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Danilo Russo

Associate Professor of Ecology – head of Wildlife Research Unit

PhD University of Bristol, 7 March 2002
Graduation degree (laurea cum laude) in Nature Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 22 March 1993

Research domain
Animal Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology

Research interests
Bat ecology; Biodiversity conservation in forests and farmland; Bioindication; Effects of climate change on animals; Invasion ecology; Sensory ecology and Bioacoustics.

Career (selected)
2018-present Associate Professor of Ecology
2017-present Teaching Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Naples Federico II
2016-present Editor in Chief, Mammal Review
2015-present Vice-Chair, Eurobats Advisory Committee
2013-2018: Academic Editor, PLoS ONE
2012-2017: Assistant professor of Ecology
2011-present: Subject Editor, Mammalian Biology
2011-present: Associate Editor, Acta Chiropterologica
2008-present: Member of Bat Specialist Group, IUCN
2008-2011: Post-doc scientist, grants on survival and use of space in rehabilitated bats and conservation of bats in buildings. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
2008-2014: Member of Steering Committee, Italian Mammal Society (ATIt)
2008-2010: Adjunct professor of Zoology, degree in Life Sciences, University of Salerno
2007-present: Associate Editor, Hystrix – Italian Journal of Mammalogy
2007-present: Scientific focal point for the Ministry of Environment, EUROBATS agreement
2007-present: Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Austrian Coordination Centre for Bat Conservation and Research (KFFOE)
2007-2010: National coordinator of Italian Chiroptera Research Group
2007: Post-doc research position on “Assessment of fire risk in different land use types: relationships to vegetation and fauna”, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
2006-present: Teaching Conservation Biology and Reserve Management, University of Naples Federico II
2003-2006: Post-doc research position on "Interaction between wildlife and vegetation", Faculty of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
2002-present: Honorary fellow (visiting scientist) at School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol
1998-2007: National vice-coordinator of Italian Chiroptera Research Group
1998-2001: Marie Curie EC fellowship (TMR programme cat 20 under FP4, contract ERBFMBICT972413), School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Selected scientific articles and monographies (pdf files are sent on request – please contact D. Russo at

    1. Aronne G. & RUSSO D. (1997). Carnivorous mammals as seed dispersers of Myrtus communis (Myrtaceae) in the Mediterranean shrublands. Plant Biosystems 131: 189- 195.
    2. RUSSO D. & Jones G. (1999). The social calls of Kuhl’s pipistrelles Pipistrellus kuhlii (Kuhl, 1819): structure and variation (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Journal of Zoology 249: 476-481
    3. 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.
    4. RUSSO D., Jones G. & Mucedda, M. (2001). Influence of age, sex and body size on echolocation calls of Mediterranean and Mehely’s horseshoe bats, Rhinolophus euryale and R. mehelyi (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) Mammalia 65: 429-436.
    5. 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 258: 91-103.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. RUSSO D. & Jones G. (2003). Use of foraging habitats by bats in a Mediterranean area determined by acoustic surveys: conservation implications. Ecography 26: 197-209.
    9. 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.
    10. RUSSO D., Almenar D., Aihartza J., Goiti U., Salsamendi E & Garin I. (2005). Habitat selection in sympatric Rhinolophus mehelyi and R. euryale (Mammalia: Chiroptera). Journal of Zoology 266: 327-332.
    11. 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.
    12. RUSSO D., Jones G. & Arlettaz R. (2007). Echolocation and passive listening by foraging mouse-eared bats Myotis myotis and M. blythii. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 166-176
    13. RUSSO D., Cistrone L. & Jones, G (2007). Emergence time in forest bats: the influence of canopy closure. Acta Oecologica 31: 119-126.
    14. Biscardi S., RUSSO D., Casciani V., Cesarini D., Mei M. & Boitani L. (2007). Foraging requirements of the endangered long-fingered bat: the influence of micro-habitat structure, water quality and prey type. Journal of Zoology 273: 372-381.
    15. 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 273: 397-405.
    16. Moreira F. & RUSSO D. (2007). Modelling the impact of agricultural abandonment and wildfires on vertebrate diversity in Mediterranean Europe. Landscape Ecology 22: 1461-1476.
    17. 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.
    18. Flaquer C., Puig-Montserrat X., 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.
    19. Flaquer C., Puig-Montserrat X., Goiti U., Vidal F., Curcó A. & RUSSO D. (2009). Habitat selection in Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii): the importance of wetlands. Acta Chiropterologica 11: 149-155.
    20. 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.
    21. RUSSO D., Cistrone L., Garonna A.P. & Jones G. (2011). The early bat catches the fly: daylight foraging in soprano pipistrelles. Mammalian Biology 76: 87-89.
    22. 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. [codice ISSN: 03941914]
    23. 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.
    24. Esposito S., Incerti G., Giannino F., RUSSO D. & Mazzoleni S. (2010). Integrated modelling of foraging behaviour, energy budget and memory properties. Ecological Modelling 221: 1283-1291.
    25. 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. 19: 2501-2515.
    26. RUSSO D., Cistrone L., Garonna A.P. (2011). Habitat selection in the highly endangered beetle Rosalia alpina: a multiple spatial scale assessment. Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 685-693.
    27. RUSSO D., Maglio G., Rainho A., Meyer C.F. & Palmeirim J. (2010). Out of the dark: diurnal activity in the bat Hipposideros ruber on São Tomé island (West Africa). Mammalian Biology 76: 701-708.
    28. Del Vaglio M.A., Nicolau H., Bosso L. & RUSSO D. (2011). Feeding habits of Egyptian fruit bats Rousettus aegyptiacus on Cyprus island: a first assessment. Hystrix 22: 281-289.
    29. 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.
    30. Ancillotto L., Serangeli M.T. & RUSSO D. (2012). Spatial proximity between newborns influences the development of preferred social relationships. Ethology 118: 1-10.
    31. Rebelo H., Froufe E., Brito J.C., RUSSO D., Cistrone L., Ferrand N & Jones G. (2012). Postglacial colonization of Europe by the barbastelle bat: agreement between molecular data and past predictive modelling. Molecular Ecology 21: 2761-2774.
    32. Galimberti A., Spada M., RUSSO D., Mucedda M., Agnelli P., Crottini A., Ferri E., Martinoli A. & Casiraghi M. (2012) Integrated Operational Taxonomic Units (IOTUs) in Echolocating Bats: A Bridge between Molecular and Traditional Taxonomy. PLoS ONE 7(6): e40122. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040122.
    33. Georgiakakis P. & RUSSO D. (2012). The distinctive structure of social calls by Hanak’s dwarf bat Pipistrellus hanaki. Acta Chiropterologica 14: 167-174.
    34. RUSSO D., Cistrone L. & Jones G (2012). Sensory ecology of water detection by bats: a field experiment. PLoS ONE 7(10): e48144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048144
    35. Cagnacci F., Cardini A., Ciucci P., Ferrari N., Mortelliti A., Preatoni D.G., RUSSO D., Scandura M., Wauters L.A. & Amori G. (2012). Less is more: a researcher’s survival guide in times of economic crisis. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 23: 1-7.
    36. Bosso L., Rebelo H., Garonna A.P. & RUSSO D. (2013). Modelling geographic distribution and detecting conservation gaps in Italy for the threatened beetle Rosalia alpina. Journal for Nature Conservation 21: 72-80.
    37. Ancillotto L., Serangeli M.T. & RUSSO D. (2013). Curiosity killed the bat: Domestic cats as bat predators. Mammalian Biology 78: 369-373.
    38. Caci G., Biscaccianti A.B., Cistrone L., Bosso L., Garonna A.P. & RUSSO D. (2013). Spotting the right spot: computer-aided individual identification of the threatened cerambycid beetle Rosalia alpina. Journal of Insect Conservation 17: 787-795.
    39. Dool S.E., Puechmaille S.J., Dietz C., Juste J., Ibáñez C., Hulva P., Roué S.G.,Petit E.J., Jones G., RUSSO D., Toffoli R.,Viglino A., Martinoli A., Rossiter S.J. & Teeling E.C.. Phylogeography and postglacial recolonisation of Europe by Rhinolophus hipposideros: evidence from multiple genetic markers. Molecular Ecology 22: 4055-4070.
    40. Maiorano L., Amori G., Capula M., Falcucci A., Masi M., Montemaggiori A., Pottier J., Psomas A., Rondinini C., RUSSO D., Zimmermann N.E., Boitani L. & Guisan A. (2013).Threats from climate change to terrestrial vertebrate hotspots in Europe. PLoS ONE 8(9): 10.1371/journal.pone.0074989
    41. Roscioni F., RUSSO D.*, Di Febbraro M., Frate L., Carranza M.L. & Loy A. (2013). Regional-scale modelling of the cumulative impact of wind farms on bats. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 1821- 1835. * = corresponding author
    42. Ancillotto L., Sozio G., Mortelliti A. & RUSSO D. (2013). Ultrasonic communication in Gliridae (Rodentia): the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) as a case study. Bioacoustics 23: 129-141.
    43. Tomassini A., Colangelo P., Agnelli P., Jones G. & RUSSO D. (2014). Cranial size has increased over 133 years in a common bat, Pipistrellus kuhlii: a response to changing climate or urbanization? Journal of Biogeography 41: 944-953.
    44. Ancillotto L. & RUSSO D. (2014). Selective aggressiveness in European free-tailed bats (Tadarida teniotis): influence of familiarity, age and sex. Naturwissenschaften 101: 221-228.
    45. Roscioni F., Rebelo H., RUSSO D.*, Carranza M.L., Di Febbraro M. & Loy A. (2014). A modelling approach to infer the effects of wind farms on landscape connectivity for bats. Landscape Ecology 29: 891-903. * = corresponding author
    46. Ancillotto L., Rydell J., Nardone V. & RUSSO D. (2014). Coastal cliffs on islands as foraging habitat for bats. Acta Chiropterologica 16: 103-108.
    47. Ancillotto L., Cistrone L., Mosconi F., Jones G., Boitani L. & RUSSO D. (2015). The importance of non- forest landscapes for the conservation of forest bats: lessons from barbastelles (Barbastella barbastellus). Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 171-185.
    48. RUSSO D., Di Febbraro M., Rebelo H., Mucedda M., Cistrone L., Agnelli P., De Pasquale P.P., Martinoli A., Scaravelli D., Spilinga C. & Bosso L. (2014) What story does geographic separation of insular bats tell? A case study on Sardinian rhinolophids. PLoS ONE 9(10): e110894. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110894.
    49. Stoycheva S., Pavlova A., RUSSO D., Deleva S. & Atanassov T. (2014). Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Besaparski Ridove Special Protection Area (Natura 2000), Southern Bulgaria: Species List, Distribution and Conservation. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica suppl. 5: 213-220.
    50. RUSSO D. & Papadatou E. (2014). Acoustic identification of free-flying Schreiber’s bat Miniopterus schreibersii by social calls. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 25: 119-120.
    51. Ancillotto L. & RUSSO D. (2014). Reassessing the breeding range limits for two long-distance migratory vespertilionid bats, Pipistrellus nathusii and Nyctalus leisleri in the Italian Peninsula. Mammalia 79: 245-248.
    52. RUSSO D. & Ancillotto L. (2015). Sensitivity of bats to urbanization: a review. Mammalian Biology 80: 205-212.
    53. Rydell J. & RUSSO D. (2015). Photography as a low-impact method to survey bats. Mammalian Biology 80: 182-184.
    54. RUSSO D. & Jones G. (2015). Bats as bioindicators: an introduction. Mammalian Biology 80: 157-158.
    55. Ancillotto L., Allegrini C., Serangeli M.T., Jones G. & RUSSO D. (2015). Sociality across species: spatial proximity of newborn bats promotes heterospecific social bonding. Behavioral Ecology 26: 293-299.
    56. Bogdanowicz W., Hulva P., Černá Bolfíková B., Buś M.M., Rychlicka E., Sztencel-Jabłonka A., Cistrone & RUSSO D. (2015). Cryptic diversity of Italian bats and the role of the Apennine refugium in the phylogeography of the Western Palaearctic. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 635-648.
    57. Vincenot C.E., Koyama L. & RUSSO D. (2015). Near Threatened? First report of unsuspected human- driven decline factors in the Ryukyu flying fox (Pteropus dasymallus) in Japan. Mammalian Biology 80: 273-277.
    58. Ducci L., Agnelli P., Di Febbraro M., Frate L., RUSSO D.*, Loy A., Carranza M.L., Santini G. & Roscioni F. (2015). Different bat guilds perceive their habitat in different ways: a multiscale landscape approach for variable selection in species distribution modelling. Landscape Ecology 30: 2147-2159. * = corresponding author
    59. RUSSO D., Di Febbraro M., Cistrone L., Jones G., Smeraldo S., Garonna A.P. & Bosso L. (2015). Protecting one, protecting both? Scale-dependent ecological differences in two species using dead trees, the rosalia longicorn beetle and the barbastelle bat. Journal of Zoology 297: 165-175.
    60. Ancillotto L., Tomassini A. & RUSSO D. (2015). The fancy city life: Kuhl’s pipistrelle, Pipistrellus kuhlii, benefits from urbanization. Wildlife Research 42: 598-606.
    61. Nardone V., Cistrone L., Di Salvo I., Ariano A., Migliozzi A., Allegrini C., Ancillotto L., Fulco A. & RUSSO D. (2015) How to be a male at different elevations: ecology of intra-sexual segregation in the trawling bat Myotis daubentonii. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0134573. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134573.
    62. Cistrone L., Posillico M., Altea T., Matteucci G., Posillico M., De Cinti B. & RUSSO D. (2015). The effect of thinning on bat activity in Italian high forests: the LIFE+ “ManFor C.BD.” experience. Hystrix – the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 26: 125-131.
    63. Korine C., Adams R., RUSSO D., Fisher-Phelps M., Jacobs D. (2016). Bats and Water: Anthropogenic Alterations Threaten Global Bat Populations. Pp. 215-241 in (Voigt C.C., Kingston T. eds.). Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World- Springer Open.
    64. RUSSO D., Ancillotto L. & Korine C. (2016). The buzz of drinking on the wing in echolocating bats. Ethology 122: 226-235.
    65. Ancillotto L., Santini L., Ranc N., Maiorano L. & RUSSO D. (2016). Extraordinary range expansion in a common bat: the potential roles of climate change and urbanization. The Science of Nature 103 10.1007/s00114-016-1334-7.
    66. Bosso L., Di Febbraro M., Cristinzio G., Zoina A. & RUSSO D. (2016). Shedding light on the effects of climate change on the potential distribution of Xylella fastidiosa in the Mediterranean basin. Biological Invasions 18: 1759-1768.
    67. Bosso L., RUSSO D. , Di Febbraro M., Cristinzio G. & Zoina A. (2016). Potential distribution of Xylella fastidiosa in Italy: a maximum entropy model. Phytopatologia mediterranea 55: 62-72.
    68. Ancillotto L. & RUSSO D. (2016). Individual vs. non-individual acoustic signalling in African woodland dormice (Graphiurus murinus). Mammalian Biology 81: 410-414.
    69. RUSSO D., Maiorano L., Rebelo H. & Preatoni D.G. (2016). Species Distribution Models: exploring patterns and processes in mammal ecology. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 27: 3-4.
    70. RUSSO D. & Voigt C. C. (2016). The use of automated identification of bat echolocation calls in acoustic monitoring: A cautionary note for a sound analysis. Ecological Indicators 66: 598-602.
    71. Razgour O., Rebelo H., Di Febbraro M. & RUSSO D. (2016). Painting maps with bats: species distribution modelling in bat research and conservation. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 27. doi:10.4404/hystrix-27.1-11753.
    72. Di Febbraro M., Martinoli A., RUSSO D., Preatoni D. & Bertolino S. (2016). Modelling the effects of climate change on the risk of invasion by alien squirrels. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 27. doi:10.4404/hystrix-27.1-11776.
    73. RUSSO D. (2016). What makes Mammal Review so successful? Mammal Review 46: 159.
    74. RUSSO D., Sgammato R. & Bosso L. (2016). First sighting of the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae in the Tyrrhenian Sea and a mini-review of Mediterranean records. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy doi: 10.4404/hystrix-27.2-11737.
    75. Bosso L., Mucedda M., Fichera G., Kiefer A. & RUSSO D. (2016). A gap analysis for threatened bat populations on Sardinia. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy (online first). doi:10.4404/hystrix- 27.2-11788.
    76. Viglino A., Caniglia R. , Ruiz-Gonzalez A., RUSSO D., Galaverini M., ,Toffoli R. , Culasso P. , De Bernardi P. , Patriarca E. , Agnelli P. , Farina F., Mastrobuoni G. , Martinoli A., Randi E., (2016). What can we learn from faeces? Assessing genotyping success and genetic variability in three mouse-eared bat species from non-invasive genetic sampling. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy (online first) doi:10.4404/hystrix-27.2-11835.
    77. Bosso L., Lacatena F., Varlese R., Nocerino S., Cristinzio G. & Russo D. (2017). Plant pathogens but not antagonists change in soil fungal communities across a land abandonment gradient in a Mediterranean landscape. Acta Oecologica 78: 1-6.
    78. Ancillotto L., Mori E., Sozio G., Solano E., Bertolino S. & RUSSO D. (2017). A novel approach to field identification of cryptic Apodemus wood mice: calls differ more than morphology. Mammal Review 47: 6-10.
    79. Vincenot C. E., Collazo A.M. & RUSSO D. (2017). The Ryukyu flying fox (Pteropus dasymallus) – A review of conservation threats and call for reassessment. Mammalian Biology 83: 71-77.
    80. Nardone V., Ancillotto L. & Russo D. (2017). A flexible communicator: social call repertoire of Savi’s pipistrelle, Hypsugo savii. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy.  
    81. RUSSO D., Cistrone L., Libralato N., Korine C., Jones G. & Ancillotto L. (2017). Adverse effects of artificial illumination on bat drinking activity. Animal Conservation 20: 492-501
    82. Smeraldo S., Di Febbraro M., Ćirović D., Bosso L., Trbojević I. & RUSSO D. (2017) Species distribution models as a tool to predict range expansion after reintroduction: a case study on Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber). Journal for Nature Conservation 37: 12-20
    83. Conenna I., Rocha R., RUSSO D. & Cabeza M. (2017). Island endemic bats and research effort: a review of global patterns and priorities. Mammal Review 47: 169-182.
    84. Ancillotto L., Ariano A., Nardone V., Budinski I., Rydell J. & RUSSO D. (2017). Effects of free-ranging cattle and landscape complexity on bat foraging: Implications for bat conservation and livestock management. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 241: 54-61.
    85. Rydell J., Nyman S, Eklöf J., Jones G. & RUSSO D. (2017). Testing the performances of automated identification of bat echolocation calls: a request for prudence. Ecological Indicators 78: 416-420.
    86. Rocha R., Sequeira M.M., Douglas L.R., Gouveia M., Jardim R., Jesus J., Jones H.P. & RUSSO D. (2017). Extinctions of introduced game species on oceanic islands: curse for hunters or conservation opportunities? Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 2517.2520.
    87. RUSSO D., Cistrone L., Budinski I., Console G., Della Corte M., Milighetti C., Di Salvo I., Nardone V., Brigham R.M. & Ancillotto R. (2017). Sociality influences thermoregulation and roost switching in a forest bat using ephemeral roosts. Ecology and Evolution 7: 5310-5321
    88. Bosso L., De Conno C. & RUSSO D. (2017). Modelling the risk posed by the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha: Italy as a case study. Environmental Management 60: 304-313.
    89. Bosso L., Luchi N., Maresi G., Cristinzio G., Smeraldo S. & RUSSO D. (2017). Predicting current and future disease outbreaks of Diplodia sapinea shoot blight in Italy: species distribution models as a tool for forest management planning. Forest Ecology and Management 400: 655-664.
    90. RUSSO D., Ancillotto L., Hughes A. C. & Mori E. (2017). Collection of voucher specimens for bat research: conservation, ethical implications, reduction, and alternatives. Mammal Review 47: 237-246.
    91. Di Febbraro M., Carotenuto F., Castiglione S., RUSSO D., Loy A., Maiorano L. & Raia P. (2017). Does the jack of all trades fare best? Survival and niche width in Late Pleistocene Megafauna. Journal of Biogeography 44: 2828-2838.
    92. RUSSO D., Ancillotto L. & Jones G. (2018). Bats are still not birds in the digital era: Bats are still not birds in the digital era: echolocation call variation and why it matters for bat species identification. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96: 63 – 78
    93. Bosso L., Smeraldo S., Rapuzzi P., Sama G., Garonna A.P., RUSSO D. (2018). Nature protection areas of Europe are insufficient to preserve the threatened beetle Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae): evidence from species distribution models and conservation gap analysis. Ecological Entomology 43: 192-203
    94. Aizpurua, O., Budinski, I., Georgiakakis, P., Gopalakrishnan, S., Ibañez, C., Mata, V., Rebelo, H., RUSSO D., Szodoray-Parádi, F., Zhelyazkova, V., Zrncic, V., Gilbert, M. T. P. and Alberdi, A. (), Agriculture shapes the trophic niche of a bat preying on multiple pest arthropods across Europe: evidence from DNA metabarcoding. Molecular Ecology 27: 815-825.
    95. Nardone, V., Bosso, L., Della Corte, M., Sasso, M., Galimberti, A., Bruno, A., Casiraghi, M., RUSSO D. (2018). Native red foxes depredate nests of alien pond sliders: evidence from molecular detection of prey in scats. Mammalian Biology 88: 72-74.
    96. Mezzasalma, M., Di Febbraro, M., Guarino, F.M., Odierna, G., RUSSO D. (2018). Cold-blooded in the Ice Age: "refugia within refugia", inter-and intraspecific biogeographic diversification of European whipsnakes (Squamata, Colubridae, Hierophis). Zoology 127: 84-94
    97. Ancillotto, L., Notomista, T., Mori, E., Bertolino, S., RUSSO D. (2018). Assessment of detection methods and vegetation associations for introduced Finlayson’s Squirrels (Callosciurus finlaysonii) in Italy. Environmental management: 1-9.
    98. Smeraldo, S., Di Febbraro, M., Bosso, L., Flaquer, C., Guixé, D., Lisón, F., Meschede, A., Juste, J., Prüger, J., Puig-Montserrat, X., RUSSO D. (2018). Ignoring seasonal changes in the ecological niche of non-migratory species may lead to biases in potential distribution models: lessons from bats Biodiversity and Conservation: 1-17.
    99. Chaverri, G., Ancillotto, L., RUSSO D. (2018). Social communication in bats. Biological Reviews (in press)
    100. Amoroso M.G., RUSSO D., Lanave G., Cistrone G., Martella V., Galiero G., Decaro N., Fusco G. (2018). Detection and phylogenetic characterization of astroviruses in insectivorous bats from Central-Southern Italy. Zoonoses and Public Health
    101. Ancillotto L., Budinski I., Nardone V., Di Salvo I., Della Corte M., Bosso L., Conti P., RUSSO D. (2018). What is driving range expansion in a common bat? Hints from thermoregulation and habitat selection. Behavioural Processes.
    102. RUSSO D., Ancillotto L., Cistrone L., Libralato N., Domer Adi, Cohen S., Korine C. (2018). Effects of artificial illumination on drinking bats: a field test in forest and desert habitats. Animal Conservation (in press)
    103. RUSSO D., Bosso L., Ancillotto L. (2018). Novel perspectives on bat insectivory highlight the value of this ecosystem service in farmland: Research frontiers and management implications. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment (in press)
    104. De Conno C., Nardone V., Ancillotto L., De Bonis S., Guida M., Jorge I., Scarpa U., RUSSO D. (2018). Testing the performance of bats as indicators of riverine ecosystem quality. Ecological Indicators (in press)
    105. Ancillotto L., Studer V., Howard T., Smith V. S., McAlister E., Beccaloni J., Manzia F., Renzopaoli F., Bosso L., RUSSO D., Mori E. (2018). Environmental drivers of parasite load and species richness in introduced parakeets in an urban landscape. Parasitology Research (in press)


Russo, D. & Sulli C. (2011). Conservazione della Natura e Gestione delle Aree Protette. Liguori (in Italian).

Russo, D. (2013). La Vita Segreta dei Pipistrelli. Orme-Tarka (in Italian).

Russo, D. (2016). Suoni bestiali. Alla scoperta della comunicazione acustica degli animali.  Tarka

Clips 1,2 illustrate experiments carried out for the study we published in the Journal of Experimental Biology (Russo et al. 2007). The flight room was dark (films were shot with an IR videocamera).
Clip 1  shows a greater mouse-eared bat Myotis myotis seizing prey (a bush cricket whose movement was restricted by securing a small metal load to its thorax or legs) from a wooden tray filled with natural dry leaf litter. The bat prospects for prey circling in the flight room before approaching the feeding arena. The bat then locates its prey by listening to the rustling sound the moving cricket produces on dry leaves.
Clip 2  shows an identical situation, but this time Prof. Raphaël Arlettaz (Bern University) stays inside the room and watches the foraging trial from close distance. Noticeably, his presence seems not to affect at all the bat’s behaviour.

Listen to a pack of wolves howling close to where we were recording bats in the Judean desert, Israel (7th August 2013).

Fraissinet M., Russo D. (2013). Lista Rossa dei Vertebrati Terrestri e Dulciacquicoli della Campania. Regione Campania e Dipartimento di Agraria dell’Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.