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Taxonomic evaluation of the bent-winged bat (Miniopterus) populations occurring in Iran inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome-b sequences

Vahid Akmali, Robab Mehdizadeh, Kianoosh Chaghamirza, Marziyeh Moradi and Mozafar Sharifi
From the journal Mammalia


We studied the genetic differentiation and taxonomy of the bent-wing bat (Miniopterus) populations occurring in Iran by analyzing the mitochondrial cytochrome-b (687 bp) sequences. Molecular data provided by the present study exhibit a closer average K2P genetic distance among the Miniopterus populations in Iran and Azerbaijan (0.05) than that among those in Iran and Turkey (1.38), Iran and Spain (2.93) and Iran and Georgia (3.16). Moreover, the phylogenetic trees showed that all Iranian and Azerbaijani samples, as well as those from East Turkey, are grouped in the same clade, whereas the samples from other parts of Turkey, Spain and Georgia belong to another clade. These results suggest that the Miniopterus populations in Iran and Azerbaijan, together with those from East Turkey, are in fact Miniopterus pallidus, whereas the other Turkish samples, together with those from Georgia and western Europe, belong to Miniopterus schreibersii.

Corresponding author: Mozafar Sharifi, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran; and Center for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran, e-mail:

Funding statement: Funding: This study was supported by Razi University as a MSc research project for the second author.


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Received: 2014-1-7
Accepted: 2014-9-3
Published Online: 2014-10-4
Published in Print: 2015-11-1

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