The Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Region

Ahmet Karataş

Abstract

The study was based on a total of 200 specimens of the bats, distributing on the central and eastern Mediterranean Region of Turkey. As a result of this investigation, Rousettus aegyptiacus from the family Pteropodidae of the suborder Megachiroptera and Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, R. hipposideros, R. euryale, R. blasii, R. mehelyi from the family Rhinolophidae, Myotis blythii, M. capaccinii, M. emarginatus, M. myotis, M. mystacinus, M. nattereri, Eptesicus anatolicus, E. serotinus, Pipistrellus kuhlii, P. pipistrellus, Plecotus macrobullaris, P. kolombatovici from the family Vespertilionidae, Miniopterus schreibersii from the family Miniopteridae and also Tadarida teniotis from the family Molossidae of the suborder Microchiroptera were established to distribute in this region.

In addition, each of Myotis capaccinii and Eptesicus serotinus has a different form can be separated from their other populations. Therefore, two new subspecies, Myotis capaccinii abidinbudaki ssp. nov. and Eptesicus serotinus anatolicus ssp. nov. were described here.

Keywords

Turkey, Mediterranean, Chiroptera, bats, systematics

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