Mammalian Biology

, Volume 76, Issue 5, pp 608–614 | Cite as

A new species of Myotis Kaup, 1829 (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Ecuador

  • Ricardo MoratelliEmail author
  • Don E. Wilson
Original Investigation


A new species of bat in the genus Myotis (Vespertilionidae, Myotinae) is described from the Chocó ecoregion on the western slope of the Andes in northwestern Ecuador. The genus Myotis comprises a diverse group of small to large-sized vespertilionid bats distributed worldwide. Twelve South American species are recognized currently, 6 of which occur in Ecuador. Morphological relationships among the new species and the other 12 South American species of Myotis were examined using 15 cranial and 5 external characters. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses found the new species to be distinct. As an aid to future identifications, we provide a key to the Ecuadorian species of Myotis.


Myotis South America Chocó ecoregion Morphology Taxonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campus Fiocruz da Mata Atlântica, PresidênciaFundação Oswaldo CruzRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Smithsonian InstitutionNational Museum of Natural HistoryWashington, DCUSA

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