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SPECIES Mystacina tuberculata

Author:Gray, 1843.
Citation:Mammalia, in Voy. "Sulphur," Zool.: 23.
Common Name:New Zealand Lesser Short-tailed Bat
Type Locality:New Zealand.
Distribution:New Zealand.
Status:IUCN 2003 and IUCN/SSC Action Plan (2001) Vulnerable.
Comments:Mayer et al. (1999) and Mayer and Kirsch (2000) have argued that the correct name for this species is velutina Hutton, 1872. However, Spencer and Lee (1999, 2000) disagreed, and filed a petition with the International Commission on Zoological Nomeclature to conserve tuberculata as the name for this species. This petition was upheld in Opinion 1994 of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (2002), which conserved tuberculata Gray, 1843 as the name for this species and which placed velutina Hutton, 1872 on the Official List of Rejected and Invalid Specific Names in Zoology. Subspecies limits recognized previously (e.g., by Hill and Daniel, 1985) do not correspond to observed patterns of genetic variation (Lloyd, 2003); accordingly no subspecies are recognized here pending a thorough revision of this taxon.
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Synonyms:

    aupourica Hill and Daniel, 1985
    rhyacobia Hill and Daniel, 1985
    velutina Hutton, 1872

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