Antonio Carapelli
Biosketch and CV

A. Carapelli graduated in Biology at the Dept. Of Evolutionary Biology of the University of Siena (92) where he also obtained his PhD in Animal Zoology (96). He focused his scientific interests on the study of the biology of Apteryotan hexapods, with particular interest to the phylogenetic relationships of major groups and to the genetic of populations. These studies has been performed using morphological, biochemical and molecular tools. Presently, he is running a project centered on the assessment of the phylogenetic relationships between early hexapodan orders using mitochondrial markers.

Research Interests
  • Evolution and phylogenetic relationships of basal hexapods;
  • Molecular evolution of the mitochondrial DNA in arthropods;
  • Analysis of the secondary structure of rRNA genes;
  • Taxonomy of the collembolan genus Isotomurus;
  • Phylogeography and evolution of the Antarctic collembolan species.
Research Group
Teaching Activities

Eukaryotic genomes and genetic diversity (I year of the Specialistic degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Selected Publications

Antonio Carapelli, Giulia Torricelli, Francesco Nardi, Francesco Frati. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Antarctic sea spider Ammothea carolinensis (Chelicerata; Pycnogonida). Polar Biol. 36, 593-602 (2013).

Francesco Nardi, Antonio Carapelli, Francesco Frati. Repeated regions in mitochondrial genomes: Distribution, origin and evolutionary significance. Mitochondrion12, 483-491 (2012).

Wan J. Chen, Yun Bu, Antonio Carapelli, Romano Dallai, Sheng Li, Wen Y. Yin, Yun X. Luan. The mitochondrial genome of Sinentomon erythranum (Arthropoda: Hexapoda: Protura): An example of highly divergent evolution. BMC Evol. Biol. 11, 46 (2011).

Antonio Carapelli, Sara Comandi, Peter Convey, Francesco Nardi, Francesco Frati. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Antarctic springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus (Hexapoda: Collembola). BMC Genomics9, 315 (2008).

Antonio Carapelli, Pietro Liò, Francesco Nardi, Elizabeth van der Wath, Francesco Frati Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial protein coding genes confirms the reciprocal paraphyly of Hexapoda and Crustacea. BMC Evol. Biol. 7(2), S8 (2007).

Antonio Carapelli, Laura Vannini, Francesco Nardi, Jeffrey L. Boore, Laura Beani, Romano Dallai, Francesco Frati. The mitochondrial genome of the entomophagous endoparasite Xenos vesparum (Insecta: Strepsiptera). Gene376, 248-259 (2006).

Antonio Carapelli, Francesco Frati, Pietro P. Fanciulli, Francesco Nardi, Romano Dallai. Assessing species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in a group of south-western European species of Isotomurus (Collembola, Isotomidae) using allozyme data. Zool. Scr34, 71-79 (2005).

Antonio Carapelli, Felipe Soto-Adames, Chris Simon, Francesco Frati, Francesco Nardi, Romano Dallai. Secondary structure, high variability and conserved motifs for domain III of 12S rRNA in the Arthropleona (Hexapoda; Collembola) Insect Mol. Biol13, 659-670 (2004).

Francesco Nardi, Giacomo Spinsanti, Jeffrey L. Boore, Antonio Carapelli, Romano Dallai, Francesco Frati. Hexapod origins: Monophyletic or paraphyletic? Science299, 1887-1889 (2003).

Antonio Carapelli, Francesco Frati, Pietro P. Fanciulli, Romano Dallai. Taxonomic revision of 14 south-western European species of Isotomurus (Collembola, Isotomidae), with description of four new species and the designation of the neotype for I. palustris. Zool. Scr. 30, 115-143 (2001).