Monday, September 27, 2010

Tourism & Biodiversity

The 27th of September is World Tourism Day. The Malta Tourism Authority is celebrating this year's theme - "Tourism & Biodiversity" - by issuing a set of four stickers which feature typical organisms of the Maltese Islands.

Understandably, the variety of flora and fauna pictured is diverse and includes a plant, two invertebrates, and two vertebrates. These are, respectively:
  1. Capparis orientalis Veillard (noted on the sticker under the synonym Capparis spinosa L.);
  2. Papilio machaon melitensis Eller, 1936 (an endemic butterfly);
  3. Echinaster sepositus sepositus (Retzius, 1783);
  4. Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe, 1834) (noted on the sticker under the synonym Epinephelus guaza L., 1758);
  5. and the Maltese national bird Monticola solitarius L., 1758.
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