Geographic Variations and Taxonomic Status of Miniopterus schreibersi (Kuhl, 1819) in Turkey (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)


Abstract: This study is a taxonomical revision of 257 specimens of Miniopterus schreibersi (Kuhl, 1819) collected from Turkey between 1974 and 1994. A total of 30 external and cranial measurements and weights and the ages of the specimens were determined. Diagnostic characters, habitat, and measurements of subspecies were recorded. The specimens collected in Turkey were evaluated by comparison with the nominate form distributed nearby, Miniopterus schreibersi pallidus Thomas, 1907, and synonyms. It was determined that both the nominate form and Miniopterus schreibersi pallidus exist in Turkey.

Keywords: Miniopterus schreibersi schreibersi, Miniopterus schreibersi pallidus, subspecies, taxonomy, Turkey.

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