Geographic Variations and Taxonomic Status of Myotis myotis (Borkhausen, 1797) in Turkey ( Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

Authors: İrfan ALBAYRAK, Nursel AŞAN

Abstract: This study is a taxonomical evaluation of 146 specimens of Myotis myotis (Borkhausen, 1797) collected in Turkey between 1974 and 1994. Turkish Myotis myotis were compared with records from the Palaearctic Region. It was determined that both Myotis myotis myotis and Myotis myotis macrocephalicus are distributed in Turkey. The diagnostic characters, habitat, pelage colour, external and cranial measurements and distribution of each taxon were recorded.

Keywords: Myotis myotis, subspecies, taxonomy, Turkey

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