After being for too long absent from the international bat research production, the studies done by Italian researchers have nicely grown in number providing a significant improvement in the knowledge of bat taxonomy, ecology and behavior, with important implications for conservation.

Here we provide a reference list, exhaustive to our best knowledge, of the articles published in widespread, international peer-reviewed journals since 1999.

We also highlight the publication of a special issue of Hystrix – The Italian Journal of Mammalogy dedicated to Benedetto Lanza, a scientist who has provided a great contribution to bat studies in Italy. All papers therein are freely available on line:

http://www.italian-journal-of-mammalogy.it/

The following list includes all international scientific publication on bats authored by Italian researchers, some of which in collaboration with foreign colleagues:

Ancillotto L., Serangeli M.T. & Russo D. (2012). Spatial proximity between newborns influences the development of social relationships in bats. Ethology 118: 1-10.

Biscardi S., Russo D., Casciani V., Cesarini D., Mei M. & Boitani L. (2007). Foraging requirements of the endangered long-fingered bat (Myotis capaccinii): the influence of micro-habitat structure, water quality and prey type. Journal of Zoology, London 273: 372-381.

Davy, C.M., Russo D. & Fenton M.B. (2007). Use of native woodlands and traditional olive groves by foraging bats on a Mediterranean island: consequences for conservation. Journal of Zoology, London 273: 397-405.

Del Vaglio M.A., Nicolau H., Bosso L. & Russo D. (2011). Feeding habits of the Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus aegyptiacuson Cyprus island: a first assessment. Hystrix 22: 281-289.

Di Salvo I., Russo D., Sarà M. (2009). Habitat preferences of bats in a rural area of Sicily determined by acoustic surveys. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 20: 137-146.

Dondini G., Vergari S. (2000). Carnivory in greater noctule (Nyctalus lasiopterus) in Italy. Journal of Zoology 250: 233-236.

Dondini G. & Vergari S. 2004, Bats : bird-eaters or feather-eaters ? A contribution to debate on great noctule carnivory, Hystrix, 15(2): 86-88.

Flaquer C., Montserrat X.P., Burgas A. & Russo D. (2008). Habitat selection by Geoffroy’s bats (Myotis emarginatus) in a rural Mediterranean landscape: implications for conservation. Acta Chiropterologica 10: 61-67.

Flaquer C., Puig-Montserrat X., Goiti U., Vidal F., Curcó A. & Russo D. (2009). Habitat selection in Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii): the importance of wetland. Acta Chiropterologica 11: 149-155.

Georgiakakis, P., Vasilakopoulos, P., Mylonas, M. & Russo, D. (2010). Bat species richness and activity over an elevation gradient in Mediterranean shrublands of Crete. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 21: 43-56.

Mucedda M., Kiefer A., Pidinchedda E., Veith M. (2002). A new species of long-eared bat (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Sardinia (Italy). Acta Chiropterologica 4: 121-135.

Russo D. & Jones G. (1999). The social calls of Kuhl’s pipistrelles Pipistrellus kuhlii (Kuhl, 1819): structure and variation (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Journal of Zoology, London 249: 476-481.

Russo D. & Jones G. (2000). The two cryptic species of Pipistrellus pipistrellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) occur in Italy: evidence from echolocation and social calls. Mammalia, 64: 187-197.

Russo D., Jones G. & Mucedda, M. (2001). Influence of age, sex and body size on echolocation calls of Mediterranean (Rhinolophus euryale) and Mehely’s (Rhinolophus mehelyi) horseshoe bats (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) Mammalia 65: 429-436.

Russo D. & Jones G. (2002). Identification of twenty–two bat species (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Italy by analysis of time-expanded recordings of echolocation calls. Journal of Zoology, London 258: 91-103.

Russo D., Jones G. & Migliozzi A. (2002). Habitat selection by the Mediterranean horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus euryale(Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in a rural area of southern Italy and implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 107: 71-81.

Russo D. (2002). Elevation affects the distribution of the two sexes in Daubenton’s bats Myotis daubentonii (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Italy. Mammalia 66: 543-551.

Russo D. & Jones G. (2003). Use of foraging habitats by bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in a Mediterranean area determined by acoustic surveys: conservation implications. Ecography 26: 197-209.

Russo D. (2003). Dead trees mean life to Italian barbastelle bats. Ecologia Mediterranea 29: 258-260.

Russo D., Cistrone L., Jones G. & Mazzoleni S. (2004). Roost selection by barbastelle bats (Barbastella barbastellus, Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in beech woodlands of central Italy: consequences for conservation. Biological Conservation 117: 73-81.

Russo D., Almenar D., Aihartza J., Goiti U.,Salsamendi E & Garin I. (2005). Habitat selection in sympatric Rhinolophus mehelyi and R. euryale (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae). Journal of Zoology, London 266: 327-332.

Russo D., Cistrone L. & Jones, G (2005). Spatial and temporal patterns of roost use by tree-dwelling barbastelle bats,Barbastella barbastellus. Ecography 28: 769-776.

Russo D., Jones G. & Arlettaz R. (2007). Echolocation and passive listening by foraging mouse-eared bats Myotis myotisand M. blythii. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 166-176.

Russo D., Cistrone L. & Jones, G (2007). Emergence time in forest bats: the influence of canopy closure. Acta Oecologica 31: 119-126.

Russo D., Mucedda M., Bello M., Biscardi S., Pidinchedda E. & Jones G. (2007). Divergent echolocation call frequencies in insular rhinolophids (Chiroptera): a case of character displacement? Journal of Biogeography 34: 2129-2138.

Russo D., Teixeira S., Cistrone L., Jesus J., Teixeira D., Freitas T., & Jones G. (2009). Social calls are subject to stabilizing selection in insular bats. Journal of Biogeography. 36: 2212–2221.

Russo D., Cistrone L., Garonna A.P. & Jones G. (2009). The early bat catches the fly: daylight foraging in soprano pipistrelles. Mammalian Biology 76: 1-4.

Russo D., Cistrone L., Garonna, A.P. & Jones, G (2010). Reconsidering the importance of harvested forests for the conservation of tree-dwelling bats. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 2501-2515.

Russo D., Maglio G., Rainho A., Meyer C.F. & Palmeirim J. (2010). Out of the dark: diurnal activity in the batHipposideros ruber on São Tomé island (West Africa). Mammalian Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2010.11.007.

Salicini I., Ibanez C. & Juste J. (2011). Multilocus phylogeny and species delimitation within the Natterer’s bat species complex in the Western Palearctic. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2011; 61,888-898.

Serangeli M.T., Cistrone L., Ancillotto L., Tomassini A. & Russo D. (2012). The post-release fate of hand-reared orphaned bats: survival and habitat selection. Animal Welfare 21: 9-18.

Veith M., Mucedda M., Kiefer A., Pidinchedda E. (2011). On the presence of pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus and Hypsugo; Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Sardinia. Acta Chiropterologica 13: 89-99.