Biota and Environment of Natural Areas

Gorobeyko U.V., Sheremetyeva I.N., Kazakov D.V.

Craniometric variability of Eastern water bat Myotis petax Hollister, 1912 (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera) in the Southern Russian Far East

Year: 2021, Number: 3, Pages: 71-87

We studied craniometric variability of M. petax to clarify its intraspecific structure in the southern part of the Russian Far East. Comparison of morphometric data revealed the presence of the Amurian morphological form in the Southern Russian Far East apart from the formerly known subspecies: M. p. ussuriensis and M. p. chasanensis. The Amurian form differs from others in the combination of craniometric parameters and is distributed in the southern part of the Khabarovsk Territory and Amur region. The range of M. p. chasanensis includes the Khasansky District of Primorye Territory and the Korean Peninsula. The subspecies M. p. ussuriensis is distributed on the rest of the Southern Russian Far East.

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