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1 May 2001 ASSESSMENT OF SPECIES BOUNDARIES IN AUSTRALIAN MYOTIS (CHIROPTERA: VESPERTILIONIDAE) USING MITOCHONDRIAL DNA
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We used phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial genes, cytochrome-b, and reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase 2 (ND2) to test the recent proposal that 3 species of large-footed Myotis (adversus, macropus, and moluccarum) occur in Australia. Analyses show that all Australian populations of large-footed Myotis form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of a group containing Indonesian populations of M. adversus. The haplotype divergence between these 2 groups is high (11.8–12.2%) and is comparable with typical species-level divergences in Chiroptera. Within Australia, 2 recently diverged monophyletic groups of haplotypes are found that are not concordant in geographic distribution with species boundaries based on morphology. Analysis of these data suggests that only a single species of large-footed Myotis occurs in Australia, and because this species is taxonomically distinct from M. adversus in Indonesia, it should be known as M. macropus. Our data also show that 2 species of Myotis occur in Papua New Guinea.

Steven J. B. Cooper, Penny R. Day, Terry B. Reardon, and Martin Schulz "ASSESSMENT OF SPECIES BOUNDARIES IN AUSTRALIAN MYOTIS (CHIROPTERA: VESPERTILIONIDAE) USING MITOCHONDRIAL DNA," Journal of Mammalogy 82(2), 328-338, (1 May 2001). https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2001)082<0328:AOSBIA>2.0.CO;2
Received: 3 April 2000; Accepted: 9 September 2000; Published: 1 May 2001
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