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Taxonomic and distributional notes on tropical Australian bats. American Museum novitates ; no. 2778

Show simple item record Koopman, Karl F. en_US 2005-10-06T18:12:00Z 2005-10-06T18:12:00Z 1984 en_US
dc.description 48 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 45-48). en_US
dc.description.abstract "The bats of tropical Australia are reviewed with some 51 species recognized, though a few are very poorly known. A new subspecies, Pipistrellus tenuis westralis is described and Rhinolophus megaphyllus ignifer is synonymized with R. m. megaphyllus. The two previously recognized subspecies of Macroderma gigas are also synonymized. A majority of tropical Australian bats are restricted to mesic areas, but a number are more or less and tolerant. Only one species (Taphozous hilli) actually avoids mesic areas. The Cape York Peninsula has the greatest number of species with a falling off in numbers to the west and south. Of the three areas adjacent to tropical Australia, New Guinea shares a large number of species, whereas temperate Australia and the Lesser Sunda Islands share relatively few. New Guinea has probably been an important source area for tropical Australian bats, particularly those confined to the Cape York Peninsula. The low level of endemism among Australian bats strongly implies that there were no bats in Australia prior to the Miocene, when Australia drifted far enough to the north to be able to receive species occurring on the extended Malay archipelago. Since then some low level endemism and adaptive radiation has developed in Australia"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2778 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2778, 1984 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bats -- Australia. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Australia. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pipistrellus tenuis westralis en_US
dc.title Taxonomic and distributional notes on tropical Australian bats. American Museum novitates ; no. 2778 en_US
dc.title.alternative Australian bats en_US
dc.type text en_US

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  • American Museum Novitates
    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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