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A synthesis of the echinoderm fauna of the Maltese islands

A review of existing literature records of echinoderms from Malta and a study of a large collection of specimens was carried out between 2000 and 2004 so as to update and produce a validated checklist of echinoderms occurring in Maltese waters. Seventy different species of echinoderms are recorded, including a number of species for which only single records exist for the Maltese islands, and five species that were not found in the present study. The Maltese echinoderm fauna includes 45% of the 153 recorded Mediterranean echinoderm species, and apart from two aliens, is typical of the central Mediterranean region.

Tanti C. & Schembri P.J. (2006). A synthesis of the echinoderm fauna of the Maltese Islands. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 86: 163-165



The edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus (photo © Marija Sciberras). 

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