Project 3514: I. Borloti, H. Dinis, R. Vasconcelos. 2020. Bats Out of Africa: Disentangling the Systematic Position and Biogeography of Bats in Cabo Verde. Genes. 11 (8):877.
Specimen: Hypsugo cf. darwinii (Tomes, 1859) (unvouchered)
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Abstract

Cabo Verde Archipelago presents one of the largest knowledge gaps in the distribution and taxonomy of bats in the world. Old works indicated that there are five species classified as European taxa. We have conducted an integrative taxonomy to revise the systematic position and distribution of Cabo Verdean bats with molecular, morphological, and ecological data, to test their native or exotic origin, and infer possible colonization patterns based on fieldwork and museum samples. Results showed that Cabo Verde Hypsugo is closely related to those from the Canary Islands, in which the taxonomic status is under debate, presenting unique mitochondrial and nuclear haplotypes. We also expanded the distribution of Taphozous nudiventris for Fogo Island through pellets and acoustic identification, showed unique haplotypes for this species, and that Miniopterus schreibersii shared a haplotype with European, North African, and Western Asian specimens. The morphological and acoustic identification of Cabo Verdean specimens was challenging because of the lack of modern morphological descriptions and similarity of echolocation calls within the same genus. More studies are definitely needed to access the systematic of bat species in the archipelago, but this work is the first step for the establishment of conservation actions of the probable only native Cabo Verdean mammals.


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Article DOI: 10.3390/genes11080877

Project DOI: 10.7934/P3514, http://dx.doi.org/10.7934/P3514
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    13 August 2019
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    01 August 2020
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    Authors' Institutions

    • Universidade do Porto (CIBIO included)

    • Parque Natural do Fogo

    • Associação Projecto Vitó



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    Raquel Vasconcelos
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    Ianna Borloti
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    Herculano Dinis
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    Hugo Rebelo
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