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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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DRYNET Conference "Physiological aspects of reversible drying in eukaryotes" and Workshop "Reversible drying: lessons from anhydrobiontes"

12th & 13TH Semtember 2019, Modena, Italy


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Publications (most recent)

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. (

Garlasché, G., Karimullah, K., Iakovenko, N., Velasco-Castrillón, A., Janko, K., Guidetti, R., Rebecchi, L., Cecchetto, M., Schiaparelli, S., Jersabek, C. D., De Smet, W. H., Fontaneto, D. 2020. A data set on the distribution of Rotifera in Antarctica. Biogeographia – The Journal of Integrative Biogeography, 35, 17-25. (

Guidetti, R., M. Vecchi, A. Ferrari, I.L.G. Newton, M. Cesari*, L. Rebecchi. (2020). Further insights in the Tardigrada microbiome: phylogenetic position and prevalence of infection of four new Alphaproteobacteria putative endosymbionts. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 188(3), 925-937. (

Guidetti, R., Gneuß, E., Cesari, M., Altiero, T.*, & Schill, R. O. (2020). Life-history traits and description of the new gonochoric amphimictic Mesobiotus joenssoni (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) from the island of Elba, Italy. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 188(3), 848-859. (

Cesari, M., Montanari, M., Kristensen, R. M., Bertolani, R., Guidetti, R.*, & Rebecchi, L. (2020). An integrated study of the biodiversity within the Pseudechiniscus suillusfacettalis group (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 188(3) 717-732. (

Ibrahim A., I. Giovannini, G. Anfora, M. V. Rossi Stacconi, R. Malek, L. Maistrello, R. Guidetti*, R. Romani. (2019). A closer look at the antennae of the invasive Halyomorpha halys: fine structure of the sensilla. Bulletin of Insectology, 72 (2), 187-199.

Guidetti, R., Cesari, M., Bertolani, R., Altiero, T. & Rebecchi, L. (2019). High diversity in species, reproductive modes and distribution within the Paramacrobiotus richtersi complex (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae). Zoological Letters, 5:1.