles, mammals or amphibians, although fossils suggest that in the distant past, there were numerous mammals and reptiles on our unspoiled land. In this webpage, you can find a very small selection of the fauna and funghi found on the Maltese islands represented by a couple of photos and basic information such as names, classification and short descriptions
This page was created in 2005 to celebrate the 3rd year of this website (MaltaWildplants.com), which was launched back on 31st October 2002. Nowadays it features few hundreds of species and gradually more are added. MaltaFauna.com is currently authored by Stephen Mifsud and Thomas Cassar who dedicate their time voluntarily to maintain and increase the content of this website.
Credits for this page:
Most photos are taken by Stephen Mifsud of which several were identified by the help of a number of experts (see below) and Thomas Cassar. Some photos were kindly contributed by other local and even foreign naturalists who are credited accordingly on the corresponding photo itself and also captioned below the thumbnail image. These external authors gave their permission to publish their photos on MaltaFauna.com but please observe their copyright rights. All thumbnails images by Stephen Mifsud can be used for non-profit use such as educatinal purposes.
Additional information and species descriptions:
Basic information was taken from Wikipedia and the book Wildlife of the Maltese Islands (E. Lanfranco, A. E. Baldacchino, D. Dandria, G. Lanfranco, S. Lanfranco, C. Mifsud, P.J. Schembri, S. Schembri, J. Sultana, V.Falzon, A. Micallef), published by BirdLife and Nature Trust, Malta 2002. ISBN 9 9909-66-02-1. Information on recent species additions were written by Thomas Cassar.
Special thanks and deep appreciation go to several colleagues and local experts for their identification or interesting information supplied in this website:
- Prof. Patrick J. Schembri, Biology Department, University of Malta : for useful information and identification of some species mostly reptiles and marine organisms.
- Aldo Catania and Bjarne Haas for the identification of many butterflies and moths.
- Owen Mifsud for identification of and contribution to molluscs species.
- David Mifsud for the identification of several insects especially plant pathogens.
- David Dandria for the identification of spiders.
- Albert G. Florida and Godwin Degabriele for identification of and contribution to damselflies and dragonflies (Odonata).
- Daniel Farrugia and Alan Outen for contributing several photos.
If you find MaltaFauna.com useful in your studies or nature-related articles, we would appreciate a credit note or reference:
MaltaFauna.com by Stephen Mifsud and Thomas Cassar
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