[Names in all caps indicate members of the MoZoo Lab at the time of publication]


  • FORNI G, CUSSIGH A, Brock PD, Jones BR, NICOLINI F, MARTELOSSI J, LUCHETTI A, MANTOVANI B. (2022). Taxonomic revision of the Australian stick insect genus Candovia (Phasmida, Necrosciinae): insight from molecular systematics and species delimitation approaches. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press (zlac074,
  • MARTELOSSI J, FORNI G, Iannello M, Savojardo C, Martelli PL, Casadio R, MANTOVANI B, LUCHETTI A, Rota-Stabelli O. (2022), Wood feeding and social living: draft genome of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes lucifugus (Blattodea; Termitoidae). Insect Molecular Biology, in press (
  • Schifani E, Giannetti D, Csosz S, CASTELLUCCI F, LUCHETTI A, Castracani C, Spotti FA, Mori A, Grasso DA. (2022). Is mimicry as a diversification driver in ants? Biogeography, ecology, ethology, genetics and morphology define a second West-Palaearctic Colobopsis species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 194: 1424–1450.
  • CASTELLUCCI F, LUCHETTI A, MANTOVANI B (2022). Exploring mitogenome evolution in Branchiopoda (Crustacea) lineages reveals gene order rearrangements in Cladocera. Scientific Reports, 12: 4931.
  • FORNI G, MARTELOSSI J, P. Valero, F.H. Hennemann, O. Conle, LUCHETTI A, MANTOVANI B (2022). Macroevolutionary analyses provide new evidence of phasmid wings evolution as a reversible process. Systematic Biology, 71(6):1471–1486.
  • CASTELLUCCI F, Schifani E, LUCHETTI A, Scharff N (2022). New association between red wood ant species (Formica rufa group) and the myrmecophilic spiders Mastigusa arietina and Thyreosthenius biovatus. Bulletin of Insectology, 75: 231-238


  • LUCHETTI A, Ometto L, Rota-Stabelli O (2021). The complete mitogenome of the European mantis, Mantis religiosa, from Italy: implications for the origin of North American mantis population. Bulletin of Insectology, 74(2): 253-257.
  • LUCHETTI A, FORNI G, MARTELOSSI J, Savojardo C,  Martelli PL, Casadio R, Skaist AM, Wheelan SJ, MANTOVANI B (2021). Comparative genomics of tadpole shrimps (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca): dynamic genome evolution against the backdrop of morphological stasis. Genomics, 113: 4163-4172.
  • XU R*, Iannello M*, Havird JC, Milani L, GHISELLI F. (2021). Lack of transcriptional coordination between mitochondrial and nuclear oxidative phosphorylation genes in the presence of two divergent mitochondrial genomes. Zoological Research, 43:1–18 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • Iannello M, Mezzelani M, Dalla Rovere G, Smits M, Patarnello T, Ciofi C, Carraro L, Boffo L, Ferraresso S, Babbucci M, Mazzariol S, Centelleghe C, Cardazzo B, Carrer C, Varagnolo M, Nardi A, Pittura L, Benedetti M, Fattorini D, Regoli F, GHISELLI F, Gorbi S, Bargelloni L, Milan M. 2021. Long‐lasting effects of chronic exposure to chemical pollution on the hologenome of the Manila clam. Evolutionary Applications (Early Online). doi: 10.1111/eva.13319. LINK
  • Iannello M*, Bettinazzi S, Breton S, GHISELLI F*, Milani L. (2021). A naturally heteroplasmic clam provides clues about the effects of genetic bottleneck on paternal mtDNA. Genome Biology and Evolution, 13. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evab022 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • Piccinini G*, Iannello M*, Puccio G, PLAZZI F, Havird JC, GHISELLI F. (2021). Mitonuclear Coevolution, but Not Nuclear Compensation, Drives Evolution of OXPHOS Complexes in Bivalves. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msab054 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • GHISELLI F*, Gomes-dos-Santos A, Adema CM, Lopes-Lima M, Sharbrough J, Boore JL. (2021). Molluscan Mitochondrial Genomes Break the Rules. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376:20200159. (*Corresponding Author). LINK
  • Breton S*, GHISELLI F*, Milani L*. (2021). Mitochondrial short-term plastic responses and long-term evolutionary dynamics in animal species. Genome Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evab084 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • GHISELLI F*, Iannello M, Piccinini G, Milani L (2021). Bivalve molluscs as model systems for studying mitochondrial biology. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icab057. doi: 10.1093/icb/icab057. Online ahead of print. (*Corresponding Author). LINK
  • FORNI G, PLAZZI F, CUSSIGH A, Conle O, Hennemann F, LUCHETTI A, MANTOVANI B (2021). Phylomitogenomics provides new perspectives on the Euphasmatodea radiation (Insecta: Phasmatodea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 155: 106983.
  • FORMAGGIONI A, LUCHETTI A, PLAZZI F (2021). Mitochondrial Genomic Landscape: a Portrait of the MitochondrialGenome 40 Years after the First Complete Sequence. Life, 11: 663.
  • FORNI G, Ruggeri A, PICCININI G, LUCHETTI A. BASE: a novel workflow to integrate non-ubiquitous genes in comparative genomics analyses for selection. Ecology and Evolution, 11: 13029–13035.
  • Maeda GP, Iannello M, McConie HJ, GHISELLI F, Havird JC. 2021. Relaxed selection on male mitochondrial genes in DUI bivalves eases the need for mitonuclear coevolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in press. LINK


  • Milani L, Scali V, Punzi E, LUCHETTI A, GHISELLI F (2020). The puzzling taxonomic rank of Pijnackeria hispanica, a chimerical hybrid androgen (Insecta, Phasmida). Organism Diversity and Evolution, 20:285–297.
  • Bordoni A., Mocilnik G., FORNI G, Bercigli M, Giove C.D.V., LUCHETTI A, Turillazzi S., Dapporto L., Marconi M. (2020). Two aggressive neighbours living peacefully: the nesting association between a stingless bee and the bullet ant. Insectes Sociaux, 67:103–112.
  • GHISELLI F, Milani L. (2020). Linking the mitochondrial genotype to phenotype: a complex endeavour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375:20190169. LINK
  • Milani L, GHISELLI F. (2020). Faraway, so close. The comparative method and the potential of non-model animals in mitochondrial research. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375:20190186. LINK


  • LUCHETTI A, Lomiento M, MANTOVANI B. 2019. Riding the wave: the SINE-specific V highly conserved domain spread into mammalian genomes exploiting the replication burst of MER6 DNA transposon. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(22), 5607.LINK
  • Wang P-L*, LUCHETTI A*, RUGGIERI AA, Xiong X-M, Xu M-R-X, Zhang X-G, Zhang H-H. 2019. Successful invasions of short internally deleted elements (SIDEs) and its partner CR1 in Lepidoptera insects. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(9):2505–2516. (*equally contributing authors). LINK
  • FORNI G, PUCCIO G, Bourguignon T, Evans T, MANTOVANI B., Rota-Stabelli O, LUCHETTI A. 2019. Complete mitochondrial genomes from transcriptomes: assessing pros and cons of data mining for assembling new mitogenomes. Scientific Reports, 9, 14806. LINK
  • Havird JC, Weaver RJ, Milani L, GHISELLI F, Greenway R, Ramsey AJ, Jimenez AG, Dowling DK, Hood WR, Montooth KL, Estes S, Schulte PM, Sokolova IM, Hill GE. (2019). Beyond the powerhouse: integrating mitonuclear evolution, physiology, and theory in comparative biology. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59(4):856–863. LINK
  • GHISELLI F, Maurizii MG, Reunov A, Ariño-Bassols H, Cifaldi C, Pecci A, Alexandrova Y, Bettini S, PASSAMONTI M, Franceschini V, Milani L. (2019). Natural Heteroplasmy and Mitochondrial Inheritance in Bivalve Molluscs. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59(4):1016–1032. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A, FORNI G, Skaist AM, Wheelan SJ, MANTOVANI B. (2019). Mitochondrial genome diversity and evolution in Branchiopoda (Crustacea). Zoological Letters, 5: 15. LINK
  • IANNELLO M, PUCCIO G, PICCININI G, PASSAMONTI M, GHISELLI F. (2019). The dynamics of mito-nuclear coevolution: A perspective from bivalve species with two different mechanisms of mitochondrial inheritance. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 57(3): 534–547. LINK
  • Savojardo C*, LUCHETTI A*, Martelli PL, Casadio R, MANTOVANI B (2019).  Draft genomes and genomic divergence of two Lepidurus tadpole shrimp species (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca). Molecular Ecology Resources, 19: 235–244. (* equally contributing authors)


  • SCICCHITANO V., Dedeine F., MANTOVANI B., LUCHETTI A. (2018). Molecular systematics, biogeography, and colony fusion in the European dry-wood termites Kalotermes spp. (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Kalotermitidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 108: 523-531.
  • Renaut S, Guerra D, Hoeh WR, Stewart DT, Bogan AE, GHISELLI F, Milani L, PASSAMONTI M, Breton S. (2018). Genome survey of the freshwater mussel Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Bivalvia: Unionida) using a hybrid de novo assembly approach. Genome biology and evolution, 10:(7)1637–1646. LINK
  • Zhang H.-H., Zhou Q.-Z., Wang P.-L., Xiong X.-M., LUCHETTI A., Raoult D., Levasseur A., Santini S., Abergel C., Legendre M., Drezen J.-M., Béliveau C., Cusson M., Jiang S.-H., Bao H.-O., Sun C., Bureau T.E., Cheng P.-F., Han M.-J., Zhang Z., Zhang X.-G., Dai F.-Y. (2018). Unexpected invasion of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements in viral genomes. Mobile DNA, 9: 19. LINK
  • SCICCHITANO V., Dedeine F., Bagnères A.-G., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2018). Genetic diversity and invasion history of the European subterranean termite Reticulitermes urbis (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Rhinotermitidae). Biological Invasions, 20: 33-44.
  • GHISELLI F.*, IANNELLO M.*, PUCCIO G., Chang P.L., PLAZZI F., Nuzhdin S.V.*, PASSAMONTI M*. (2018). Comparative transcriptomics in two bivalve species offers different perspectives on the evolution of sex-biased genes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 10(6):1389–1402. (* equally contributing authors) LINK  DATASET
  • GHISELLI F., Breton S., Milani L. (2018). Mitochondrial activity in gametes and uniparental inheritance: a comment on ‘What can we infer about the origin of sex in early eukaryotes?’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 373:20170147. LINK
  • Capt C., Renaut S., GHISELLI F., Milani L., Johnson N.A., Sietman B., Stewart D.T., Breton S. Deciphering the link between doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA and sex determination in bivalves: clues from comparative transcriptomics. Genome Biology and Evolution, 10(2):577–590. LINK
  • Milani L., Pecci A., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M., Lazzari M., Franceschini V., Maurizii M.G. (2017). Germ cell line during the seasonal sexual rest of clams: finding niches of cells for gonad renewal. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 149(1):105–110. LINK
  • PUNZI E., Milani L., GHISELLI F.*, PASSAMONTI M*. (2018). Lose it or keep it: (how bivalves can provide) insights into mitochondrial inheritance mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 330(1):41–51. (* equally contributing authors) LINK


  • Skibinski DOF, GHISELLI F, Diz AP, Milani L, Mullins JGL. (2017). Structure related differences between cytochrome oxidase I proteins in a stable heteroplasmic mitochondrial system. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(12):3265–3281. LINK
  • GHISELLI F., Milani L., IANNELLO M., PROCOPIO E., Chang P.L., Nuzhdin S.V., PASSAMONTI M. (2017). The complete mitochondrial genome of the grooved carpet shell, Ruditapes decussatus (Bivalvia, Veneridae). PeerJ5 e3692. LINK  DATASET
  • LUCHETTI A., PLAZZI F., MANTOVANI B. (2017). Evolution of two short interspersed elements in Callorhinchus milii (Chondrichthyes, Holocephali) and related elements in sharks and the coelacanth. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(6):1406–1417. LINK
  • POZZI A., PLAZZI F., Milani L., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2017). SmithRNAs: could mitochondria “bend” nuclear regulation? Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34(8):1960–1973. LINK
  • Guerra D., PLAZZI F., Stewart D.T., Bogan A.E., Hoeh W.R., Breton S. (2017). Evolution of sex-dependent mtDNA transmission in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida). Scientific Reports, 7:1551.
  • BONANDIN L., SCAVARIELLO C., Mingazzini V., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2017). Obligatory parthenogenesis and TE load: Bacillus stick insects and the R2 non-LTR retrotransposon. Insect Science 24:409–417.
  • Milani L., Pecci A., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M., Bettini S., Franceschini V., Maurizii MG. (2017). VASA expression suggests shared germ line dynamics in bivalve molluscs. Histochemistry and Cell Biology,  DOI:10.1007/s00418-017-1560-x. LINK
  • Voolstra, C., Worheide, G., Lopez, J.V., GHISELLI F., et al. (2017). Advancing genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA). Invertebrate Systematics, 31(1):1–7. LINK
  • PLAZZI F., PUCCIO G., PASSAMONTI M. (2017). Burrowers from the past: mitochondrial signatures of Ordovician bivalve infaunalization. Genome Biology and Evolution  9(4):956–967.
  • SCAVARIELLO C.*, LUCHETTI A.*, BONANDIN L., Martoni F., MANTOVANI B. (2017). Hybridogenesis and a potential case of R2 non-LTR retrotransposon horizontal transmission in Bacillus stick insects (Insecta Phasmida). Scientific Reports, 7: 41946 (* equally contributing authors).LINK
  • PASSAMONTI M., GHISELLI F., Milani L. (2017). Mitochondrial Inheritance. Reference Modules in Life Sciences. Elsevier. pp. 1-3. LINK



  • BETTINAZZI S., PLAZZI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2016). The complete female- and male-transmitted mitochondrial genome of Meretrix lamarckii. PLoS ONE, 11(4): e0153631.
  • PLAZZI F., PUCCIO G., PASSAMONTI M. (2016). Comparative Large-Scale Mitogenomics Evidences Clade-Specific Evolutionary Trends in Mitochondrial DNAs of Bivalvia. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8:2544-2564.
  • Capt C., PASSAMONTI M., Breton S. (2016). The human mitochondrial genome may code for more than 13 proteins. Mitochondrial DNA, 27(5): 3098-3101.
  • Dedeine F., Dupont S. Guyot S., Matsuura K., Wang C., Habibpour B., Bagnères A.-G., MANTOVANI B., LUCHETTI A. (2016). Historical biogeography of Reticulitermes termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) inferred from analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear loci. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94: 778–790.
  • GUERRA D., GHISELLI F., MILANI L., Breton S., PASSAMONTI M. (2016). Early replication dynamics of sex-linked mitochondrial DNAs in the doubly uniparental inheritance species Ruditapes philippinarum (Bivalvia Veneridae). Heredity, 116: 324-332. LINK
  • Gusman A., Lecomte S., Stewart D.T., PASSAMONTI M., Breton S. (2016). Pursuing the quest for better understanding the taxonomic distribution of the system of doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA. PeerJ 4:e2760.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2016). Rare horizontal transmission does not hide long-term inheritance of SINE highly conserved domains in the metazoan evolution. Current Zoology, 62(6): 667-674.
  • LUCHETTI A., Šatović E., MANTOVANI B., Plohl M. (2016). RUDI, a short interspersed element of the V-SINE superfamily widespread in molluscan genomes. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 291:1419-1429.
  • Milani L.*, GHISELLI F.*, PASSAMONTI M. (2016). Mitochondrial selfish elements and the evolution of biological novelties. Current Zoology,  62(6): 687-697.  (* equally contributing authors). LINK
  • Nishihara H.*, PLAZZI F.*, PASSAMONTI M.*, Okada N*. (2016). MetaSINEs: broad distribution of a novel SINE superfamily in animals. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(3): 528-539.  (* equally contributing authors).
  • PASSAMONTI M. (2016). Barycypraea teulerei (Cazenavette, 1845)(Gastropoda Cypraeidae): a successful species or an evolutionary dead-end? Biodiversity Journal, 7(1): 79-88.
  • Šatović E., Vojvoda Zeljko T., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Plohl M. (2016). Adjacent sequences disclose potential for intra-genomic dispersal of satellite DNA repeats and suggest a complex network with transposable elements. BMC Genomics, 17: 997.
  • Zanoni R.G., Piva S., Florio D., Bassi P., Mion D., Cnockaert M., LUCHETTI A., Vandamme P. (2016). Helicobacter apri sp. nov., isolated from wild boars. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 66: 2876-2882.


  • LUCHETTI A. (2015). terMITEs: miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) in the termite genome (Blattodea: Termitoidae). Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 290: 1499-1509.
  • MARTONI F., Eickbush D.G., SCAVARIELLO C., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2015). Dead element replicating: degenerate R2 element replication and rDNA genomic turnover in the Bacillus rossius stick insect (Insecta: Phasmida). PLoS ONE, 10(3): 1-16
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F. (2015). Mitochondrial activity in gametes and transmission of viable mtDNA. Biology Direct, 10:22. LINK
  • MILANI L.*, GHISELLI F.*, Pecci A., Maurizii M.G., PASSAMONTI M. (2015). The expression of a novel mitochondrially-encoded gene in gonadic precursors may drive paternal inheritance of mitochondria. PLoS ONE, 10(9): e0137468.  (* equally contributing authors). LINK
  • MILANI L., Maurizii M.G., Pecci A., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2015). Localization and dynamics of primordial germ cells in the bivalve species Ruditapes philippinarumMolecular Reproduction and Development, 82: 406-407. LINK
  • MILANI L., SCALI V., PASSAMONTI M. (2015). Speciation through androgenesis in the stick insect genus Clonopsis (Insecta Phasmatodea). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 53(2): 116-123.
  • PASSAMONTI M. (2015). The Family Cypraeidae (Gastropoda Cypraeidae) an unexpected case of neglected animals. Biodiversity Journal, 6(1): 449-466.
  • PLAZZI F. (2015). The detection of sex-linked heteroplasmy in Pseudocardium sachalinense (Bivalvia:Mactridae) and its implications for the distribution of doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondrial DNA. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 53(3): 205-210.
  • PLAZZI F., CASSANO A., PASSAMONTI M. (2015). The quest for Doubly Uniparental Inheritance in heterodont bivalves and its invention in Meretrix lamarckii (Veneridae: Meretricinae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 53(1): 87-94.
  • VELONA’ A., Brock P.D., Hasenpusch J., MANTOVANI B. (2015). Cryptic diversity in Australian stick insects (Insecta; Phasmida) uncovered by the DNA barcoding approach. Zootaxa, 3957(4): 455–466.


  • BONANDIN L., SCAVARIELLO C., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2014). Evolutionary dynamics of R2 retroelement and insertion inheritance in the genome of bisexual and parthenogenetic Bacillus rossius populations (Insecta Phasmida). Insect Molecular Biology, 23(6): 808-820.
  • Breton S.*, MILANI L.*, GHISELLI F., GUERRA D., Stewart D.T., PASSAMONTI M. (2014). A resourceful genome: updating the functional repertoire and evolutionary role of animal mitochondrial DNAs. Trends in Genetics, (30)12: 555-564.  (* equally contributing authors). LINK
  • GUERRA D., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2014). The largest unassigned regions of the male- and female-transmitted mitochondrial DNAs in Musculista senhousia (Bivalvia Mytilidae). Gene, 536(2): 316-325. LINK
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., Maurizii M.G., Nuzhdin S., PASSAMONTI M. (2014). Paternally transmitted mitochondria express a new gene of potential viral origin. Genome Biology and Evolution, 6(2): 391-405. LINK
  • MILANI L.*, GHISELLI F.*, IANNELLO M., PASSAMONTI M. (2014). Evidence for somatic transcription of male-transmitted mitochondrial genome in the DUI species Ruditapes philippinarum (Bivalvia: Veneridae). Current Genetics, 60: 163-173.  (* equally contributing authors). LINK


  • GHISELLI F., MILANI L., GUERRA D., Chang P.L., Breton S., Nuzhdin S.V., PASSAMONTI M. (2013). Structure, transcription and variability of metazoan mitochondrial genome. Perspectives from an unusual mitochondrial inheritance system. Genome Biology and Evolution,5(8): 1535-1554. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A.*, Dedeine F.*,  VELONÀ A., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Extreme genetic mixing within colonies of the wood-dwelling termite Kalotermes flavicollis (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae). Molecular Ecology, 22: 3391-3402 (* equally contributing authors).
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Biology of Italian termites (Blattodea, Termitoidae): native and invasive species. Atti Accademia nazionale di Entomologia, LXI: 157-166.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Conserved domains and SINE diversity during animal evolution. Genomics, 102: 296-300.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Non-LTR R2 element evolutionary patterns: phylogenetic incongruences, rapid radiation and the maintenance of multiple lineages. PLoS ONE, 8(2): e57076
  • LUCHETTI A., SCICCHITANO V., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Origin and evolution of the Italian subterranean termite Reticulitermes lucifugus (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Rhinotermitidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 103(6):734-741.
  • LUCHETTI A., VELONA’ A., MUELLER M., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Breeding systems and reproductive strategies in Italian Reticulitermes colonies (Isoptera; Rhinotermitidae). Insectes Sociaux, 60(2): 203-211.
  • MANTOVANI B. (2013). Tandem Repeats. In: Stanley Maloy, Kelly Hughes, Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics, 2nd edition, Volume 7. p. 9-11, London:Elsevier Inc. (Academic Press)
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., GUERRA D., Breton S., PASSAMONTI M. (2013). A comparative analysis of Mitochondrial ORFans: new clues on their origin and role in species with Doubly Uniparental Inheritance. Genome Biology and Evolution,5(7): 1408-1434. LINK
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., Nuzhdin S., PASSAMONTI M. (2013). Nuclear genes with sex bias in Ruditapes philippinarum (Bivalvia Veneridae): mitochondrial inheritance and sex determination in DUI species. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 320B: 442-454. LINK
  • PASSAMONTI M., GHISELLI F., MILANI L., 2013. Mitochondrial Inheritance. Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics, 2nd edition, Volume 4.
  • Perdereau E., VELONA’ A., Dupont S., Labedan M., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Bagneres A.-G. (2013). Colony breeding structure of the invasive termite Reticulitermes urbis. Journal of Economic Entomology, 106(5): 2216-2224.
  • PLAZZI F., RIBANI A., PASSAMONTI M. (2013). The complete mitochondrial genome of Solemya velum (Mollusca: Bivalvia) and its relationships with Conchifera. BMC Genomics, 14:409.
  • RICCI M., LUCHETTI A., BONANDIN L., MANTOVANI B. (2013). Random DNA libraries from three species of the stick insect genus Bacillus (Insecta: Phasmida): repetitive DNA characterization and first observation of polyneopteran MITEs. Genome, 56 (12): 729-735.
  • SCALI V., MILANI L., PASSAMONTI M. (2013). Description and ecology of new Pijnackeria stick insects: four bisexual species and a triploid parthenogen, with their phyletic relationships. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 51(3): 213-226.


  • GHISELLI F., MILANI L., Chang P.L., Hedgecock D., Davis J.P., Nuzhdin S.V., PASSAMONTI M. (2012). De novo assembly of the Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum trascriptome provides new insights into expression bias, mitochondrial doubly uniparental inheritance and sex determination. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(2): 771-786. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A.,  MINGAZZINI V., MANTOVANI B. (2012). 28S junctions and chimeric elements of the rDNA targeting non-LTR retrotransposon R2 in crustacean living fossils (Branchiopoda, Notostraca). Genomics, 100: 51-56.
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2012). Sex-linked mitochondrial behavior during early embryo development in Ruditapes philippinarum (Bivalvia Veneridae) a species with the Doubly Uniparental Inhetitance (DUI) of mitochondria. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 318(3): 182-189. LINK
  • SCALI V., MILANI L., PASSAMONTI M. (2012). Revision of the stick insect genus Leptynia; description of new taxa, speciation mechanism and phylogeography. Contributions to Zoology, 81(1): 25-42.


  • Breton S., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M., MILANI L., Stewart D.T., Hoeh W.R. (2011). Evidence for a fourteenth mtDNA-encoded protein in the female-transmitted mtDNA of marine mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae). PLoS ONE,6(4): e19365. LINK
  • Ghesini S., LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2011). The Non-LTR retrotransposon R2 in termites (Insecta, Isoptera): characterization and dynamics. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 72: 296-305.
  • GHISELLI F., MILANI L., PASSAMONTI M. (2011). Strict sex-specific mtDNA segregation in the germline of the DUI species Venerupis philippinarum (Bivalvia Veneridae). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28(2): 949-961. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B.  (2011). Molecular characterization, genomic distribution and evolutionary dynamics of Short INterspersed Elements (SINEs) in the termite genome.  Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 285: 175–184.
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., Maurizii M.G., PASSAMONTI M. (2011). Doubly Uniparental Inheritance of Mitochondria as a model system for studying germ line formation. PLoS ONE, 6(11): e28194. LINK
  • MINGAZZINI V., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2011). R2 dynamics in Triops cancriformis (Bosc, 1801) (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca): turnover rate and 28S concerted evolution. Heredity, 106: 567-575.
  • PASSAMONTI M., RICCI A., MILANI L., GHISELLI F. (2011). Mitochondrial genomes and Doubly Uniparental Inheritance: new insights from Musculista senhousia sex-linked mitochondrial DNAs (Bivalvia Mytilidae). BMC Genomics, 12:442. LINK
  • PLAZZI F., Ceregato A., Taviani M., PASSAMONTI M. (2011). A molecular phylogeny of bivalve mollusks: ancient radiations and divergences as revealed by mitochondrial genes. PLoS ONE, 6(11): e27174. PDF
  • PLAZZI F., RICCI A., PASSAMONTI M. (2011). The mitochondrial genome of Bacillus stick insects (Phasmatodea) and the phylogeny of orthopteroid insects. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 58: 204-316.
  • VELONA’ A., LUCHETTI A., Ghesini S., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2011). Mitochondrial and nuclear markers highlight the biodiversity of Kalotermes flavicollis (Fabricius, 1793) (Insecta, Isoptera, Kalotermitidae) in the Mediterranean area. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 101: 353-364.


  •  DEMONTIS D., Pertoldi C., PASSAMONTI M., SCALI V. (2010). Increased fluctuating asymmetry in a naturally occurring hybrid zone between the stick insects Bacillus rossius rossius and Bacillus rossius redtenbacheri. Journal of Insect Science, 10: 157.
  • Guarniero I., PLAZZI F., Bonfitto A., Rinaldi A., Trentini M., PASSAMONTI M. (2010). The bivalve mollusc Mactra corallina: genetic evidence of existing sibling species. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 90(3): 633-644.
  • MILANI L., GHISELLI F., Pellecchia M., SCALI V., M. PASSAMONTI (2010). Reticulate evolution in stick insects: the case of Clonopsis (Insecta Phasmida). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10: 258. LINK
  • PLAZZI F., Ferrucci R.R., M. PASSAMONTI (2010). Phylogenetic representativeness: a new method for evaluating taxon sampling in evolutionary studies. BMC Bioinformatics, 11: 209.
  • PLAZZI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2010). Towards a phylogeny of mollusks: bivalves’ early evolution as revealed by mitochondrial genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,57: 641-657.
  • Plohl M., Petrovic V., LUCHETTI A., RICCI A., Satovic E., PASSAMONTI M., MANTOVANI B. (2010). Long-term conservation vs. high sequence divergence: the case of an extraordinary old satellite DNA in bivalve mollusks. Heredity, 104: 543-551.
  • SCALI V., L. MILANI, M. PASSAMONTI (2010). Clonopsis gallica, a stick insect parthenogen exploiting different egg maturation mechanisms over its range. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 54(3): 143-150.
  • VELONA’ A., Ghesini S., LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2010). Starting from Crete, a phylogenetic re-analysis of the genus Reticulitermes in the Mediterranean area. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56: 1051-1058.


  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2009). Talua SINE biology in the genome of the Reticulitermes subterranean termites (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Molecular Evolution, 69: 589-600.
  • MANTOVANI B., Cesari M., Scanabissi F. (2009). Molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of Italian Lepidurus taxa (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). Italian Journal of Zoology, 76(4): 358-365.
  • MILANI L., SCALI V., PASSAMONTI M. (2009). The Clonopsis gallica puzzle: Mendelian species, polyploid parthenogens with karyotype re-diploidisation and clonal androgens in Moroccan stick insects. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 47(2): 132-140.
  • Pampiglione S., Fioravanti M.L., Gustinelli A., Onore G., MANTOVANI B., LUCHETTI A., Trentini M. (2009). Sand flea (Tunga spp.) infections in humans and domestic animals: state of the art. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 23: 172-186.
  • PASSAMONTI M., F. GHISELLI. (2009). Doubly Uniparental Inheritance: two mitochondrial genomes, one precious model for organelle DNA inheritance and evolution. DNA and Cell Biology, 28(2): 79-89. LINK
  • VELONA’ A., LUCHETTI A., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2009). Genetic variability and reproductive modalities in European populations of Triops cancriformis (Crustacea, Branchiopoda,Notostraca). Italian Journal of Zoology, 76 (4): 366-375.


  • Guarmiero I., PASSAMONTI M., Rongai F., Trentini M., Rinaldi A. (2008). Analisi comparativa del frammento genico 18S rDNA nel mollusco bivalve Mactra corallina (Linneo,1758). Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 15: 222 – 223
  • MANTOVANI B., Cesari M., LUCHETTI A., Scanabissi F. (2008). Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA variability in the living  fossil Triops cancriformis (Bosc, 1801) (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca). Heredity, 100: 496-505.
  • Plohl M., LUCHETTI A., Meštrović N., MANTOVANI B.(2008). Satellite DNAs between selfishness and functionality: structure, genomics and evolution of tandem repeats in centromeric (hetero)chromatin. Gene, 409: 72–82
  • RICCI A., V. SCALI, M. PASSAMONTI. (2008). The IGS-ETS in Bacillus (Insecta Phasmida): molecular characterization and the relevance of sex in ribosomal DNA evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8: 278.


  • Bergamaschi S., Dawes-Gromadzki T.Z., LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2007). Molecular taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships among Australian Nasutitermes and Tumulitermes genera (Isoptera, Nasutitermitinae) inferred from mitochondrial COII and 16S sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 45 :813–821
  • Bergamaschi S., Dawes-Gromadzki T.Z., SCALI V., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2007). Karyology, mitochondrial DNA and the phylogeny of Australian termites. Chromosome Research, 15: 735-753.
  • Cesari M., LUCHETTI A., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2007) Genetic variability in European Leptestheria dahalacensis (Rüppel, 1837) (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Spinicaudata). Hydrobiologia, 586: 249-260.
  • GHISELLI F., L. MILANI, V. SCALI, M. PASSAMONTI. (2007). The Leptynia hispanica species complex (Insecta Phasmida): polyploidy, parthenogenesis, hybridization and more. Molecular Ecology, 16(20): 4256 – 4268. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B (2007). Filling the European gap: biosystematics of the eusocial system Reticulitermes (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) in the Balkanic Peninsula and Aegean area. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 45: 377-383
  • LUCHETTI A., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2007). Evolution of LEP150 sub-repeat array within the ribosomal IGS of the clam shrimp Leptestheria dahalacensis (Crustacea Branchiopoda Conchostraca). Gene, 400: 174-180.
  • LUCHETTI A., Trentini M. Pampiglione S., Fioravanti M.L., MANTOVANI B (2007). Genetic variability of Tunga penetrans (Siphonaptera, Tungidae) sand fleas across South America and Africa. Parasitology Research, 100: 593-598.
  • PASSAMONTI M. (2007). An unusual case of gender-associated mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy: the mytilid Musculista senhousia (Mollusca Bivalvia). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 7 (Suppl. 2).


  • Bernicchia A, Fugazzola MA, Gemelli V, MANTOVANI B, LUCHETTI A, Cesari M, Speroni E. (2006). DNA recovered and sequenced from an almost 7000 y-old Neolithic polypore, Daedaleopsis tricolor. Mycological Research. 110: 14-17.
  • LUCHETTI A., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2006). Molecular characterization of ribosomal intergenic spacer in the tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca). Genome, 49: 888-893.
  • LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2006). Non-concerted evolution of the RET76 satellite DNA family in Reticulitermes taxa (Insecta, Isoptera). Genetica, 128: 123–132.
  • Masetti A., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Burgio G. (2006). PCR-RFLP Assays to distinguish Liriomyza huidobrensis (Diptera: Agromyzidae) from associated species on lettuce cropping systems in Italy. Journal of Economic Entomology, 99: 1268-1272.
  • Masetti A., LUCHETTI A., Sommaggio D., Burgio G., MANTOVANI B (2006). Phylogeny of Chrysotoxum species (Diptera: Syrphidae) inferred from morphological and molecular characters. European Journal of Entomology, 103: 459-467.
  • Scanabissi F., Alfonso G., Bergamaschi S., MANTOVANI B. (2006). Primo ritrovamento di Lepidurus couesii Packard, 1875 in Italia. Thalassia Salentina, 29: 113-124.


  • Cesari M., Marescalchi O., Francardi V., MANTOVANI B. (2005) Taxonomy and phylogeny of European Monochamus species: first molecular and karyological data. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 43: 1-7.
  • LUCHETTI A. (2005). Identification of a short interspersed repeat in Reticulitermes lucifugus (Isoptera Rhinotermitidae) genome. DNA Sequence, 16: 304-307.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Trentini M. (2005). Wolbachia superinfection in an Ecuadorian sample of the sand-flea Tunga penetrans (Preliminary note). Bulletin of Insectology, 58: 93-94
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Trentini M. (2005). Rapid identification of non-neosomic Tunga penetrans and T. trimamillata (Insecta Siphonaptera) specimens through PCR-RFLP method. Bulletin of Insectology, 58: 15-18.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Pampiglione S., Trentini M. (2005). Molecular characterization of Tunga trimamillata and T. penetrans (Insecta, Siphonaptera, Tungidae): taxonomy and genetic variability. Parasite, 12: 123-129.
  • LUCHETTI A., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2005). Mitochondrial evolutionary rate and speciation in termites: data on European Reticulitermes taxa (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae). Insectes Sociaux, 52: 218-221.
  • Marescalchi O., Cesari M., Eder E., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2005). Chromosomes in sexual populations of Notostracan and Conchostracan taxa (Crustacea, Branchiopoda). Caryologia, 58: 164-170.


  • Bartolini G., Ammar K., MANTOVANI B., Scanabissi F., Ferreri A. M., Rocchi P., Orlandi M. (2004). Retinoids and cancer: antitumoral effect of ATRA and of the new derivative of retinoic acid, IIF, on colon carcinoma cell lines CaCo-2 and HT-29. Anticancer Research, 24: 1779-1783.
  • Bergamaschi S., Dawes-Gromadzki T., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Marini M. (2004). Preliminary molecular analysis of Isoptera taxa from the Australian Northern Territory. Redia, LXXXVII: 239-242.
  • Cesari M., Mularoni L. , Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2004). Characterization of dinucleotide microsatellite loci in the living fossil tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis (Crustacea Branchiopoda). Molecular Ecology Notes, 4: 733-735.
  • Dall’Olio R., MANTOVANI B., Manaresi S., Zaccanti F. (2004). Native brown trout Salmo trutta (Salmonidae) in the northern Appennine of Italy: impact of stocking on mt DNA diversity. Rivista di Idrobiologia, 42.
  • LUCHETTI A., Bergamaschi S., Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2004). Mitochondrial DNA analysis of native European Isoptera: a comparison between Reticulitermes (Rhinotermitidae) and Kalotermes (Kalotermitidae) colonies from Italy and Balkans.  Redia, LXXXVII: 149-153.
  • LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B., Fioravanti M.L., Trentini M. (2004). Wolbachia infection in the newly described Ecuadorian sand flea, Tunga trimamillata. Experimental Parasitology, 108: 18-23.
  • LUCHETTI A., Marino A., Scanabissi F., MANTOVANI B. (2004). Genomic dynamics of a low copy number satellite DNA family in Leptestheria dahalacensis (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Conchostraca). Gene, 342: 313-320.
  • LUCHETTI A., Trenta M., MANTOVANI B., Marini M. (2004). Taxonomy and phylogeny of north mediterranean Reticulitermes termites (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae): a new insight. Insectes Sociaux 51: 117-122.
  • MANTOVANI B., Cesari M., Scanabissi F. (2004). Molecular taxonomy and phylogeny in the “living fossil” lineages Triops and Lepidurus (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). Zoologica Scripta, 33: 367-374.
  • MANTOVANI B., LUCHETTI A., Marini M. (2004). Le termiti eusociali del genere Reticulitermes (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae): rilevanza dei marcatori mitocondriali e del DNA satellite per la tassonomia, filogenesi e speciazione dei taxa europei. Atti dell’Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia, LII: 153-170.
  • PASSAMONTI M., MANTOVANI B. SCALI V. (2004). Phylogeny and karyotype evolution of the Iberian Leptynia attenuata species complex (Insecta Phasmatodea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30: 87-96.


  •  Cesari M., LUCHETTI A., PASSAMONTI M., SCALI V., MANTOVANI B. (2003). PCR amplification of the Bag 320 satellite family reveals the ancestral library module and paleoconversion events in Bacillus rossius (Insecta Phasmatodea). Gene, 312: 289-295.
  • LUCHETTI A., Cesari M., Carrara G., Cavicchi S., PASSAMONTI M., SCALI V., MANTOVANI B. (2003). Unisexuality and Molecular Drive: Bag320 Sequence Diversity in Bacillus Taxa (Insecta Phasmatodea). Journal of Molecular Evolution, 56: 587-596.
  • PASSAMONTI M., Boore J. L, SCALI V (2003). Molecular evolution and recombination in gender-associated mitochondrial DNAs of the Manila clam Tapes philippinarum. Genetics, 164: 603-611.
  • SCALI V, PASSAMONTI M., Marescalchi O, MANTOVANI B (2003). Sex linkage to asexual lineages: genome evolution in Bacillus stick insects. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 79: 137-150.


  • Marini M., MANTOVANI B. (2002). Molecular relationships among European samples of Reticulitermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 22: 454-459.
  • Zarattini P., Rossi V., MANTOVANI B., Mura G. (2002). A preliminary study in the use of RAPD markers in detecting genetic differences in hatching patterns of Chirocephalus diaphanus Prévost, 1803 (Crustacea, Anostraca). Hydrobiologia, 486: 315-323.


  • Manaresi S., MANTOVANI B., Zaccanti F. (2001). Egg to adult identification of 13 freshwater fishes from Italy: a biochemical-genetic key. Aquatic Sciences, 63: 182-190.
  • MANTOVANI B., Francardi V., Binazzi A., Leccese A. (2001). A molecular approach to differentiate the species of Dreyfusia Borner occurring in Italy (Aphidoidea Adelgidae). Redia, LXXXIV: 151-159.
  • MANTOVANI B., PASSAMONTI M., SCALI V. (2001). The mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase II gene in Bacillus stick-insects: ancestry of hybrids, androgenesis and phyletic relationships. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 19: 157-163.
  • PASSAMONTI M., SCALI V. (2001). Gender-associated mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy in the venerid clam Tapes philippinarum (Mollusca Bivalvia). Current Genetics, 39: 117-124.


  • PASSAMONTI M., MANTOVANI B., SCALI V. (2000). SDS-PAGE identification of raw and cooked clam species of the Veneridae family. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 80: 741-742.