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The mammals of the Alps: how to recognize them where and when to observe them by Laura Canalis - Blu Edizioni

The mammals of the Alps: how to recognize them where and when to observe them by Laura Canalis - Blu Edizioni


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Mammals of the Alps
how to recognize them, where and when to observe them

by Laura Canalis

Title

: Mammals of the Alps: How to recognize them, where and when to observe them.

Author

: Laura Canalis

publisher

: Blu Edizioni

Publication date

: May2012

Number of pages

:270

Cost

: € 17.00

Type of paper used

: recycled or ecological paper is not used

Illustrations

: the book is richly illustrated

Mammals of the Alps: how to recognize them, where and when to observe them it is a book that I had the pleasure of discovering and of which I am thrilled. Tell the facts of the mammals present in the Alps: a manual to recognize and understand the animals that populate them. Its peculiarity compared to the many manuals on the market on this topic is the simplicity with which the author has been able to make understandable sometimes complex topics thus allowing even the most inexperienced reader to understand, recognize and enter into intimacy with these friends. On the other hand, there is the effective layout and richness of the illustrative images that make the book captivating and even less boring in reading.

It is organized in several introductory chapters to the monographic files of the different animals, where we first talk about the Alps and their vegetation and the different ecosystems present, the territorial plans and the different animal families present in those territories.

We then move on to tell how these animals should / should not be approached during mountain excursions; how to recognize their traces with very clear drawings of the different footprints or feces that frequently happen to meet, of burrows, of food excavations, of food remains ... in short of everything that may be necessary for the identification of the animal in so that even a distracted observer cannot escape what the territory communicates to him.

There are 84 species of mammals described and better than any other word, the explanatory sheet reported below on the water shrew is valid:

At the end of the book, five "alien" species are also described, that is to say species which are not part of the typical fauna of the Alps but which, due to natural expansion of their air, have spread and are now an Alpine reality: the gray squirrel, the golden jackal, the raccoon dog, raccoon and mouflon.

In short ... a book that I recommend and that each of us should bring with him on his excursions in the mountains but not only, a book to keep in his library to be consulted to clarify doubts or satisfy a curiosity about the tenants "of the upper floors" that populate our territory.

Enjoy the reading!

Dr. M.G. Davoli


The mammals of the Alps: how to recognize them where and when to observe them by Laura Canalis - Blu Edizioni

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The volume can be requested from:
Monti Navegna and Cervia Regional Nature Reserve
Via Roma, 33 02020 - Varco Sabino, Rieti (Italy)
[email protected]

Stefano Bovero, Laura Canalis, Stefano Crosetto 2013. Amphibians and reptiles of the Alps: how to recognize them, where and when to observe them. Blu, Turin 159 pp.

Lino Casini and Stefano Gellini 2008. Atlas of Tetrapod Vertebrates of the Province of Rimini 2004 - 2006. Province of Rimini, pp. 512.

Nicola Nitti 2012. Reptiles and Amphibians of Puglia. 160 pp.

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The notebooks of the Groane Park
Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles

Maurizio Valota, 2010. Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles. The notebooks of the Parco delle Groane, Consorzio Parco delle Groane, Joll Graf, Senago, 113 pp.

Francesca Della Rocca & Leonardo Vignoli 2009. The spectacled salamander. RomaNatura Studies and Guides 1. RomaNatura Regional Body, Rome 64 pp.
ISBN 978-88-96208-01-04

I volume can be requested from:

Bologna M. A., Salvi D., Pitzalis M. 2007 - Atlas of amphibians and reptiles of the province of Rome. Gangemi Editore, Rome, 192 pp.

Benedetto Lanza, Christian Pastorelli, Paolo Laghi, Roberta Cimmaruta, 2006 - A review of systematics, taxonomy, genetics, biogeography and natural history of the genus Speleomantes Dubois, 1984 (Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae). Proceedings of the Civic Museum of Natural History, 52 suppl. Civic Museum of Natural History, Trieste, 135 p.

The volume can be requested from the Library of the Civic Museum of Natural History of Trieste at the following e-mail address: [email protected]

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Outside the American continent, the Plethodontidae family includes only the South Korean species Karsenia koreana Min, Yang, Bonett, Vieltes, Brandon et Wake, 2005, and the European genre Speleomantes Dubois, 1984, whose systematics and taxonomy, subject to a relatively recent revision on genetic and morphological bases, led to the recognition of 3 continental species [S. strinatii (Aellen, 1958) S. ambrosii ambrosii (Lanza, 1955) and S. ambrosii bianchii Lanza, Cimmaruta, Forti, Bullini et Nascetti, 2005 S. italicus (Dunn, 1923)] and 4 sardines [S. flavus (Stefani, 1969) S. supramontis (Lanza, Nascetti et Bullini, 1986) S. imperialis imperialis (Stefani, 1969) and S. imperialis sarrabusensis Lanza, Leo, Forti, Cimmaruta, Caputo et Nascetti, 2001) S. genei (Temminck et Schlegel, 1838) with subspecies A and B]. Until recently, knowledge on the eco-ethology of Speleomantes remained largely incomplete and in-depth research on the subject was only started in the 1990s. This paper summarizes the current knowledge on European Pletodontids of the genus Speleomantes. The authors deal with systematics, taxonomy, geographic and altitudinal distribution, genetics (two keys are provided for the identification of species and subspecies: one based on morphology and geographic distribution, the other based on genetic characteristics), biogeography, ecology (habitat, herpetocenosis, predatпїЅri , parasites, diet), ethology (predatпїЅrio behavior, activity, use of habitat, displacements, antipredatпїЅrпїЅ adaptations, communication), reproduction (sexual dimorphism, gametogenesis, courtship, oviparity, ovoviviparity and parental care), development, population dynamics, conservation (abundance , threats, conservation guidelines) and research perspectives. The bibliography cited includes 565 titles.

Mainland and insular lacertid lizards: a Mediterranean perspective

curated by Claudia Corti, Pietro Lo Cascio, Marta Biaggini
Florence University Press 2006

Lacertid lizards have long been a fruitful field of scientific inquiry with many people working on them over the past couple of hundred years. The scope of the field has steadily increased, beginning with taxonomy and anatomy and gradually spreading so that it includes such topics as phylogenetics, behavior, ecology, and conservation. Since 1992, a series of symposia on lacertid lizards of the Mediterranean basin have taken place every three years. The present volume stems from the 2004 meeting in the Aeolian Islands. In the volume a wide range of island topics are considered, including the systematics of the species concerned, from both morphological and molecular viewpoints, interaction with other taxa, and conservation. The last topic is especially important, as island lizards across the world have often been vulnerable to extinction, after they came into contact with people and the animals they introduced. The volume also has papers on the more positive aspects of human influence, specifically the benign effects of traditional agriculture on at least some reptile species. Olive trees, cork oaks and the banks and walls of loose rocks that crisscross the Mediterranean scene all often contribute to elevated lizard populations. Nor is more basic biology neglected and there are articles on morphology, reproduction, development and thermoregulation. Finally, it is good to see one paper on non-Mediterranean species is included. For, to fully understand the lacertids of this region, it is necessary to appreciate their close relatives in Africa, Asia and the archipelagos of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. (From Preface by E. Nicholas Arnold & Wolfgang BпїЅhme)

Amphibians and Reptiles in the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park

Luca Lapini. (Curator, with the collaboration of A. dallпїЅAsta, L. Dreon, T. Fiorenza, P. Pellarini & L. Dorigo), 2006. - Amphibians and Reptiles in the Regional Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites. Distributive atlas with observations on the herpetological communities of the protected area and its surroundings. 2. The Park's books. Friulian Dolomites Natural Park ed., Cimolais, Pordenone, 190pp.

Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Tuscany

Stefano Vanni & Annamaria Nistri, 2006. - Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Tuscany. Tuscany Region, University of Florence, Museum of Natural History, Zoological Section "La Specola", Florence: 379 pp.

The volume can be requested by writing a letter (to the attention of Dr. Teresa Brancale) to this address:
Department of Territorial and Environmental Policies of the Tuscany Region
via di Novoli, 26
50127 Florence

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The conservation status of threatened Amphibian and Reptile species of Italian fauna

Bologna M.A. & La Posta S., 2004. - The conservation status of threatened Amphibian and Reptile species of Italian fauna. Italian Journal of Zoology, 71 (Suppl. 1): 183pp.

The volume can be requested at this address:

Atlas of Reptiles of the Province of Siena

Sandro Piazzini, Leonardo Favilli & Giuseppe Manganelli, 2010. - Atlas of Reptiles of the Province of Siena (2000-2009). System of the Natural Reserves of the Province of Siena, Quaderni Naturalistici, 2: 112 pp.

The paper edition of the volume can be requested from:

Faunistic Resources and Protected Areas Sector - Protected Areas Service via delle Sperandie, 47
53100 SIENA
Tel. 0577 1782414

Atlas of the Amphibians of the Province of Siena

Sandro Piazzini, Leonardo Favilli & Giuseppe Manganelli, 2005. - Atlas of the Amphibians of the Province of Siena (1999-2004). Natural Reserve System of the Province of Siena, Quaderni Naturalistici, 1: 112 pp.

It's easy to say frog

Lapini L., 2005. - It's easy to say frog. Guide to the recognition of anuran amphibians in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Province of Pordenone - Fish-hunting Supervision Command & Municipality of Udine - Friulian Museum of Natural History ed., Udine: 1-48.

Lanza's salamander Salamandra lanzai

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Threatened Frogs of Madagascar

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Threatened Frogs of Madagascar (English, 1 megabyte)

Threatened amphibians of Madagascar (Italian, 1 megabyte)

Franco Andreone & Elena Giacobino 2007. - A life on the edge Stories of amphibians, vertebrates in danger. Piedmont Region Department of Culture Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin.

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A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar

A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar, Antananarivo 18-21 September 2006 Book of Abstracts

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The Frogs in the paddy field
tradition, science and resource

Andreone F., Gromis di Trana C., Iussich E., Tinarelli A. & Varalda G.G., 2005. - Frogs in the paddy field: tradition, science and resource. National Conference, Proceedings and Speeches. Province of Vercelli, Vercelli, 63 pp.

First national biology conference of European genus newt Speleomantes

Salvidio S. & Pastorino M.V. 2002. - First national biology conference of European genus newt Speleomantes, Genoa and Busalla (GE) - 26 and 27 October 2002, Program and Summary. DIP.TE.RIS., University of Genoa, Genoa 28 pp.

The Lizards of Italy and adjacent areas

Corti C. & Lo Cascio P., 2002. - The Lizards of Italy and adjacent areas. Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, 165 pp.

This volume is a revised and greatly expanded edition in English of: "I lacertidi Italiani" edited by the same authors. All saurians present in geographic Italy (including geckos and chameleons) were included.

The volume can be ordered directly from the Chimaira publisher

The Italian Lacertids

Corti C. & Lo Cascio P., 1999. - The Italian lacertids, Mediterranean, Naturalistic Guides, vol. 10. L'Epos, Palermo, 89 pp.

Amphibians in the province of Cremona

Schiavo R.M., 2001. - Amphibians in the province of Cremona. Environmental Documentation Center, Quaderni Vol. 11, Province of Cremona, Environment Sector, 165 pp.

Contacts: Province of Cremona
c.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 17 - 26100 Cremona [email protected]

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Province of Varese

Baratelli D., 2002. - Reptiles and Amphibians from the Province of Varese. Province of Varese, Environmental Protection and Civil Protection Service, Varese, 34 pp.

Contacts: Province of Varese, Environmental Protection and Civil Protection Service
Piazza LibertпїЅ, 1 - 21100 Varese

Amphibia: aspects of conservation ecology

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This publication can be ordered from WWF Tuscany: [email protected]

For the dispatch of the publication 'Scoccianti C., 2001. Amphibia, Aspetti di Ecologia della Conservazione', WWF Tuscany requires a symbolic contribution of 25 Euros in addition to postal costs.

Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of the province of Trento

Caldonazzi M., Pedrini P. & Zanghellini S., 2002. - Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of the province of Trento. 1987 - 1996 with updates to 2001. Tridentino Museum of Natural Sciences, Trento, 173 pp.

For information on how to order this volume you can write to:

MUSE пїЅ Science Museum
Course of Work and Science 3
38122 Trento

The volume is freely downloadable from this page

The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Ticino Park

Barbieri F. & Gentilli A., 2002. - The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Ticino Park, Ticino Park, Gaggiano, 159 pp.

For information on how to order this volume you can write to:

Lombard Park Consortium of the Ticino Valley
via Isonzo, 1
Pontevecchio di Magenta (MI)

Amphibians and reptiles of the Adamello Park and the Alto Garda Bresciano Park

Gentilli A. & Barbieri F., 2002. - Amphibians and reptiles of the Adamello Park and the Alto Garda Bresciano Park. Adamello Park, Alto Garda Bresciano Park, Gianico, 95 pp.

For information on how to request this volume you can write to:

Amphibians and Reptiles in Sicily

Fabio Lo Valvo and Andrea Maria Longo, 2002 - Amphibians and reptiles in Sicily. WWF ITALIA, ed. doraMarkus, Sicilian Society of Natural Sciences. Palermo 88 pp.

The publication is sent free of charge to those who apply on paper to the Regional Section of Sicily of the WWF.

Checklist of the Species of the fauna of Italy: Vertebrata

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The volume can be purchased in many bookstores but can also be downloaded for free from the website of the Ministry of the Environment (publications section, suggested keyword: vertebrata).

Proceedings of the Third Conference "Safeguarding Amphibians"
(Lugano 2000)

Ferri V. 2002. - Proceedings of the Third Amphibian Safeguard Convention. ROSPI Project & Lugano Cantonal Museum of Natural History. Cogecstre Ediz., Penne, 215 pp.

The complete copy in pdf file (3 megabytes) is available at the Centro Studi Arcadia website by permission of the "COGECSTRE" Typography of Penne (PE).

Morphologic and genetic studies on the European plethodontid salamanders: taxonomic inferences (genus Hydromantes)

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The volume can be purchased at the Graphic Company "La Cittadina" - Via Carobe, 54/58, 25040 Gianico (BS) [email protected]

The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Adamello-Brenta Park

Barbieri F., Caldonazzi M., Pedrini P. & Zanghellini S., 1994. - The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Adamello-Brenta Park. New Quick Print, Trento, 80 pp.

Know and protect the amphibians of the Pineta di Appiano Gentile and Tradate Park

Stefano Scali & Guido Pinoli, 2005 пїЅ Knowing and protecting the amphibians of the Pineta Park of Appiano Gentile and Tradate. New Press Editions, Como: 1-93.

The volume is available at the park headquarters.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Lapini L., 1982. - Amphibians and Reptiles, vol 1. Carlo Lorenzini Publisher, Udine, 148 pp.

Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of the province of Vicenza

Nisoria Group, 2000. - Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of the province of Vicenza. Padovan Ed., Vicenza, 203 pp.

Attached to the volume is a Compact Disc with the recordings of the songs of the Amphibians:

Nisoria Group, 2000. Notes at night, sound guide to the recognition of the Amphibians of the Province of Vicenza. The environments, the species. Hertz, Asiago, pp. 10pp + Audio CD.

Proceedings of the First Italian Conference on the Safeguarding of Amphibians (I)

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Proceedings of the First Italian Conference on the Safeguarding of Amphibians (II)

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Amphibians, Reptiles (Amphibia, Reptilia)

Lanza B., 1983 - Guides for the recognition of animal species of Italian inland waters. 27. Amphibians, Reptiles (Amphibia, Reptilia). - Project series aimed at п Promoting the quality of the environmentїЅ. AQ / 1/205, CNR, Rome, 196 pp.

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Razzetti E. & Msuya C.A. 2002. - Field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Arusha National Park. Oikos Institute - Pubblinova Negri Editions, Varese, 84 pp.

The volume is made available online by Istituto Oikos

Riccardo Scalera, 2001. - Biological invasions. Introductions of vertebrates in Italy: a problem between conservation and globalization. Green Necklace, 103. State Forestry Corps. Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policies. Rome. Pages 368.

The volume analyzes the problems of vertebrate introductions in Italy and in the world, with specific insights for all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish naturalized in Italy. Some paragraphs also analyze the issues of faunal translocations on a local scale. The related management problems and the legislation currently in force at national, community and international level are also analyzed.

Riccardo Scalera, 2003. - Italian amphibians and reptiles, Elements of protection and conservation. Green Necklace, 104. State Forestry Corps. Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policies. Rome. Pages 232.

The volume can be requested free of charge at this address:

Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
State Forestry Corps
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Via A. Salandra, 44
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Marco A. Bologna, Massimo Capula, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto, Bruno Cignini, Carla Marangoni, Alberto Venchi, Marzio Zapparoli, 2003. - Amphibians and Reptiles in Rome, Atlas and guide of the species present in the city. Municipality of Rome, Rome. Pages 112.

Laghi P., Pastorelli C. & Tedaldi G., 2004. Transforming amphibians: the evolutionary strategies of salamanders and salamanders, newts and geotritons. Municipality of Meldola-R.N.O. "Bosco di Scardavilla", Information and Dissemination Series, 7: 12 pp. + 4 unnumbered color plates.

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In this booklet some costumes of the Italian Urodelian Amphibians are revisited and described in a popular way, illustrating to the reader the singular behaviors, adaptations and ways of life of salamanders and salamandrines, newts and geotritons. While the etymology of the word пїЅanfibioпїЅ (= double life) reminds us that some of these species reproduce in water and spend most of their life there, at the opposite extreme the majority of Italian Urodeles are completely terrestrial and do not need habitat. aquatic plants to complete their life cycle. The authors discuss some aspects of the natural history of these species: from mimicry to courtship, from neoteny to the different relationship of salamanders and newts with the liquid environment, accompanying the descriptions with numerous original images, many of which are unpublished.


The mammals of the Alps: how to recognize them where and when to observe them by Laura Canalis - Blu Edizioni

Amphibians and reptiles at high altitude?

In the European Alpine region, the number of amphibian and reptile species is significantly lower than in other environments. In fact, the alpine chains are not the best place for the life of ectothermic vertebrates: long winters limit the annual period of activity, the air and water temperatures influence the metabolism and the intense ultraviolet radiation at high altitude is dangerous for everyone. organisms with bare skin. Sticking only to the species count to evaluate an environment, in this case the Alpine one, would mean having a narrow vision of the concept of biodiversity: climatic contrasts and environmental difficulties induce extraordinary adaptations in the herpetofauna and the genetic structure that underlies it constitutes a fully-fledged component of biodiversity. To name just a few of these adaptations, the alpine newt reaches sexual maturity at the age of 10 at altitudes above 2000 m, compared to 2 years in the plains the eggs of the common frog develop 3 times faster at 2450 m compared to those of the lowland populations the skin of the tadpoles is able to offer protection against ultraviolet rays, and the adults are active during the day, while at low altitudes they are exclusively nocturnal. The shorter annual period of activity can be balanced by a particular maternal reproductive investment, such as viviparity in salamanders and mountain lizards. The alpine ranges then played an important role in the extension-contraction of European faunas and flora over geological time. The current distribution of the herpetofauna can only be understood by taking into account the role of the Alpine arc, which from time to time acted as a geographical barrier (able to separate "clades" within the same species, as in the common frog ) or as a refuge (capable of conserving and allowing the survival of species adapted to the cold climate, such as viviparous salamanders).
It is therefore really important to publish a book like this which illustrates the originality of the Alpine herpetofauna, a subject of which little is known and on which many discoveries remain to be made.

Amphibians and reptiles at high altitude? by Claude Miaud

The Alps

Altitudinal planes and vegetation

The herpetofauna of the Alps
Origin and biology
Biogeography and adaptations
Current threats to the Alpine herpetofauna

Species recognition
Adult amphibians
Determination of amphibian eggs
Determination of amphibian larvae
Adult reptiles

Some considerations on the use of the guide
Terminology used and order of presentation
Symbology

THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE ALPS

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