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Esther`s Gecko mite by Faunamelitensis Esther`s Gecko mite by Faunamelitensis
Photo: Walter Pfliegler (permission by photographer)
scientific name: Geckobia estherae
English:Esthers`s Gecko Mite
Maltese: Akara ta`Esther
other info:this is a species from the Genus Gekobia and is endemic to the Maltese islands. This species is an external parasite on a Herpetofauna species. Very little is known on the biology of the latter species except that its preferred host (if not only) is the local indigenous Moorish Gecko fav.me/d2r81mv and its preferred part of the body of its host seems to be the forehead. The species to date was only found in one locality locally on its quite widespread host and therefore it is not only a Maltese species but a localised endemic. The species was named in honour of Mrs Esther Sciberras for her continuous assistance to the finder (Arnold Sciberras) in the study of the Natural History.Discovered and described by this account`s holder and his colleagues.

see:www1.montpellier.inra.fr/CBGP/…


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther's…


www.timesofmalta.com/articles/…
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's high magnification ... nice work :D
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thanks :)
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painting-with-light Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Wow
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
thanks :)
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