Scientific Publications and Collaborations

The Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center has served as a testing site for several new veterinary studies, and has been succesful in providing a plethora of data and observations used in collaboration with many scientific papers and reports. Daniela Freggi, the Center’s director, has also contributed to internationally recognized scientific work. Here are some of the papers or reports she and the Center have been important to:





Casale P., Freggi D., Cinà A., Rocco M. 2013. Spatio-temporal distribution and migration of adult male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea: further evidence of the importance of neritic habitats off North Africa. Marine Biology 160: 703-718. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-2125-0

Casale P., D’Addario M., Freggi D., Argano R. 2012. Barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) and associated epibionts from sea turtles in the central Mediterranean. Crustaceana, 85(4-5): 533-549.DOI:10.1163/156854012X634393

Casale P., Broderick A.C., Freggi D., Mencacci R., Fuller W.J., Godley B.J., Luschi P. 2012. Long-term residence of juvenile loggerhead turtles to foraging grounds: a potential conservation hotspot in the Mediterranean. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22(2): 144-154. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2222

Casale P., Mazaris A.D., Freggi D. 2011. Estimation of age at maturity of loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta in the Mediterranean using length frequency data. Endangered Species Research 13(2): 123-129. 204k

Casale P., Conte N., Freggi D., Cioni C., Argano R. 2011. Age and growth determination by skeletochronology in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from the Mediterranean Sea. Scientia Marina 75(1): 197-203. 361k

Casale P., Affronte M., Insacco G., Freggi D., Vallini C., Pino d’Astore P., Basso R., Paolillo G., Abbate G., Argano R. 2010. Sea turtle strandings reveal high anthropogenic mortality in Italian waters. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20: 611-620. 195k

Casale P., Mazaris A., Freggi D., Vallini C., Argano R. 2009. Growth rates and age at adult size of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea, estimated through capture-mark-recapture records. Scientia Marina 73(3): 589-595. 395k

Lazar B., Lacković G., Casale P., Freggi D., Tvrtković N. 2008. Histological validation of gonad gross morphology to sex juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Herpetological Journal 18: 137-140. 108k

Casale P., Abbate G., Freggi D., Conte N., Oliverio M., Argano R. 2008. Foraging ecology of loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta in the central Mediterranean: evidence for a relaxed life history model. Marine Ecology Progress Series 372: 265-276. 229k

Casale P., Abbate G., Freggi D., Argano R. 2008. Caretta caretta (loggerhead sea turtle). Digestion time. Herpetological Review 39 (3): 343. 119k

Casale P., Freggi D., Gratton P., Argano R, Oliverio M. 2008. Mitochondrial DNA reveals regional and interregional importance of the central Mediterranean African shelf for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Scientia Marina 72(3):541-548. 272k

Casale P., Freggi D., Rocco M. 2008. Mortality induced by drifting longline hooks and branchlines in loggerhead

sea turtles, estimated through observation in captivity. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18: 945–954. 133k

Casale P., Cattarino L., Freggi D., Rocco M., Argano R. 2007.  Incidental catch of marine turtles by Italian trawlers and longliners in the central Mediterranean. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 17: 686–701. 220k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Vallini C., Argano R. 2007. A model of area fidelity, nomadism, and distribution patterns of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology 152:1039–1049. 619k

Casale P., Mazaris A.D., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2007. Survival probabilities of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) estimated from capture mark recapture data in the Mediterranean Sea. Scientia Marina 71(2):365-372. 316k

Casale P, Lazar B, Pont S, Tomás J, Zizzo N, Alegre F, Badillo J, Di Summa A, Freggi D, Lacković G, Raga JA, Rositani L, Tvrtković N 2006. Sex ratios of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 324:281-285. 282k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2005. Length-width and length-weight relationships of Caretta caretta from Italy, Mediterranean Sea. Marine Turtle Newsletter 110:9. 153k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2005. Interaction of the static net fishery with loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean: insights from mark recapture data. Herpetological Journal 15:201-203. 50k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2005. Size at male maturity, sexing methods and adult sex ratio in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) from Italian waters investigated through tail measurements. Herpetological Journal 15:145-148. 122k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2005. Oceanic habitats for loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Turtle Newsletter 107:10-11. 239k

Casale P., Freggi D., Basso R., Argano R. 2004. Epibiotic barnacles and crabs as indicators of Caretta caretta distribution and movements in the Mediterranean Sea. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 84:1005-6. 72k

Di Bello, Antonio, Freggi D, Grimaldi D, Saponaro V, Valastro C. 2010. Ultrasound-guided vascular catheterization in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). The NCBI Biosystems Database. 41(3):516-8.