Donatella SERIO

Donatella SERIO
University of Catania | UNICT · Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BIOMLG)

Researcher, Marine Botany

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November 2006 - present
University of Catania
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Publications (85)
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The shallow-water reef building polychaete Sabellaria alveolata is recorded from a new locality in the southeastern corner of Sicily, off Portopalo di Capo Passero. Here, a particular habitat is formed on upper infralittoral rocky bottoms beaten by waves, with S. alveolata developing as veneer-like bioconstructions interspersed/covered with a dense...
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In this paper, a new species of the Cystoseira complex from Porto Palo di Capo Passero (Sicily, Italy) is described. The species, which shows the same characters as Cystoseira hyblaea Giaccone as described by Giaccone (1986) and Bouafif et al. (2016), from its morpho-anatomical characters, is assigned to the genus Ericaria Stackhouse. Because of “C...
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In 2015, the Strait of Sicily, which includes several banks, was candidate as a future Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI) by the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention. In this context, the present study aims to provide the first biological and ecological characterisation of this poorly known area, focusing on hab...
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The anthelmintic properties and composition of an Italian traditional anthelmintic remedy based on a red algae mixture (RAE) was assessed using the egg hatch test (EHT). The ability of different dilutions (1.0, 5.0, 50, or100%) of RAE was determined and compared with the positive and negative controls against gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) of donk...
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It was noted that Mediterranean specimens collected at different stations from around Sicily, Italy and referred to as Laurencia dendroidea (as Laurencia majuscula) were similar to the recently described species Laurenciella marilzae. Presented in this study are the results of an integrative approach using both morphology and molecular data (COI-5P...
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Supplementary material to the paper by Serio & al. 2020
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Supplementary material to the paper by Serio & al., 2020
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The association between epizoic algae and animals is well known, and turtles are among the animals that most commonly host epibiont communities. The most studied algal component of the epizoic communities found on turtles is represented by diatoms, while other algal taxa, like the Rhodophyta, are less investigated. During a survey started to study...
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The status of the “Biocoenosis of the Infralittoral Algae” of the upper infralittoral zone (at 5 m depth) from two selected stations along the eastern coast of Sicily (Ionian Sea, Mediterranean) was studied with a multiproxy approach involving the study of algae and associated protist and animal organisms, including foraminifers, serpulids, mollusc...
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The re-examination of marine alien species or Non-indigenous species (NIS) reported in Italian Seas by December 2018, is here provided, particularly focusing on establishment success, year of first record, origin, potential invasiveness, and likely pathways. Furthermore, their distribution is assessed according to marine subregions outlined by the...
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Serpulids associated with the Cystoseira brachycarpa, C. Sauvageauana and C. Spinosa communities from 5, 10 and 25 m water depth, respectively, along the eastern coast of Sicily, in the Ionian Sea (Mediterranean), have been studied. A total of 19 species were found including 13 serpulins and 6 spirorbins colonizing a few soft algal species offering...
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Ostracod and foraminifera associations living on infralittoral algae in three different localities inside and outside the Ciclopi Islands Marine Protected Area (CIMPA), along the Ionian coast of Sicily, a few km N of Catania were analysed for the first time. A total of 19 samples were collected in three different Cystoseira communities, at 5, 10, a...
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The present paper aims to verify the presence of some Cystoseira communities, selected among the most significant reported from the MPA “Ciclopi Islands”, and to attest to any changes, also contributing knowledge for the associated invertebrate communities, and notably for bryozoans, serpuloideans, ostracods and foraminifers.
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The Mediterranean coast of Israel is well known as a hotspot of invasive marine species, mostly from the Indian and Pacific oceans. Here, we report the first occur-rence of the red seaweed Laurencia chondrioides in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Large quantities of this spe-cies were observed in the algal drift on the sandy shores as well as on roc...
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Ceramium cormacii is newly described based on both vegetative and tetrasporangial features of specimens growing on loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from the Mediterranean Sea. The new species is characterised by both prostrate and erect axes (9-12 mm high), dichotomously to pseudo-dichotomously branched with apices straight or slightly incu...
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This article gives a picture of recent studies on the phytobenthos of Sicily, paying particular attention to research carried out in the last 10–15 years. Twenty new taxa have been described from Sicily, and floristic studies have recorded 823 taxa at the specific and infraspecific levels. Vegetational studies have been used to verify changes that...
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The first occurrence of Palisada maris-rubri (K.W. Nam et Saito) K.W. Nam (Ceramiales, Rhodomelaceae) from the Mediterranean Sea, is reported. To date the species was known only from tetrasporic specimens from the type locality (Ras Muhammed, Sinai, Egypt, Red Sea). Mediterranean thalli share nearly all vegetative and reproductive features with Red...
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The objective of this paper is to index and evaluate macrophytobenthos (macroalgae and marine angiosperms) collections present in Italy with essential information from Europe and the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean shore. The importance of reference collections in the Mediterranean Initiative on Taxonomy has a double justification: collections o...
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The first documented occurrence of Osmundea oederi (Gunnerus) G. Furnari comb. nov. in the Mediterranean Sea is reported from the Gulf of Taranto (Italy). A comparison with the morphologically similar species O. truncata and other species of Osmundea with compressed thalli and secondary pit-connections between epidermal cells occurring in the Medit...
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Three new aromatic sesquiterpenes (1, 2, and 4), one new dimeric sesquiterpene of the cyclolaurane-type (3), one sesquiterpene alcohol of bisabolene type (8) along with three previously reported metabolites (5–7), were isolated from the organic extracts of Laurencia microcladia, collected from the Chios island in the North Aegean Sea. The structure...
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The results of a floristic study of the benthic algal flora on rocky substrata of the marine protected area of the Egadi islands off western Sicily, which had previously been studied in 1970s, are presented. The list of species consists of 200 Rhodophyta, 58 Ochrophyta (=Phaeophyta) and 27 Chlorophyta. Only 158 species of the present flora have bee...
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A study of the benthic algal macroflora of Linosa Island (Straits of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea) is presented, aiming to verify possible floristic changes that have occurred in the area, last studied in 1973. We found noticeable changes in the benthic flora, which is now poorer in species than that recorded in the literature (233 species against 305...
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M.J. WYNNE, D. SERIO, M. CORMACI, AND G. FURNARI. 2005. The species of Chondrophycus and Laurencia (Rhodomelaceae, Ceramiales) occurring in Dhofar, the Sultanate of Oman. Phycologia 44: 497-509. Fieldwork carried out in the Dhofar region of the Sultanate of Oman has resulted in many collections of marine algae assignable to the related genera Chond...
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Spring aspect of the benthic marine communities on rocky substrata from midlittoral to lower infralittoral zones of Pantelleria Island (the Straits of Sicily) is described. In the midlittoral zone the following three communities were found: that with Nemalion helminthoides; that with Polysiphonia elongata and that with Osmundea pelagiensis and Laur...
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The occurrence of Laurencia pyramidalis (Ceramiales, Rhodomelaceae) at Castelsardo (Sardinia, Italy) is reported, representing the first confirmed record of this species from the Mediterranean Sea. A study of tetrasporic specimens has shown that production of tetrasporangia is restricted to the 4th pericentral cell in L. pyramidalis, in contrast to...
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Results are presented of a study of 15 specimens on six herbarium sheets in the Queensland Herbarium, Indooroopilly, Australia (BRI) labelled as L. pedicularioides Bergesen v. queenslandica Cribb (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta), including the lectotype. All specimens, except the lectotype, belong to species of Chondrophycus or Laurencia either previously...
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Vegetative and reproductive features of the Mediterranean red alga Chondrophycus tenerrimus (Cremades) comb. nov. (Rhodomelaceae, Ceramiales) are described. The species is characterised by the following features: 1) a basal system composed of a spreading basal crust from which many terete axes arise; 2) the production of two pericentral cells from...
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Recent taxonomic studies of the genus Laurencia sensu lato (Ceramiales, Rhodomelaceae) have resulted in the recognition of three genera within the ‘Laurencia complex’: Laurencia sensu stricto, Chondrophycus and Osmundea. A critical examination of all Mediterranean records of taxa referred to Laurencia has shown that three species of Chondrophycus,...
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Spring aspect of the benthic marine communities on rocky substrata from midlittoral to circalittoral zones of the Tremiti Islands (Adriatic Sea) is described. From a comparison with literature data the disappearance of species characterising well structured infralittoral photophilic communities on rocky substrata like Cystoseira spp. and Sargassum...
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The red algae Chondrophycus patentirameus (Montagne) Nam (‘patentiramea’) and L. paniculata (C. Agardh) J. Agardh were investigated on the basis of type material and recent collections. Both species show the following features: (i) production of two vegetative pericentral cells from each axial segment; (ii) absence of secondary pit connections betw...
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The results of a floristic study of benthic marine macroalgae on rocky substrata from the Tremiti Islands (Adriatic Sea) are presented. The list of taxa at specific and infraspecific level consists of 226 Rhodophyceae , 59 Fucophyceae and 36 Chlorophyceae . Of these 321 taxa, 147 are newly reported from the Tremiti Islands. Data on the reproductive...
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Osmundea maggsiana Serio, Cormaci et G. Furnari sp. nov. (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) is described from the Mediterranean Sea. Thalli are terete, rigid in texture, and irregularly ramified and have as many as three orders of branching. Branches and branchlets are irregularly alternate to spirally (seldom suboppositely) arranged. Epidermal cells do not...
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Viene presentata la flora marina bentonica dell'arcipelago "Isole Eolie" redatta sulla base dei dati di letteratura. La lista floristica consta di 457 taxa a livello specifico ed infraspecifico, di cui 16 Cyanophyceae, 285 Rhodophyceae, 99 Fucophyceae, 54 Chlorophyceae e 3 Monocotiledonae. La flora ha una consistenza pari al 34,26% della flora dell...
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Crosses between Mediterranean strains of Aglaothamnion tenuissimum and Atlantic strains of both A. byssoides and A. pseudobyssoides support the conclusion that A. tenuissimum is conspecific with A. byssoides but that A. pseudobyssoides is a distinct species. Ceramium tenuissimum (the basionym of A. tenuissimum) antedates Callithamnion byssoides (th...
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The occurrence in the Mediterranean Sea of Laurencia chondrioides, first described from the Caribbean Sea, is reported for the first time. The following characters: i) occurrence of secondary pit-connections between epidermal cells; ii) four vegetative pericentral cells produced per axial segment; iii) tetrasporangia produced by pericentral cells,...
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A new species of the genus Polysiphonia from the Mediterranean Sea is described. It is an ecorticate species, with 4 pericentral cells, showing prostrate axes from which erect axes arise. Rhizoids are formed by pericentral cells in a median position remaining in open connection with them. Erect axes are straight, simple throughout or pseudodichotom...
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The results of a floristic study of benthic marine macroalgae from the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) are presented. The list of taxa at specific and infraspecific level consists of 150 Rhodophyceae, 45 Fucophyceae and 28 Chlorophyceae. Of these 223 taxa, 133 are newly reported from the Maltese Islands. Data on reproductive phenology of each s...
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The results of a floristi c study of benthic marine macroalgae from the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) are presented. The list of taxa at specific and infraspecific level consists of 150 Rhodophyceae, 45 Fucophyceae and 28 Chlorophyceae. Of these 223 taxa , 133 are newly reported from the Maltese Islands. Data on reproductive phenology of each...
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The results of a floristic study of the Cheradi Islands (Gulf of Taranto, Italy) are presented. The list of taxa consists of 218 Rhodophyceae, 32 Fucophyceae, 45 Chlorophyceae and 3 Cyanophyceae. Data on reproductive phenology of each species are given. Of particular interest is the finding of Ceramium graecum, Chondria polyrhiza, Laurencia glandul...
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The first record of tetrasporophytes of Polysiphonia funebris from the Mediterranean Sea is reported. Thalli correspond in vegetative characters to the descriptions of the species from literature as well to both holotype and other herbarium specimens studied. The relevant character of the origin of rhizoids, in a median or posterior position, from...
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Progress in the taxonomy of the genus Laurencia Lamouroux (Ceramiales, Rhodomelaceae) is presented. The initial use of only morphological characters was stepwise substituted by the use of both anatomical and reproductive characters that permitted to better characterize species. Infrageneric sudivisions proposed throughout the years are discussed as...
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A study on Cystoseira spinosa community and Cystoseira zosteroides community from Catania (Eastern coast of Sicily) is presented. It is based on monthly samples carried out throughout a year. That permitted to better characterize the communities as regards their periodism and floristic composition. From the comparative examination of samples made,...
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Observations on three interesting Ceramiales from the Mediterranean Sea are reported; Ceramium incospicuum Zanardini, Polysiphonia setacea Hollenberg and Rodriguezella pinnata (Kützing) Schmitz ex Falkenberg. The male reproductive structures on the genus Rodriguezella are described for the first time.
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A study of Mediterranean specimens identified as Laurencia pinnatifida (Hudson) Lamouroux (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) showed that they have to be referred to L. truncata Kutzing. This species, occurring also in the Atlantic, where it was recorded under other names, shows the following main features: axes compressed; epidermal cells elongate, with seco...