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Systematics of the Platyrrhinus helleri species complex (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species

Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00610.x

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Abstract

Platyrrhinus is a diverse genus of small to large phyllostomid bats characterized by a comparatively narrow uropatagium thickly fringed with hair, a white dorsal stripe, comparatively large inner upper incisors that are convergent at the tips, and three upper and three lower molars. Eighteen species are currently recognized, the majority occurring in the Andes. Molecular, morphological, and morphometric analyses of specimens formerly identified as Platyrrhinus helleri support recognition of Platyrrhinus incarum as a separate species and reveal the presence of two species from western and northern South America that we describe herein as new (Platyrrhinus angustirostris sp. nov. from eastern Colombia and Ecuador, north-eastern Peru, and Venezuela and Platyrrhinus fusciventris sp. nov. from Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago, northern Brazil, eastern Ecuador, and southern Venezuela). These two new species are sister taxa and, in turn, sister to Platyrrhinus incarum.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Systematics of the Platyrrhinus helleri species complex (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species
Series title:
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI:
10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00610.x
Volume
159
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Linnean Society of London
Publisher location:
London, England
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
28 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
First page:
785
Last page:
812
Other Geospatial:
South America