Journal Article

A new species of <i>Myotis</i> (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Bolivia

Ricardo Moratelli and Don E. Wilson

in Journal of Mammalogy

Published on behalf of American Society of Mammalogists

Volume 95, issue 4, pages E17-E25
Published in print August 2014 | ISSN: 0022-2372
Published online August 2014 | e-ISSN: 1545-1542 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1644/14-MAMM-149
A new species of Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Bolivia

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Abstract

We describe Myotis midastactus sp. nov. from the Bolivian savanna on the basis of differences in fur color, and cranial and external features that unquestionably distinguish it from all other Neotropical Myotis. This new species is morphologically allied to M. simus Thomas, 1901 and other species in the M. ruber group. Myotis midastactus is endemic to Bolivia, where it occurs with 6 congeners—albescens, dinellii, keaysi, nigricans, riparius, and oxyotus. Previously identified as M. simus, M. midastactus is in syntopy with M. nigricans and M. riparius in the department of Santa Cruz, and there is no evidence that true M. simus occurs in Bolivia.

Keywords: Myotinae; Myotis simus; Myotis ruber group; Neotropics; South America

Journal Article.  5162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences ; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology ; Animal Ecology ; Animal Physiology ; Mammalogy

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