Mauro Doneddu

Mauro Doneddu

Doctor of Medicine

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Monitoring the spread of non-indigenous species is fundamental to study global warming effects on marine biodiversity. A valuable tool is represented by the continuous updating of the geographic range expansion of non-indigenous species. Lamprohaminoea ovalis is a Lessepsian mollusc initially recorded in the Mediterranean Sea in 2001. This paper re...
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The genus Okenia is undergoing a singular evolution in the last 20 years, with the description of new species and the rapid diffusion into new biogeographical compartments. Described only in 2017, from specimens collected in 2013 at the Azores islands, Okenia picoensis in the span of five years has been observed in the Mediterranean from east to we...
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The frequency of predation holes on beached shells of Ruditapes philippinarum (Adams & Reeve, 1850) and Ruditapes decussatus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Veneridae), collected in a length of the littoral of the municipality of Olbia adjacent to the mouth of the Padrongianus river, was analyzed. These holes are all attributable, according to the char...
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We report the discovery of the Indo-Pacific sacoglossan Elysia nealae Ostergaard, 1955 from northeastern Sardinia (Central Tyrrhenian Sea). This is the first record of this species in the western Mediterranean Sea and only the second for the whole of the Mediterranean Sea following a report from Cape Epanomi, Greece. We discuss the identification o...
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During the last twenty years, several studies have demonstrated the primary role of the lithological properties of hard substrates in conditioning the diversity and structure of marine sessile communities (aka bio-mineralogy). This research was dedicated to testing whether different substrates (limestones and granites) influence higher levels of th...
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After an in-depth study of the original descriptions and of the subsequent records nowadays available, Trapania graeffei (Bergh, 1881) is here re-established as a valid species, distinct from the congeneric Atlantic T. fusca (Lafont, 1874). In particular, since all the Mediterranean records of T. fusca are noncongruent with the original description...
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A single specimen of Tritoniopsis cincta was found and collected in the Marine Protected Area Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo on the stolon of a colony of the alcyonacean Sarcodictyon catenatum (Forbes, 1847). This is the first finding of this rare nudibranch in the seas surrounding Sardinia (Italy). New acquisitions from unpublished data but available...
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The presence in the Adriatic Sea of the eulimid Crinophtheiros comatulicola (Graff, 1875) is confirmed through the finding of living specimens at Rijeka, Croatia. The species was until now only known for the Adriatic from a few records of empty shells. The association with its elective host, the crinoid Antedon mediterranea (Lamarck, 1816), is also...
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The nudibranch Tritonia nilsodhneri, usually feeding on a variety of gorgoniacean species, is known from different localities of the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Knowledge of the host preferences of the Mediterranean populations is still scarce. Few records of this nudi-branch have been reported from the eastern Mediterranean b...
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Three specimens of Lomanotus barlettai were found while scuba diving at Sveta Marina (Labin, Croatia, Adriatic Sea). It is the first record from the Adriatic Sea and the third for the whole Mediterranean Sea, after those reported from the Catalan coast of Spain.
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The aeolid nudibranch Caloria elegans (Facelinidae) is quite common in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean and is easily recognized by the presence of a typical black spot at the apical portion of its cerata. Facelina quatrefagesi (Facelinidae) was long considered as a synonym of C. elegans until recently, when it was re-evaluated as a...
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43 species of heterobranch molluscs belonging to the orders Sacoglossa, Umbraculida, Pleurobranchomor-pha, Aplysiomorpha, Cephalaspidea and Thecosomata were recorded from the Marine Protected Area Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo (Northeastern Sardinia) and its vicinities during the years 1989-2016; the research has involved 65 different locations, whos...
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A living specimen of the ovulid gastropod Xandarovula patula (Pennant, 1777), was found in August 2015 during SCUBA diving in locality Pedra Bianca, south-west of Asinara Island, north-western Sardinia. It was observed while feeding on the Alcyonacea Eunicella singularis (Esper, 1791). Xandarovula patula has been previously recorded from Cape Verde...
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In this paper a case of Patella ferruginea Gmelin, 1758 (Gastropoda: Patellidae) predation by Hexaplex trunculus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Gastropoda: Muricidae) is reported from the southern coast of the Olbia Gulf, in Sardinia.
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98 species of nudibranchs (Mollusca, Gastropoda) were recorded from the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo (North-eastern Sardinia) and its vicinities during the years 1989-2015. The most interesting species were annotated and shown in colour photos.
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After some considerations and bibliohraphical indications about the insects pollinators of Barlia robertiana, the Author reports for the first time two Coleoptera Cetoniidae, Tropinota squalida and Oxythyrea funesta as pollinators of this orchid in Sardinia. Until now only Hymenoptera Apoidaea are cited in the literature as pollinators of Barlia ro...
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The nudibranch Thecacera pennigera (Montagu, 1815) after its description was considered a cosmopolitan species present in the Mediterranean Sea, although very rare. The critical analysis of literature sources and recent reports leads to consider it a recently introduced species, probably as a result of human activities.
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Three individuals of a nudibranch belonging to the genus Dermatobranchus (Arminidae) were found at a depth of 3 meters, in a bottom with sand and gravel, during night SCUBA diving activity in Porto Pirrone, Leporano, Taranto, Apulia, Italy. The external morphology and coloration of these Mediterranean individuals clearly resemble those of D. rubidu...
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Three individuals of a nudibranch belonging to the genus Dermatobranchus (Arminidae) were found at a depth of 3 meters, in a bottom with sand and gravel, during night SCUBA diving activity in Porto Pirrone, Leporano, Taranto, Apulia, Italy. The external morphology and coloration of these Mediterranean individuals clearly resemble those of D. rubidu...
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We report, as a first appearance, the Pleurobranchaea meckeli (de Blainville, 1825) finding along the Emilia-Romagna coasts.
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A new species of Tritoniidae is reported from western Sardinia and described as Tritonia coralliumrubri sp. nov. All the specimens so far found come from Capo Caccia, Alghero (Northwestern Sardinia) and Capo Mannu, (West-central Sardinia), and in both localities they were found in association with the red coral, Corallium rubrum(Linnè, 1758), that...
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Una breve parte generale introduce alla loro biologia e alla classificazione. La parte descrittiva contiene le schede di TUTTE LE SPECIE CONOSCIUTE DEL MEDITERRANEO appartenenti agli ordini Nudibranchia, con la descrizione di una nuova specie, Sacoglossa, Umbraculida,Anaspidea e Pleurobranchomorpha e cenni sugli altri. Testi rigorosi, ma semplici i...
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Five living specimens of the Aglajidae Spinoaglaja wildpretii are reported from north-eastern Sardinia (Tyrrhenian Sea); these are the first records from Italian shores, the first record of living specimens in the entire Mediterranean and they noticeably enlarge the known range of the species. Some ecological notes are added.
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Five living specimens of the Aglajidae Spinoaglaja wildpretii are reported from north-eastern Sardinia (Tyrrhenian Sea); these are the first records from Italian shores, the first record of living specimens in the entire Mediterranean and they noticeably enlarge the known range of the species. Some ecological notes are added.
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We report the finding of two empty shells of the Ranellidae species Cabestana cutacea (Linnaeus, 1767) on the coast of Čanj, Montenegro. Although we cannot exclude that this may be the result of inadvertent human transport, these findings are of interest because this species has not been recently reported in the Adriatic Sea.
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Andrena hesperia Smith, 1853 is confirmed as pollinator of Ophrys lutea subsp. minor in Sardinia, on the basis of observations, photographically documented, took place in Monte Albo (Lula). Furthermore we briefly discuss on the forms of Ophrys lutea s.l. present in the island.
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We report the first record of Eastonia rugosa in Sardinia. Living individuals and loose valves were found in proximity of the Rio Padrongianus delta, near Olbia in the north-eastern part of the island. Several alien species were found in the same area. It cannot be excluded that E. rugosa reached this locality by anthropogenic media, but the driver...
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The present work reports the check-list of the wild orchids of Olbia-Tempio province (Northeastern Sardinia). This research is the result of the authors investigation as a contribution to the knowledge of the Orchidaceae for this area. A list of 34 species and 6 natural hybrids is reported by personal observations more than 6 species derived from l...
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A new station of Ophrys subfusca subsp liverani Orrù & Grasso at Platamona is here reported. It is the first station for the province of Sassari and the second after the locus tipicus.
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This note summarizes the knowledge about the alien mollusks reported so far along the coast of Olbia (North-Eastern Sardinia). Eleven species are reported: Rapana venosa, Melibe viridis, Bursatella leachii, Anadara transversa, Musculista senhousia, Xenostrobus securis, Brachidontes pharaonis, Crassostrea gigas, Fulvia fragilis, Ensis magnus, Tapes...
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Thymelicus lineola in Sardinia, unperceived native species or recent anthropic introduction? (Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae). Here is reported the presence of Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808) in Sardinia and discuss its possible membership in the native fauna, or alternative raises questions concerning its mode of introduction into the island.
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The author reports a new station, the first one for the province of Olbia-Tempio (Northern Sardinia), of Epipactis microphylla (Ehrh.) Sw. in the mountainous area of Mount Limbara.
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We report the results of a research carried out from 2002 to 2010 in a restricted territory between Sanluri and San Gavino Monreale (region of Medio Campidano, Sardegna).
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This work identifies Andrena pilipes as responsible of the hybrid Ophrys ×celani O. Danesch & E. Danesch (O. incubacea subsp. incubacea Bianca × O. passionis subsp. passionis Sennen ex Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers) in North-Eastern Sardinia.
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We report on the occurrence of the rare Doridae Opistho-branchia Doris bertheloti (D'Orbigny, 1839) in north-eastern Sardinia and summarize the knowledge about distribution both in Atlantic and Mediterranean. Colour photos of the specimens in nature are given.
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Si conferma la presenza di Ophrys passionis in Sardegna, in base al ritrovamento di una popolazione di dodici esemplari nel territorio del comune di Oschiri (Sardegna nord- orientale); si segnala anche la presenza dell’ibrido Ophrys ×celani O. Danesch & E. Danesch (O. incubacea × O. passionis). The occurrence of Ophrys passionis in Sardinia is conf...
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Two alien molluscs, Bursatella leachii de Blainville, 1817 and Fulvia fragilis (Forskål, 1775) are here first reported from the Gulf of Olbia, northeastern Sardinia. B. leachii was previously known from the southern Sardinia only, while F. fragilis is reported from Sardinia for the first time. The proximity of the finding localities with the commer...
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The hole-drilling behaviour of the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797) is described on shells of Luria lurida (Linnaeus, 1758) collected from octopus lairs in the Western Mediterranean (NE Sardinia). Out of 33 shells, 28 (84.84%) were drilled by the cephalopod. The distribution of boreholes on the shells is not random, as most of them (6...
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We report on a population of Serapias nurrica Corrias from Mount Limbara, altitude 850 metres. This record extends the altitudinal range of the species in Sardinia, approaching it to the one known for Sicily.
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Recently, the new combination Erosaria irrorata (Gray, 1828) was introduced on the basis of molecular data indicating a close relationship between Naria irrorata and the species belonging to the genus Erosaria. This generic allocation is now widely used in the literature and web. However, the genus Naria Broderip, 1837 has priority over the genus E...
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The finding of a small population of the alien species Melibe viridis (Kelaart, 1858) [= fimbriata Alder & Hancock, 1864] is reported from northern Sardinia (Golfo Aranci). This first record of M. viridis from the central Tyrrhenian Sea extends the known limit of the species to the western Mediterranean. The specimens were found in a Cymodocea nodo...
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Distribution and frequency of two uncommon colour form of Calliostoma laugieri (Payraudeau, 1826) from 10 stations in Capo Ceraso area (North-eastern Sardinia) are report-ed and discussed. Two localities in which the fre-quency of the colour forms are high were located, but frequency suddenly lowered since a few km from this localities. That is att...
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Pattern convergence involving the nudibranch Chromodoris cf. decora (Pease, 1860) from the Northern Red Sea and two polyclads, Prostheceraeus moseley Lang, 1884 and Acotylea sp. from the Mediterranean Sea is here reported.
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An account on the Opistobranchia (Cephalaspidea and minor groups excluded) of the Northern coast of Sardinia is given. The occurrence of two unidentified species is also reported.