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Mirko Liuzzo currently works at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Università Cà Foscari, Venice. Mirko does research in Zoology, Ecology and Conservation. Main Research Topics - Ecology and biology of the West-Palaearctic pond turtles - genera Emys. Monitoring the allochthonous pond turtles species in the inland water bodies of Italy.
A freshwater turtle monitoring programme along the inland margins of the Venice lagoon was initiated in 2019 in collaboration with the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF-Italy). From a total of 336 European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) captured and marked, 97 freshwater turtles were recaptured at least once (28.9% return rate) providing important i...
The only Palearctic representative of the leech genus Placobdella Blanchard, 1893 is P. costata, an ectoparasite of freshwater turtles. To date, no conclusive evidence about the possible presence of coevolutionary patterns between this leech and its turtle hosts is available due to the paucity of DNA sequence data available for P. costata; moreover...
In this study, we report the occurrence of the Nearctic leech Myzobdella lugubris in a brackish water body of the Riserva Naturale dello Stato "Le Cesine" (Apulia, Italy). Two specimens of the species were collected in October 2016 from the neck and the forelimbs of a European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis hellenica, and identified both based on mo...
The purpose of this project is to assess the conservation status and management implications concerning the European pond turtle population (𝐸𝑚𝑦𝑠 𝑜𝑟𝑏𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑠) in the territorial framework of the WWF Valle Averto oasis (South Lagoon of Venice). The central analysis focuses on the use of the habitat and the reproductive eco-ethology in Veneto populations.