Research and Researchers

Research conducted by the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali in the Eastern Arc Mountains includes the following:

1. Study of taxonomy and biogeography of amphibian and reptiles. The study was initiated by Michele Menegon in 1998 in the Udzungwa Mountains, the southernmost and largest mountain range of the Eastern Arc. It is aimed at investigating the diversity of herpetological communities and collecting ecological and behavioural data in some forested and non forested areas.

2. Study of distribution, abundance, habitat modelling and conservation of forest mammals, especially primates and forest antelopes. This study was initiated by Francesco Rovero in 2002, and deploys a range of methods, line-transect census to camera-trapping and habitat analysis. It is mainly conducted in the Udzungwa Mountains.

3. Surveys of least-known taxa, especially mammals, amphibians and reptiles, in least known forest sites within the Tanzanian portion of the Eastern Arc Mountains.


Researchers’ profiles

Michele Menegon

Francesco Rovero



Mr. Michele Menegon begun to work in the Udzungwa Mountains in 1998 as researcher within a project established by the section of Vertebrate Zoology of the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali. The project is aimed at raising the knowledge of the Eastern Arc Mountains herpetofauna. E-mail: menegon@mtsn.tn.it

Main research subjects are:

• Amphibians and Reptiles species inventories on Eastern Arc Mountains

• East African Amphibians and Reptiles taxonomy and biogeography

List of relevant publications in the last 5 years (updated may 2007)

 

Menegon M. & Salvidio S., 2002 - Notes on habitat, egg-laying and first record of the advertising call of Hyperolius kihangensis Schiøtz & Westergaard, 1999 (Anura, Hyperoliidae). Biota, 3/1-2: 103-108.

 

Menegon M., Salvidio S. & Tilbury C., 2002 - A new dwarf forest chameleon from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, East Africa, (Squamata: Rhampholeon, Günther 1874). Journal of Herpetology, 36: 51-57.

 

Menegon M., Salvidio S. & Moyer D. C., 2003. Amphibians and Reptiles of Nguu North Forest Reserve, Tanzania, First Contribution. African Herps News, 36(2003): 2-8.

 

Menegon M., Salvidio S. & Loader S.P., 2004. Five new species of Nectophrynoides Noble, 1926, (Amphibia Anura Bufonidae) from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Tropical Zoology, 17(1): 97-121.

 

Salvidio S., Menegon M., Moyer D.C. & Sindaco R., 2004. A New Species of elongate seps from Udzungwa Grasslands, Southern Tanzania (Reptilia, Gerrhosauridae, Tetradactylus Merrem, 1820). Amphibia Reptilia, 25: 19-27.

 

Channing A., Menegon M., Salvidio S. & Akker S., 2005. A new forest toad from the Ukaguru Mountains, Tanzania (Bufonidae: Nectophrynoides). African Journal of Herpetology, 54(2): 149-157.

      

Menegon M. & Salvidio S., 2005. Amphibian and Reptile diversity in the southern Udzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve, south-eastern Tanzania. In: Huber B.A., Sinclair B.J. e Lampe K.H. (eds.), African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tropical Biology, Museum Koenig, Bonn, 205-212.

      

Poynton J. C.,Menegon M. & Salvidio S., 2005. Bufo uzunguensis of southern Tanzania (Amphibia:Anura): a history of confusion. African Journal of Herpetology, 54(2): 159-170.

 

Menegon M., Rovero F., Kiure J. & Doggart N., 2005. Linking biodiversity survey results with landscape planning in the South Nguru Mountains, Mvomero District, Morogoro. 5th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference.

 

Rovero F. & Menegon M., 2005. Uzungwa Scarp, an outstanding Eastern Arc forest: biological value and urgent need for protection. 5th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference.

 

Loader S.P., Channing A., Menegon M. & Davenport T.R.B., 2006. A new species of Probreviceps (Amphibia: Anura) from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Zootaxa, 1237: 45-60.

 

Bauer A. & Menegon M., 2006. A new species of Prehensile-tailed Gecko, Urocotyledon (Squamata: Gekkonidae), form the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. African Journal of Herpetology, 55 (1): 13-22.

 

Burgess N.D., Butynski T.M., Cordeiro N.J., Doggart N., Fjeldsa J., Howell K.M., Kilahama F., Loader S.P., Lovett J.C., Menegon M., Moyer D.C., Nashanda E., Perkin A., Rovero F., Stanley W.T. and Stuart S.N. 2007. The biological importance of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. Biological Conservation. 134: 209-231

 



Dr. Francesco Rovero begun to work in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park in 2002 as a researcher within a primate monitoring and biodiversity assessment project. He joined the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali in 2003 and he is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with the Vertebrate Zoology Section. He is also coordinator of the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre. E-mail: francesco.rovero@mtsn.tn.it.
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Main research subjects are:

• Abundance, habitat modelling and conservation of primates and forest antelopes

• Use of photo-trapping techniques to study rain forest antelopes and other elusive mammals

• Inventory of the diversity of medium to large mammals across the Eastern Arc Mountains


List of relevant publications in the last 5 years (updated may 2007)

 

Rovero F. and De Luca D.W. in press. Checklist of mammals of the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. Mammalia.

 

Rovero F. and Struhsaker T.T. 2007. Vegetative Predictors of Primate Abundance: Utility and Limitations of a Fine-scale Analysis. American Journal of Primatology, DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20431.

 

Marshall, A.R., Rovero, F., Struhsaker, T.T. in press. Procolobus gordonorum. In: N. Rowe (ed.) All the World’s Primates. Pogonias Press expected early 2008.

 

Kingdon J. and Rovero F. (in press). Harveys’ duiker. In: Kingdon, J.S. & Hoffmann, M. (Eds). The Mammals of Africa. Vol. 6. Pigs, Deer, Giraffe, Bovids, and Hippos. Academic Press, Amsterdam.  

 

Rovero F., Davenport T.R.B. and Jones T. (in press). Abbott’s duiker. In: Kingdon, J.S. & Hoffmann, M. (Eds). The Mammals of Africa. Vol. 6. Pigs, Deer, Giraffe, Bovids, and Hippos. Academic Press, Amsterdam.  

 

Burgess N.D., Butynski T.M., Cordeiro N.J., Doggart N., Fjeldsa J., Howell K.M., Kilahama F., Loader S.P., Lovett J.C., Mbilnyi B, Menegon M., Moyer D.C., Nashanda E., Perkin A., Rovero F., Stanley W.T. and Stuart S.N. 2007. The biological importance of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. Biological Conservation 134: 209-231.

 

De Luca  D. and Rovero F. (2006). First records in Tanzania of the Vulnerable Jackson’s mongoose Bdeogale jacksoni (Herpestidae). Oryx 40: 468-471.

 

Rovero, F. and G. B. Rathbun 2006. A potentially new giant sengi (elephant-shrew) from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Journal of East African Natural History, 95: 111-115.

 

Rovero, F., Doggart, N., Bowkett, A. & Burgess, N. 2006. New records for Lowe’s servaline genet from the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. Oryx 40: 139.

 

Rovero F., Struhsaker T.T., Marshall A.R., Rynne T.A., Pedersen U.B., Ehardt C.L., Butynski T.M. and Mtui A.S. 2006. Abundance of Diurnal Primates in Mwanihana Forest,  Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania: a Multi-observer Comparison of Line-transect Data. International Journal of Primatology, 27: 675-697.

 

Rovero F. and A. Mtui 2006. Comparing multi-observer, line transect data for primate monitoring: a case from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Primatological Society. International Journal of Primatology, 27 (Special Issue): abstract #350.

 

Rovero F.,  Jones  T. and Sanderson J. 2005. Notes on Abbott’s duiker (Cephalophus spadix True 1890) and other forest antelopes of Mwanihana Forest, Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, as revealed by camera-trapping and direct observations. Tropical Zoology 18: 13-23.

 

 

Rovero F., Davenport T.R.B. and Machaga S. 2005. Abbott’s duiker, Africa’s forgotten antelope: notes on distribution and conservation status. Proceedings of the 5th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference, in press.

 

Rovero F. and Menegon M. 2005. Uzungwa Scarp, an outstanding Eastern Arc forest: biological value and urgent need for protection. Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute. Proceedings of the 5th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference, in press.

 

Menegon M., Rovero F., Kiure J. and Doggart N. 2005 Linking biodiversity survey results with landscape planning in the South Nguru Mountains, Mvomero District, Morogoro. 5th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference.

 

Rovero F. and Marshall A.R., 2005. Diversity and abundance of diurnal primates and forest antelopes in relation to habitat quality: a case study from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, pp. 297-304. In: African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems. Proc. 5th Intern. Symp. Trop. Biol., Museum Koenig, Bonn (BA Huber, BJ Sinclair, K-H Lampe, eds). Springer Verlag. 2005.

 

Rovero F. & Mashall A.R. 2004. Estimating the abundance of forest antelopes by using line transect techniques: a case from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. Tropical Zoology, 17: 267-277.

 

Rovero F. L’arco dei tesori. Le foreste più antiche e ricche dell’Africa. National Geographic (Italian edition, Aprile 2006.

 

Rovero F. and Jones T. 2006. Forest ghosts: Francesco Rovero and Trevor Jones were part of a team investigating Tanzania’s elusive Sanje mangabey. Africa Geographic 14(9): 24-25.

 

 

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