Research Interests

​Roberto’s research mainly concerns the systematics, phylogeny, and biogeography of scleractinian corals with a particular focus on evolutionary and phylogenetic patterns of Red Sea corals. He is interested in the integration of genetics and morphological data in order to advance the field of coral taxonomy. He is also involved in studying symbiosis between corals and other reef organisms.

Selected Publications

  • Forgotten in the taxonomic literature: resurrection of the scleractinian coral genus Sclerophyllia (Scleractinia, L...
    R. Arrigoni, M. Berumen, T. Terraneo, A. Caragnano, J. Bouwmeester, F. Benzoni
    Systematics and Biodiversity, volume 13, issue 2, 13, pp. 140-163, (2015)
  • Pachyseris inattesa sp. n. (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia): a new reef coral species from the Red Sea and its ph...
    T.I. Terraneo, M.L. Berumen, R. Arrigoni, Z. Waheed, J. Bouwmeester, A. Caragnano, F. Stef...
    ZooKeys, 433: 130, (2014)
  • Lobophylliidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) reshuffled: Pervasive non-monophyly at genus level
    R. Arrigoni, T.I. Terraneo, P. Galli, F, Benzoni
    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 73, 6064, (2014)
  • The complete mitochondrial genome of Acanthastrea maxima (Cnidaria, Scleractinia, Lobophylliidae)
    R. Arrigoni, B. Vacherie, F. Benzoni, V. Barbe
    Mitochondrial DNA, 12, (2014)
  • A phylogeny reconstruction of the Dendrophylliidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) based on molecular and micromorphologic...
    R. Arrigoni, Y.F. Kitano, J. Stolarski, B.W. Hoeksema, H. Fukami, F. Stefani, P. Galli, S....
    Zoologica Scripta, Volume 43, Issue 6, 661688, (2014)
  • Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of the coral genera Australomussa and Parascolymia (Scleractinia, Lobophyll...
    R. Arrigoni, Z.T. Richards, C.A. Chen, A.H. Baird, F. Benzoni
    Contributions to Zoology, Volume 83, Issue 3, 195215, (2014)
  • Molecular phylogeny of the Robust clade (Faviidae, Mussidae, Merulinidae, and Pectiniidae): An Indian Ocean perspec...
    R. Arrigoni, F. Stefani, M. Pichon, P. Galli, F. Benzoni
    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 65, 183193, (2012)
  • New insights into the symbiosis between Zanclea (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) and scleractinians
    S. Montano, R. Arrigoni, D. Pica, D. Maggioni, S. Puce
    Zoologica Scripta, Volume 44, Issue 1, 92105, (2015)
  • Phylogenetic relationships and revision of the genus Blastomussa (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Scleractinia) with descriptio...
    F. Benzoni, R. Arrigoni, Z. Waheed, F. Stefani, B.W. Hoeksema
    The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Volume 62, 358378, (2014)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Biology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2014
  • M. Sc., Biology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2010
  • B. Sc., Biological Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2015 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • ​European Union, Synthesys Grant 2013
  • International Grant of National Science Council of Taiwan, Taiwan, 2013

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)