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Foraging ecology of loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta in the central Mediterranean Sea: evidence for a relaxed life history model
In the central Mediterranean Sea, gut contents and feces of 95 turtles captured by bottom trawlers and pelagic longliners fishing in neritic and oceanic areas, respectively, were examined, showing a highly opportunistic foraging behavior by the turtles on both live and dead ma- terial in the epipelagic zone as well as on all types of seafloor. Expand
Molecular biogeography of the Mediterranean lizards Podarcis Wagler, 1830 and Teira Gray, 1838 (Reptilia, Lacertidae)
It is hypothesized that in the early history of the genus the main lineages separated by rapid, numerous and close events that produced a starting point very similar to a polytomy, hard to resolve by parsimony analysis of the data set. Expand
Hidden Mediterranean biodiversity: molecular evidence for a cryptic species complex within the reef building vermetid gastropod Dendropoma petraeum (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda)
The reef building vermetid gastropod Dendropoma petraeum inhabits the warmest waters of the Mediterranean Sea and is considered a threatened marine species, and its genetic structure throughout its whole distribution range is characterized using mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data. Expand
A molecular phylogenetic framework for the Muricidae, a diverse family of carnivorous gastropods.
The phylogenetic relationships of 77 muricid species belonging to nine of the ten currently recognized subfamilies are presented, based on Bayesian inference and Maximum Likelihood analyses of partial sequences of three mitochondrial (12S, 16S and COI) and one nuclear (28S) genes. Expand
Biases and best approaches for assessing debris ingestion in sea turtles, with a case study in the Mediterranean.
In a sample of 567 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) from the central Mediterranean, debris occurrence varied according to methods and turtle source, and was up to 80% in pelagic turtles.Expand
The venomous cocktail of the vampire snail Colubraria reticulata (Mollusca, Gastropoda)
The first molecular characterization of the alimentary secretion of a non-conoidean neogastropod, Colubraria reticulata, is presented, with functional and evolutionary insights on major families of bioactive molecules. Expand
Surviving the Messinian Salinity Crisis? Divergence patterns in the genus Dendropoma (Gastropoda: Vermetidae) in the Mediterranean Sea.
The phylogenetic and coalescent-based analyses confirmed the four well-supported and largely differentiated lineages of D. petraeum, clearly delimited geographically along a west-east axis within the Mediterranean Sea: Western, Tyrrhenian-Sicilian, Ionian-Aegean and Levantine lineages. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships within the Italian species of the lacertid genus Podarcis were examined by parsimony analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences from the genes encoding the small ribosomal RNA and the phenyl transfer RNA, and the present results are only partly in agreement with previous hypotheses. Expand
Phylogeny and evolutionary history of the blister beetles (Coleoptera, Meloidae).
Molecular dating allowed an outline of the main steps of the evolutionary history of Meloidae, which evolved during Early Cretaceous and then radiated considerably with the adoption of hypermetaboly and parasitic behaviour, and with repeated, parallel evolution of larval phoresy on its hosts. Expand
Contrasting morphological and molecular variation in Coralliophila meyendorffii (Muricidae, Coralliophilinae)
The constancy in the differences in size, ecology and reproductive biology, and the absence of observed intermediates between the two forms was striking and suggested the analysis of their specific status by other independent markers. Expand