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The researches carried on in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Zoology are related with the biology of animals leaving in extreme environments, with particular focus on the cryptobiosis phenomenon and the biology of tardigrades, and the biology of alien species, with particular focus on insects.


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Publications (most recent)

Giovannini, I., Corsetto, P. A., Altiero, T., Montorfano, G., Guidetti, R., Rizzo, A. M., & Rebecchi*, L. (2022). Antioxidant Response during the Kinetics of Anhydrobiosis in Two Eutardigrade Species. Life, 12(6), 817.

Cucini, C., Nardi, F., Magnoni, L., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R., Convey, P., & Carapelli, A. (2022). Microhabitats, macro-differences: a survey of temperature records in Victoria Land terrestrial and freshwater environments. Antarctic Science, 1-10.

Guidetti R., M. Cesari*, I. Giovannini, C. Ebel, M. I. Förschler, L. Rebecchi & R. O. Schill (2022) Morphology and taxonomy of the genus Ramazzottius (Eutardigrada; Ramazzottiidae) with the integrative description of Ramazzottius kretschmanni sp. nov, The European Zoological Journal, 89:1, 339-363. (DOI: 10.1080/24750263.2022.2043468)

Giovannini*, I., Boothby, T. C., Cesari, M., Goldstein, B., Guidetti, R., & Rebecchi, L. (2022). Production of reactive oxygen species and involvement of bioprotectants during anhydrobiosis in the tardigrade Paramacrobiotus spatialis. Scientific reports, 12(1), 1-12. (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-05734-6.)

Guil*, N., Guidetti, R., Cesari, M., Marchioro, T., Rebecchi, L., & Machordom, A. (2022). Molecular Phylogenetics, Speciation, and Long Distance Dispersal in Tardigrade Evolution: A case study of the genus Milnesium. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107401. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107401)

Bulgarini, G., Piemontese, L., Guidetti, R., Cesari, M., di Bella, E., & Maistrello*, L. (2022). Identification of predatory arthropods of the invasive Halyomorpha halys through molecular gut content analysis. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. 24, 219-228. (DOI: 10.1111/afe.12485)

Vecchi*, M., Kossi Adakpo, L., Dunn, R. R., Nichols, L. M., Penick, C. A., Sanders, N. J., Rebecchi, L., & Guidetti, R. (2021). The toughest animals of the Earth versus global warming: Effects of long‐term experimental warming on tardigrade community structure of a temperate deciduous forest. Ecology and Evolution, 11, 9856-9863. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7816)

Topstad, L., Guidetti, R., Majaneva, M., & Ekrem, T. (2021). Multi-marker DNA metabarcoding reflects tardigrade diversity in different habitats. Genome, 99(999), 1-15. (

Massa, E, Guidetti, R., Cesari, M., Rebecchi, L. & Jönsson, K. I. (2021). Tardigrades of Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve with description of four new species from Sweden. Scientific Reports, 11, 4861. (

Guidetti, R., Schill, R. O., Giovannini, I., Massa, E., Goldoni, S. E., Ebel, C., Förschler, M. I., Rebecchi, L. & Cesari, M. (2021). When DNA sequence data and morphological results fit together: Phylogenetic position of Crenubiotus within Macrobiotoidea (Eutardigrada) with description of Crenubiotus ruhesteini sp. nov. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. (

Nelson, D.R., Adkins Fletcher, R., Guidetti, R., Roszkowska, M., Grobys, D., Kaczmarek, Ł. 2020. Two new species of Tardigrada from moss cushions (Grimmia sp.) in a xerothermic habitat in northeast Tennessee (USA, North America), with the first identification of males in the genus Viridiscus. PeerJ 8: e10251 (

Piemontese, L., Giovannini, I., Guidetti, R., Pellegri, G., Dioli, P., Maistrello, L., Rebecchi L. & Cesari, M. (2020). The species identification problem in mirids (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) highlighted by DNA barcoding and species delimitation studies. The European Zoological Journal, 87(1), 310-324. (