Pubblicazioni selezionate

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

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, in press.

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 Conservationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-023-00546-z

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2023.11.055

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2023.106468

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. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2023.908.2339

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 Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0007485323000500

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. https://doi.org/10.5735/086.060.0112

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2023.07.036

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jen.13179

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. https://doi.org/10.30963/aramit6506

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.13357

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12660

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2023.110323 

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/een.13226

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2023). Nomenclatural changes on some Mediterranean Aphaenogaster Mayr, 1853 taxa (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zootaxa, 5277(1), 59-70. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5277.1.2

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12547

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. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1153.98297

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. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.95.96365

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2023). Plesiobiotic associations between ants: a common yet underreported phenomenon in the Mediterranean region? Sociobiology, 70(1), e8547. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v70i1.8547

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14546

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects14020097

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/asp.80.e84428

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.19263/REDIA-105.22.20

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-022-00884-2

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2022.108149

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-022-00876-2

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2022.105032

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. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2022.833.1891

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), 515-526https://doi.org/10.1111/een.13136 

Schifani, E. (2022). The new Checklist of the Italian Fauna: Formicidae. Biogeographia, 37, ucl006. https://doi.org/10.21426/B637155803

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. http://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab035 

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. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5115.1.10

Schifani, E. (2022). First report of underwater oviposition by the island bluetail damselfly, Ischnura genei (Zygoptera, Coenagrionidae). Natural History Sciences, 9(1), 73-75. http://doi.org/10.13102/10.4081/nhs.2022.565 

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, a014https://doi.org/10.21426/B637155107

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects13020127

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/24750263.2021.2011967 

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. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-021-02638-w 

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. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v68i4.7261 

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. http://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v68i4.7276 

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. http://doi.org/10.11646/ZOOTAXA.5039.3.9

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.19263/REDIA-104.21.11

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. https://doi.org/10.21426/B636052446

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. http://doi.org/10.4081/nhs.2021.532

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.19263/REDIA-104.21.03

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. https://doi.org/10.13133/2284-4880/482 

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12020108 

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2020.107016

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11100678

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. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v67i2.5084

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11020129

Schifani, E., & Massa, B. (2020). First record of Lasius illyricus Zimmermann, 1935 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Armenia. Far Eastern Entomologist, 398, 24-28. https://doi.org/10.25221/fee.398.4

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. https://doi.org/10.21426/B635048444

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-020-00442-3

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. https://www.biotaxa.org/hn/article/view/49271 

Schifani, E. (2019). Exotic ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) invading Mediterranean Europe: a brief summary over about 200 years of documented introductions. Sociobiology66(2), 198-208. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v66i2.4331

Schifani, E., Dentici, A., Alleruzzo, L., & Di Pompeo, P. (2019). Spermophora senoculata on Sicily/Italy (Araneae: Pholcidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen58(1), 6-8. https://doi.org/10.30963/aramit5803

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. https://doi.org/10.2478/aemnp-2019-0001

Schifani, E., & Alicata, A. (2019). Aphaenogaster finzii Müller, 1921, a trans-Ionian species new to Italy (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Biogeographia34, 51-57. https://doi.org/10.21426/B634043636

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10201-018-0560-4 

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. https://doi.org/10.3989/graellsia.2018.v74.213

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. https://doi.org/10.2478/pjen-2018-0023

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. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2018.287

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/24750263.2018.1467505

Schifani, E. (2017). First record of the vulnerable social parasite ant Plagiolepis grassei in Italy (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 49(1), 61-64. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2017.231

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