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The main scientific articles on bats published by Italian scientists

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:


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.