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 2016 - 2017


Mangiacotti M., Fumagalli M.,Scali S., Zuffi M.A.L., Cagnone M., Salvini R., Sacchi R.2017. Inter- and intra-population variability of the protein content of femoral gland secretions from a lacertid lizard. Current Zoology in press.

Sacchi R., Scali S., Mangiacotti M., Sannolo M., Zuffi M.A.L., Pupin F., Gentilli A., Bonnet X. 2017. Genetic and phenotypic component in head shape of common wall lizard Podarcis muralis. General Comparative Endocrinology 240: 114-120.

Sacchi R., Mangiacotti M., Scali S., Ghitti M., Bindolini B., Zuffi M.A.L. 2016. Genetic and phenotypic component in head shape of common wall lizard Podarcis muralis. Amphibia-Reptilia 37: 301-310.

Michaelides S.N., While G.M., Zajac N., Aubret F., Calsbeek B., Sacchi R., Zuffi M.A., Uller T. 2016. Loss of genetic diversity and increased embryonic mortality in non-native lizard populations. Molecular Ecology 25: 4113-4125.

Sacchi R., Mangiacotti M., Scali S., Sannolo M., Zuffi M.A.L. 2016. Digital identification and Analysis. In: Reptile Ecology and Conservation. A Handbook of Techniques, Chapter: 5, (Ed) Kenneth Dodd, Oxford University Press, pp.59-72

Lupi C., Bordiga M., Sacchi R., Galinetto P., Beaufort L., Cobianchi M., 2016. Do sample preparation techniques affect the relative abundance of Florisphaera profunda? Marine Micropaleontology 127:42-49.

Sannolo M., Gatti F., Mangiacotti M., Scali S., Sacchi R. 2016. Photo-identification in amphibian studies: a test of I3S Pattern. Acta Herpetologica 11: 63-68.

Gallesi M., Mobili S., Cigognini R., Hardersen S., Sacchi R. 2016. Season matters: differential variation of wing shape between sexes of Calopteryx splendens (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Zoomorphology 135:313-322.

Scali S., Sacchi R., Mangiacotti M., Pupin F., Gentilli A., Zucchi C., Sannolo M., Pavesi M., Zuffi M.A.L. 2016. Does a polymorphic species have a ‘polymorphic’ diet? A case study from a lacertid lizard. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 492-502.

Gallesi M.M., Sacchi R., Hardrsen S. 2016. Does wing shape of andromorph females of Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) resemble that of males? International Journal of Odonatology 18: 305-315.

Ibanez A., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Sacchi R., Lopez P., Martin J. 2016. Melanin-based coloration covaries with hiding and exploratory behavior in male Spanish terrapins Ethology 122: 30-36.

Bernini G., Bellati A., Pellegrino I., Negri A., Ghia D., Fea G., Sacchi R., Nardi P.A., Fasola M., Galeotti, P. 2016. Complexity of biogeographic pattern in the endangered crayfish Austropotamobius italicus in northern Italy: molecular insights of conservation concern. Conservation Genetics 17: 141-154.




2014 - 2015


Sacchi R., Ghitti M., Scali S., Mangiacotti  M., Zuffi M.A.L., Sannolo M., Coladonato A.J., Pasquesi G., Bovo M., Pellitteri-Rosa D. 2016. Common wall lizard females (Podarcis muralis) do not actively choose males based on their colour morph. Ethology 121: 1145-1153.

Sacchi R., Mangiacotti M., Scali S., Sannolo M., Zuffi M.A.L., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Bellati A., Galeotti P., Fasola M. 2015. Context-dependent expression of sexual dimorphism in common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis). A test with island populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 552-565.

Sacchi R., Cignognini R., Gazzola A., Bernini F., Razzetti E. 2015. Male calling activity in syntopic populations of Rana latastei and Rana dalmatina. Italian Journal of Zoology 82: 124-132.

Ghia D., Fea G., Conti A., Sacchi R., Nardi P.A. 2015. Estimating age composition in Alpine native populations of Austropotamobius pallipes complex. Journal of Limnology 74: 501-511.

While G.M., Michaelides S., Heathcote R.J.P., Macgregor H.E.A.; Zajac N., Beninde J., Carazo P., Pérez I de Lanuza G., Sacchi R., Zuffi M.A.L., Horváthová T., Fresnillo B., Schulte U., Veith M., Hochkirch A., Uller T. 2015. Sexual selection drives asymmetric introgression in wall lizards. Ecology Letters 18: 1366–1375.

Gallesi M.M., Mobili M., Cigognini R., Hardersen S., Sacchi R. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in wings and wing bands of Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni 1776). Zoomorphology 134: 531-540.

Sacchi R., Capelli E., Scali S., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Ghitti M., Acerbi E., Pingitore E. 2014. In vitro temperature dependent activation of T-lymphocytes in Common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) in response to PHA stimulation. Acta Herpetologica 9: 131-138.

Cigognini R., Gallesi M.M., Mobili M., Hardersen S., Sacchi R. 2014. Does character displacement demonstrate density- dependent expression in females? A test on the wing shape of two species of European damselflies. Evolutionary Ecology 28: 941-956.

Carisio L., Sacchi R., Seglie D., Sindaco R. 2014. Habitat selection in a fossorial toad Pelobates fuscus insubricus (Amphibia: Pelobatidae): does the soil affect species occurrence? Acta Herpetologica 9: 51-59.

Sannolo M., Mangiacotti M., Sacchi R., Scali R. 2014. Keeping a cool mind: head–body temperature differences in the common wall lizard. Journal of Zoology  293: 71-79.

Feligini M., Brambati E., Panelli S., Ghitti M., Sacchi R., Capelli E., Bonacina C. 2014. One-year investigation of Clostridium spp. occurrence in raw milk and curd of Grana Padano cheese by the automated ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis. Food Control 42: 71-77.

Sindaco R., Kornilios P., Sacchi R., Lymberakis P. 2014. Taxonomic reassessment of Blanus strauchi (Bedriaga, 1884) (Squamata: Amphisbaenia: Blanidae), with the description of a new species from south-east Anatolia (Turkey). Zootaxa 3795: 311-326.

Pellitteri-Rosa D., Martin J., López P., Bellati A., Sacchi R., Fasola M., Galeotti P. 2014. Chemical polymorphism in male femoral gland secretions matches polymorphic coloration in common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis). Chemoecology  24: 67-78.



2012 - 2013


Ghia D., Fea G., Sacchi R., Di Renzo G., Garozzo P., Marrone M., Piccoli F., Porfirio S., Santillo D., Salvatore B., Scoccia M., Di Francesco M., Fracassi G., Comini C., Pagliani T., Nardi P.A. 2013.  Modelling Environmental Niche for the Endangered Crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes Complex in Northern and Central Italy. Freshwater Crayfish 19:189-195.

Scali, S., Sacchi, R., Azzusi, M., Daverio, S., Oppedisano, T. & Mangiacotti, M. 2013. Homeward bound: factors affecting homing ability in a polymorphic lizard. Journal of Zoology, 289, 196-203.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Marchesi, M., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2013. A Comparison among Sexual Signals in Courtship of European Tortoises. Journal of Herpetology, 47, 215-221.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Di Paoli, A., Ghitti, M., Scali, S., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2013. Colour variation in the polymorphic common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis): An analysis using the RGB colour system. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 252, 431-439.

Sacchi, R. & Hardersen, S. 2013. Wing length allometry in Odonata: differences between families in relation to migratory behaviour. Zoomorphology, 132, 23-32.

Mangiacotti, M., Scali, S., Sacchi, R., Bassu, L., Nulchis, V. & Corti, C. 2013. Assessing the Spatial Scale Effect of Anthropogenic Factors on Species Distribution. Plos One, 8:e67573.

Gvozdik, V., Benkovsky, N., Crottini, A., Bellati, A., Moravec, J., Romano, A., Sacchi, R. & Jandzik, D. 2013. An ancient lineage of slow worms, genus Anguis (Squamata: Anguidae), survived in the Italian Peninsula. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69, 1077-1092.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Cocca, W., Gentilli, A., Scali, S. & Fasola, M. 2013. Colour Polymorphism and Alternative Breeding Strategies: Effects of Parent's Colour Morph on Fitness Traits in the Common Wall Lizard. Evolutionary Biology, 40, 385-394.

Galeotti, P., Bernini, G., Locatello, L., Sacchi, R., Fasola, M. & Rubolini, D. 2013. Sperm Traits Negatively Covary with Size and Asymmetry of a Secondary Sexual Trait in a Freshwater Crayfish. Plos One, 7.

Butikofer, L., Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Razzetti, E., Pella, F. & Fasola, M. 2013. Sexual dimorphism and allometry of the lacertid Mesalina balfouri (BLANFORD, 1881), endemic to the Archipelago of Socotra (Yemen) (Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae). Herpetozoa, 25, 101-108.

Stefani, F., Gentilli, A., Sacchi, R., Razzetti, E., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Pupin, F. & Galli, P. 2012. Refugia within refugia as a key to disentangle the genetic pattern of a highly variable species: The case of Rana temporaria Linnaeus, 1758 (Anura, Ranidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 65, 718-726.

Serra, L., Pirrello, S., Caprioli, M., Griggio, M., Andreotti, A., Romano, A., Pilastro, A., Saino, N., Sacchi, R., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M., Spina, F. & Rubolini, D. 2012. Seasonal decline of offspring quality in the European starling Sturnus vulgaris: an immune challenge experiment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66, 697-709.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Capelli, A., Ghitti, M., Di Paoli, A., Bellati, A., Scali, S., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2012. Studying the reproductive biology of the common wall lizard using ultrasonography. Journal of Zoology, 287, 301-310.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Scali, S., Tronconi, D., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2012. Biological correlates of two dorsal color pattern types in the Common Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis (LAURENTI, 1768) (Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae). Herpetozoa, 25, 3-11.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Bellati, A., Cocca, W., Gentilli, A., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2012. Testing the ability to store sperm: an experimental manipulation of mating opportunities in the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis. Acta Herpetologica, 7, 111-118.



2010 - 2011













Zuffi, M. A. L., Sacchi, R., Pupin, F. & Cencetti, T. 2011. Sexual size and shape dimorphism in the Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica, Gekkota, Phyllodactylidae). North-Western Journal of Zoology, 7, 189-197.

Scali, S., Mangiacotti, M., Sacchi, R. & Gentilli, A. 2011. A tribute to Hubert Saint Girons: niche separation between Vipera aspis and V. berus on the basis of distribution models. Amphibia-Reptilia, 32, 223-233.

Sacchi, R., Scali, S., Cavirani, V., Pupin, F., Pellitteri-Rosa, D. & Zuffi, M. A. L. 2011. Leukocyte differential counts and morphology from twelve European lizards. Italian Journal of Zoology, 78, 418-426.

Sacchi, R., Marchesi, M., Gentilli, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Scali, S. & Borelli, A. 2011. Western green lizards (Lacerta bilineata) do not select the composition or structure of the ecotones in Northern Italy. North-Western Journal of Zoology, 7, 213-221.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Galeotti, P., Marchesi, M. & Fasola, M. 2011. Courtship Displays Are Condition-Dependent Signals That Reliably Reflect Male Quality in Greek Tortoises, Testudo graeca. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 10, 10-17.

Hardersen, S., Macagno, A. L. M., Sacchi, R. & Toni, I. 2011. Seasonal constraints on the mandible allometry of Lucanus cervus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). European Journal of Entomology, 108, 461-468.

Ghia, D., Fea, G., Bernini, F. & Nardi, P. A. 2011. Reproduction experiment on Austropotamobius pallipes complex under controlled conditions: Can hybrids be hatched? Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D. & Fasola, M. 2011. The yellow cheek-patches of the Hermann's tortoise (Reptilia, Chelonia): Sexual dimorphism and relationship with body condition. Italian Journal of Zoology, 78, 464-470.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Nistri, A., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M., Fasola, M. & Galeotti, P. 2011. Molecular survey of morphological subspecies reveals new mitochondrial lineages in Podarcis muralis (Squamata: Lacertidae) from the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49, 240-250.

Sacchi, R., Scali, S., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Pupin, F., Gentilli, A., Tettamanti, S., Cavigioli, L., Racina, L., Maiocchi, V., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2010. Photographic identification in reptiles: a matter of scales. Amphibia-Reptilia, 31, 489-502.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Galeotti, P., Marchesi, M. & Fasola, M. 2010. Do Hermann's tortoises (Testudo hermanni) discriminate colours? An experiment with natural and artificial stimuli. Italian Journal of Zoology, 77, 481-491.

Galeotti, P., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Gentilli, A., Pupin, F., Rubolini, D. & Fasola, M. 2010. Sex-, morph- and size-specific susceptibility to stress measured by haematological variables in captive common wall lizard Podarcis muralis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 157, 354-363.



 2005 - 2009
























Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Gentilli, A., Rubolini, D., Scali, S., Fasola, M. & Galeotti, P. 2009. Male-Male Combats in a Polymorphic Lizard: Residency and Size, but not Color, Affect Fighting Rules and Contest Outcome. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 274-283.

Lonati, D., Rossetto, O., Cintra-Francischinelli, M., Locatelli, C., Giampreti, A., Vecchio, S., Bigi, S., Petrolini, V., Sacchi, R., Bernini, F., Gentilli, A., Manzo, L. & Montecucco, C. 2009. Clinical and Experimental Evidence of Italian Viper Venom Neurotoxicity. Clinical Toxicology, 47, 485-486.

Ghia, D., Fea, G., Spairani, M., Bernini, F. & Nardi, P. A. 2009. Movement behaviour and shelter choice of the native crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes complex: survey on a population in a semi-natural pond in Northern Italy. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 42, 167-185.

Galeotti, P., Rubolini, D., Sacchi, R. & Fasola, M. 2009. Global changes and animal phenotypic responses: melanin-based plumage redness of scops owls increased with temperature and rainfall during the last century. Biology Letters, 5, 532-534.

Galeotti, P., Rubolini, D., Pupin, F., Sacchi, R., Altobelli, E., Nardi, P. A. & Fasola, M. 2009. Presence of rivals reduces mating probability but does not affect ejaculate size in the freshwater crayfish Austropotamobius italicus. Behaviour, 146, 45-68.

Sacchi, R., Gentilli, A., Pilon, N. & Bernini, F. 2008. GIS-modelling the distribution of Rattus norvegicus in urban areas using non toxic attractive baits. Hystrix-Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 19, 13-22.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Gentilli, A., Sacchi, R., Scali, S., Pupin, F., Razzetti, E., Bernini, F. & Fasola, M. 2008. Factors affecting repatriation success of the endangered Italian agile frog (Rana latastei). Amphibia-Reptilia, 29, 235-244.

Galeotti, P., Rubolini, D., Pupin, F., Sacchi, R. & Fasola, M. 2008. Sperm removal and ejaculate size correlate with chelae asymmetry in a freshwater crayfish species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62,1739-1745.

Sacchi, R., Scali, S., Pupin, F., Gentilli, A., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2007. Microgeographic variation of colour morph frequency and biometry of common wall lizards. Journal of Zoology, 273, 389-396.

Sacchi, R., Rubolini, D., Gentilli, A., Pupin, F., Razzetti, E., Scali, S., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2007. Morph-specific immunity in male Podarcis muralis. Amphibia-Reptilia, 28, 408-412.

Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Zuffi, M. A. L., Scali, S., Boncompagni, E., Binda, A., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2007. Blood cell morphology of the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Amphibia-Reptilia, 28, 503-508.

Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Pellitteri-Rosa, D. & Fasola, M. 2007. Bergmann's rule and the Italian Hermann's tortoises (Testudo hermanni): latitudinal variations of size and shape. Amphibia-Reptilia, 28, 43-50.

Rubolini, D., Galeotti, P., Pupin, F., Sacchi, R., Nardi, P. A. & Fasola, M. 2007. Repeated matings and sperm depletion in the freshwater crayfish Austropotamobius italicus. Freshwater Biology, 52, 1898-1906.

Pupin, F., Sacchi, R., Gentilli, A., Galeotti, P. & Fasola, M. 2007. Discrimination of toad calls by smooth newts: support for the heterospecific attraction hypothesis. Animal Behaviour, 74, 1683-1690.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D. & Fasola, M. 2007. Olfactory discrimination of species, sex, and sexual maturity by the Hermann's Tortoise Testudo hermanni. Copeia, 980-985.

Galeotti, P., Pupin, F., Rubolini, D., Sacchi, R., Nardi, P. A. & Fasola, M. 2007. Effects of female mating status on copulation behaviour and sperm expenditure in the freshwater crayfish Austropotamobius italicus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61, 711-718.

Rubolini, D., Pupin, F., Sacchi, R., Gentilli, A., Zuffi, M. A. L., Galeotti, P. & Saino, N. 2006. Sexual dimorphism in digit length ratios in two lizard species. Anatomical Record Part a-Discoveries in Molecular Cellular and Evolutionary Biology, 288A, 491-497.

Razzetti, E., Sacchi, R. & Platz, J. E. 2006. First description of the acoustic repertoire, of Rana italica (Anura, Ranidae). Herpetological Journal, 16, 229-231.

Ghia, D., Nardi, P. A., Negri, A., Bernini, F., Bonardi, A., Fea, G. & Spairani, M. 2006. Syntopy of A-pallipes and A-italicus: Genetic and morphometrical investigations. Bulletin Francais De La Peche Et De La Pisciculture, 1001-1018.

Galeotti, P., Rubolini, D., Fea, G., Ghia, D., Nardi, P. A., Gherardi, F. & Fasola, M. 2006. Female freshwater crayfish adjust egg and clutch size in relation to multiple male traits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 273, 1105-1110.

Nardi, P. A., Bernini, F., Bo, T., Bonardi, A., Fea, G., Ghia, D., Negri, A., Razzetti, E., Rossi, S. & Spairani, M. 2005. Status of Austropotamobius pallipes complex in the watercourses of the Alessandria province (N-W Italy). Bulletin Francais De La Peche Et De La Pisciculture, 585-598.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R. & Vicario, V. 2005. Fluctuating asymmetry in body traits increases predation risks: Tawny owl selection against asymmetric woodmice. Evolutionary Ecology, 19, 405-418.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D. & Fasola, M. 2005. Female preference for fast-rate, high-pitched calls in Hermann's tortoises Testudo hermanni. Behavioral Ecology, 16, 301-308.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Fasola, M., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Marchesi, M. & Ballasina, D. 2005. Courtship displays and mounting calls are honest, condition-dependent signals that influence mounting success in Hermann's tortoises. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 83, 1306-1313.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Fasola, M. & Ballasina, D. 2005. Do mounting vocalisations in tortoises have a communication function? A comparative analysis. Herpetological Journal, 15, 61-71.



2000 - 2004

  Zaccara, S., Stefani, F., Galli, P., Nardi, P. A. & Crosa, G. 2004. Taxonomic implications in conservation management of white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) (Decapoda, Astacidae) in Northern Italy. Biological Conservation, 120, 1-10.

Sacchi, R., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M. & Gerzeli, G. 2004. Larynx morphology and sound production in three species of Testudinidae. Journal of Morphology, 261, 175-183.

Saino, N., Romano, M., Sacchi, R., Ninni, P., Galeotti, P. & Moller, A. P. 2003. Do male barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) experience a trade-off between the expression of multiple sexual signals? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 54, 465-471.

Saino, N., Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Boncoraglio, G., Martinelli, R. & Moller, A. P. 2003. Sex differences in begging vocalizations of nestling barn swallows, Hirundo rustica. Animal Behaviour, 66, 1003-1010.

Sacchi, R., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M. & Ballasina, D. 2003. Vocalizations and courtship intensity correlate with mounting success in marginated tortoises Testudo marginata. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, 95-102.

Galeotti, P. & Sacchi, R. 2003. Differential parasitaemia in the tawny owl (Strix aluco): effects of colour morph and habitat. Journal of Zoology, 261, 91-99.

Sacchi, R., Saino, N. & Galeotti, P. 2002. Features of begging calls reveal general condition and need of food of barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) nestlings. Behavioral Ecology, 13, 268-273.

Sacchi, R., Gentilli, A., Razzetti, E. & Barbieri, F. 2002. Effects of building features on density and flock distribution of feral pigeons Columba livia var. domestica in an urban environment. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 80, 48-54.

Galeotti, P., Saino, N., Perani, E., Sacchi, R. & Moller, A. P. 2001. Age-related song variation in male barn swallows. Italian Journal of Zoology, 68, 305-310.

Galeotti, P. & Sacchi, R. 2001. Turnover of territorial Scops Owls Otus scops as estimated by spectrographic analyses of male hoots. Journal of Avian Biology, 32, 256-262.

Saino, N., Ninni, P., Incagli, M., Calza, S., Sacchi, R. & Moller, A. P. 2000. Begging and parental care in relation to offspring need and condition in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). American Naturalist, 156, 637-649.



 1995 - 1999


Galeotti, P., Saino, N., Sacchi, R. & Moller, A. P. 1997. Song correlates with social context, testosterone and body condition in male barn swallows. Animal Behaviour, 53, 687-700.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R. & Perani, E. 1997. Cooperative defense and intrasexual aggression in Scops Owls (Otus scops): Responses to playback of male and female calls. Journal of Raptor Research, 31, 353-357.







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