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What

Southern Field Cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 13, 2020

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

A female found on the bungalow's wooden walls. All around is vegetated with natural low bushes and small cultivated patches.

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Honeycomb Worm (Sabellaria alveolata)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 18, 2020 04:30 PM +01

Description

It is sadly quite rare to have intact Sabellaria reefs close to shores used by fishermen and anglers. This construction is perfect - look at the fine details in the close up!

Photo and obs by our dear friend Jo Chatterton.

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Butterfly Rays (Genus Gymnura)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

November 21, 2019 08:25 AM +01

Description

Although the White Dune is spectacular when surrounded by water at high tide, the best moment for a good beach combing session is when ebb tide has started. This reveals fresh tracks and marks, including some amazing ray marks like the one here. Disc width ca. 30 cm.

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What

Sea Stars (Class Asteroidea)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 2, 2017 09:22 AM +01

Description

Yep, we could have picked it up, cleaned and gracely put back on sand for a nice (and surely more informative!) photo but we decided to let it stay undisturbed. We don't see many sea stars on beaches and tidal flats, tho, so it's good to report anyway.

Apporx diameter 2-3 cm.

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Desert Orange Tip (Colotis liagore)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 9, 2019 06:15 PM +01

Place

Aousserd (Google, OSM)

Description

The position doesn't help so our tentative ID also based on reports by birders and mammals watchers in the same area.

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Sooty Seahare (Aplysia fasciata)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

August 22, 2020 12:30 PM +01

Description

Leaning towards A. fasciata based on Moro et al 2017 (Moro et al 2017. Nota sobre tres babosas (Nuddibranchia y Sacoglossa) colectadas en la costas atlántica de Àfrica (Cabo Espartel, Agadir y Dakhla), con un listado de especies acompanantes. Vieraea 45: 205-2014).

We know Aplysia can be observed on the Atlantic side of the Dakhla peninsula, but never saw this amount! The cliff has recently collapsed, creating new ponds and possibly new habitat. Reproduction is known to occur in late summer-early fall, when many individuals move in shallow waters to breed. So, this is probably why.

Observation and pics by our good friend Jo Chatterton (she should set up her own iNat profile, one day ;-))

(feet for size comparison, last pic is overview of habitat)

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Jelly Blubber (Catostylus tagi)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

June 1, 2019 05:02 PM +00

Description

We would lean towards R. pulmo, but given the conditions of this washashore it is safer to remain at the genus level (expert advice always welcome, tho!!!)

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 31, 2019 11:17 AM +01

Description

One of the really many Acacia trees in the desert of Dakhla!

This pic was taken by Severine, who spent the day with us and her family.

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Marbled Crab (Pachygrapsus marmoratus)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 23, 2020

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

A small crab from our friend Jo Chatterton, found beachcombing in the morning at low tide.

Picture (which is just beautiful!!) doesn't show the crab's body shape, but based on the shape of claws, and after cheching for the species' distribution, this looks like a good guess. Better ID are welcome!!

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Salt Tree (Nitraria retusa)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

January 4, 2019 11:27 AM +01

Description

This is a large bush right on the shore facing the White Dune. A beautiful and wind-shielded spot to enjoy the birds that visit the Ramsar site.

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dakhlarovers

Date

July 8, 2020 02:05 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

Many bushes around this area, and lots of bumble bees. Flowers are small and dark pink.

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

July 8, 2020 02:05 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

Many bushes like this, with dozens of bumble bees flying around.

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dakhlarovers

Date

April 12, 2020 03:26 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

One of the most beautiful shells one can find on the western shore of the Dakhla bay. This, with its entire mini-universe of associated critters, was found again by our friend Jo Chatterton.

Kudos for the ID go to @finrod as we took from his obs here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38628905

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Red Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

December 24, 2016 03:04 PM GMT

Description

Scroll through pics for scale!

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 8, 2017 12:45 PM +01

Description

A solitary flower next to a hard-ground piste.

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Compass Jelly (Chrysaora hysoscella)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 7, 2018

Description

Found at low tide while beachco,bing at the White Dune. Not a common find, tho, at least there.

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dakhlarovers

Date

January 5, 2020 02:04 PM +01

Description

Dead Heliophora orbiculus tests can be easily found at some specific sites around the White Dune. However, living individuals are very difficult to spot.

Our friend "George" took these two pictures at low tide, and we're happy to share them on his behalf!

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What

Atlantic Ditch Shrimp (Palaemon varians)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 18, 2019

Description

This tiny marine shrimp is one of the marine/brackish species present in the enclave of Imlili - a sebkha in the desert of Dakhla.

Definitely not easy to spot, even more difficult as a photo subject!!

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Termite Inkcaps (Genus Podaxis)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 29, 2017

Description

Does anyone have an idea about the species of this fungus? We've never seen any before!

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West African Fiddler Crab (Afruca tangeri)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

June 6, 2018

Description

It was great observing them swarm all over the tidal zone!

Time ca. 1:30

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Fat-tailed Gerbil (Pachyuromys duprasi)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 15, 2018

Description

Courtesy of some spotlighting on foot around our camp! (time around 10:30 pm).

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Garden Orbweavers (Genus Argiope)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

August 29, 2017

Description

On its way to spin its web, we spotted this spider while walking through the plants in the artificial oasis.

We think it is A. lobata but comments and better IDs are welcome! In this, we're taking advantage of your expertise (also thanks for the A. sector obs, it helped a lot! http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7490658)

@finrod
@sambiology
@andreapnor

Time: ca 10:30 am

Special thanks to Franck Chevalier for letting us in.

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West African Fiddler Crab (Afruca tangeri)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

August 29, 2017 12:10 PM BST

Description

This is the iconic fiddler crab of the Dakhla bay, here spotted in the sea foam of the intertidal (Ramsar zone).

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Silent Slant-faced Grasshoppers (Subfamily Acridinae)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 24, 2017

Description

Someone in the group had really good eyes! In doubt with A. ungarica mediterranea, so advice always welcome.

Time: ca. 11:00

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Fat-tailed Gerbil (Pachyuromys duprasi)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 23, 2017

Description

Our first close-up observation for this species! Spotted when spotlighting off-road, on the pist to Deraman. See likely parasites on right ear.

Time: ca. 23.00

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Lesser Egyptian Jerboa (Jaculus jaculus)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

The first time we could get so close (see sand grains in the ears?)!! It was crossing the road but lent itself to a real photoshooting session.

Time: ca. 23:30

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Desert Horned Viper (Cerastes cerastes)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

One of the several Horned Vipers spotted that night (interestingly, this time no Ceraster vipera at all). It was crossing the road, then into side grass.

Time: ca. 22:30

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Winged and Once-winged Insects (Subclass Pterygota)

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 11, 2017

Description

Ok, maybe labelling these as "animal" is a giant leap - in facts, they are almost certainly empty egg-cases. We think they harbored spiders but it's just an idea, nothing to substantiate it in facts.

Help?
Thank you!!

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 9, 2017

Description

A tiny beetle (ca 1 cm long), shining green. It was spotted next to one of the Imlili pools, on salted sand. Suggested ID: Cincindela sp.

Time ca. 21.30, T ca 26°C

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 9, 2017

Description

A frequent encounter during our explorations, this time spotted in low vegetation.

Anyone daring to suggest a species?

Time ca. 21.30, T ca 26°C

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