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Catalogue of the primatological collection of the Torino University

Mara Calvini, Maria Stella Siori, Spartaco Gippoliti, Marco Pavia
  • Mara Calvini
    Sanremo (IM), Italy
  • Maria Stella Siori
    Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi, Università di Torino, Italy
  • Spartaco Gippoliti
    IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, Roma, Italy


The revised catalogue of primatological material stored in the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Torino and in the Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi of the Università degli Studi di Torino and belonging to the historical material of the Torino University is introduced. The material, 494 specimens belonging to 399 individuals of 122 taxa, is of particular importance since specimens were mainly obtained during the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. A relevant part of the collection was created by the collaborators of the Museum, among which it is worth to mention F. De Filippi, A. Borelli and E. Festa, while other material came from purchases and donations from private people or the Royal Zoological Garden of Torino. Great part of the specimens is stuffed but also the osteological materials are of particular importance, as many of them derived from the specimens before being prepared and consisting of skulls or more or less complete skeletons. After this revision, the Lectotype and Paralectotypes of Alouatta palliata aequatorialis have been selected, and the type-specimen of the brunnea variety of Cebus albifrons cuscinus has been recognized. In addition, some specimens of particular historical-scientific importance have also been identified and here presented for the first time.


Mammalogy, Collection, Catalogue, Primates, Torino

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Submitted: 2016-03-14 20:10:15
Published: 2016-10-10 16:16:38
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