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Morphometric variation in the pusillus group of the genus rhinolophus (mammalia: chiroptera: rhinolophidae) in East Asia.
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PMID:  22639811     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Based on 203 specimens belonging to the Rhinolophus "pusillus group" (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae), univariate and multivariate morphometric analyses using 19 characters were performed to assess the confused species taxonomy. The results indicated that R. pusillus (including calidus, parcus, and szechuanus) in the continental region and Hainan Island of China and "R. cornutus" in Japan are morphologically divergent species. Rhinolophus cornutus should be further split into R. cornutus (including orii, pumilus, and miyakonis) in the main islands of Japan, the Amami and Okinawa Group of the central Ryukyu Archipelago, and Miyako Group of the southern Ryukyus; and R. perditus and R. imaizumii from the Yaeyama Group in the southern Ryukyus. Rhinolophus monoceros from Taiwan is morphologically more similar to species in Japan than to R. pusillus. In addition to R. pusillus, another form that is morphologically similar to species in Japan was recognized from Langzhong in Sichuan Province; this may represent an undescribed species, and further examination is necessary to determine its taxonomic status. Specimens from Guang'an in Sichuan Province, China, are also different from the others, and are characterized by the smallest skull size. Although further studies are required, these specimens were tentatively identified as R. subbadius.
Authors:
Yi Wu; Masaharu Motokawa; Masashi Harada; Vu Dinh Thong; Liang-Kong Lin; Yu-Chun Li
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoological science     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0289-0003     ISO Abbreviation:  Zool. Sci.     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702287     Medline TA:  Zoolog Sci     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  396-402     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
1 College of Life Science, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China.
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