Vol. 17 No. 1 (2022)

First report on two loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nests in the Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Italy)

Monica Francesca Blasi
Filicudi Wildlife Conservation, Location Stimpagnato Filicudi, 98055 Lipari (Me)
Sandra Hochscheid
Marine Turtle Research Group, Department of Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Via Nuova Macello 16, 80055, Portici
Roberta Bardelli
Department of Earth and Marine Science, University of Palermo, via Archirafi, 22, 90123, Palermo
Chiara Bruno
Filicudi Wildlife Conservation, Location Stimpagnato Filicudi, 98055 Lipari (Me)
Carolina Melodia
Filicudi Wildlife Conservation, Location Stimpagnato Filicudi, 98055 Lipari (Me)
Perla Salzeri
Filicudi Wildlife Conservation, Location Stimpagnato Filicudi, 98055 Lipari (Me)
Paolo De Rosa
AttivaStromboli, Via Marina, 98050 Stromboli (Me)
Paolo Madonia
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Catania-OE, Piazza Roma 2, 95125 Catania

Published 2022-04-28


  • Anoxic conditions,
  • Lipari,
  • Mediterranean Sea,
  • Stromboli,
  • temperature

How to Cite

Blasi, M. F., Hochscheid, S., Bardelli, R. ., Bruno, C., Melodia, C., Salzeri, P., De Rosa, P., & Madonia, P. (2022). First report on two loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nests in the Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Italy). Acta Herpetologica, 17(1), 37–43. https://doi.org/10.36253/a_h-10188


The Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy) hosts important foraging/overwintering habitats for Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), although nesting sites have never been documented. This study reports the data of two nesting events occurred in summer 2019 at Stromboli and Lipari islands. A hatchling success of 20.69 % (18 hatchlings from 87 eggs) was recorded at Stromboli, while a complete hatchling unsuccess characterised the Lipari nest, where 111 eggs were deposited. Data acquired during the monitoring of the nests suggest that combined factors, mainly temperature, beach morphology, and sand composition, could be the causes for the low success of these nesting events.


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