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Douglas Kelt and Deborah Kaspin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098596

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098596.001.0001

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Morphological and Molecular Variation Within Little Big-Eared Bats of the Genus Micronycteris (Phyllostomidae: Micronycterinae) from San Lorenzo, Ecuador

Morphological and Molecular Variation Within Little Big-Eared Bats of the Genus Micronycteris (Phyllostomidae: Micronycterinae) from San Lorenzo, Ecuador

Variación Morfológica Y Molecular En El Género Micronycteris (Phyllostomidae: Micronycterinae) De San Lorenzo, Ecuador

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(p.720) (p.721) Morphological and Molecular Variation Within Little Big-Eared Bats of the Genus Micronycteris (Phyllostomidae: Micronycterinae) from San Lorenzo, Ecuador
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The Quintessential Naturalist
Author(s):

René M. Fonseca

Steven R. Hoofer

Calvin A. Porter

Chrissy A. Cline

Deidre A. Parish

Federico G. Hoffmann

Robert J. Baker

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098596.003.0020

This chapter observes that the genus Micronycteris has undergone several taxonomic changes in recent years. It notes that the most recent morphological review of Micronycteris recognizes nine species, including four dark-bellied species (hirsuta, matses, megalotis, microtis), and five pale-bellied species (brosseti, homezi, minuta, sanborni, schmidtorum). The chapter observes that specimens of Micronycteris from Ecuador are poorly represented in museum collections, and that some important areas within the country have few voucher specimens. It assesses the morphological and molecular interspecific variation within the genus, comparing its series to other Micronycteris found in Ecuador and other Latin American countries. The chapter distinguishes three morphotypes among dark-bellied forms. It provides a set of characters useful to distinguish dark-bellied species of Micronycteris in Ecuador and describes a new species.

Keywords:   Micronycteris, taxonomic changes, morphological review, Ecuador, molecular interspecific variation, genus

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