Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year 2020

Merry Christmas A Happy New Year 2020 Wishing you all the best Happy Holidays from the Atlantis Gozo Team The photo of this Tethys fimbria was taken by Brian Azzopardi at Il Kantra Ta Cenc on Gozo s south coast

Smittina cervicornis (Staghorn Rose Coral)

Smittina cervicornis known as Staghorn Rose Coral is one of the oldest known species of Bryozoan This narrow branched adeoniform ascophoran is distributed in the Atlantic Ocean from Brittany to the south east African region and throughout the Mediterranean Sea The genus Smittina belongs to the family Smittinidae superfamily Smittinoidea suborder Ascophora order Cheilostomata class…

Thuridilla hopei (Hope’s Elysia)

Thuridilla hopei the Hope s Elysia is a species of sacoglossan sea slug a shell less marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk endemic to the Mediterranean Sea Although it usually only occurs in the Mediterranean it has also been spotted in the Red Sea In fact this would not be the first species that crossed the border…

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…