Paolo Pantini

Paolo Pantini
Natural Science Museum of Bergamo · Zoology

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We report on the unexpected finding of a new species of the genus Cybaeopsis Strand, 1907, C. lodovicii sp. nov. from the Northern Apennine Mountains in Italy. This is the first documented record of a Cybaeopsis species in Europe. Other currently known species of this genus have been previously recorded in North America, the Russian Far-East and Ja...
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Land-use intensification exacerbates landscape fragmentation, increasing the negative effects on biodiversity. In this context, the biodiversity value of Trees Outside Forests (TOF; scattered trees, tree lines and small woodlots) is often overlooked by landscape planning and conservation programs, which typically focus on protecting larger and more...
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In the internet era, the digital architecture that keeps us connected and informed may also amplify the spread of misinformation. This problem is gaining global attention, as evidence accumulates that misinformation may interfere with democratic processes and undermine collective responses to environmental and health crises. In an increasingly poll...
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The genus Troglohyphantes Joseph, 1882 (Araneae, Linyphiidae) includes 131 species, mainly distributed across the main European mountain ranges. The Alps and the north-western Dinarides account for 66 species, most of them showing narrow or even point-like distributions. The majority of Troglohyphantes spiders dwell in subterranean habitats includi...
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We applied a multi-taxa approach integrating the co-occurrence of plants, ground beetles, spiders and springtails with soil parameters (temperatures and chemical characteristics) in order to describe the primary succession along two glacier forelands in the Maritime Alps (Italy), a hotspot of Mediterranean biodiversity. We compared these succession...
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The genus Palliduphantes Saaristo & Tanasevitch, 2001 is revised in the fauna of Italy. For each species, all known localities , new records, and remarks are provided. A synonymy of P. garganicus (Caporiacco, 1951) with P. istrianus (Kulczyński, 1914) syn. n. is proposed on the basis of a morphological comparison. Two new species, P. murphyi sp. n....
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In the current global warming phase, relict glacial areas are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. They are “cold-spots” of biodiversity and of great interest both from the ecological and conservation point of view. We investigated the biological communities (plants and arthropods) hosted by one of the southernmost European glaciers:...
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The genus Troglohyphantes Joseph, 1881 (Araneae, Linyphiidae) includes 131 species, mainly distributed across the main European mountain ranges. The Alps and the North-western Dinarides account for 66 species, most of them showing narrow or even point-like distributions. The majority of Troglohyphantes spiders dwell in subterranean habitats includi...
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Mass media plays an important role in the construction and circulation of risk perception associated with animals. Widely feared groups such as spiders frequently end up in the spotlight of traditional and social media. We compiled an expert-curated global database on the online newspaper coverage of human-spider encounters over the past ten years...
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In the Internet era, the digital architecture that keeps us connected and informed may collaterally amplify the spread of misinformation and falsehood1,2. The magnitude of this problem is gaining global relevance3, as evidence accumulates that misinformation interferes with democratic processes and undermines collective responses to environmental a...
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We present new distributional data of 24 spider species in Sardinia, including 7 endemic and 1 poorly recorded species. Sixteen species from 7 families and six species from 2 families are recorded for the first time in Sardinia and Italy, respectively. Among these, the reported presence of Cepheia longiseta and five other species allows us to inclu...
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High-altitude spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Brenta Dolomites. This study aims to improve our knowledge on the spider fauna (Arachnida: Araneae) living in high-altitude habitats of the Brenta Dolomites (Adamello Brenta Natural Park, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy). Spider specimens were sampled using pitfall traps placed along an altitudinal gradi...
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Although arthropods are among the most diverse, abundant and ecologically important animals in terrestrial ecosystems, they are generally neglected in most biodiversity inventories due to their complex systematics and overwhelming diversity, coupled with the current decline in the number of taxonomists. For this reason, several surrogate groups for...
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Measuring habitat specialisation is pivotal for predicting species extinctions and for understanding consequences on ecosystem functioning. Here, we sampled pollinator and natural enemy communities in all major habitat types occurring across multiple agricultural landscapes and used species-habitat networks to determine how habitat specialisation c...
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Osmoderma eremita (Scopoli, 1763) in the Sebino Bergamasco (Italy, Lombardia). The presence is confirmed of Osmoderma eremita (Scopoli, 1763) in the area overlooking lakes Endine and Gaiano. Data are reported from monitoring conducted between June 30 th and August 10 th 2020 by means of direct observation and the use of traps, leading to the identi...
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Spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of biogeographical and conservation interest in the Stelvio National Park (Italy). Results of the sampling of spider species of particular biogeographical, faunal and conservation interest between 2013 and 2015 in the Stelvio National Park during the "Monitoring Biodiversity in the Alpine Environment" project are report...
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1. Spiders are able to arouse strong emotional reactions in humans. While spider bites are statistically rare events, our perception is skewed towards the potential harm spiders can cause to humans. Nevertheless, there is still limited understanding of the role of the media in spreading (mis)information about them thereby promoting this distorted p...
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The crab spider Xysticus brevidentatus Wunderlich, 1995 is one of the most rarely recorded thomisids in Europe. A new record of this species from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the northernmost of its currently known distribution, is presented together with first photographic illustrations of both adult sexes and the diagnostic genital characteristics. Th...
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As glaciers retreat, their forelands represent "natural laboratories" for the study of primary succession. This review describes how certain arthropods conquer pristine ground and develop food webs before the establishment of vascular plants. Based on soil samples, pitfall traps, fallout and sticky traps, gut content studies, and some unpublished d...
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The impact of mining activities on spider (Araneae) diversity and assemblages was studied in two abandoned mine sites in Sardinia (Italy), where mining activities started in the middle of the nineteenth century and closed down over a century later. Spider community composition was analysed in dumps, undisturbed forests and scrublands which represen...
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Three new species of the genus Centromerus from Italy, C. tongiorgii sp. nov., C. hanseni sp. nov., and C. gatoi sp. nov., are described for the first time on the basis of both male and female specimens. Their relationships with other congeneric species, as well as their diagnoses, are discussed using morphological characters. New records of poorly...
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Spiders are able to arouse strong emotional reactions in humans. While spider bites are statistically rare events, our perception is skewed towards the potential harm spiders can cause to humans. We examined the human dimension of spiders through the lens of traditional media, by analysing more than 300 spider-related news published online in Itali...
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Epigean spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) in a littoral environment in Calabria. We present the results of a research focusing on the arthropods collected in dune and back-dune environments at San Ferdinando in the province of Reggio Calabria. More than 500 specimens, collected using pitfall traps, were examined and 35 species belonging to 14 families w...
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In questa breve nota sono descritte le fasi di progettazione e allestimento della mostra temporanea realizzata nel 2018 in occasione della ricorrenza del centenario di fondazione del Museo di Scienze Naturali di Bergamo. Vengono inoltre riportate alcune considerazioni relative all'affluenza e al gradimento dell'iniziativa. ABSTRACT-We are 100 year...
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Vengono riportati i risultati di un'indagine sulle araneocenosi del Parco del Roccolo, una piccola oasi naturalistica situata nel comune di Treviglio nella bassa pianura bergamasca. Le raccolte sono state effettuate per mezzo di trappole a caduta posizionate dal luglio 2011 al luglio 2013 e mediante alcuni campionamenti manuali. Sono stati campiona...
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Il Museo Civico di Scienze Naturali di Bergamo nel 2018 ha celebrato i 100 anni dalla sua istituzione. Il 14 luglio 1918, alla presenza delle autorità cittadine, il Museo ha aperto le porte al pubblico perché i cittadini potessero fruire del patrimonio naturalistico che aveva trovato origine nelle collezioni didattiche ottocentesche del gabinetto s...
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RIASSUNTO-Viene confermata la presenza di Osmoderma eremita (Scopoli, 1763) nell'area prospiciente i laghi di Endine e Gaiano. Sono inoltre riportati i dati di un monitoraggio, condotto tra il 30 giugno e il 10 agosto 2020 mediante osservazioni dirette e con l'uso di trappole attrattive, che ha portato a rilevare la presenza di 9 esemplari della sp...
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In this contribution we present the Catalog of Italian spiders, produced on the base of the available scientific information regarding spider species distribution in Italy. We analysed an amount of 1124 references, resulting in a list of 1670 species and subspecies, grouped in 434 genera and 53 families. Information on spider biodiversity in Italy...
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Land-use intensification is a major threat to arthropods across agricultural landscapes. To mitigate these negative effects through appropriate landscape management, it is necessary to understand how entire species communities respond to land-use at the landscape scale. We performed a whole-landscape sampling of spiders in 300 habitat patches acros...
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The following new Zodarion species are described from Italy: Zodarion pantaleonii Bosmans & Pantini spec. nov. and Z. pseudonigriceps Bosmans & Pantini spec. nov., both from Sardinia, Z. montesacrense Bosmans spec. nov. and Z. valentii Bosmans, Loverre & Addante spec. nov., both from Puglia, Z. valentii also occurs in Sicily. Zodarion sp., describe...
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Xysticus alpinus Kulczyński, 1887 stat. n. from Central-Eastern Alps, previously considered a subspecies of X. lanio C. L. Koch, 1835, is analyzed in detail. Redescription of both sexes and illustrations of habitus and genitalia are provided. A careful comparison with the nominal species is carried out revealing clear differences in morphology and...
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Speciation in subterranean habitats is commonly explained as the result of divergent selection in geographically isolated populations; conversely, the contribution of niche partitioning in driving subterranean species diversification has been rarely quantified. The present study integrated molecular and morphological data with a hypervolume analysi...
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The great raft spider, Dolomedes plantarius, is a semi-aquatic spider species with an Eurosiberian distribution. As a result of habitat loss and degradation, in 1996 the species was classified as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but since then the status has never been updated. We present the frame of the existing knowledge on...
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Spiders are an important group of terrestrial invertebrates, that colonized virtually all available habitats on Earth. Despite their ecological importance and their diversity – so far more than 47000 spider species have been described, – spiders are still under-represented in conservation policies and conservation biology, especially compared to ot...
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A description is provided of the preparation of a formicary set up in 2017 in order to accommodate a colony of Messor barbarus in the exhibition dedicated to the invertebrates at the Natural Science Museum in Bergamo.
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RIASSUNTO-Viene descritto l'allestimento di un formicaio artificiale realizzato nel 2017 al fine di ospitare una colonia di Messor barbarus nell'esposizione dedicata agli invertebrati del Museo di Scienze Naturali di Bergamo. ABSTRACT-A formicary at the Natural Science Museum in Bergamo A description is provided of the preparation of a formicary se...
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Spiders of Calabria (Arachnida, Araneae). A summary is provided of the knowledge of the Araneofauna of Calabria based on scientific publications to date and unpublished material. 456 species are reported for the region referring to 213 genera and 41 families. Zelotes balcanicus, Z. khostensis, Porrhomma montanum, Walckenaeria incisa, Rhomphaea rost...
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Giovanni Canestrini (1835–1900) was the pioneer of arachnology in Italy, who published the first catalogue of Italian spiders and a total of 87 papers in the field. His interests covered almost all the Italian arachnid orders, although in the last part of his life he focused on acarology, in which he became a leading world expert. The remains of Ca...
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Giovanni Canestrini was one of the most eminent italian zoologists of XIX century. He was a convinced evolutionist, in contact with Darwin, and distinguished himself for his tireless efforts and struggles for spreading the evolutionary theory in Italy and for publishing the first italian edition of “On the origin of species”. Among his many interes...
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A new species of the genus Amaurobius C.L. Koch, 1837, Amaurobius pesarinii sp. n., from the Apennine Mountains (Italy) is described on the basis of both sexes. The male of A. pavesii Pesarini, 1991, previously unknown, is also described. Females of A. pavesii and both sexes of the similar A. scopolii Thorell, 1871 are re-described. Detailed descri...
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Loxosceles rufescens is a circum-Mediterranean spider species, potentially harmful to humans. Its native area covers the Mediterranean Basin and Near East. Easily spread with transported goods, it is meanwhile an alien and invasive species to nearly all other continents and many islands. This species occurs in semi-arid steppe-like habitats, typica...
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Active rock glaciers are periglacial landforms consisting of coarse debris with interstitial ice or ice-core. Recent studies showed that such landforms are able to support plant and arthropod life and could act as warm-stage refugia for cold-adapted species due to their microclimate features and thermal inertia. However, integrated research compari...
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With 128 described species and five subspecies, the spider genus Troglohyphantes (Araneae, Linyphiidae) is a remarkable example of species diversification in the subterranean environment. In this paper, we conducted a systematic revision of the Troglohyphantes species of the Italian Alps, with a special focus on the Lucifuga complex, including the...
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Lo spiaggiamento di una giovane femmina di capodoglio (Physeter macrocephalus) nei pressi di Piombino, nella primavera del 2008, ha dato l'opportunità al museo di realizzare un progetto da tempo in programma: una sala dedicata ai mammiferi marini. Vengono qui descritte le fasi del recupero dell'animale, realizzato in collaborazione con il Dipartime...
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ABSTRACT – New data concerning spiders in Lombardy (Arachnida, Araneae). Ten years on from the publication of the catalogue of Lombard spiders, our knowledge of the araneofauna of the region has been expanded thanks to previously unpublished books and other material. New data has emerged regarding 66 species belonging to 20 families not included in...
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RIASSUNTO- Lo spiaggiamento di una giovane femmina di capodoglio (Physetermacrocephalus) nei pressi di Piombino, nella primavera del 2008, ha dato l’opportunità al museo di realizzare un progetto da tempo in programma: una sala dedicata ai mammiferi marini.Vengono qui descritte le fasi del recupero dell’animale, realizzato in collaborazione con il...
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Cheiracanthium rupestre Herman, 1879, and Xysticus albomaculatus Kulczyński, 1891, both originally described from Hungary, are among the most rarely reported species of their genera in Europe. Here we report that both of these species have very close relationships to similarly uncommon species originally described from France at about the same time...
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Zora Koch, 1847 is a small genus distributed in the Holarctic region. The genus comprises 16 species, 14 of them distributed in the Palaearctic region and two from the Neartic (World Spider Catalog 2016). The European fauna includes 11 species (Nentwig et al. 2016), 8 of which are present in Italy (Pantini & Isaia 2016). Zora has historically been...
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Il Museo di Zoologia dell'Università degli Studi di Padova conserva la collezione aracnologica costituitasi a fine '800 con l'attività di Giovanni Canestrini (1835-1900) e della suo scuola.
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Cyrtarachne ixoides (Simon, 1870) is recorded for the first time from Northern Italy, based on specimens observed or collected in the Venetian plain. The authors summarize several photographic records appeared on the web that extend the known Italian range for this species.