Diego Fontaneto
 Permanent researcher

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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi (ISE)
Largo Tonolli 50, 28922 Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Broad research specialisms: Ecology, Zoology, Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Systematics, Taxonomy, Freshwater Ecology, Phylogeography, Molecular Ecology, Invertebrate Biology, Rotifera.

Research interests: My research interests focus on patterns and processes in biological diversity, including speciation and macroecology, mostly using as a test case microscopic invertebrates such as rotifers.
Speciation. The evolution of distinct species in animals has often been considered a property solely of sexually reproducing organisms. My work deals with differences and similarities in the speciation process between sexual and asexual organisms.
Macroecology. Patterns of diversity in microscopic organisms are hypothesised to differ from macroscopic ones, as small size, desiccation tolerance, and dispersal capability should a
llow micro-organisms to achieve global distributions. I test the predictions of this ubiquity hypothesis in microscopic animals using morphological and molecular taxonomy. Follow me in Google Scholar, or download my pdf from ResearchGate.

Editorial Board: Biogeographia, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Limnology, and formerly also Europen Zoological Journal (2012-2017) and PLoS ONE (2012-2016).

Most recent Publications (from 2012):


  • Eckert E.M., Quero G.M., Di Cesare A., Manfredini G., Mapelli F., Borin S., Fontaneto D., Luna G.M. & Corno G., Antibiotic disturbance affects aquatic microbial community composition and foodweb interactions but not community resilience. Molecular Ecology in press.
  • Fiorentino A., Di Cesare A., Eckert E.M., Rizzo L., Fontaneto D., Yang Y. & Corno G., 2019. Impact of industrial wastewater on the dynamics of antibiotic resistance genes in a full-scale urban wastewater treatment plant. Science of the Total Environment 646: 1204-1210.
  • Fontaneto D., Eckert E.M., Anicic N., Lara E. & Mitchell E.A.D., 2019. We are ready for faunistic surveys of bdelloid rotifers through DNA barcoding: the example of Sphagnum bogs of the Swiss Jura Mountains. Limnetica 38: 213-225.


  • Aranguiz-Acuna A., Perez-Portilla P, de La Fuente A. & Fontaneto D., 2018. Life-history strategies in zooplankton promote coexistence of competitors in extreme environments with high metal content. Scientific Reports 8: 11060.
  • Di Cesare A., Petrin S., Fontaneto D., Losasso C., Eckert E., Tassistro G., Borello A., Ricci A., Wilson W., Pruzzo C. & Vezzulli L., 2018. ddPCR applied on CPR samples reveals long-term occurrence and spread of antibiotic resistance genes and class 1 integrons carrying bacteria in the marine plankton community. Environmental Microbiology Reports 10: 458-464.
  • Eckert E.M., Di Cesare A., Kettner M.T., Arias-Andres M., Fontaneto D., Grossart H.P. & Corno, G., 2018. Microplastics increase impact of treated wastewater on freshwater microbial community. Environmental Pollution 234: 495-502.
  • Fiorentino A., Cucciniello R., Di Cesare A., Fontaneto D., Prete P., Rizzo L., Corno G. & Proto A., 2018. Disinfection of urban wastewater by a new photo-Fenton like process using Cu-iminodisuccinic acid complex as catalyst at neutral pH. Water Research 146: 206-215.
  • Fonseca G., Fontaneto D. & Di Domenico M., 2018. Addressing biodiversity shortfalls in meiofauna. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 502: 26-38.
  • Fontaneto D., Thomaz S.M., Naselli-Flores L. & Martens, K., 2018. Happy birthday Hydrobiologia! 70 years young and still growing… Hydrobiologia 809: 1-3.
  • Gonzalez B.C., Worsaae K., Fontaneto D. & Martinez Garcia A., 2018. Anophthalmia and elongation of body appendages in cave scale worms (Aphroditiformia, Annelida). Zoologica Scripta 47: 106-121.
  • Ivanenko V.N., Hoeksema B., Nikitin M.A., Mudrova S.V., Martínez A., Rimskaya-Korsakova N., Berumen M.L. & Fontaneto D., 2018. Lack of host specificity of copepod crustaceans associated with mushroom corals in the Red Sea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127: 770-780.
  • Jaturapruek R., Fontaneto D., Meksuwan P., Pholpunthin P. & Maiphae S., 2018. Planktonic and periphytic bdelloid rotifers from Thailand reveal a species assemblage with a combination of cosmopolitan and tropical species. Systematics & Biodiversity 16: 128-141.
  • Leese F., Bouchez A., Abarenkov K., Altermatt F., Borja Á., Bruce K., Ekrem T., Čiampor Jr F., Čiamporová-Zaťovičová Z., Costa F.O., Duarte S., Elbrecht V., Fontaneto D., Franc A., Geiger M.F., Hering D., Kahlert M., Kalamujić Stroil B., Kelly M., Keskin E., Liska I., Mergen P., Meissner K., Pawlowski J., Penev L., Reyjol Y., Rotter A., Steinke D., van der Wal B., Vitecek S., Zimmermann J. & Weigand A.M., 2018. Why we need sustainable networks bridging countries, disciplines, cultures and generations for aquatic biomonitoring 2.0: a perspective derived from the DNAqua-Net COST Action. Ecological Research 58: 63-99.
  • Liu P., Xu L., Xu S., Martinez A., Chen H., Cheng D., Dumont H.J., Han B.-P. & Fontaneto D., 2018. Species and hybrids in the genus Diaphanosoma Fischer, 1850 (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Cladocera). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 118: 369-378.
  • Losasso C., Di Cesare A., Mastrorilli E., Patuzzi I., Cibin V., Eckert E.M., Fontaneto D., Vanzo A., Ricci A. & Corno G., 2018. Assessing antibiotic resistance gene load in vegan, vegetarian and omnivore human gut microbiota. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 52: 702-705.
  • Magoga G., Sahin D.C., Fontaneto D. & Montagna M., 2018. Barcoding of Chrysomelidae of Euro-Mediterranean area: efficiency and problematic species. Scientific Reports 8: 13398.
  • Merckx T., Souffreau C., Kaiser A., Baardsen L.F., Backeljau T., Bonte D., Brans K.I., Cours M., Dahirel M., Debortoli N., De Wolf K., Engelen J.M.T., Fontaneto D., Gianuca A.T., Govaert L., Hendrickx F., Higuti J., Lens L., Martens K., Matheve H., Matthysen E., Piano E., Sablon R., Shon I., Van Doninck, De Meester L. & Van Dyck H., 2018. Body size shifts in aquatic and terrestrial urban communities. Nature 558: 113-116.
  • Nowell R.W., Almeida P., Wilson C.G., Smith T.P., Fontaneto D., Crisp A., Micklem G., Tunnacliffe A., Boschetti & C. Barraclough T.G., 2018. Comparative genomics of bdelloid rotifers: Insights from desiccating and nondesiccating species. PLoS Biology 24:e2004830.
  • Obertegger U., Cieplinski A., Fontaneto D. & Papakostas S., 2018. Mitonuclear discordance as a confounding factor in the DNA taxonomy of monogonont rotifers. Zoologica Scripta 47: 122-132.
  • Shelyakin P.V., Garushyants S.K., Nikitin M.A., Moudrova S.V., Berumen M., Speksnijder A.G.C.L., Hoeksema B.W., Fontaneto D., Gelfand M.S. & Ivanenko V.N., 2018. Microbiomes of gall-inducing copepod crustaceans from the corals Stylophora pistillata (Scleractinia) and Gorgonia ventalina (Alcyonacea). Scientific Reports 8: 11563.
  • Singer D., Kosakyan A., Seppey C.V., Pillonel A., Fernández L.D., Fontaneto D., Mitchell E.A. & Lara E., 2018. Environmental filtering and phylogenetic clustering correlate with the distribution patterns of cryptic protist species. Ecology 99: 904-914.
  • Zawierucha K., Gasiorek P., Buda J., Uetake J., Janko K. & Fontaneto, D., 2018. Tardigrada and Rotifera from moss microhabitats on a disappearing Ugandan glacier, with the description of a new species of water bear. Zootaxa 4392: 311-328.
  • Zeppilli D., Leduc D., Fontanier C., Fontaneto D., Fuchs S., Gooday A.J., Goineau A., Ingels J., Ivanenko V.N., Kristensen R.M., Cardoso Neves R., Sanchez Santos N., Sandulli R., Sarrazin J., Sørensen M.V., Tasiemski A., Vanreusel A., Autret M., Bourdonnay L., Claireaux M., Coquillé V., De Wever L., Rachel D., Marchant J., Toomey L. & Fernandes D., 2018. Characteristics of meiofauna in extreme marine ecosystems: a review. Marine Biodiversity 48: 35-71.


  • Callieri C., Corno G., Contesini M., Fontaneto D. & Bertoni R., 2017. Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are driven by chlorophyll a and mainly confined to epilimnion, in a deep subalpine lake. Inland Waters 7: 118-127.
  • Colangelo P., Fontaneto D., Marchetto A., Ludovisi A., Basset A., Bartolozzi L., Bertani I., Campanaro A., Cattaneo A., Cianferoni F., Corriero G., Ficetola G.F., Nonnis-Marzano F., Pierri C., Rossetti G. & Boggero A., Alien species in Italian freshwater habitats: a macroecological assessment of invasion drivers. Aquatic Invasions 12: 299-309.
  • Devetter M., Fontaneto D., Jersabek C.D., Mark Welch D.B., May L. & Walsh E.J., 2017. Evolving rotifers, evolving science. Proceedings of the XIV International Rotifer Symposium. Hydrobiologia 796: 1-6.
  • Fontaneto D., Panisi M., Mandrioli M., Montardi, Pavesi M. & Cardini A.L., 2017. Estimating the magnitude of morphoscapes: how to measure the morphological component of biodiversity in relation to habitats using geometric morphometrics. The Science of Nature - Naturwissenschaften 104: 55.
  • Gabaldon C., Fontaneto D., Montero-Pau J., Carmona M.J. & Serra M., 2017. Ecological differentiation in cryptic rotifer species: what we can learn from the B. plicatilis complex. Hydrobiologia 796: 7-18.
  • Gonzalez B., Martínez A., Borda E., Iliffe T., Fontaneto D., Worsaae K., 2017. Genetic spatial structure of an anchialine cave annelid indicates connectivity within - but not between - islands of the Great Bahama Bank. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 109: 259-270.
  • Mills S., Alcantara-Rodriguez J.A., Ciros-Pérez J., Gómez A., Hagiwara A., Hinson Galindo K., Jersabek C., Malekzadeh-Viayeh R., Leasi F., Lee J.-S., Mark Welch D.B., Papakostas S., Riss S., Segers H., Serra M., Shiel R., Smolak R., Snell T.W., Stelzer C.-P., Tang C.Q., Wallace R.L., Fontaneto D. & Walsh E.J., 2017. Fifteen species in one: deciphering the Brachionus plicatilis species complex (Rotifera, Monogononta) through DNA taxonomy. Hydrobiologia 796: 39-58.
  • Naselli-Flores L., Martens K., Fontaneto D. & Thomaz S.M., 2017. Emerging trends in aquatic ecology II. Preface. Hydrobiologia 800: 1-3.
  • Sa-ardrit P., Pholpunthin P., Segers H. & Fontaneto D., 2017. The influence of environmental variables on freshwater rotifers of the family Brachionidae and Lecanidae in Thailand. Tropical Zoology 30: 28-48.
  • Serra M. & Fontaneto D., 2017. Speciation in the Brachionus plicatilis species complex. Chapter 2. In: Hagiwara A. & Yoshinaga T. (eds.), Rotifers: Aquaculture, Ecology, Gerontology, and Ecotoxicology. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 15-32.
  • Sommer S., van Benthem K.J., Fontaneto D. & Ozgul A., 2017. Are generic early-warning signals reliable indicators of population collapse in rotifers?. Hydrobiologia 796: 111-120.
  • Turolla A., Sabatino R., Fontaneto D., Eckert E.M., Colinas N., Corno G., Citterio B., Biavasco F., Antonelli M., Mauro A., Mangiaterra G. & Di Cesare A., 2017. Defence strategies and antibiotic resistance gene abundance in enterococci under stress by exposure to low doses of peracetic acid. Chemosphere 185: 480-488.
  • Zweerus N.L., Sommer S., Fontaneto D. & Ozgul A., 2017. Life-history responses to environmental change revealed by resurrected rotifers from a historically polluted lake. Hydrobiologia 796: 121-130.


  • Boggero A., Pierri C., Alber R., Austoni M., Barbone E., Bartolozzi L., Bertani I., Campanaro A., Cattaneo A., Cianferoni F., Colangelo P., Corriero G., Dörr A.M., Elia A.C., Ficetola G.F., Fontaneto D., Gaino E., Goretti E., Kamburska L., La Porta G., Lauceri R., Lorenzoni M., Ludovisi A., Manca M., Morabito G., Nonnis Marzano F., Oggioni A., Riccardi N., Rossetti G., Tagliolato P., Thaler B., Ungaro N., Volta P., Zaupa S., Rosati I., Fiore N., Basset A. & Marchetto A., 2016. A geographic distribution data set of biodiversity in Italian freshwaters. Biogeographia 31: 55-72.
  • Callieri C., Hernandez-Aviles S., Salcher M.M., Fontaneto D. & Bertoni R., 2016. Distribution patterns and environmental correlates of Thaumarchaeota abundance in six deep subapline lakes. Aquatic Sciences 78: 215-225.
  • Debortoli N., Li X., Eyres I., Fontaneto D., Hespeels B., Tang C.Q., Flot J.-F. & Van Doninck K., 2016. Genetic exchange among bdelloid rotifers is more likely due to horizontal gene transfer than to meiotic sex. Current Biology 26: 723-732. 
  • Di Cesare A., Fontaneto D., Doppelbauer J. & Corno G. Fitness and recovery of bacterial communities and antibiotic resistance genes in urban wastewaters exposed to classical disinfection treatments. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 10153-10161.
  • Eckert E.M., Di Cesare A., Stenzel B., Fontaneto D. & Corno G., 2016. Daphnia as a refuge for an antibiotic resistance gene in an experimental freshwater community. Science of the Total Environment 571: 77-81.
  • Fontaneto D., 2016. No sex, we are bdelloids. Animot 3: 104-112.
  • Fontaneto D. & Melone G., 2016. Observation of rotifer jaws at SEM in ecology and evolution. Microscopie 13: 26-27.
  • Gandolfi A., Fontaneto D., Natali M. & Lucentini L., 2016. Mitochondrial genome of Esox flaviae (Southern pike): announcement and comparison with other Esocidae. Mitochondrial DNA 27: 3037-3038.
  • Leese F., Altermatt F., Bouchez A., Ekrem T., Hering D., Meissner K., Mergen P., Pawlowski J., Piggott J.J., Rimet F., Steinke D., Taberlet P., Weigand A.M., Abarenkov K., Beja P., Bervoets L., Björnsdóttir S., Boets P., Boggero A., Bones A.M., Borja A., Bruce K., Bursić V., Carlsson J., Čiampor F., Čiamporová-Zatovičová Z., Coissac E., Costa F., Costache M., Creer S., Csabai Z., Deiner K., DelValls A., Drakare S., Duarte S., Eleršek T., Fazi S., Fišer C., Flot J.-F., Fonseca V., Fontaneto D., Grabowski M., Graf W., Guðbrandsson J., Hellström M., Hershkovitz Y., Hollingsworth P., Japoshvili B., Jones J.I., Kahlert M., Stroil B.K., Kasapidis P., Kelly M.G., Kelly-Quinn M., Keskin E., Kõljalg U., Ljubešić Z., Maček I., Mächler E., Mahon A., Marečková M., Mejdandzic M., Mircheva G., Montagna M., Moritz C., Mulk V., Naumoski A., Navodaru I., Padisák J., Pálsson S., Panksep K., Penev L., Petrusek A., Pfannkuchen M.A., Primmer C.R., Rinkevich B., Rotter A., Schmidt-Kloiber A., Segurado P., Speksnijder A., Stoev P., Strand M., Šulčius S., Sundberg P., Traugott M., Tsigenopoulos C., Turon X, Valentini A., van der Hoorn B., Várbíró G., Vasquez Hadjilyra M.I., Viguri J., Vitonytė I., Vogler A., Vrålstad T., Wägele W., Wenne R., Winding A., Woodward G., Zegura B., Zimmermann J., 2016. DNAqua-Net: Developing new genetic tools for bioassessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in Europe. Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e11321.
  • Papakostas S., Michaloudi E., Proios K., Brehm M., Verhage L., Rota J., Pena C., Stamou G., Pritchard V.L., Fontaneto D. & Declerck S.A.J., 2016. Integrative taxonomy recognizes evolutionary units despite widespread mitonuclear discordance: evidence from a rotifer cryptic species complex. Systematic Biology 65: 508-524.
  • Segers H., De Smet W.H., Fontaneto D., Hinz C., Hussey C., Michaloudi E., Wallace R.L. & Jersabek C.D., 2016. Period of public commentary begins on the revised proposal of species-group level names, and on the proposal of genus-group level names of the Candidate Part of List of Available Names (LAN) in the phylum Rotifera. Zootaxa 4066: 81-82.
  • Sommer S., Nandini S., Sarma S.S.S., Ozgul A. & Fontaneto D., 2016. Rotifers in Lake Orta: an ecological and evolutionary model system. Journal of Limnology 75 (s2): 67-75.
  • Sommer S., Piscia R., Manca M., Fontaneto D. & Ozgul A., 2016. Demographic cost and mechanisms of adaptation to environmental stress in resurrected Daphnia. Journal of Limnology 75 (s2): 30-35.


  • Azzoni R.S., Franzetti A., Fontaneto D., Zullini A. & Ambrosini R., 2015. Nematode and rotifer communities on two Alpine debris-covered glaciers. Italian Journal of Zoology 84: 616-623.
  • De Smet W.H., Melone G., Fontaneto D. & Leasi F., 2015. Marine Rotifera. Fauna d’Italia vol. 50. Bologna, Calderini.
  • Di Cesare A., Eckert E.M., Teruggi A., Fontaneto D., Bertoni R., Callieri C. & Corno G., 2015. Constitutive presence of antibiotic resistance genes within the bacterial community of a large subalpine lake. Molecular Ecology 24: 3888-3900.
  • Eckert E., Fontaneto D., Coci M. & Callieri C., 2015. Does a barcoding gap exist in prokaryotes? Evidences from species delimitation in Cyanobacteria. Life 5: 50-64.
  • Eyres I., Boschetti C., Crisp A., Fontaneto D., Tunnacliffe A. & Barraclough T.G., 2015. Horizontal gene transfer in bdelloid rotifers is ancient, ongoing and more frequent in species from desiccating habitats. BMC Biology 13:90.
  • Fontaneto D. & Barraclough T.G., 2015. Do species exist in asexuals? Theory and evidence from bdelloid rotifers. Integrative & Comparative Biology 55: 253-263.
  • Fontaneto D. & Schiaparelli S., 2015. Preface: Biology of the Ross Sea and surrounding areas in Antarctica. Hydrobiologia 761: 1-3.
  • Fontaneto D. & De Smet W.H., 2015. Rotifera, Chapter 4. In: Schmidt-Rhaesa A. (ed.), Handbook of Zoology, Gastrotricha, Cycloneuralia and Gnathifera. Volume 3, Gastrotricha and Gnathifera. De Gruyter GmbH, Berlin, pp. 217-300.
  • Fontaneto D., Flot J.-F. & Tang C.Q., 2015. Guidelines for DNA taxonomy, with a focus on the meiofauna. Marine Biodiversity 45: 433-451.
  • Fontaneto D., Iakovenko N. & De Smet W.H., 2015. Diversity gradients of rotifer species richness in Antarctica. Hydrobiologia 761: 235-248.
  • Gobbi M., Fontaneto D., Bragalanti N., Pedrotti L. & Lencioni V., 2015. Carabid beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) richness and functional traits in relation to differently managed grasslands in the Alps. International Journal of Entomology - Annales de la Société entomologique de France 51: 52-59.
  • Segers H., De Smet W.H., Fontaneto D., Hinz C., Hussey C., Michaloudi E., Wallace R.L. & Jersabek C.D., 2015. Period of public commentary begins on the revised proposal of species-group level names, and on the proposal of genus-group level names of the Candidate Part of List of Available Names (LAN) in the phylum Rotifera. European Journal of Taxonomy 165: 1-3.  
  • Siqueira T., Bini L.M., Magela Thomaz S. & Fontaneto D., 2015. Biodiversity analyses: are aquatic ecologists doing any better and differently than terrestrial ecologists? Hydrobiologia 750: 5-12.
  • Zeppilli D., Sarrazin J., Leduc D., Martinez Arbizu P., Fontaneto D., Fontanier C., Gooday A.J., Kristensen R.M., Ivanenko V.N., Sørensen M.V., Vanreusel A., Thébault J., Mea M., Allio N., Andro T., Arvigo A., Castrec J., Danielo M., Foulon V., Fumeron R., Hermabessiere L., Hulot V., James T., Langonne-Augen R., Le Bot T., Long M., Mahabror D., Morel Q., Pantalos M., Pouplard E., Raimondeau L., Rio-Cabello A., Seite S., Traisnel G., Urvoy K., Van Der Stegen T., Weyand M., Fernandes D., 2015. Is the meiofauna a good indicator for climate change and anthropogenic impacts? Marine Biodiversity 45:505-535.


  • Boggero A., Basset A., Austoni M., Barbone E., Bartolozzi L., Bertani I., Campanaro A., Cattaneo A., Cianferoni F., Corriero G., Dörr A.M., Elia A.C., Ficetola G.F., Kamburska L., La Porta G., Lauceri S., Ludovisi A., Gaino E., Goretti E., Lorenzoni M., Manca M., Marchetto A., Morabito G., Nonnis Marzano F., Oggioni A., Pierri C., Riccardi N., Rossetti G., Ungaro N., Volta P., Zaupa S. & Fontaneto D., 2014. Weak effects of habitat type on susceptibility to invasive freshwater species: an Italian case study. Aquatic Conservation 24: 841-852.
  • Boggero A., Fontaneto D., Morabito G. & Volta P., 2014. Limnology in the 21st Century: the importance of freshwater ecosystems as model systems in ecology and evolution. Journal of Limnology 73(s1): 1-3.
  • Fontaneto D., 2014. Molecular phylogenies as a tool to understand diversity in rotifers. International Review of Hydrobiology 99: 178-187.
  • Lucentini L., Caldelli A., Gigliarelli L., Giannetto D., Pompei L., Natali M, Paracucchi R., Sala P., Volta P., Lorenzoni M., Fontaneto D., 2014. Integrative taxonomy does not support the occurrence of two species of the Squalius squalus complex (Actinopterygii: Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in Italy. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 56: 281-288.
  • Malekzadeh Viayeh R., Pak Tarmani R., Rostamkhani N. & Fontaneto D., 2014. Diversity of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis species complex (Rotifera: Monogononta) in Iran through integrative taxonomy. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 170: 233-244.
  • Morgan M.J., Bass D., Birky C.W., Bik H., Blaxter M., Crisp M.D., Derycke S., Fitch D., Fontaneto D., Hardy C.M., King A.J., Kiontke K.C., Moens T., Pawlowski J.W., Porazinska D., Tang C.Q., Thomas W.K., Yeates D.K. & Creer S., 2014. A critique of Rossberg et al.: noise obscures the genetic signal of meiobiotal ecospecies in ecogenomic datasets. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20133076.
  • Obertegger U., Flaim G. & Fontaneto D., 2014. Cryptic diversity within the rotifer Polyarthra dolichoptera along an altitudinal gradient. Freshwater Biology 59: 2413-2427.
  • Tang C.Q., Humphreys A., Fontaneto D. & Barraclough T.G., 2014. Effects of phylogenetic reconstruction on the robustness of species delimitation methods using single-locus data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 1086-1094.
  • Tang C.Q., Obertegger U., Fontaneto D. & Barraclough T.G., 2014. Sexual species are separated by larger genetic gaps than asexual species in rotifers. Evolution 68: 2901-2916.


  • Fontaneto D. & Hortal J., 2013. News & Views: At least some protist species are not ubiquitous. Molecular Ecology 22: 5053-5055.
  • Leasi F., Tang C.Q., De Smet W.H. & Fontaneto D., 2013. Cryptic diversity with wide salinity tolerance in the putative euryhaline Testudinella clypeata (Rotifera, Monogononta). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 17-28.
  • Lucentini L., Gigliarelli L., Puletti M.E., Palomba A., Caldelli A., Fontaneto D. & Panara F., 2013. Spatially explicit genetic structure in the freshwater sponge Ephydatia fluviatilis (Linnaeus, 1759) in the framework of the monopolisation hypothesis. Journal of Limnology 72: 172-181.


  • Curini-Galletti M., Artois T., Delogu V., De Smet W.H., Fontaneto D., Jondelius U., Leasi F., Martínez A., Meyer-Wachsmuth I., Nilsson K.S., Tongiorgi P., Worsaae K. & Todaro M.A., 2012. Patterns of diversity in soft-bodied meiofauna: dispersal ability and body size matter. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33801.
  • Eyres I., Frangedakis E., Fontaneto D., Herniou E.A., Boschetti C., Carr A., Micklem G., Tunnacliffe A. & Barraclough T.G., 2012. Multiple functionally divergent and conserved copies of alpha tubulin in bdelloid rotifers. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 148.
  • Fontaneto D. & Hortal J., 2012. Microbial biogeography: is everything small everywhere? In: Ogilvie L.A. & Hirsch P.R. (eds.), Microbial ecological theory: current perspectives. Norfolk UK, Caister Academic Press, pp. 87-98.
  • Fontaneto D., Barbosa A.M., Segers H. & Pautasso M., 2012. The ‘rotiferologist’ effect and other global correlates of species richness in monogonont rotifers. Ecography 35: 174-182.
  • Fontaneto D., Bunnefeld N. & Westberg M., 2012. Long-term survival of microscopic animals under desiccation is not so long. Astrobiology 12: 863-869.
  • Fontaneto D., Tang C.Q., Obertegger U., Leasi F. & Barraclough T.G., 2012. Different diversification rates between sexual and asexual organisms. Evolutionary Biology 39: 262-270.
  • Kieneke A., Martinez Arbizu P. & Fontaneto D., 2012. Spatially structured populations with a low level of cryptic diversity in European marine Gastrotricha. Molecular Ecology 21: 1239-1254.
  • Mosello R., Cuoghi M.G., Fontaneto D., Orru' A. & Rovati C., 2012. Emilio Corti’s “Limnofauna Italica” and the origins of limnology in Italy in comparison with the current scientific scenario. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 3: 193-212.
  • Obertegger U., Fontaneto D. & Flaim G., 2012. Using DNA taxonomy to investigate the ecological determinants of plankton diversity: occurrence of Synchaeta (Rotifera, Monogononta) in mountain lakes. Freshwater Biology 57: 1545-1553.
  • Piscia R., Guilizzoni P., Fontaneto D., Vignati D.A.L., Appleby P.G. & Manca M., 2012. Dynamics of rotifer and cladoceran resting stages during copper pollution and recovery in a subalpine lake. Annales de limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 48: 151-160.
  • Segers H., De Smet W.H., Fisher C., Fontaneto D., Michaloudi E., Wallace R.L. & Jersabek C.D., 2012. Towards a list of available names in zoology, partim Phylum Rotifera. Zootaxa 3179: 61-68.
  • Tang C.Q., Leasi F., Obertegger U., Kieneke A., Barraclough T.G. & Fontaneto D., 2012. The widely used small subunit 18S rDNA molecule greatly underestimates true diversity in biodiversity surveys of the meiofauna. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 16208-16212.
  • Wilts E.F., Bruns D., Fontaneto D. & Ahlrichs W.H., 2012. Phylogenetic study on Proales daphnicola Thompson, 1892 (Proalidae) with its reallocation to Epiphanes (Rotifera: Epiphanidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 251: 180-196.