Antonino Dentici

Arachnologist & Taxidermist

I introduce myself,

My name is Antonino Dentici and I have a deep passion for everything that surrounds nature.

My passion starts from when I was a child and with a strong childish curiosity I collected everything I found, fossils, seeds, insects, bones etc. and then I tried my first identifications at home. The pleasure of reading grew alongside nature and so my collections and my bookcase grew. A particularly significant book for my growth as a naturalist was "A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World: The Voyage of the Beagle" by the great Charles Darwin, father of the "Natural Selection" and my spiritual mentor. My passion, later, led to my enrollment in the Natural Sciences study course at the University of Palermo and the publication of some scientific papers.

When I was a child, it was important for me to be able to keep the samples that I found and that's why I started experimenting with the conservation of the specimens that I found (that I found dead, I want to clarify), so it begins to prepare small vertebrates in alcohol and to create my first entomological showcases. Today what was a necessity to be able to observe the samples for a long time is becoming a real profession for me, in fact I managed to obtain a license for the activity of taxidermist.

As for my field research, although it spans the many fields of natural science, for the moment it has as its main theme the taxonomy and ecology of the great and fascinating Order of the Arachnida, with particular attention to spiders (ARANEAE).

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