La Fauna in Italia

Last updated on June 11th, 2020

Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio
LA FAUNA IN ITALIA [The Fauna of Italy]
(in Italian)
Touring Club Italiano e Centro di Ecologia Alpina, 448 pp.
ISBN / EAN 883652621-7.


Summary. Italy presents an extraordinary faunal richness, often unexpected: 55,000 species are reported, thanks to the privileged position of the Peninsula compared to the European continent and the entire Mediterranean area, and to the diversity of territories, soils and climates.

This volume, produced by the Centro di Ecologia Alpina and the Italian Touring Club, under the supervision of the Italian Ministry of Environment, illustrates and describes the complex and articulated framework of the animal population, with particular attention to its origins, to its current composition and its problems of conservation.

The work moves from the work produced with the recent Checklist of the species of the Italian fauna and revisits, after forty years, the classic monograph on the Italian fauna published in 1959 by the Italian Touring Club, to which many of the most qualified Italian zoologists of that time have collaborated. A new group of researchers has been set up, in order to produce – with this book – a new way of reading the animal population in Italy, structured per environments and with a particular attention to the continuous and rapid change of this fauna, whose richness in species is the highest in Europe.

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Agnoli G.L. & Rosa P. (2024) La Fauna in Italia, in: website. Interim version 15 July 2024, URL: