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Cases of albinism and leucism in amphibians in Italy: new reports

Enrico Lunghi, Alessandro Monti, Arturo Binda, Ionne Piazzi, Maurizio Salvadori, Roberto Cogoni, Luigi Andrea Riefolo, Carlo Biancardi, Sergio Mezzadri, Domenico Avitabile, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Manuela Mulargia, Salvatore Manca, Pauline Blaimont, Anna Rita Di Cerbo, Raoul Manenti
  • Enrico Lunghi
    Universität Trier Fachbereich VI Raum-und Umweltwissenschaften Biogeographie, Trier, Germany; Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, Sezione di Zoologia “La Specola”; Natural Oasis, Prato, Italy | enrico.arti@gmail.com
  • Alessandro Monti
    Studio Professionale Tu.G.A., Rovello Porro, Italy
  • Arturo Binda
    Associazione Le Contrade Onlus, Inverigo, Italy
  • Ionne Piazzi
    Gravedona ed Uniti, Italy
  • Maurizio Salvadori
    Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Primiero San Martino Di Castrozza, Italy
  • Roberto Cogoni
    Unione Speleologica Cagliaritana, Quartu Sant’Elena, Italy
  • Luigi Andrea Riefolo
    Dipartimento di Scienze dei Materiali, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Carlo Biancardi
    C.S. Fauna Vertebrata “L. Cagnolaro”, Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, Milano, Italia; Department of Biological Sciences, CenUR L.N., Universidad de la República, Paysandú, Uruguay
  • Sergio Mezzadri
    Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Piacenza, Italy
  • Domenico Avitabile
    Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Gentile Francesco Ficetola
    Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano; Université Grenoble-Alpes, Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine (LECA), Grenoble; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine (LECA), Grenoble, France
  • Manuela Mulargia
    Siniscola, Italy
  • Salvatore Manca
    Speleo Club Nuoro, Italy
  • Pauline Blaimont
    University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • Anna Rita Di Cerbo
    C.S. Fauna Vertebrata “L. Cagnolaro”, Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, Milano, Italy
  • Raoul Manenti
    Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Abstract

Findings of abnormally pigmented amphibian individuals provide interesting insights on intraspecific phenotypic variability as well as on variation among populations inhabiting different habitats. Amphibian coloration is determined by chromatophores (specific epidermal cells), and a variety of abnormalities related to them have been reported. In this study we reported cases of albinism and leucism in six species of Italian amphibians, including some endemic species. For some taxa, like Hydromantes sarrabusensis, H. flavus, H. supramontis and Bufo viridis, we describe the first observations of albinism and leucism.

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Speleomantes, Rana, newt, Salamandra, chromatophores, tadpoles

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Submitted: 2016-10-10 15:58:36
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