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1 December 2010 Vespertilio murinus Linnaeus, 1758 Confirmed in Japan from Morphology and Mitochondrial DNA
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In December 2005, three bats of indeterminate identity were captured in northern Japan. Their forearm lengths were slightly smaller than the average for Vespertilio sinensis. We identified these three individuals as V. murinus using both morphological and molecular approaches, and discussed their possible migration or vagrancy routes. Prior to the first record of V. murinus on Rebun Island near Hokkaido in 2002, there was no record of this species in Japan. These new occurrences illustrate the importance of determining possible migration or vagrancy routes of bats for understanding and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases.

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Kuniko Kawai, Dai Fukui, Masahiko Satô, Masashi Harada, and Kishio Maeda "Vespertilio murinus Linnaeus, 1758 Confirmed in Japan from Morphology and Mitochondrial DNA," Acta Chiropterologica 12(2), (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.3161/150811010X538034
Received: 11 June 2010; Accepted: 1 August 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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