Pinna rudis (Rough Pen Shell)

Pinna rudis the Rough Pen Shell a k a Spiny Fan Mussel or the Maltese common name Nakkra tax Xewk is a species of Mediterranean clam a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Pinnidae the pen shells The Rough Pen Shell is found in the seas around Malta in the Mediterranean Sea and connecting parts…

Sleepy Crab

Dromia personata (Sleepy Crab)

Dromia personata the Sleepy Crab a k a Porter Crab or Sponge Crab is a species of crab found in the North Sea the seas around Malta in the Mediterranean Sea and connecting parts of the north eastern Atlantic Ocean Its slow movements are the origin of its name sleepy The genus Dromia belongs to…

Pinna nobilis (Fan Mussel)

Pinna nobilis the Fan Mussel a k a Noble Pen Shell or Nakkra in Maltese is a large species of Mediterranean clam a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Pinnidae the pen shells The Noble Pen Shell is an emblematic endemic species to the Mediterranean Sea where it lives offshore at depths ranging between 0…

Ophioderma longicauda (Smooth Brittle Star)

Ophioderma longicauda the Smooth Brittle Star a k a Snake Brittle Star or Brown Brittle Star is a type of Brittle Star These are echinoderms in the class Ophiuroidea closely related to starfish Brittle Stars or ophiuroids crawl across the sea floor using their flexible arms for locomotion The ophiuroids generally have five long slender…

Salpa maxima (Big Salp)

Salpa maxima the Big Salp a k a Salp plural Salps is a barrel shaped planktonic tunicate It moves by contracting thus pumping water through its gelatinous body one of the most efficient examples of jet propulsion in the animal kingdom The Big Salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters feeding on…

Sphaerechinus granularis (Violet Sea Urchin)

Sphaerechinus granularis the Violet Sea Urchin a k a Purple Sea Urchin is a species of sea urchin in the order Camarodonta Its range includes the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean The fossil record shows that camarodonts have been in existence since the Lower Cretaceous The genus Sphaerechinus belongs to the family Toxopneustidae order…

Dentex dentex

Dentex dentex (Common Dentex)

Dentex dentex the Common Dentex is a species of fish in the Sparids family commonly called sea breams and porgies Dentex dentex is common in the Mediterranean Sea but also seen in the Black Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean Both the genus and species Latin names Dentex are related to dent s which means…

Thunnus thynnus (Atlantic Bluefin Tuna)

Thunnus thynnus the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is a species of tuna variously known as the Northern Bluefin Tuna mainly when including Pacific bluefin as a subspecies Giant Bluefin Tuna for individuals exceeding 150 kg and formerly as the Tunny Atlantic Bluefin Tunas are native to both the western and eastern Atlantic Ocean as well as…

EUDI 2019

We would like to remind our Italian friends that we will be again at the EUDI 2019 in Bologna Italy at the BolognaFiere from the 01st to the 03rd March 2019 Our stand number is F64 Hope to see you there

Red algae

Asparagopsis taxiformis (Red Algae)

Asparagopsis taxiformis known as Red Algae is a species of red algae or Rhodophyta with cosmopolitan distribution in tropical to warm temperate waters This species has been introduced into the Mediterranean Sea around 1798 1801 being first found at Alexandria Egypt It is likely that there were two separate introductions one by shipping and the…