A recent inventory of the bats of Mozambique with documentation of seven new species for the country

Monadjem, Ara, Schoeman, M. Corrie, Reside, April, Pio, Dorothea V., Stoffberg, Samantha, Bayliss, Julian, Cotterill, F.P.D. (Woody), Curran, Michael, Kopp, Mirjam, and Taylor, Peter J. (2010) A recent inventory of the bats of Mozambique with documentation of seven new species for the country. Acta Chiropterologica, 12 (2). pp. 371-391.

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Abstract

The bat fauna of Mozambique is poorly documented. We conducted a series of inventories across the country between 2005 and 2009, resulting in the identification of 50 species from 41 sites. Of these, seven species represent new national records that increase the country total to 67 species. These data include results from the first detailed surveys across northern Mozambique, over an area representing almost 50% of the country. We detail information on new distribution records and measurements of these specimens. Special attention is paid to the Rhinolophidae, because these include several taxa that are currently in a state of taxonomic confusion. Furthermore, we also present some notes on taxonomy, ecology and echolocation calls. Finally, we combine modelled distributions to present predicted species richness across the country. Species richness was lowest across the coastal plain, to the east and far north, and is predicted to increase in association with rising altitude and higher topographic unevenness of the landscape.

Item ID: 18841
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Mozambique, Chiroptera, distribution, check-list, conservation
ISSN: 1508-1109
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 06:02
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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