Lucio Bonato

Department of Biology - University of Padova

via U.Bassi 58b I-35131 Padova (Italy) tel. 0039 049 8277487 fax 0039 049 8276230

lucio.bonato@unipd.it

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research

amphibians and reptiles

faunistics and ecology


 

More criptic and often less charming 

than other vertebrates,

amphibians and reptiles have long been ignored 

in faunistical and ecological research, 

even in the deeply explored European biota. 

Recently they have become important targets 

for evolutionary and conservation biology. 

 

 

alpine salamanders

 

Climatic oscillations shaped the present distribution

of amphibians and reptiles in southern Europe.

Relic, differentiated lineages of Alpine salamanders

have been discovered unexpectedly in recent years

on the Venetian Prealps.

herpetofauna in Veneto

 

Distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Veneto

has dramatically changed in the last century,

particularly in the strongly urbanized Venetian Plain.

Here some species are now limited to isolated biotopes.

Multi-year, volunteer-based investigations are contributing

to map and trace the distribution of species

and to assess their conservation status.

 

 


 

selected publications

 

  

 

Anfibi sul Montello:

distribuzione dei siti riproduttivi

in un territorio carsico prealpino

 

Romanazzi E., Bonato L., 2011

Bollettino Museo Storia Nat. Venezia, 61 (suppl.): 88-95

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Atlante degli Anfibi e dei Rettili del Veneto

 

Bonato L., Fracasso G., Pollo R., Richard J., Semenzato M. (eds), 2007

Associazione Faunisti Veneti, Nuovadimensione

abstract

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salamandra atra Laurenti, 1768

 

Bonato L., Fracasso G., Luiselli L., 2007

Fauna d'Italia, 42 : 197-211

 

 

 

 

 

Una popolazione relitta

di Pelobates fuscus insubricus

in un sito litoraneo veneto (Amphibia: Pelobatidae)

 

Boschetti E., Richard J., Bonato L., 2007

Gortania, 27: 339-345

 

 

 

Movements, distribution pattern and density

in a population of Salamandra atra aurorae

(Caudata: Salamandridae)

 

Bonato L., Fracasso G., 2003

Amphibia-Reptilia, 24: 251-260

abstract

 

 

 

The evolution of the melanistic colour

in the Alpine Salamander Salamandra atra

as revealed by a new subspecies

from the Venetian Prealps

 

Bonato L. & Steinfartz S. 2005

Italian Journal of Zoology, 72: 253-260

abstract

 

 

On the distribution and chromatic differentiation

of the Alpine Salamander

Salamandra atra Laurenti, 1768

between Val Lagarina and Val Sugana

(Venetian Prealps): an updated review

 

Bonato L., Grossenbacher K., 2000

Herpetozoa, 13: 171-180

 

full list of publications

 


 

...work in progress...

 

 

 

 

 

 

an isolated population of Pelobates fuscus

in the Venetian lowland:

    population structure, reproductive biology

and multi-year monitoring

 

 

 

 

relic, disjunct populations of Alpine salamanders

in the Venetian Prealps:

microscale distribution

and phyletic differentiation

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