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Systematics of Vampyressa melissa Thomas, 1926 (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species of Vampyressa. (American Museum novitates, no. 3813)

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dc.contributor.author Tavares, Valéria da C.
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Alfred L.
dc.contributor.author Ramírez-Chaves, Héctor E.
dc.contributor.author Velazco, Paúl M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-06T16:03:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-06T16:03:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6552
dc.description 27 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Vampyressa melissa is a poorly known phyllostomid bat listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since its description in 1926, fewer than 40 V. melissa have been reported in the literature, and less than half of these may have been correctly identified. During revisionary studies of Vampyressa, we uncovered two previously unrecognized species related to V. melissa, all associated with higher elevation habitats (>1400 m), one from the Andes of Colombia (Vampyressa sinchi, new species) and the other from western Panama (Vampyressa elisabethae, new species) revealing that V. melissa, as traditionally defined, is a composite of at least three species. In this paper, we provide a restricted diagnosis for the genus Vampyressa, an emended diagnosis of V. melissa, and descriptions of the two new species. The separation of these frugivorous bats, previously identified as V. melissa, into three isolated upper-elevation species, each having restricted distributions further highlights their fragile conservation status. 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. 3813. en_US
dc.subject Vampyressa melissa. en_US
dc.subject Vampyressa sinchi. en_US
dc.subject Vampyressa elisabethae. en_US
dc.subject Vampyressa. en_US
dc.subject Bats. en_US
dc.subject Rare mammals. en_US
dc.subject Mountain animals. en_US
dc.subject Panama. en_US
dc.subject Andes (Colombia) en_US
dc.subject Colombia. en_US
dc.subject Andes Region. en_US
dc.subject Latin America. en_US
dc.title Systematics of Vampyressa melissa Thomas, 1926 (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species of Vampyressa. (American Museum novitates, no. 3813) 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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