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Roberto Battiston

Roberto Battiston
Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali ‘G. Zannato’

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Introduction
"There is a meeting of the Entomological Society that I might just be able to attend, if I hurry. There, there, my dear, that will do: Mary and Joseph, I am not going to Court – the entomologists do not set up for beaux." P. O'Brian

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Publications (73)
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This paper presents the first observations of the Coleoptera genera: Attagenus Latreille 1802 (Dermestidae), Phradonoma Jacquelin du Val 1859 (Dermestidae), and Trichodes Herbst 1792 (Cleridae) in association with Mantodea oothecae; in particular, it is the first time that predator/inquiline beetle larvae are recorded on Bolivaria Stal 1877 (Mantod...
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The praying mantis genus Hierodula is widespread throughout temperate and tropical Asia, and its species are well recognised due to their large size. Nevertheless, the life history of many of its species remains unknown. Therefore, we investigate the biology, life cycle, mating, cannibalism, and spermatophore feeding of the species Hierodula tenuid...
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Praying mantises have recently gained popularity as domestic pets. Moreover, they are increasingly being bred and sold in fairs and pet markets or collected in the wild and reared by amateurs or professional marketers for the hobbyist community. This market is not well known, and its implications on the biology and conservation of these insects are...
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The Giant Asian Mantis (Hierodula tenuidentata) is reported for the first time in the Veneto region and the survival of adult individuals in Northern Italy till winter is confirmed. Despite the already well documented ability of this alien species to survive the harsh winters of Northern Italy, new data on its ecology in these areas allows one to b...
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The distribution and knowledge on the Mediterranean mantid Iris oratoria (Linnaeus, 1785) is here updated. Despite is beautiful appearance and presence in the social media, the scientific knowledge on its real distribution is poor and incomplete and this may affect its conservation at local scales. Citizen science records have been here compared wi...
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Thanks to the collaboration of various local realities, the Natural History and Archaeological Museum of Vicenza has co-organized various projects for the years 2020-2021: a temporary exhibition on the bicycle, inclusive dance in the museum, jazz with artists in residence, summer educational activities and study of local beetles . These projects ar...
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Riassunto - Dopo la segnalazione storica di Disconzi nel XIX secolo e le recenti segnalazioni bellunesi, il cerambice del faggio Rosalia alpina ricompare nel territorio Vicentino. I pochi dati a disposizione non permettono ancora di attestare la presenza di popolazioni stabili, ma suggeriscono per questa specie nuove dinamiche di espansione, che ve...
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This is the first discovery of nesting an ant queen in the mantid’s oothecae chamber. A total of 93 oothecae have been collected and dissected. After tearing the outer skin of the most oothecae apart (80 out of 93), a queen ant Crematogaster inermis (Formicidae: Crematogastrini) and her eggs were observed. All of these 80 oothecae were parasited by...
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An update on the dermapterofauna of Kyrgyzstan is presented. The distribution and ecology of Oreasiobia fedtschenkoi have been revised and the presence of Anechura bipunctata and Labidura riparia is reported for the first time in this country. The habitat, ecology and conservation of these species are discussed in the context of the Kyrgyz area and...
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RIASSUNTO Si deve all'esploratore e geografo vicentino Antonio Pigafetta la prima descrizione di un fasmide, un insetto foglia presumibil-mente del genere Phyllium. Viene ricostruita e ipotizzata la specie da lui osservata in base alle indicazioni dell'esploratore e alle conoscenze attuali sulla tassonomia di questi insetti e alla loro biogeografia...
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The use of mantids as indicators for biodiversity and environmental conservation has been studied on different islands of the Mediterranean Basin, specifically the Maltese and Balearic archipelago. The study focused on three model species: a generalist and cosmopolitan species (Mantis religiosa); a species that is uncommon but widespread in the Med...
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Il presente studio riporta le prime segnalazioni di presenza di Locusta migratoria per la provincia di Vicenza, Anisolabis maritima per la provincia di Rovigo e Euborellia moesta per l’Ovest Vicentino. La presenza di Saperda octopunctata viene confermata per il Veneto dopo oltre 150 anni dalla prima e unica segnalazione storica. Questi nuovi dati v...
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The first presence records of the Giant African Mantis Sphodromantis viridis (Forskål, 1775) (Insecta Mantoidea) are reported for Sicily and Greece, with new evidences on the human- mediated spreading of this species in the Mediterranean area. In Greece, Sphodromantis viridis meets the distribution of the Giant Asian Mantis Hierodula tenuidentata (...
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The first presence records of the Giant African Mantis Sphodromantis viridis(Forskål, 1775) (Insecta Mantoidea) are reported for Sicily and Greece, with new evidences on the human-mediated spreading of this species in the Mediterranean area. In Greece, Sphodromantis viridismeets the distribution of the Giant Asian Mantis Hierodula tenuidentata (Sau...
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Summary: Spallanzani’s dwarf mantis (Ameles spallanzania (Rossi, 1792)), is a mantid that has seen a rapid spread in Northern Italy in recent years and in particular in 2019, where sightings have been recorded even in areas where it was not previously observed, as the province of Verona and the Friuli hinterland or where backdate its arrival, as th...
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The presence of the Indochina mantis Hierodula patellifera (Mantidae, Mantinae) as a new alien species in Italy is reported, with the description of the first stable macro-population in Europe. This macro-population shows a wide distribution, comprising several fragmented and reproducing sub-populations in Northern Italy and one in Southern France....
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Hierodula patellifera European records Supplementary material 1 Battiston R, Amerini R, Di Pietro W, Guariento LA, Bolognin L, Moretto E (2020) A new alien mantis in Italy: is the Indochina mantis Hierodula patellifera chasing the train for Europe? Biodiversity Data Journal 8: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.8.e50779e50779.
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Hierodula transcaucasica Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1878 is a mantid native to the Caucasus and southern and western Asia. Here we present the first records of the species for the Balkans represented by findings of the species in Northern Greece in two localities (Thasos in 2015 and Charopo in 2017) and in Bulgaria in 2017. These recent findings implic...
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The presence of the Giant Asian Mantis, Hierodula tenuidentata Saussure, 1869 (Insecta Mantodea), is here reported for the first time in Italy. A well settled and probably wide spread population of this species is here described in detail, evaluating the increase in the number of individuals in the recent years and its adaptability to the European...
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A total of seventeen species of the order Mantodea were recorded from the Pal-estinian Territories belonging to five families (Empusidae, Eremiaphilidae, Manti-dae, Tarachodidae and Toxoderidae) and thirteen genera (Ameles, Blepharopsis, Empusa, Eremiaphila, Eremoplana, Holaptilon, Iris, Mantis, Microthespis, Mioman-tis, Pareuthyphlebs, Rivetina, a...
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The arrival in Italy in the last few years of new representatives of the subfamily Mantinae like Sphodromantis viridis, Hierodula tenuidentata and Hierodula patellifera, points out some new management problems here presented, like expansion speed and adaptability to environments with a heavily anthropized urban and agricultural landscape. A discuss...
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La piena condivisione o la tutela preventiva dei dati di raccolta nei monitoraggi faunistici sono due strategie opposte e spesso inconciliabili, molto discusse in ambito scientifico, soprattutto riguardo ai progetti di citizen science. In questo lavoro sono stati messi a confronto i principali database faunistici italiani attivi, utilizzando come s...
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The observation in nature of some instances of predation on the European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) by kestrels (Falcus tinnunculus), and a detailed search in the internet image databases of photos and video clips of similar events contribute to a better understanding of the poorly known interactions between these two animals. If from one si...
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Observations in unmanipulated, semi-natural conditions were made of a single individual of the praying mantid Hierodulatenuidentata , while hunting and capturing an unusual prey for this kind of insect, guppy fish, Poeciliareticulata . This repetitive fishing behavior, recorded daily, is reported here for the first time and discussed in relation to...
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In Italia sono storicamente presenti tre specie di scoiattoli: lo scoiattolo rosso, lo scoiattolo nero e la marmotta. I primi due si arrampicano e saltellano sugli alberi mentre il terzo scava gallerie nel terreno. Negli ultimi anni altre specie di scoiattoli esotici sono state introdotte in varie regioni italiane e hanno iniziato a procurarsi cib...
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From October 2017 to July 2018 we organized a temporary and itinerant exhibition on selected museum materials from mineralogical, entomological, taxidermic, paleontological, botanical collections. Among the exhibits there are: fossils (corals, three-dimensional crabs, mammals), minerals (mineralogical peculiarities, true and false meteorites, Vice...
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Species in the genus Ameles Burmeister and Pseudoyersinia Kirby (Amelini) are traditionally defined as small-sized, ground-dwelling mantids whose males are distinct for being, respectively, macropterous and brachypterous. However, comparative morphological studies across Amelini confirmed the existence of short-winged males in Ameles, suggesting th...
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Lo scoiattolo grigio è stato introdotto in Italia nel 1948 in Piemonte, da dove si è diffuso poi in Liguria e Lombardia. Dal 2003 è stato rilevato in Umbria, dal 2008 in Veneto e dal 2012 in Toscana. La sua presenza è tuttavia balzata all’attenzione dei media solo negli ultimi anni, in parte in seguito all’attivazione di progetti LIFE per la gestio...
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The recent discovery of new specimens of Sphodromantis viridis (Forskål, 1775) in Sardinia, together with the increasing number of sightings reported in the literature for the Mediterranean islands, allow a first investigation of the spreading dynamics of this mantis outside of its continental habitat in a biogeographical perspective. An insect his...
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The eastern grey squirrel is listed among the worst invasive species throughout the world. This species of Ameri- can origin is currently replacing the native Eurasian red squirrel in most of the Great Britain, as well as in parts of Ireland and Italy. It may debark trees and exert damages to woodlands and tree plantations. Therefore, its spread ma...
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Le recenti e numerose segnalazioni in Veneto di esemplari di scoiattolo grigio Sciurus carolinensis, specie invasiva già nota per alcune aree dell’Italia centro-occidentale, e la naturale espansione dell’autoctono scoiattolo rosso Sciurus vulgaris dall’area prealpina alla pianura veneta, disegnano una linea di confine tra le due specie molto sottil...
Technical Report
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Hypsicorypha gracilis is a widespread species which has been recorded from almost all of North Africa, even if it has been recently shown that many historical records were based on misidentifications (Wieland et al. 2014), suggesting that the real distribution of this species could be smaller or even severely fragmented. At present, with the data a...
Technical Report
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Blepharopsis mendica is widespread in the Palaeartic region and by its wide distribution is here assessed as Least Concern. It is however usually found in low numbers in small local subpopulations and the area of occupancy of this species may be limited and the population fragmented. Further investigations on local distribution, population trend an...
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Pseudoyersinia canariensis is an endemic mantid from the island La Palma. At present time most of its ecology is unknown and the taxonomy needs to be revised (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Bercerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). The species has an extent of occurrence (EOO) of ca. 290 km², an area of occupancy (AOO) of 48-200 km², and it occurs in a...
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Mantis religiosa is a widespread species and there is no evidence of threats at a global level. This species has however specific ecological needs and habitat reduction or degradation and direct killing may threaten local populations that are usually not composed of large numbers of individuals. Local initiatives of conservation or education are in...
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Pseudoyersinia teydeana is an endemic mantid of the Canary Islands. At present, most of its ecology is unknown and the taxonomy needs to be revised (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Becerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). It is present in only one small subpopulation in a restricted area of the island of Tenerife and is linked to particular habitats and...
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Pseudoyersinia subaptera is an endemic mantid of the Canary Islands. At present, most of its ecology is unknown and taxonomy needs to be better defined (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Bercerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). It is present in two small fragmented subpopulations on two different islands and is linked to particular habitats of endemic veg...
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At present time most of the ecology of Pseudoyersinia pilipes is unknown and its taxonomy needs to be studied (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Bercerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). The available data suggest that this species has a very limited distribution (AOO is 40-200 km² and EOO is 74-200 km²) and thus could fall under a threatened category. Fur...
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Pseudoyersinia betancuriae is an endemic mantid of the island of Fuerteventura. At present most of its ecology is unknown and the taxonomy needs to be better defined (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Becerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). Due to the extremely small amount of available data on this species, it is assessed as Data Deficient (DD). Further...
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Ameles gracilis is an endemic mantid of the Canary Islands. It is present on three islands and it is only found in shrubland and uncultivated open areas. At present most of its ecology is unknown and the species taxonomy needs to be better defined (Becerra and Oromi 1999, Becerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). The species has an extent of occur...
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Ameles limbata is an endemic mantid of the Canary Islands. It is present on two islands and only found in shrubland and uncultivated open areas. At present most of its ecology is unknown and the species taxonomy needs to be better defined (Becerra & Oromi, 1999; Becerra et al. 2001, Wieland et al. 2014). The species has an extent of occurrence (EOO...
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The structure and composition of the biodiversity have been analysed in a light gradient of a case-study cave in Northern Italy to evaluate the influence of light in promoting, limiting, or altering it. Minor quantitative variations have been found along the gradient but remarkable qualitative differences have been recorded and discussed on the com...
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Riassunto-La presenza in Veneto del genere Calosoma con le specie C. sycophanta e C. inquisitor viene presentata e discussa, nelle segnalazioni storiche e nei recenti avvista-menti in provincia di Vicenza. Eventi recenti di pullulazione di C. inquisitor sui Colli Berici e sul Monte Summano vengono descritti ed analizzati nei loro contesti ambiental...
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Radovan Kranjčev (2013) published a paper on Croatian Mantodea containing a considerable number of data that need to be discussed. In this reply corrections of mantid misidentifications, as well as of some given statements, are presented, certain doubtful records are discussed and comments on a number of overlooked papers are given. Also, a critica...
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The genus Apteromantis Werner, 1931 comprises two species of wingless mantids, the Iberian A. aptera (Fuente, 1894) and the North African A. bolivari (Werner, 1929). Although A. aptera and A. bolivari have been traditionally considered as separate and valid species, their external appearance is quite similar and no comprehensive taxonomic study has...
Technical Report
A. fasciipennis has been recorded only once, probably in 1871 (the label is ambiguous, but the date is likely to be correct), with only a single specimen collected, and never collected or reported again. The taxonomy of the genus Ameles is at the present time rather confusing and further analysis should be done to confirm the validity of this speci...
Technical Report
Apteromantis aptera is a rare mantis with discontinuous distribution and the reduction of Mediterranean habitats may threaten it in the future; however, at the present time it is widespread in the Iberian peninsula and this grants a good resistance to this threat. In recent years, since the last assessment, its presence has been recorded in many ne...
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“Biodiversity Friend” is a standard certification developed in 2010 by World Biodiversity Association to evaluate the biodiversity and promote its conservation in agriculture. The procedure to obtain the certification considers the environmental impacts of the agricultural activities on the agrosystem and the biodiversity and suggests operational s...
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Data on the populations of some Orthoptera species pullulating on Colli Berici for the years 2008-2013 are exposed. The intensification of demographically explosive phenomena also in lowland areas and the range extension for Decticus albifrons are reported.
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La distribuzione dello scoiattolo comune (Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758) nella provincia di Vicenza viene qui aggiornata con nuove segnalazioni effettuate tra il 2006 ed il 2013. Storicamente assente dalla pianura vicentina questo animale viene oggi incontrato con frequenza ed in habitat fortemente antropizzati che spesso non sembrano offrire que...
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New record of Ameles spallanzania (Rossi, 1792) (Insecta, Mantodea ) in the Po valley (Lombardy, Italy, biogeographic continental area) are reported.
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New data on thermophilic insects (Reticulitermes lucifugus, Ameles spallanzania, Acrida ungarica , Libelloides longicornis) are recorded for the Veneto Region. The presence of these species is also confirmed for other populations the same Region. we hypothesise that the presence of these populations and the spreading of thermophilic species is favo...
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During an expedition held in 2011 in North Morocco, living populations of very rare mantids like Tenodera rungsi, Apteromantis bolivari were encountered and recorded, confirming their presence after more than half a century of silence. Collected specimens, compared with other species by their taxonomy and biogeography, confirmed old records and des...
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the recent find of an Ameles spallanzania population in a continental area of northern Italy permitted to redraw the northernmost edge of the distribution of this species and to study its life cycle in extreme climatic conditions. A comparison with collecting records of adult specimens from the Mediterranean area has been performed to put in eviden...
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A population of praying mantids Mantis religiosa L. was studied in a submontane habitat near Vicenza in Northern Italy. Sixtythree mantids were observed and studied in the field with the mark and recapture method to obtain ecological information about the coloration patterns, habitat preferences and strategies of this species. Additionally, a popul...
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This handbook is a clear and detailed tool for the study and identification of the 127 species of Mantids living in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The first part of the book describes the appearance of Mantids in human folklore and scientific aspects; their biology, the question of the sexual cannibalism, morphology, colouration and their life-cycles...
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Some observations on the mating behavior of the Mediterranean ground mantis Ameles decolor are reported. Sexual cannibalism occurred between female and male; cannibalism occurred between adult males and between adult females. A courtship behavior of the male before mating is described for the first time. Comparisons with other taxa and explanations...
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New data on the mantids of Ecuador are presented. The male of Pseudoxyops perpulchra is described for the first time. After some doubtful records, the presence of this genus is confirmed in Ecuador, and some ecological considerations are given on its distribution.
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A summary of the actual knowledge on the Mantodea of Caucasus is presented, with new morphological and morphometrical data on not well known species from this region. The male of Hierodula transcaucasica is redescribed here. The external morphology and shape of genitalia are analysed. A comparison with previous data and some biogeographical conside...
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A new species of a Musoniella (Mantodea, Thespidae) is described, based on a male collected by the authors on the Andine part of Ecuador. This genus is a new record for Ecuador, and some biogeographical considerations on the distribution of the genus are given. A comparative analysis of the characters used in the descriptions of the species is pres...
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The presence of Ameles spallanzania (Rossi, 1 792) on the Euganean Hills (Padova, Veneto, Italy) is reported for the first time. The habitat of the collecting site is described and the habitus of thé individuals and the oothecae produced is described and photographed. The collecting area considered is geo-referenced. New collecting data are reporte...
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New data on the Embiidina from the Mediterranean Basin are presented. An analysis of the material preserved in the Museo Civico di Storia Narurale di Genova (Italy) shows that the largest part of the specimens housed in the collection is represented by immature specimens, often completely unidentifiable. New records for Embia ramburi Rimsky-Korsako...
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Zoological researches of the oceanographic ship “Minerva” (C.N.R.) on circumsardinian islands. XX. Embiidina. (Insecta). New data on Embiidina on the islands around Sardinia are presented. An analysis of the material preserved in the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Italy) shows that the largest part of the specimens preserved in the coll...
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New data on Mexican Mantodea are presented. Data collected during an 8800 km orthopterologic expedition in the central part of Mexico during 2004 have been analyzed. The low number of taxa and specimens found in the 71 visited localities, although collected only during daytime, is remarkable. Besides that, these insects seem to be uncommon in centr...
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Studies on external morphometry and on the morphology of internal male genitalia of the mantids genus Ameles Burmeister, 1838 confirm the necessity of a combined internal and external analysis for the identification. Some characters, used by previous Authors, shown to be inadequate in identifying correctly some species: further ones have been here...

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Monitor the presence of exotic species of mantids found in nature in Italy and Europe, study their distribution, taxonomy and impacts on local species ad ecosystems.
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Distribution of Sciurus carolinensis in Veneto.