Abstract

A distributional isolate in southwestern Western Australia previously assigned to Gould’s Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus gouldi Tomes, 1858 is demonstrated to be a distinct and previously unnamed cryptic species, based on a lack of monophyly with eastern populations and substantial DNA sequence divergence (5.0 %) at the mitochondrial gene COI. Morphologically both species are alike and overlap in all measured characters but differ in braincase shape. The new species has one of the most restricted geographic ranges of any Australian Vespertilionidae and aspects of its ecology make it vulnerable to human impacts.

 
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Parnaby et al., 2021. Rec. Aust. Mus. 73(1): 53–66
Author
Harry E. Parnaby; Andrew G. King; Mark D. B. Eldridge
Year
2021
Title
A new bat species from southwestern Western Australia, previously assigned to Gould’s Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus gouldi Tomes, 1858
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
73
Issue
1
Start Page
53
End Page
66
DOI
10.3853/j.2201-4349.73.2021.1766
Language
en
Date Published
19 May 2021
Cover Date
19 May 2021
ISSN
ISSN 0067-1975 (print); ISSN 2201-4349 (online)
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
TAXONOMY; MAMMALIA
Digitized
19 May 2021
Available Online
19 May 2021
Reference Number
1766
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