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Phylogenetic relationships of the enigmatic harpy fruit bat, Harpyionycteris (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Pteropodidae) ; American Museum novitates, no. 3533

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dc.contributor.author Giannini, Norberto P. en_US
dc.contributor.author Almeida, Francisca Cunha. en_US
dc.contributor.author Simmons, Nancy B. en_US
dc.contributor.author DeSalle, Rob. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-09-18T16:17:46Z
dc.date.available 2006-09-18T16:17:46Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/5811
dc.description 12 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 10-11). en_US
dc.description.abstract Harpy fruit bats, two closely related species in the genus Harpyionycteris (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), exhibit a suite of unique craniodental traits. For this reason, the affinities of these bats have remained unclear, and most systematists have placed them in a group of their own (Harpyionycterinae Miller, 1907). The multicuspidate pattern of the cheek teeth in Harpyionycteris has generated speculation that it may represent an ancestral tribosphenic pattern lost in other pteropodids. In this contribution we propose a phylogenetic placement of Harpyionycteris based on parsimony analysis of complete sequences from two coding genes, the nuclear vWF (exon 28) and the mitochondrial cytochrome b (cyt-b). Both datasets, independently and in combination, strongly support a close relationship between Harpyionycteris and Dobsonia, as originally proposed by Andersen (1912, Catalogue of Chiroptera, British Museum Trustees). In turn, this group nests deeply inside Pteropodidae but it is not closely related to any particular suprageneric clade. Based on other data, we postulate that Aproteles also belongs in this group and therefore propose the expansion of Harpyionycterinae to include Harpyionycteris, Aproteles, and Dobsonia. Regarding the dentition, our results strongly reject the tribosphenic hypothesis advanced by some authors. The multicuspidate cheek tooth pattern seen in Harpyionycteris appears uniquely derived and related to specialized feeding habits and it thus has no direct bearing on the evolution of the typical pteropodid dentition from the tribosphenic pattern of microchiropterans and other mammals. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3533 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3533 2006 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Harpyionycteris -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Harpyionycteris en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pteropodidae -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bats -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.title Phylogenetic relationships of the enigmatic harpy fruit bat, Harpyionycteris (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Pteropodidae) ; American Museum novitates, no. 3533 en_US
dc.title.alternative Harpy fruit bats 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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