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Roberto Guidetti


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Position: Associate Professor in Zoology (SSD BIO05) at the Department of Lifes Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Reseach interests: Phylogeny, systematics and taxonomy of tardigrades. Physiologogical and Morpho-functional adaptations of tardigrades and alien insects. Population genetics of tardigrades and alien species.

Research approaches and instruments: Morphological studies based on Light Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, EDX Scanning Microscopy. Molecular studies based on sequencing of portions of nucleas and mithocondrial genes. DNA barcoding.

Teaching: Evolutionary Biology (Evoluzione Biologica), Animal Biology (Biologia animale), Applyed Zoology (Zoologia Applicata), Methodologies and Technologies for the teaching of Biological Sciences (Metodologie e Tecnologie Didattiche di Scienze Biologiche).

Other activities: He operated at the Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Publications (10 with most impact)

Guidetti R., McInnes S.J., Cesari M., Rebecchi L., Rota-Stabelli O. 2017. Evolutionary scenarios for the origin of an Antarctic tardigrade species based on molecularclock analyses and biogeographic data. Contributions to Zoology, 86 (2), 97-110.

Cesari M., McInnes S.J., Bertolani R., Rebecchi L., Guidetti R. 2016. Genetic diversity and biogeography of the south polar water bear Acutuncus antarcticus (Eutardigrada: Hypsibiidae)–evidence that it is a truly pan-Antarctic species. Invertebrate Systematics, 30(6), 635-649. (

Guidetti R., A. Bonifacio, T. Altiero, R. Bertolani, L. Rebecchi. 2015. Distribution of calcium and chitin in the tardigrade feeding apparatus in relation to its function and morphology. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55(2): 241-252. (DOI:10.1093/icb/icv008).

Cesari M., L. Maistrello, F. Ganzerli, P. Dioli, L. Rebecchi, R. Guidetti. 2015. A pest alien invasion in progress: potential pathway of origin of the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys populations in Italy. Journal of Pest Science, 88: 1-7. (DOI: 10.1007/s10340-014-0634-y).

Bertolani R., R. Guidetti, T. Marchioro, T. Altiero, L. Rebecchi, M. Cesari. 2014. Phylogeny of Eutardigrada: new molecular data and their morphological support leading to a new systematics of Eutardigrada. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 76: 110-126.

Marchioro T, L. Rebecchi, M. Cesari, J. G. Hansen, G. Viotti, R. Guidetti. 2013. Somatic musculature of Tardigrada: phylogenetic signal and metameric patterns. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 169: 580-603.

Guidetti R., R. Bertolani, L. Rebecchi. 2013. Comparative analysis of the tardigrade feeding apparatus: adaptive convergence and evolutionary pattern of the piercing stylet system. Journal of Limnology, 72: 24-35.

Guidetti R., A.M. Rizzo, T. Altiero, & L. Rebecchi. 2012. What can we learn from the toughest animals of the Earth? Waterbears (tardigrades) as multicellular model organisms in order to perform scientific preparations for lunar exploration. Planetary and Space Science, 74: 97-102.

Guidetti R., T. Altiero, L. Rebecchi. 2011. On dormancy strategies in tardigrades. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 567–576.

Cesari M., R. Bertolani, L. Rebecchi, R. Guidetti. 2009. DNA barcoding in Tardigrada: the first case study on Macrobiotus macrocalix Bertolani & Rebecchi 1993 (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 699–706.