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foto ArrigoniResearcher
Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

E-mail: roberto.arrigoni(at)szn.it 

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

I am interested in the study of biodiversity of scleractnians (Cnidaria, Scleractnia), the so-called corals. In particular, the majority of my studies are focused on the hard corals living in shallow-water environments of tropical and subtropical seas in the Indo-Pacific, representing the major reef-building organisms of coral reefs worldwide, although I also work on corals living in temperate environments such as the Mediterranean Sea. My research is about different aspects of the biology of these marine invertebrates, including systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, species delimitation, biogeography, evolution, and symbiosis with animals and other taxa. With the aim to investigate these topics, I use an integrated approach, combining data from genetics, morphology, palaeontology, and ecology, within a robust phylogenetic framework. The morphological analyses include light and electron microscopy, while the genetic analyses include the use of both traditional barcoding genes and genomic data obtained with Next Generation Sequencing approaches such as RADseq and metabarcoding.

Selected Publications

Terraneo TI, Fusi M, Hume BCC, Arrigoni R, Voolstra CR, Benzoni F, Forsman ZH, Berumen ML. (2019). Environmental latitudinal gradients and host‐specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals. Journal of Biogeography 46, 2323-2335

Arrigoni R, Berumen ML, Stolarski J, Terraneo TI, Benzoni F. (2018). Uncovering hidden coral diversity: a new cryptic lobophylliid scleractinian coral genus from the Indian Ocean. Cladistics 35, 301-328

Benzoni, F., Arrigoni, R., Berumen, M. L., Taviani, M., Bongaerts, P., & Frade, P. R. (2018). Morphological and genetic divergence between Mediterranean and Caribbean populations of Madracis pharensis (Heller 1868) (Scleractinia, Pocilloporidae): too much for one species? Zootaxa 4471, 473-492

Arrigoni R, Vacheire B, Benzoni F, Stefani F, Karsenti E, Jaillon O, Not F, Nunes F, Payri C, Wincker P, Barbe V. (2017). A new sequence data set of SSU rRNA gene for Scleractinia and its phylogenetic and ecological applications. Molecular Ecology Resources 17, 1054-1071

Arrigoni R, Benzoni F, Terraneo TI, Caragnano A, Berumen ML. (2916). Recent origin and semi-permeable species boundaries in the scleractinian coral genus Stylophora from the Red Sea. Scientific Reports 6, 34612

Arrigoni R, Berumen ML, Chen CA, Terraneo TI, Baird AH, Payri C, Benzoni F. (2016). Species delimitation in the reef coral genera Echinophyllia and Oxypora (Scleractinia, Lobophylliidae) with a description of two new species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 105, 146-159

Huang D, Arrigoni R, Benzoni F, Fukami H, Knowlton N, Smith ND, Stolarski J, Chou LM, Budd AF. (2016). Taxonomic classification of the reef coral family Lobophylliidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Scleractinia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178, 634-481

Montano S, Maggioni D, Arrigoni R, Seveso D, Puce D, Galli P. (2015). The hidden diversity of Zanclea associated with scleractinian revealed by molecular data. PLoS ONE 10, e0133084

Arrigoni R, Kitano YF, Stolarski J, Hoeksema BW, Fukami H, Stefani F, Galli P, Montano S, Castoldi E, Benzoni F. (2014). A phylogeny reconstruction of the Dendrophylliidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) based on molecular and micromorphological criteria and its ecological implications. Zoologica Scripta 43, 661-688

Arrigoni R, Stefani F, Pichon M, Galli P, Benzoni F. (2012). Molecular phylogeny of the Robust clade (Faviidae, Mussidae, Merulinidae, and Pectiniidae): An Indian Ocean perspective. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65, 183-193

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