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A new dichromatic species of Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from the Nimba Mountains, Guinea (American Museum novitates, no. 3963)

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dc.contributor.author Simmons, Nancy B.
dc.contributor.author Flanders, J.
dc.contributor.author Bakwo Fils, E. M.
dc.contributor.author Parker, Guy
dc.contributor.author Suter, Jamison D.
dc.contributor.author Bamba, Seinan
dc.contributor.author Keita, Mamady Kobele
dc.contributor.author Morales, Ariadna E.
dc.contributor.author Frick, Winifred F.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-12T20:58:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-12T20:58:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-13
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/7249
dc.description 37 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The genus Myotis is a diverse group of vespertilionid bats found on nearly every continent. One clade in this group, the subgenus Chrysopteron, is characterized by reddish to yellowish fur and, in some cases, visually striking dichromatic wing pigmentation. Here, we describe a new dichromatic species of Myotis (Chrysopteron) from the Nimba Mountains in Guinea. The new species is superficially similar to Myotis welwitschii, but phylogenetic analyses based on cytochrome b data indicated that it is actually more closely related to M. tricolor. Discovery of this new taxon increases the number of Myotis species known from mainland Africa to 11 species, although patterns of molecular divergence suggest that cryptic species in the Chrysopteron clade remain to be described. This discovery also highlights the critical importance of the Nimba Mountains as a center of bat diversity and endemism in sub-Saharan Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3963.
dc.subject Myotis -- Classification. en_US
dc.subject Bats -- Nimba, Mount -- Classification. en_US
dc.subject Bats -- Guinea -- Classification. en_US
dc.title A new dichromatic species of Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from the Nimba Mountains, Guinea (American Museum novitates, no. 3963) en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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