Roberto Leonan M. Novaes, Frederico Hintze, Ricardo Moratelli
Mammalian Species 54 (1018), 1-8, (23 May 2022) https://doi.org/10.1093/mspecies/seac003
KEYWORDS: Bat, insectivorous bat, LaVal's myotis, Myotinae, South America, vespertilionid, América do Sul, morcego insetívoro, Myotinae, Myotis de LaVal, vespertilionídeo
Myotis lavali Moratelli, Peracchi, Dias, and Oliveira, 2011 is a vespertilionid bat commonly called LaVal's myotis. It is a small- to medium-sized bat with long silky fur; dorsal fur strongly bicolored, with medium-brown bases and light-brown tips. It occurs from Northeastern Brazil to Paraguay and northern Argentina, and its distribution is associated with the South American diagonal of dry formations (Caatinga, Cerrado, Chaco, and Pantanal biomes), with peripheral records in the adjacent Atlantic Forest. Myotis lavali is listed as “Least Concern” (LC) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.