First record of existence of Rhinolophus malayanus (Chiroptera, Rhinolophidae) in China

Jie Liang 1 , Xiangyang He 1 , Xingwen Peng 1 , Huanwang Xie 1  and Libiao Zhang 1
  • 1 Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
Jie Liang
  • Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
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, Xiangyang He
  • Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
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, Xingwen Peng
  • Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
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, Huanwang Xie
  • Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
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and Libiao Zhang
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Abstract

Rhinolophus malayanus has been found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. In 2015, we found three small Rhinolophus bats in Mengla County, Yunnan, China. Results of morphological and molecular examinations identified them as R. malayanus. This is the first record of existence of R. malayanus in China. This study advanced our knowledge of bat distribution and provided important information for further studies of various aspects of R. malayanus in China.

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