Cryptic mammalian species: a new species of whiskered bat (Myotis alcathoe n. sp.) in Europe

  title={Cryptic mammalian species: a new species of whiskered bat (Myotis alcathoe n. sp.) in Europe},
  author={Otto von Helversen and Klaus‐Gerhard Heller and Frieder Mayer and {\'A}kos N{\'e}meth and M. Volleth and P. Gombk{\"o}t{\"o}},
Abstract. The analysis of morphological, behavioural and genetic characters of whiskered bats revealed a new European bat species within the family Vespertilionidae. We describe the morphology, karyology, genetic similarity, ecology and distribution of Myotis alcathoe n. sp. It closely resembles Myotis mystacinus, Myotis brandtii and Myotis ikonnikovi in morphology, but all four species show clear genetic differences in two mitochondrial genes (ND1 and 12S rRNA). Myotis alcathoe n. sp. is the… 
Molecular Phylogeny of Whiskered Bats (Myotis, Vespretilionidae, Chiroptera) in Palaearctic Region
The phylogenetic relationships among eight species of whiskered bats in the Palaearctic region showed that several species in the subgenus Selysius originated from distant lineages, and the morphological similarity in some species could be due to convergence as a result of adaptation to similar habitats.
First record of Myotis alcathoe von Helversen & Heller, 2001 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Macedonia
Only recently separated from the Myotis mystacinus species complex, the Alcathoe whiskered bat (Myotis alcathoe) is one of the rarest tree-dwelling bats in Europe. In fact, despite the increased
Biogeography of the recently described Myotis alcathoe von Helversen and Heller, 2001
The first records of this species are described from Germany, Poland, Albania, and from the European part of Turkey, including the northernmost locality in central Germany, suggesting that the species probably has a more continuous and wider distribution than currently known and might be expected to occur even further to the North.
Presence of Myotis alcathoe Helversen & Heller, 2001 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in the Iberian Peninsula
This study extends the distribution of M. alcathoe west and southwards and adds a new mammal species to the Iberian fauna.
Myotis alcathoe in Poland and Ukraine: new data on its status and habitat in Central Europe
Abstract. Recently described Myotis alcathoe has been recorded in Ukraine for the first time and at eight new localities in three distant and geographically diverse areas of Poland (the mountains,
Myotis Molecular Phylogeny of Whiskered Bats , Vespretilionidae , Chiroptera ) in Palaearctic Region
Morphological features and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences were analysed to study the phylogenetic relationships among eight species of whiskered bats (genus Myotis, subgenus Selysius) in the
The northernmost findings of the Alcathoe bat (Myotis alcathoe von Helversen & Heller, 2001) in Poland
The Alcathoe bat Myotis alcathoe (von Helversen, Heller, 2001) is a newly described species of the cryptic complex of whiskered bat species living in sympatry across Europe. The habitats preferred by
Ecomorph Evolution in Myotis (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera)
It seems that evolution of Myotis fluctuated between ‘Leuconoe”, ‘Selysius’, and larger ‘Myotis’; the probable ancestral ecomorph for each lineage was retrieved.
Genetic structure in three species of whiskered bats (genus Myotis) during swarming
The population structure of 3 species in the Myotis mystacinus complex during the swarming period is studied to suggest the possibility of females mating selectively with the same male in more than 1 year.
Italy as a major Ice Age refuge area for the bat Myotis myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Europe
The phylogeographical analysis of 115 greater mouse‐eared bats sampled throughout Italy shows that 15 of the 18 different haplotypes found in the mitochondrial control region of these bats were unique to the Apennine peninsula, and indicates that central Italian populations of M. myotis are more closely related to Greek samples from across the Adriatic Sea, than to other Italian bats.


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