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Acta Herpetologica     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.357, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Horticultural Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.177, CiteScore: 0)
Aestimum     Open Access  
Aisthesis : Pratiche, Linguaggi e Saperi dell’Estetico     Open Access  
Annali di Storia di Firenze     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bio-based and Applied Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.303, CiteScore: 1)
Cambio : Rivista sulle Trasformazioni Sociali     Open Access  
Comparative Cultural Studies : European and Latin American Perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Cromohs : Cyber Review of Modern Historiography     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Diciottesimo Secolo : Rivista della Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII     Open Access  
Drammaturgia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Form@re - Open J. per la formazione in rete     Open Access  
Il Colle di Galileo     Open Access  
Italian J. of Anatomy and Embryology     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.273, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Early Modern Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
LEA - Lingue e Letterature d'Oriente e d'Occidente     Open Access  
Musica Tecnologia     Open Access  
Opus Incertum     Open Access  
Phytopathologia Mediterranea     Open Access   (SJR: 0.809, CiteScore: 2)
Prometheus. Rivista di studi classici     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Restauro Archeologico     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Reti Medievali Rivista     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.115, CiteScore: 0)
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Scrineum Rivista     Open Access  
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Storia delle Donne     Open Access  
Studi irlandesi. A J. of Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Acta Herpetologica
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.357
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 9  

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ISSN (Print) 1827-9635 - ISSN (Online) 1827-9643
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  • A new species of the genus Noblella (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from
           Ecuador, with new information for Noblella worleyae

    • Authors: Carolina Reyes-Puig, Juan M. Guayasamin, Claudia Koch, David Brito-Zapata, Matthijs Hollanders, Melissa Costales, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia
      Pages: 63 - 87
      Abstract: We describe a new species of terrestrial-breeding frog of the genus Noblella from the northwestern slopes of the Andes of Ecuador, in the province of Pichincha, Ecuador, and report a new locality for the recently described N. worleyae. We include a detailed description of the osteology of both species and discuss their phylogenetic relationships. The new species is differentiated from other species of Noblella by having discs of fingers rounded, without papillae; distal phalanges only slightly T-shaped; toes slightly expanded and rounded distally, without papillae; dorsum uniform brown with irregular suprainguinal dark brown marks; venter yellowish cream, ventral surfaces of legs and thighs reddish to brownish cream; and dark brown throat. The new locality for N. worleyae is located in Los Cedros Reserve, an area highly threatened by mining. We highlight the importance of protecting endemic species of small vertebrates in northwestern Ecuador.
      PubDate: 2021-09-17
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-10742
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • So close so different: what makes the difference'

    • Authors: Dario Ottonello, Stefania D'Angelo, Fabrizio Oneto, Stefano Malavasi, Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi, Filippo Spadola
      Pages: 89 - 98
      Abstract: The introduction of alien fish species in wetland ecosystems could have a great impact on freshwater communities and ecological processes. Despite fish introduction has been noticed as one of the principal cause of freshwater extinctions, ecosystem processes alteration, and change in aquatic community assemblage, very few data about impact on freshwater reptiles are available. As study model we used two neighbour sub-populations of the endangered Sicilian pond turtle, Emys trinacris, inhabiting two small, close each other and very similar lakes, except for the presence of allocthonous fish, Cyprinus carpio and Gambusia hoolbroki in one of the two. The multi-year study allowed highlighting significant differences in abundance, growth and reproductive output between the two freshwater turtle sub-populations, suggesting their influence on phenotypic plasticity of the studied population. These results are discussed in the light of previous evidence about the impact of these alien species on abundance and assemblage of the invertebrate community with an evident impact on niche width, diet composition and therefore energy intake by Emys trinacris. These data may provide important information to address management strategies and conservation actions of small wetland areas inhabited by pond turtles, pointing out a threats never highlighted up to now.
      PubDate: 2021-09-17
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-10402
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Hematological values of wild Caiman latirostris (Daudin, 1802) in the
           Atlantic Rainforest in Pernambuco, Brazil

    • Authors: Luciana C. Rameh-de-Albuquerque, Alexandre P. Zanotti, Denisson S. Souza, George T. Diniz, Paulo B. Mascarenhas-Junior, Ednilza M. Santos, Jozelia M.S. Correia
      Pages: 99 - 108
      Abstract: Hematological studies in crocodilians are important tools in the evolutionary diagnosis and control of sicknesses, such as anaemia, malnutrition, dehydration, inflammation, and parasitism, among others. We aimed to obtain reference intervals for the hemogram of Caiman latirostris in wild populations that inhabit Recife’s Metropolitan Region, Pernambuco. We obtained blood samples from 42 caimans, from different sexes (22 males and 20 females) and ages classes (eight hatchlings, 24 subadults and 10 adults) in two areas of Atlantic Rainforest domain. We found that hematological parameters were included within the reference intervals for other crocodilian species. It was possible to observe differences between the areas for the mean corpuscular volume values, suggesting a possible difference between adult and juvenile individuals in the two study areas. When comparing sexes, there was no significant difference between the study parameters, but it was possible to observe differences in the mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin and hemoglobin in the Estação Ecológica de Tapacurá region. Although small differences have been observed between the two populations, we can infer that the hematological parameters are similar. We can use this information to evaluate animal’s health in nature and for comparations with captive individuals, allowing the establishment of ideal maintenance conditions and assisting in the identification of possible pathologies.
      PubDate: 2021-11-04
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-11339
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Bone histology of Broad-snouted Caiman Caiman latirostris (Crocodylia:
           Alligatoridae) as tool for morphophysiological inferences in Crocodylia

    • Authors: Paulo Mascarenhas-Junior, Luis Antonio Bassetti, Juliana Manso Sayão
      Pages: 109 - 121
      Abstract: Bone histology is an important tool for the interpretation of life patterns in animals of the past and extant fauna. The crocodylians have been studied as important inferential models for morphophysiological characteristics. We aimed to characterize the osteohistology of captive Caiman latirostris, identifying its microanatomy related to growth rates, ontogeny, and environmental conditions. We analyzed five pairs of humeri (proximal elements of the appendicular skeleton) and ribs (axial skeleton) of females’ caiman. Ribs showed, in general, woven-fibered tissues, with low vascularization and parallel-fibered bone and many resorption and erosion cavities. It presented lines of arrested growth (LAGs) in three individuals, without skeletochronological compatibility. Humeri showed a gradient of woven-fibered to parallel-fibered and lamellar-zonal bone as the individuals aging. We observed compacted coarse cancellous bone (CCCB) and a higher number of LAGs in older specimens. Ribs remodel faster than humerus, showing an intra-individual histovariability. The humeri indicated an evident growth pattern with different ontogeny stages and growth rates in different ages. Fast-growing tissues are uncommon in crocodylians, but basal metabolism and optimal growth conditions can lead to this. Bone histology of C. latirostris shows patterns that can be used as inferential models for extant and extinct groups, but we encourage further studies for a better understanding, under different environmental conditions, such as temperature and food availability.
      PubDate: 2021-11-05
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-10079
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Is the Northern Spectacled Salamander Salamandrina perspicillata
           aposematic' A preliminary test with clay models

    • Authors: Giacomo Barbieri, Andrea Costa, Sebastiano Salvidio
      Pages: 123 - 128
      Abstract: Aposematism is a visual communication system in which bright and contrasted coloured prey warn predators about their unprofitability. The Northern Spectacled Salamander Salamandrina perspicillata, a small terrestrial salamander endemic to Italy, displays a uniform dark dorsal colouration and a contrasted ventral side in which a bright red colour is displayed by coiling the tail over the body. In amphibians, this behaviour, known as “Unkenreflex”, is usually considered to be aposematic. In this study, we used realistic plasticine replicas to test this aposematic hypothesis in the Northern Spectacled Salamander. Of the 199 clay models placed in a natural habitat, 165 (83%) were recovered and 39 (24%) showed some sign of predation. The head of the models was more attacked than expected by chance (P = 0.042), suggesting that potential predators were perceiving models as real prey. However, there were no differences in the proportion of dorsal (18/83 = 22%), and ventral (21/82 = 26%) models attacked by predators. Therefore, contrary to expectations our experiment did not support the aposematic hypothesis. However, predation experiments with clay models have limitations and our results should be considered as preliminary, deserving further research to better understand the Northern Spectacled salamander prey-predator system.
      PubDate: 2021-11-06
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-10229
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Sexual size dimorphism in the tail length of the Caspian Whip Snakes,
           Dolichophis caspius (Serpentes, Colubridae), in south-western Hungary

    • Authors: György Dudás, Krisztián Frank
      Pages: 129 - 131
      Abstract: Sexual size dimorphism is widespread among snakes and has also been observed in lengths of body appendages such as in tails. Males typically possess longer tails than females and this dimorphism in tail length has generally been attributed to the importance of the tail in mating and reproduction. We used body size measurements, snout-vent length (SVL) and tail length (TL) as well as a body condition index (BCI) as a measure of quality in Caspian Whip Snakes from Hungary, in order to shed light on sexual dimorphism patterns. The SVL of males (1061 ± 133 mm, n = 25) were significantly longer than that of females (887 ± 208 mm, n = 41). However, the proportion of TL to total length was lower in males than in females (0.257 ± 0.018 and 0.274 ± 0.017, respectively). The BCI of females (386 ± 10) was significantly higher than that of males (343 ± 15). Females having proportionally longer tails compared to males seems to be the reverse of the usual trend. Selective pressures on the tails of female snakes are less obvious, as tail length may be linked to more than one function, and hence be simultaneously subjected to more than one type of selective force.
      PubDate: 2021-09-17
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-10306
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Semi-automated photo-identification of Bahamian Racers (Cubophis vudii
           vudii)

    • Authors: Sebastian Hoefer, Andreu Rotger, Sophie Mills, Nathan J. Robinson
      Pages: 133 - 136
      Abstract: Photo-identification is a non-invasive option for mark-recapture. Here, we tested the effectiveness of APHIS, a semi-automated photo-identification software, to distinguish between individual Bahamian Racers (Cubophis vudii vudii) on the island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Over 10 months, we photographed 50 Bahamian Racers. We first identified individuals by manually comparing colouration and scale patterns in the pileus and labial regions. Next, we used APHIS to identify recaptured individuals after manually identifying the locations of intersections of the scales in the pileus and labial regions. In addition, we assessed whether images taken with a hand-held camera or by a smart phone affected the accuracy of APHIS. All recaptured snakes were correctly identified using APHIS from both camera or phone images as validated by our manually derived results. We conclude that APHIS is an effective tool for photo-identification in snakes. 
      PubDate: 2021-11-01
      DOI: 10.36253/a_h-11502
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2021)
       
 
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