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Systematics of Vampyressa melissa Thomas, 1926 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species of Vampyressa

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dc.contributor.author Tavares, Valeria da C. en
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Alfred L. en
dc.contributor.author Ramirez-Chaves, Hector E. en
dc.contributor.author Velazco, Paul M. en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-25T20:07:15Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-25T20:07:15Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Tavares, Valeria da C., Gardner, Alfred L., Ramirez-Chaves, Hector E., and Velazco, Paul M. 2014. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F22560">Systematics of Vampyressa melissa Thomas, 1926 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species of Vampyressa</a>." <em>American Museum Novitates</em>. 1&ndash;27. en
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/22560
dc.description.abstract Vampyressa melissa is a poorly known phyllostomid bat listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since its description in 1926, fewer than 40 V melissa have been reported in the literature, and less than half of these may have been correctly identified. During revisionary studies of Vampyressa, we uncovered two previously unrecognized species related to V melissa, all associated with higher elevation habitats (&gt;1400 m), one from the Andes of Colombia (Vampyressa sinchi, new species) and the other from western Panama (Vampyressa elisabethae, new species) revealing that V melissa, as traditionally defined, is a composite of at least three species. In this paper, we provide a restricted diagnosis for the genus Vampyressa, an emended diagnosis of V melissa, and descriptions of the two new species. The separation of these frugivorous bats, previously identified as V melissa, into three isolated upper-elevation species, each having restricted distributions further highlights their fragile conservation status. en
dc.relation.ispartof American Museum Novitates en
dc.title Systematics of Vampyressa melissa Thomas, 1926 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), with descriptions of two new species of Vampyressa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 130924
rft.jtitle American Museum Novitates
rft.issue 3813
rft.spage 1
rft.epage 27
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 1
dc.citation.epage 27


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