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SPECIES Neoromicia helios

Author:Heller, 1912.
Citation:Smiths. Misc. Coll., 60(12): 3.
Common Name:Samburu Pipistrelle
Type Locality:Kenya, 30 mi S Mt. Marsabit, Merelle Water.
Distribution:Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, NE Uganda, extreme S Sudan, N Tanzania. Maybe more widespread (Peterson, 1987).
Status:IUCN 2003 Not evaluated; not considered in IUCN/SSC Action Plan (2001).
Comments:Considered to be a subspecies of nanus by some authors, but differences in bacular morphology (Hill and Harrison, 1987), roosting and social behavior (O'Shea, 1980; Happold and Happold, 1996), habitat and pelage coloration, and the presence of a pair of glands on the interfemoral membrane in helios (O'Shea, 1980) that are rarely found in nanus indicate that helios is a distinct species (M. Happold, pers. comm.).



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