What is the chirocephalus marchesonii?

14 November 2018turismomarche
Many of you have heard about it, others surely not (therefore, we strongly suggest you to go and know it).

The chirocephalus marchesonii is a crustacean of the family Chirocephalidae. Its species is only visible in a territory: inside the Pilate Lake on Mount Vettore. It was discovered in 1954 by Vittorio Marchesoni, from which it takes its name, the then director of the Botanical Institute of the University of Camerino. In his research he observed the rarity of this new crustacean that was later sampled by Ruffo and Vesentini.

Therefore, if you are driving to the beautiful Sibillini Mountains, you can not miss this wonderful experience: climbing along the long path that leads to the Pilate Lake, letting them tell you the legends that these places hide and meeting the chirocephalus. If you overlook the Lake, along the allowed tracts (it is very important to follow the prohibitions for the conservation of the species), you will also notice with the naked eye, the body elongated and cylindrical of this cute animal.

Two questions could be spontaneous with a spectacle of Nature like this, how does it reproduce?? But especially, how can it be preserved? Well, you should know that the chirocephalus has three body areas that are well divided and one of these can preserve the  reproductive organs. It lays very small eggs but much larger than those of his species. They are spherical in shape and of 0.43 mm.

The chirocephalus is able to resist in an environment where it snows almost every year or where the Lake is drained in summer. Climate change could lead to its extinction. In short, as an old song said referring to this pet, it fights for “an embarrassing defence of the status quo”.

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