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Assessment of species boundaries in Australian Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) using mitochondrial DNA



Assessment of species boundaries in Australian Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) using mitochondrial DNA



Journal of Mammalogy 82(2): 8-38



We used phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial genes, cytochrome-b, and reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase 2 (ND2) to test the recent proposal that 3 species of large-footed Myotis (adversus, macropus, and moluccarum) occur in Australia. Analyses show that all Australian populations of large-footed Myotis form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of a group containing Indonesian populations of M. adversus. The haplotype divergence between these 2 groups is high (11.8-12.2%) and is comparable with typical species-level divergences in Chiroptera. Within Australia, 2 recently diverged monophyletic groups of haplotypes are found that are not concordant in geographic distribution with species boundaries based on morphology. Analysis of these data suggests that only a single species of large-footed Myotis occurs in Australia, and because this species is taxonomically distinct from M. adversus in Indonesia, it should be known as M. macropus. Our data also show that 2 species of Myotis occur in Papua New Guinea.

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DOI: 10.1644/1545-1542(2001)082<0328:aosbia>2.0.co;2


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