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IL SEGRETO DELL’UCCELLO ELEFANTE: L’UOMO IN MADAGASCAR GIA’ 10.500 ANNI FA?

Il Madagascar ha – diciamo da sempre – una serie di "capisaldi" per quanto riguarda la sua biogeografia e la sua storia, entrambi peculiari. Uno di questi e’ senza dubbio il fatto che si riteneva che la colonizzazione umana fosse … Continue reading

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THE ASTONISHING AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE ISALO MASSIF, SW MADAGASCAR

The Isalo Massif, in SW Madagascar, is one of the most interesting and far mysterious areas of Madagascar, despite of the fact that – at the same time – it is also one of the most visited sites. Its peculiar … Continue reading

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ANIMALI FANTASTICI. LE SALAMANDRE GIGANTI CINESI NON SOLO UNA, MA ADDIRITTURA CINQUE (O OTTO) SPECIE!

Meravigliose e preoccupanti notizie allo stesso tempo dal Pianeta Terra. La salamandra gigante cinese era (una volta) classificata e considerata un’unica specie, sotto il nome scientifico di Andrias davidianus. In un articolo apparso su Current Biology i ricercatori mostrano invece … Continue reading

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CHINESE GIANT SALAMANDERS ARE NOT ONE SPECIES, BUT FIVE OR EIGHT!

​Wonderful and worrying news at the same time. The Chinese giant salamanderwas (once) classified and considered just one species, under the scientific name of Andrias davidianus​. In a paper appeared just today on Current Biology shows that in reality this … Continue reading

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​30 YEARS OF MADAGASCAR​: CONSERVING AMPHIBIANS OF THE GREAT ISLAND

This year, 2018, it is just 30 years that I come in Madagascar. This is for studying and protecting amphibians and reptiles. The first year I came was just for holidays. It was really funny and interesting to devote myself … Continue reading

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WHITE LIPPED TREEFROGS, THE METEOROLOGICAL AMBASSADORS

When I passed in the Vohimana Forest, East Madagascar, I had the exceptional luck to find a considerable number of white-lipped treefogs, Boophis albilabris. This anuran is really particular since, first of all, it is large (up to 81 mm), … Continue reading

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SO BEAUTIFUL MANTELLAS!

I was already in the Vohimana Forest around 30 years ago. It was one of the first raiforests that I ever visited. I was so amazed and so astonished by the beauty of the forest itself, and by the kindness … Continue reading

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