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Distributional extensions of Carollia castanea and Micronycteris minuta from Guatemala, Central America

  • Sergio G. Pérez-Consuegra EMAIL logo , James L. Patton , Ella Vázquez-Domínguez , Jorge E. López , Raiza Barahona , Estefany J. Ordóñez-Sayle and José Alejandro Nicolle
From the journal Mammalia


Field expeditions in 2011 that inventoried the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of two wildlife protected areas in the tropical Caribbean of Guatemala have produced the first confirmed records of two bats for the country: the white-bellied big-eared bat, Micronycteris (Schizonycteris) minuta (Gervais 1856) and the Chesnut short-tailed bat Carollia castanea H. Allen, 1890, both of neotropical distribution and with their current northern limit at Lancetilla, Honduras. The record of M. minuta at Sierra de Caral, Guatemala extends the range of this species 137 km to the west, and the record of C. castanea at Cerro San Gil extends its range 147 km to the west.


Field collecting permits and access to facilities at both localities were granted by Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP: F. Herrera and E. Flores) and Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo (FUNDAECO: M. Barrientos), in Morales, Izabal, Guatemala. This paper is part of the project “Biotic inventories and evolution of the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of nuclear Central America”, US National Science Foundation Grant DEB1026393 to R. Bowie, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. Special thanks to A. L. Grajeda (USAC Mammal Collection) and R. Barrios (Dean of the Biology School) for field and laboratory facilities and permits. We are also grateful to our herpetological colleagues T. Papenfuss, S. Rovito, and C. Vásquez, who provided organizational and field assistance. S. Rovito, L. Meléndez and A. Anzueto facilitated the photographs of specimens. We dedicate this paper to Rodolfo Lima, an enthusiastic Guatemalan biology student who was part of the USAC-MVZ expeditions, and who died a victim of the dangerous streets in Guatemala City.


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Received: 2016-6-30
Accepted: 2017-2-21
Published Online: 2017-3-31
Published in Print: 2017-12-20

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