Taxonomic and ecological notes on some poorly known bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Meghalaya, India

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Uttam Saikia
Adora Thabah
Manuel Ruedi


The chiropteran diversity of Meghalaya State is very high with 65 reported species.  Taxonomic and ecological information on many of these bat species, however, are scant or largely outdated.  We reinforce the records on five poorly known bat species in Meghalaya, viz., Megaerops niphanae, Myotis pilosus, Kerivoula kachinensis, Miniopterus magnater, & Miniopterus pusillus, critically evaluate their taxonomic assignment, and provide detailed morphometric data for further comparisons.  For three of these species, we also provide echolocation call data that are reported for the first time in India.  Together, these new data highlight the need for a more robust and critical examination of the rich bat fauna existing in the foothills of the Himalaya.

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Uttam Saikia, Zoological Survey of India, North Eastern Regional Centre, Risa Colony, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003, India.

Dr. Uttam Saikia is working as Scientist-C in Zoological Survey of India, Shillong

Adora Thabah, Solar View Cottage, Upper Mawprem, Shillong, Meghalaya 793002, India.

Dr. Adora Thabah is an amateur bat biologist based in Shillong. She did her doctoral research on the bat fauna of selected caves in Meghalaya from the University of Bristol.  

Manuel Ruedi, Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology, Natural History Museum of Geneva, BP 6434, 1211 Geneva 6, Switzerland.

Dr. Manuel Ruedi is Curator of Mammals in the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology, Natural History Museum of Geneva, Switzerland


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