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In snakes, melanism can improve thermoregulation efficiency, reproductive success and provide additional protection to internal organs from solar radiation. For these reasons, such conditions could be beneficial for animals living in both cold and warm environments. For widely distributed species of grass snake (genus Natrix), several single encoun...
Bruni G., Di Nicola M.R., Banfi F., Faraone F.P., 2021. Distribution and characterization of melanism in grass snakes from Italy. XIII Congresso Nazionale Societas Herpetologica Italica, Lipari (Messina), 22-26 settembre.
Multiple hypotheses have been proposed to explain the variation of dorsal patterns observed in snakes, but no studies yet have tested them over broad taxonomic and geographical scales. The Viperidae offer a powerful model group to test eco-evolutionary processes that lead to disruptive and cryptic ornaments. We developed a database reporting dorsal...