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1 December 2010 A Recent Inventory of the Bats of Mozambique with Documentation of Seven New Species for the Country
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The bat fauna of Mozambique is poorly documented. We conducted a series of inventories across the country between 2005 and 2009, resulting in the identification of 50 species from 41 sites. Of these, seven species represent new national records that increase the country total to 67 species. These data include results from the first detailed surveys across northern Mozambique, over an area representing almost 50% of the country. We detail information on new distribution records and measurements of these specimens. Special attention is paid to the Rhinolophidae, because these include several taxa that are currently in a state of taxonomic confusion. Furthermore, we also present some notes on taxonomy, ecology and echolocation calls. Finally, we combine modelled distributions to present predicted species richness across the country. Species richness was lowest across the coastal plain, to the east and far north, and is predicted to increase in association with rising altitude and higher topographic unevenness of the landscape.

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Ara Monadjem, M. Corrie Schoeman, April Reside, Dorothea V. Pio, Samantha Stoffberg, Julian Bayliss, F. P. D. (Woody) Cotterill, Michael Curran, Mirjam Kopp, and Peter J. Taylor "A Recent Inventory of the Bats of Mozambique with Documentation of Seven New Species for the Country," Acta Chiropterologica 12(2), 371-391, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.3161/150811010X537963
Received: 15 February 2010; Accepted: 1 September 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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