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AEPYORNIS, MULLERORNIS, AND VOROMBE: ALL THE ELEPHANT BIRDS OF MADAGASCAR

Madagascar, we know already, is a land with a huge amount of biodiversity. Part of this has been extinct since quite a long time ago. We talk about giant lemurs and giand birds. All these animals are said were extinct … Continue reading

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AMPHIBIAN VERSUS AMPHIBIAN: INVASIVE TOAD IS THREATENING MALAGASY ENDEMIC FROGS

Madagascar is well-known for its endemec and peculiar amphibian fauna: more than 350 species living only there and at least other 200 which are waiting for a formal description. But habitats are going away under the deleterious actions of Homo … Continue reading

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A NEW ACTION PLAN FOR THE THREATENED HARLEQUIN MANTELLA

In December 2018 (scheduled dates: 4-6) I will be honoured to participate to an important workshop dedicated to the conservation of Mantella cowanii, one of the most threatened frogs of Madagascar, known as “harlequin mantella”. This small terrestrial frog is … Continue reading

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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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