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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Eastern Pre-Alps

biota and natural history


 

 

Animal and plant communities

living on the edge of Eastern Alps

have been shaped by a complex

geomorphological, climatic and anthropic history.

The unique biodiversity of the Pre-Alps

deserves further documentation

and offers a challenging ground

to investigate microevolutionary processes

and fine-scale ecological dynamics.

 

 

biota of the Pre-Alps

 

Biological communities in the Eastern Pre-Alps

are enriched by exclusive lineages of cave-dwelling and forest-floor invertebrates,

isolated communities mirroring either submediterranean or alpine biotas,

and composite assemblages of floristic and faunistic elements:

a naturalistic heritage urging preservation

and in need of being explored thoroughly.

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.

butterflies

 

Despite enjoying rare popular appreciation

and being represented by high species richness,

rhopalocerans have been largely neglected in faunistic surveys

along the southern margin of the Alps.

Basic investigations on the distribution and ecology

are disclosing a complex pattern

of geographical diversity and natural values.

 

 


 

selected publications

 

 

 

The European centipedes hitherto referred

to Eurygeophilus, Mesogeophilus and Chalandea

(Chilopoda, Geophilomorpha):

taxonomy, distribution

and geographic variation of the segment number

 

Bonato L., Barber A., Minelli A. 2006

Journal of Natural History, 40: 415-438.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Le comunità di farfalle diurne

(Papilionoidea e Hesperioidea)

negli ambienti aridi ripari del Piave

nel suo settore prealpino (Nord-Est Italia)

 

Bonato L., Zamprogno E., Bettiol K., Zamprogno B., Uliana M.,

2009

De Rerum Natura, 5: 23-45.

 

 

 

 

Dai vertebrati agli invertebrati:

un progetto di indagine

sulle farfalle diurne del Veneto

 

Bonato L., Uliana M., Beretta S., Paolucci P., Zanetti M., Bon M., 2011

Bollettino Mus. Storia Nat.Venezia, 61 (suppl.): 24-31

article

 

 

 

 

 

full list of publications

 


 

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