New article on salamander diet specialization

New article on salamander diet specialization

In this article we assessed the consistency of individual diet specialization of three populations of Speleomantes ambrosii throughout a period of three years. We found evidence of significant variation of the proportion of specialized individuals between different seasons, and between different years when considering the same season.

Title: Yearly variation in individual diet specialization: Evidence from cave salamanders

Authors: Enrico Lunghi, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Raoul Manenti, Giorgio Mancinelli

Journal: Global Ecology and Conservation

Link to the article Yearly variation in individual diet specialization: Evidence from cave salamanders

Field activity in Sardegna, January 2024

Field activity in Sardegna, January 2024

We enjoyed the field activity in Sardegna searching for epigean populations of Speleomantes! We spent 10 days collecting data on multiple populations of four specie: S. genei, S. sarrabusensis, S. imperialis and S. flavus. These activities integrated the great monitoring program lead by our friend Dr. Cogoni.

New review article on Speleomantes behaviour published in Animals

New review article on Speleomantes behaviour published in Animals

In this article we performed a review aiming to define the state-of-the-art of researches published on the behabviour of Speleomantes cave salamanders, and we provided insights for future researches aiming to fill the current knowledge gap.

Title: Recent Advances in the Behavioral Ecology of European Plethodontid Salamanders

Authors: Andrea Costa , Enrico Lunghi, Giacomo Rosa, Sebastiano Salvidio

Journal: Animals

Link to the article Recent Advances in the Behavioral Ecology of European Plethodontid Salamanders

New article published in Animals on foraging behaviour of Speleomantes

New article published in Animals on foraging behaviour of Speleomantes

In this article we performed a fine-scale analysis of the gut contents obtained from all Speleomantes species, including hybrids. Identifying prey with higher taxonomic resolution and considering their ecology, we were able to infer on potential foraging behaviour of these salamanders, paving the way for future studies to test these new hypotheses.

Title:

Inferring on Speleomantes Foraging Behavior from Gut Contents Examination

Authors: Fabio Cianferoni, Enrico Lunghi

Journal: Animals

Link to the article Inferring on Speleomantes Foraging Behavior from Gut Contents Examination

Special Issue: Predator-Prey Interactions in Amphibians and Reptiles

New article published in Animals on the monitoring of Speleomantes sarrabusensis

New article published in Animals on the monitoring of Speleomantes sarrabusensis

In this article we provided the data deriving from two monitoring scheme interesting four populations (three epigeous and one from artificial springs) of the Sette Fratelli cave salamander Speleomantes sarrabusensis.

Title: Species diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia, Italy

Authors: Roberto Cogoni, Milos Di Gregorio, Fabio Cianferoni, Enrico Lunghi

Journal: Animals

Link to the article Monitoring of the Endangered Cave Salamander Speleomantes sarrabusensis

Special Issue: Salamanders: Distribution, Diversity, and Conservation

New article published in Acta Herpetologica on distribution of Sardinian herpetofauna

New article published in Acta Herpetologica on distribution of Sardinian herpetofauna

In this article we show an updated database on the distribution of herp species in Sardegna, with an analysis on the environmental variables that promote higher species abundance.

Title: Species diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia, Italy

Authors: Claudia Corti, Marta Biaggini, Valeria Nulchis, Roberto Cogoni, Ilaria Maria Cossu, Salvatore Frau, Manuela Mulargia, Enrico Lunghi, Lara Bassu

Journal: Acta Herpetologica

Link to the article Species diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia, Italy

New article published in Scientific Reports on the trophic niche of Speleomantes italicus

New article published in Scientific Reports on the trophic niche of Speleomantes italicus

In this article we investigated the trophic niche of multiple populations of the Italian cave salamander, Speleomantes italicus, throughout a year. We found a discrepancy in the foraging activity of the populations located in different areas, and temporal and spatial variability in the body condition of individuals. Our study highlighted a remarkably high spatial and temporal divergence in the trophic habits of conspecific populations.

Title: The trophic niche of subterranean populations of Speleomantes italicus

Authors: Enrico Lunghi, Fabio Cianferoni, Claudia Corti, Yahui Zhao, Raoul Manenti, Gentile Francesco Ficetola and Giorgio Mancinelli

Journal: Scientific Reports

Link to the article: The trophic niche of subterranean populations of Speleomantes italicus

New article published in the special issue “Salamanders: Distribution, Diversity, and Conservation” of Animals

New article published in the special issue “Salamanders: Distribution, Diversity, and Conservation” of Animals

In this article we studied the trophic niche of two sympatric salamanders, the fire salamander Salamandra salamandra and the Italian cave salamander Speleomantes italicus. We found that the Italian cave salamander mostly consumed flying prey with a hard cuticle, while the fire salamander preferred worm-like and soft-bodied prey. We hypothesize that in our case, the two species of salamanders did not have to change their prey preference in order to avoid competition, but divergences in metabolism and behavioral traits likely worked as natural deterrent.

Title: The Trophic Niche of Two Sympatric Species of Salamanders (Plethodontidae and Salamandridae) from Italy

Authors: Enrico Lunghi, Claudia Corti, Marta Biaggini, Yahui Zhao and Fabio Cianferoni

Journal: Animals

Link to the article: The Trophic Niche of Two Sympatric Species of Salamanders (Plethodontidae and Salamandridae) from Italy