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Ballarin F.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona | Ballarin F.,University of Turku | Marusik Y.M.,University of Turku | Marusik Y.M.,Russian Academy of Sciences | And 3 more authors.
Arthropoda Selecta | Year: 2012

The Pardosa monticola-group from Middle Asian countries (southern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) is revised. Among the material studied we recognized eight morphospecies, seven of which are new to science: P. fritzeni sp.n. (O+, Kyrgyzstan), P. zonsteini sp.n. (O+, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan), P. ovtchinnikovi sp.n. (O+, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), P. trottai sp.n. (O+, Kyrgyzstan), P. mikhailovi sp.n. (O+, Kazakhstan), P. gromovi sp.n. (O+5, Kazakhstan) and P. pantinii sp.n. (O+, Tajikistan). All known species from Middle Asia, including the single named species P. pontica (Thorell, 1875) from western Turkmenistan and two species from adjacent countries: P. pseudomixta Marusik et Fritzen, 2009 (Xinjiang, China) and P. pseudotorrentum Miller et Buchar, 1972 (Hindu-Kush, northern Afghanistan) are illustrated. Male palps of Middle Asian species are very similar to each other but males of the different species can be easily identified by their general habitus or their first pair of legs in terms of colour, pubescence, relative length and spination. Females are not easily separated due to a lack of diagnostic characters and considerable intraspecific variation. Keys to the males of the 10 species treated in this paper are provided. © ARTHROPODA SELECTA, 2012. Source

Zorzin R.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona | Agostini L.,IPSIA Enrico Fermi | Montecchi M.C.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | Torri P.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | Accorsi C.A.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Acta Carsologica | Year: 2011

Since 2003, an extensive hydrogeological investigation has been carried out on Monte Baldo, in order to make a census of springs occurring along the west side of the mountain and to evaluate the quality of their water. The investigation included morphological and hydrogeological observations concerning the Tanella cave and interdisciplinary investigations performed on the deposits found in the cave. This paper shows the first data concerning the hydrogeology of the cave, as well as data on stratigraphy, pollen and micro-charcoals obtained from the analyses of a well preserved sequence located at ca. 80 m from the entrance (sequence A). The aim of the study was to reconstruct the environment of the area around the cave along the time span testified by the sequence. The sequence is 60 cm thick and was built up by fluvioglacial sediments followed by lacustrine sediments. Five samples taken along the sequence plus three recent control samples (mosses), collected in places assumed as origins of the pollen input, were studied for pollen and micro-charcoals. Pollen preservation was good and concentration varied from 101 to 103 p/g. Pollen spectra from the cave showed the evolution from a landscape of alpine grassland above the timberline, likely of glacial age, to a more forested Holocene landscape similar in flora to the current one testified by the control samples. Pollen probably arrived in the cave by air, water and animals and from plants growing near the cave. It appears to have been continuously underwater after its deposition due to its very good state of preservation. Micro-charcoals suggested that fires were sometimes lit near the cave. Source

Marusik Y.M.,Russian Academy of Sciences | Ballarin F.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

A new species Draconarius latellai n. sp. is described on the basis of two sexes from Northern Pakistan. It belongs to D. venustus species group and most similar to the generotype D. venustus Ovtchinnikov, 1999. The new species is compared with three other species occuring in Central Asia: D. venustus (Tajikistan), D. naranensis Ovtchinnikov, 2005 and D. pakistanicus Ovtchinnikov, 2005 (both from Northern Pakistan). Key to the four Central Asian species is provided and illustrations of all species are given. Copyright © 2011. Source

Di Russo C.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Rampini M.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Latella L.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona | Cobolli M.,University of Rome La Sapienza
Subterranean Biology | Year: 2014

The diet of two populations of cave crickets, Troglophilus cavicola from Veneto, northern Italy and Troglophilus andreinii from Apulia, southern Italy, were studied by analyzing faecal and gut contents. The results obtained document different food preferences in these two species. In the Troglophilus cavicola population arthropod remains were dominant in the diet, whereas in the T. andreinii population vegetables (green and fibres) were the more abundant food category. Furthermore, study of the overlap of food resource exploitation among age and sex sub-samples seems to indicate a separation of diet among the young instars and other age classes of the populations. Differences in diet between males and females were observed only in the population of T. andreinii. Source

Logunov D.V.,University of Manchester | Ballarin F.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona | Marusik Y.M.,Russian Academy of Sciences
Arthropoda Selecta | Year: 2011

The present work provides new fau-nistic data on eight spider species of the families Philo-dromidae, Salticidae and Thomisidae from Karakoram (Pakistan). Five species are illustrated and the females of two species (Philodromus timidus and Thanatus fornicatus) are redescribed. The distribution of all the recorded species is discussed. T. fornicatus is reported for the faunas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the first time. © 2011ARTHROPODA SELECTA. Source

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