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13 October 2020 Acoustic Detection of an Unknown Bat Species in Okinawa
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Pipistrelles of the genus Hypsugo are among the rarest bats in Japan, known from a handful of records. In June 2018, a sequence of echolocation calls apparently by a bat of this genus was recorded by an automatic ultrasound recorder on the island of Okinawa. The calls closely resemble H. pulveratus, a Chinese species never before recorded in Japan, and H. alaschanicus, a very rare species in Japan. They also resemble calls of Hypsugo sp. bats from a small population recently discovered on nearby Amami-Oshima Island. The extreme rarity in our recordings, combined with lack of detection in Okinawa by other surveys, suggests that the individual was a vagrant. However, given the cryptic nature of the species on Amami, it remains possible that there is a small and likely endangered resident population, underlining the need for further bat surveys on Okinawa and other Nansei Islands.

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Vladimir Dinets, Nicholas R. Friedman, Masashi Yoshimura, Masako Ogasawara, and Evan P. Economo "Acoustic Detection of an Unknown Bat Species in Okinawa," Mammal Study 45(4), 353-356, (13 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.3106/ms2019-0077
Received: 20 November 2019; Accepted: 16 July 2020; Published: 13 October 2020
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