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SPECIES Myotis blythii

Author:Tomes, 1857.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1857: 53.
Common Name:Lesser Mouse-eared Myotis
Type Locality:India, Rajasthan, Nasirabad.
Distribution:Turkey and Israel to Iraq and Iran; NW India and the Himalayas; NW Altai Mtns; Inner Mongolia and Shensi (China).
Status:IUCN 2003 and IUCN/SSC Action Plan (2001) – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:For discussion of synonyms see Strelkov (1972), Felten et al. (1977), Corbet (1978c), Bogan et al. (1978), and Horácek et al. (2000). Middle Eastern records reviewed by Harrison and Bates (1991), Palearctic records by Horácek et al. (2000). Does not include oxygnathus and punicus, which together with blythii form a paraphyletic assemblage that includes myotis; see Ruedi and Mayer (2001). In order to restrict all species to potentially monophyletic groups of populations, oxygnathus and punicus are here treated as separate species. It is possible that ancilla, lesviacus, and/or omari may also be distinct, but these are here retained in blythii pending further study. Zhang Yongzu et al. (1997) included ancilla in myotis, but this is apparently incorrect; see Horácek et al. (2000).
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