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Schifani, E., Grunicke, D., Montechiarini, A., Pradera, C., Vila, R., & Menchetti, M. (2024). Alien ants spreading through Europe: Brachyponera chinensis and Nylanderia vividula in Italy. Biodiversity Data Journal, 12, e123502.

Schifani, E., Pezzin, A., Castracani, C., & Grasso, D.A. (2024). First record of the exotic ant Hypoponera ergatandria in Italy: indoor alate swarms and stinging queens. Sociobiology, 71(1), e10091.

Schifani, E., Georgiadis, C., & Menchetti, M. (2024). Cardiocondyla obscurior, a new alien ant in Crete (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Biogeographia, 39(1), a033.

Schifani, E., Grasso, D.A., Gobbi, M., Spotti, F.A., Pedrotti, L., Vettorazzo, E., Mori, A., & Castracani, C. (2024). Ant diversity along elevational gradients in the European Alps: insights for conservation under a changing climate. Journal of Insect Conservation

Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Alicata, A., Cardador, L., Sbrega, E., Toro-Delgado, E., & Vila, R. (2024). Response to Genovesi et al.: Ant biosurveillance should come before invasion. Current Biology34, R37–R52.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., & Grasso, D.A. (2024). Toward sustainable management of ant-hemipteran mutualism in agricultural settings: a comparison of different approaches. Crop Protection, 175, 106468.

Akbar, S.A., Bharti, H., Schifani, E., & Wachkoo, A.A. (2023). Overview of the ant genus Vollenhovia (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India and Sri Lanka, with an illustrated key and the description of a new species. European Journal of Taxonomy, 908(1), 77-107.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Fight and rescue or give up and flee? Behavioral responses of different ant species tending the mutualist walnut aphid Panaphis juglandis to native and exotic lady beetles. Bullettin of Entomological Research

Akbar, S.A., Schifani, E., Bharti, H., & Wachkoo, A.A. (2023). Taxonomic overview of the Tetramorium tortuosum group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India and Sri Lanka, with descriptions of three new species from the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 60(1), 109-126.

Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Alicata, A., Cardador, L., Sbrega, E., Toro-Delgado, E., & Vila, R. (2023). The invasive ant Solenopsis invicta is established in Europe. Current Biology, 33(17), PR896-R897.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., Costi, E., Franconi, G., Campostrini, A., Maistrello, L., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Interactions between egg parasitoids and predatory ants for the biocontrol of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halysJournal of Applied Entomology, 147(9), 868-874.

Castellucci, F., Schifani, E., García, F., Luchetti, A., & Scharff, N. (2023). First record of the genus Thyreosthenius (Araneae: Linyphiidae) from the Iberian Peninsula with notes on the host preference of the myrmecophilic T. biovatusArachnologische Mitteilungen65, 27-30.

Schifani, E., Peri, E., Giannetti, D., Alınç, T., Colazza, S., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Mediterranean ants can increase nymph mortality in the stink bug Nezara viridula without interfering with its egg parasitoid Trissolcus basalisEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 171(10), 739-744.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Leonardi, S., Fior, E., Sangiorgi, S., Castracani, C., Bardiani, M., Campanaro, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). A multidimensional study on population size, deadwood relationship, and allometric variation of Lucanus cervus through citizen science. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 16(5), 638-648.

Bazzato, E., Lallai, E., Caria, M., Schifani, E., Cillo, D., Ancona, C., Pantini, P., Maccherini, S., Bacaro, G., & Marignani, M. (2023). Focusing on the role of abiotic and biotic drivers on cross-taxon congruence. Ecological Indicators, 151, 110323. 

Schifani, E., Peri, E., Giannetti, D., Colazza, S., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Ant attendance does not necessarily imply protection of aphids from their arthropod natural enemies. Ecological Entomology, 48(3), 384-388.

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2023). Nomenclatural changes on some Mediterranean Aphaenogaster Mayr, 1853 taxa (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zootaxa, 5277(1), 59-70.

Castracani, C., Giannetti, D., Spotti, F.A., Schifani, E., Ghizzoni, M., Delaiti, M., Penner, F., Leonardi, S., Mori, A., Ioriatti, C., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Ants as mealybug detectors: a novel tool for monitoring Planococcus ficus infestation based on ant behaviour.  Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 25(2), 237-250.

Schifani, E., Alicata, A., Borowiec, L., García, F., Gentile, V., Gómez, K., Nalini, E., Rigato, F., Schär, S., Scupola, A., Vila, R., & Menchetti, M. (2023). Unrecognized for centuries: distribution and sexual caste descriptions of the West European Aphaenogaster species of the subterranea group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zookeys, 1153, 141-156.

Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Alicata, A., & Vila, R. (2023). Quantitative morphology and mtDNA reveal that Lasius maltaeus is not endemic to the Maltese Islands (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 95, 129-142.

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2023). Plesiobiotic associations between ants: a common yet underreported phenomenon in the Mediterranean region? Sociobiology, 70(1), e8547.

Wang, R., Kass, J.M., Galkowski, C., Garcia, F., Hamer, M.T., Radchenko, A., Salata, S., Schifani, E., Yusupov, Z.M., Economo, E.P., & Guénard, B. (2023). Geographic and climatic constraints on bioregionalization of European ants. Journal of Biogeography, 50, 503-514.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., & Grasso, D.A. (2023). Predatory abilities of Two Mediterranean ants on the eggs and larvae of the codling moth Cydia pomonellaInsects, 14, 97.

Schifani, E., Alicata, A., Menchetti, M., Borowiec, L., Fisher, B.L., Karaman, C., Kiran, K., Oueslati, W., Salata, S., & Blatrix, R. (2022). Revisiting the morphological species groups of West-Palearctic Aphaenogaster ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) under a phylogenetic perspective: toward an evolutionary classification. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, 80, 627-648.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Trunk size influences species richness and functional composition of biogeographically different tree-visiting ant communities in pear orchards. Redia, 105, 163-168.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Different nest entrance architecture by Colobopsis and Temnothorax ants colonizing oak galls. Insectes Sociaux, 69, 383-388.

Bazzato, E., Lallai, E., Caria, M., Schifani, E., Cillo, D., Ancona, C., Alamanni, F., Pantini, P., Maccherini, S., Bacaro, S., & Marignani, M. (2022). Land-use intensification reduces multi-taxa diversity patterns of Small Woodlots Outside Forests in a Mediterranean area. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 340, 108149.

Castellucci, F., Schifani, E., Luchetti, A., & Scharff, N. (2022). New association between red wood ant species (Formica rufa group) and the myrmecophilic spiders Mastigusa arietina and Thyreosthenius biovatus. Bullettin of Insectology, 75(2), 231-238.

Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Giannetti, D., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Tool use in pavement battles between ants: first report of Tetramorium immigrans (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) using soil-dropping as an interference strategy. Insectes Sociaux, 69, 355-359.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Gugliuzzo, A., Zappalà, L., Biondi, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Native European ants can discourage host colonization and reduce reproductive success of the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusBiological Control, 174, 105032.

Schifani, E., Prebus, M.M., & Alicata, A. (2022). Integrating morphology with phylogenomics to describe four island endemic species of Temnothorax from Sicily and Malta (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 833, 143-179.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). The introduced oak Quercus rubra and acorn-associated arthropods in Europe: an opportunity for both carpophagous insects and their ant predators. Ecological Entomology, 47(4), 515-526 

Schifani, E. (2022). The new Checklist of the Italian Fauna: Formicidae. Biogeographia, 37, ucl006.

Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., Csősz, S., Castellucci, F., Luchetti, A., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Is mimicry a diversification-driver in ants? Biogeography, ecology, ethology, genetics and morphology define a second West-Palaearctic Colobopsis species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 194, 1424-1450. 

Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Gentile, V., & Vila, R. (2022). The worrying arrival of the invasive Asian needle ant Brachyponera chinensis in Europe (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 5115(1), 146-150.

Schifani, E. (2022). First report of underwater oviposition by the island bluetail damselfly, Ischnura genei (Zygoptera, Coenagrionidae). Natural History Sciences, 9(1), 73-75. 

Schifani, E., Alicata, A., & Menchetti, M. (2022). Following the Apennines: updating the distribution of Formica clara and F. rufibarbis in Italy (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Biogeographia, 37, a014

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Reggiani, R., Mazzoni, E., Reguzzi, M.C., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Giardina, B., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Do it by yourself: larval locomotion in the black soldier fly Hermetia illucens, with a novel “self-harvesting” method to separate prepupae. Insects, 12, 127.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2022). Unlike rolling stones: not every Myrmecina species actively rolls away from danger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). European Zoological Journal, 89(1), 15-21. 

Mori, E., Magoga, G., Panella, M., Montagna, M., Winsor, L., Justine, J.-L., Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Melone, B., & Mazza, G. (2022). Discovering the Pandora's box: the invasion of alien flatworms in Italy. Biological Invasions, 24, 205-216. 

Schifani, E., Scupola, A., Menchetti, M., Bazzato, E., & Espadaler, X. (2021). Morphology and Phenology of Sexuals and New Distribution Data on the Blind Mediterranean Ant Hypoponera abeillei (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Sociobiology, 68(4), e7261. 

Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Giannetti, D., Ghizzoni, M., Gobbi, M., Lencioni, V., Pedrotti, L., Grasso, D.A., & Mori, A. (2021). Social Parasite Ants in the Alps: a New Site of the Vulnerable Myrmica myrmicoxena and New Uppermost Altitudinal Limit for M. microrubraSociobiology, 68(4), e7276. 

Schifani, E., & Mazza, G. (2021). Hercinothrips dimidiatus (Thysanoptera, Thripidae), an emerging pest of Aloe arborescens [Asphodelaceae] newly recorded from Italy. Zootaxa, 5039(3), 440-442.

Giannetti, D., Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Ghizzoni, M., Delaiti, M., Pfenner, F., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., Ioriatti, C., & Grasso, D.A. (2021). Assessing ant diversity in agroecosystems: the case of Italian vineyards of the Adige Valley. Redia, 104, 97-109.

Marrone, F., Alfonso, G., Barbagallo, R., Brandmayr, P., Bruni, G., Costa, S., Farina, G., Gerecke, R., Iannarelli, A., Mazza, G., Mazzei, A., Menchetti, M., Moretti, V., Mori, E., Novaga, R., Pecoraro, M., Schifani, E., Stoch, F., & Vecchioni, L. (2021). New distributional data for the Mediterranean medicinal leech Hirudo verbana Carena, 1820 (Hirudinea, Hirudinidae) in Italy, with a note on its feeding on amphibians. Biogeographia36, a007.

Schifani, E., Csősz, S., Viviano, R., & Alicata, A. (2021). Ant diversity on the largest Mediterranean islands: on the presence or absence of 28 species in Sicily (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Natural History Sciences, 8(1), 55-70.

Schifani, E., Nalini, E., Gentile, V., Alamanni, F., Ancona, C., Caria, M., Cillo, D., & Bazzato, E. (2021). Ants of Sardinia: an updated checklist based on new faunistic, morphological and biogeographical notes. Redia, 104, 21-35.

Schifani, E., Costa, S., Mei, M., & Alicata, A. (2021). A new species for the Italian fauna: Aphaenogaster strioloides, not A. crocea, inhabits Pantelleria Island (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 53(1), 21-23. 

Giannetti, D., Mandrioli, M., Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F.A., Mori, A., & Grasso, D.A. (2021). First report on the acrobat ant Crematogaster scutellaris storing live aphids in its oak-gall nests. Insects, 12(2), 108. 

Degueldre, F., Mardulyn, P., Kuhn, A., Pinel, A., Karaman, C., Lebas, C., Schifani, E., Bračko, G., Wagner, H.C., Kiran, K., Borowiec, L., Passera, L., Abril, S., Espadaler, X., & Aron, S. (2021). Evolutionary history of inquiline social parasitism in Plagiolepis ants. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 155, 107016.

Castracani, C., Spotti, F. A., Schifani, E., Giannetti, D., Ghizzoni, M., Grasso, D. A., & Mori, A. (2020). Public Engagement Provides First Insights on Po Plain Ant Communities and Reveals the Ubiquity of the Cryptic Species Tetramorium immigrans (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Insects11(10), 678.

Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Spotti, F. A., Giannetti, D., Ghizzoni, M., Gobbi, M., Pedrotti, L., Grasso, D. A., & Mori, A. (2020). Ergatandromorphism in the Ant Myrmica lobulicornis Nylander, 1857 (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Sociobiology67(2), 330-334.

Schifani, E., Castracani, C., Giannetti, D., Spotti, F. A., Reggiani, R., Leonardi, S., Mori, A., & Grasso, D. A. (2020). New Tools for Conservation Biological Control: Testing Ant-Attracting Artificial Nectaries to Employ Ants as Plant Defenders. Insects11(2), 129.

Schifani, E., & Massa, B. (2020). First record of Lasius illyricus Zimmermann, 1935 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Armenia. Far Eastern Entomologist, 398, 24-28.

Schifani, E., Scupola, A., & Alicata, A. (2020). Morphology, ecology and biogeography of Myrmecina sicula André, 1882, rediscovered after 140 years (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Biogeographia35, 105-116.

Schär, S., Menchetti, M., Schifani, E., Hinojosa, J. C., Platania, L., Dapporto, L., & Vila, R. (2020). Integrative biodiversity inventory of ants from a Sicilian archipelago reveals high diversity on young volcanic islands (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 20(3)405-416.

Faraone, F. P., Barraco, L., Giacalone, G., Muscarella, C., Schifani, E., & Vecchioni, L. (2019). First records of the Brahminy blind snake, Indotyphlops braminus (Daudin, 1803)(Squamata: Typhlopidae), in Italy. Herpetology Notes12, 1225-1229. 

Schifani, E. (2019). Exotic ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) invading Mediterranean Europe: a brief summary over about 200 years of documented introductions. Sociobiology66(2), 198-208.

Schifani, E., Dentici, A., Alleruzzo, L., & Di Pompeo, P. (2019). Spermophora senoculata on Sicily/Italy (Araneae: Pholcidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen58(1), 6-8.

Alicata, A., & Schifani, E. (2019). Three endemic Aphaenogaster from the Siculo-Maltese archipelago and the Italian Peninsula: part of a hitherto unrecognized species group from the Maghreb? (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae59(1), 1-16.

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2019). Aphaenogaster finzii Müller, 1921, a trans-Ionian species new to Italy (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Biogeographia34, 51-57.

Schifani, E., Viviano, A., Viviano, R., Naselli-Flores, L., & Marrone, F. (2019). Different lineages of freshwater jellyfishes (Cnidaria, Olindiidae, Craspedacusta) invading Europe: another piece of the puzzle from Sicily, Italy. Limnology20(2), 143-151. 

Schifani, E., & Paolinelli, R. (2018). Forums and social media help to discover exotic species in Europe and monitor their spread the case of Exaireta spinigera (Wiedemann, 1830)(Diptera, Stratiomyidae) in the Italian peninsula and Sicily. Graellsia74(2), 11.

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2018). Exploring the myrmecofauna of Sicily: thirty-two new ant species recorded, including six new to Italy and many new aliens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Polish Journal of Entomology87(4), 323-348.

Schifani, E., Gentile, V., Scupola, A., & Espadaler, X. (2018). Yet another alien: a second species of Lepisiota spreading across the Canary Islands, Spain (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fragmenta Entomologica50(1), 61-64.

Guariento, L. A., Devincenzo, U., Schifani, E., Russo, R., Moretto, E., & Sarà, M. (2018). Rediscovery of the enigmatic solifuges (Arachnida: Solifugae) at Lampedusa Island (Italy). European Zoological Journal85(1), 200-208.

Schifani, E. (2017). First record of the vulnerable social parasite ant Plagiolepis grassei in Italy (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 49(1), 61-64.

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