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1 December 2016 A New Species of Pipistrelle Bat (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Southern Arabia
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A new species of the genus Pipistrellus is described from the Dhofar region, southern Arabia. The new species occurs in a very limited area lesser than 1,000 km2, situated in the belt of relative humid savannah habitats of coastal Arabia between easternmost Yemen and south-western Oman. This bat represents the eighth pipistrelle species known from Arabia and fourth bat species endemic to southern Arabia. The new species is positioned morphologically and genetically very close to the group of the Oriental species of the genus Pipistrellus and represents the westernmost offshoot of the Oriental vespertilionid bat fauna, isolated for more than 1,500 km across the Indian Ocean from the area of continuous distribution of this fauna in the Indian Subcontinent.

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Petr Benda, Antonín Reiter, Marcel Uhrin, and Zuzana Varadínová "A New Species of Pipistrelle Bat (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Southern Arabia," Acta Chiropterologica 18(2), (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.3161/15081109ACC2016.18.2.001
Received: 29 April 2016; Accepted: 1 July 2016; Published: 1 December 2016
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