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After briefly reviewing past research, the present status of our knowledge on the bats of Latium, Central Italy, one of the richest biodiversity districts of the Central Mediterranean Ecoregion, is outlined, highlighting the contribution of Benedetto Lanza.


Tropea G.,Societa Romana di Science Naturali | Yagmur E.A.,Celal Bayar University | Koc H.,Sinop University | Yesilyurt F.,University of Art | Rossi A.,Centro Studi sugli Aracnidi
ZooKeys | Year: 2012

A new species of the genus Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 is described based on specimens collected from Dilek Peninsula (Davutlar, Aydin) in Turkey. It is characterized by an oligotrichous trichobothrial pattern (Pv= 7, et= 5/6, eb= 4) and small size. Euscorpius (Euscorpius) avcii sp. n. is the first named species of the subgenus Euscorpius from Turkey.


Yagmur E.A.,Celal Bayar University | Tropea G.,Societa Romana di Science Naturali
ZooKeys | Year: 2013

A new species of the genus Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 is described based on specimens collected from Bursa Province, in Marmara Region of Turkey. It is characterized by a mesotrichous trichobothrial pattern (Pv= 8, et= 6, em=4, eb= 4), medium size and light coloration. Euscorpius (Euscorpius) rahsenae sp. n. is the second species of the subgenus Euscorpius recognized in Turkey. © Ersen Aydi{dotless}n Yaǧmur, Gioele Tropea.


Yagmur E.A.,Celal Bayar University | Tropea G.,Societa Romana di Science Naturali | Yesilyurt F.,Kirikkale University
ZooKeys | Year: 2013

A new scorpion species, Euscorpius lycius sp. n., is described based on specimens collected from Muǧla and Antalya Provinces, in southwestern Turkey. It is characterized by a standard trichobothrial pattern (Pv= 8/9, et= 6, em=4, eb= 4), small size and light brown/reddish coloration. With the description of Euscorpius lycius sp. n., the number of valid species of the genus Euscorpius in Turkey increases to 5. © Ersen Aydi{dotless}n Yaǧmur et al.


Angelini C.,Zirichiltaggi S.W.C. | Sotgiu G.,Zirichiltaggi S.W.C. | Tessa G.,Zirichiltaggi S.W.C. | Tessa G.,University of Turin | And 9 more authors.
Evolutionary Ecology | Year: 2015

Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) is widespread among amphibians, and it is attributed to fecundity selection, invoked for female-biased-SSD species, sexual selection, usually invoked for male-biased-SSD species, or other forms of natural selection. Further, SSD interplays with body size variability at population level. By using a male-biased-SSD newt (Euproctus platycephalus) as model species, we investigated body size and SSD variability across the whole species’ range, the island of Sardinia, looking for the main evolutionary force behind SSD. We found geographic variation of body size and SSD: newts from northern populations were generally larger than those from southern ones, with a larger degree of male biased dimorphism in the former. The mean age of newts varied among populations, but it did not follow any geographical pattern, and it did not differ between sexes. Southern populations reached sexual maturity earlier than northern ones, and maturity was positively correlated with temperature. Growth curves show that northern populations achieved male-biased SSD before reaching sexual maturity, whilst in the south males become larger than females after 6 years in age, following a non-asymptotic growth curve. The geographical pattern of the adult body size variation is attributable to delayed maturation of the larger newts in more northerly populations, and earlier sexual maturation due to warmer temperature in southern populations, which leads to smaller body size. SSD varies consistently with body size: it is evident in the north, where sexual bimaturation caused larger males, but it is weak in the south, where warmer temperature caused an earlier maturation of both sexes. © 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

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