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Title: Chilopodi della Riserva Naturale Regionale Monte Rufeno e aree adiacenti (Lazio, Italia centrale).
Authors: Zapparoli, Marzio
Biondi, Iris
Keywords: Chilopoda;Biodiversity;Italy;Latium;Nature reserve
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Associazione Romana di Entomologia
Source: Zapparoli M., Biondi I., 2007. Chilopodi della Riserva Naturale Regionale Monte Rufeno e aree adiacenti (Lazio, Italia centrale). Bollettino dell'Associazione Romana di Entomologia, 62: 1-40.
Centipedes of the Natural Regional Reserve Monte Rufeno and adjacent areas (Latium,
Central Italy) (Chilopoda).
Based on the results of faunistic and ecological research carried out in 1989-2006, the
centipedes of the Natural Regional Reserve Mount Rufeno (2,892 ha) and the adjacent Natural
Monument Forest of Sasseto (61 ha) (Latium, Central Italy) are represented by 27 species.
Given the variety of sampling methods used (pitfall traps, sifting soil, hand collecion), the faunistic
knowledge about the Reserve is considered satisfactory (24 species); still incomplete is
the information on the Forest of Sasseto (12 species), especially for Geophilomorphs.
An analysis of the main chorotypes shows a very high percentage of species with wide
distribution in Europe (51.8%), low is the percentage of species with wide distribution in the
Mediterranean Basin (18.5%) and with broad distribution in Palearctic Region (7.4%); Italian
endemic elements are represented by 6 species (22.2%), all of south-europaean affinity and
more or less restricted to the Apennine range.
The Quercus cerris oak forest, the more representative forest type by extension in the
area, host 19 species. The most constant elements in this forest type are Eupolybothrus fasciatus,
Lithobius cassinensis, L. castaneus, Cryptops parisi, Geophilus richardi, all termophilous
or termo-mesophilous forest species; mesophilous elements are few represented or absent.
The mesophilous mixed broadleaved forest of Sasseto is also characterized by a large number
of species (12); Eupolybothrus grosspies and Strigamia acuminata, both mesophilous Central-
Europaean species, generally typical of the more internal montane mesophilous forest formations
in Central Apennine, are the most characteristic species. Relatively rich are also the
Castanea sativa forest(10 species), whose coenosis consists of mesophilous or termo-mesophilous
forest species, and the coniferous reforestations (10 species), in which species of the adjacent
Quercus cerris forest are present. Ten species of centipedes are also present in the Alnus
riparian forest, which community is characterized by mesophilous elements as Eupolybothrus
grossipes and L. tylopus, both also present in the Forest of Sasseto. Rather poor is the Quercus
ilex forest (8 species), no characterizing species are present in this forest formation.
ISSN: 0004-6000
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