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First records of Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica and Turkish gecko Hemidactylus turcicus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) in the Southern Metalliferous Hills, Tuscany, Italy


Mori, Emiliano; Plebani, Marco (2012). First records of Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica and Turkish gecko Hemidactylus turcicus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) in the Southern Metalliferous Hills, Tuscany, Italy. Atti della Società Toscana di Scienze Naturali, 119:51-54.

Abstract

Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica and Turkish gecko Hemydactilus turcicus are among the most widely distributed lizards of the Mediterranean basin. However, records for these species at altitudes above 400 m a.s.l. are few. In this paper, we document the presence of these species in a hilly area in the northernmost part of the Province of Grosseto (Tuscany, Central Italy). In particular, Moorish geckoes were found up to 609 m a.s.l. since early 2000s. First individuals were possibly introduced with transport of building materials: the average increase in winter temperature of the past recent years might have helped the establishment of breeding populations.

Abstract

Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica and Turkish gecko Hemydactilus turcicus are among the most widely distributed lizards of the Mediterranean basin. However, records for these species at altitudes above 400 m a.s.l. are few. In this paper, we document the presence of these species in a hilly area in the northernmost part of the Province of Grosseto (Tuscany, Central Italy). In particular, Moorish geckoes were found up to 609 m a.s.l. since early 2000s. First individuals were possibly introduced with transport of building materials: the average increase in winter temperature of the past recent years might have helped the establishment of breeding populations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:31 Mar 2014 09:12
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 04:53
Publisher:Società Toscana di Scienze Naturali
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2424/ASTSN.M.2012.07
Official URL:http://www.stsn.it/AttiB2012/Mori.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.stsn.it/en/

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