Morphological, bioacoustical, and genetic variation in Miniopterus bats from eastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species

Goodman, Steven M., Ramasindrazana, Beza, Maminirina, Claudette P., Schoeman, M. Corrie and Appleton, Belinda 2011, Morphological, bioacoustical, and genetic variation in Miniopterus bats from eastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species, Zootaxa, vol. May, no. 2880, pp. 1-19.

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Title Morphological, bioacoustical, and genetic variation in Miniopterus bats from eastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species
Author(s) Goodman, Steven M.
Ramasindrazana, Beza
Maminirina, Claudette P.
Schoeman, M. Corrie
Appleton, Belinda
Journal name Zootaxa
Volume number May
Issue number 2880
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Magnolia Press
Place of publication Auckland, N. Z.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1175-5326
1175-5334
Keyword(s) cryptic species
Eastern Madagascar
miniopterus
molecular genetics
morphology
new species
taxonomy
Summary Recent molecular genetic work, combined with morphological comparisons, of Malagasy members of the bat genus Miniopterus (Family Miniopteridae), has revealed several cryptic species. Based on new specimens and associated tissues, we examine patterns of variation in the recently described species M. petersoni, the holotype of which comes from extreme southeastern Madagascar, and for which specimens from more northerly portions of eastern Madagascar were noted to show some morphological divergence from typical M. petersoni. On the basis of morphological and genetic (cytochrome b) characters we described a new species, M. egeri sp. nov. This taxon also shows bioacoustical differences from M. petersoni. Miniopterus egeri is widely distributed in the eastern portion of Madagascar across an elevational range from near sea level to 550 m. The specific status of moderately small Miniopterus from Montagne d'Ambre in the far north remains to be determined.
Language eng
Field of Research 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Magnolia Press
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