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Leucism and updated geographic distribution of Molossus nigricans Miller, 1902 (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Honduras

Wilson Gómez-Corea EMAIL logo , Jonathan Hernández , Cristopher Antúnez-Fonseca , David Mejía-Quintanilla and Hermes Vega
From the journal Mammalia


We present the first record of leucism of Molossus nigricans a chromatic disorder rarely documented in mammals of Honduras, as well as species’ biological and ecological information. In addition, we present the currently known distribution and altitudinal range of M. nigricans in Honduras, based on acoustic records, opportunistic findings and previous records. We confirm the presence of M. nigricans in sixteen departments of which four are new departmental records.

Corresponding author: Wilson Gómez-Corea, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras en el Valle de Sula (UNAH-VS), San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras; Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Ilhéus, Brasil; and Programa de Conservación de Murciélagos en Honduras (PCMH), Tegucigalpa, Honduras, E-mail:


We thank the following people and institutions for the support they provided: Blanca Moradel, Eric Flores, Fausto Elvir, Hector Portillo, Juan Pablo Suazo, Keila Bustillo and Maria Flores, part of the technical team of the PCMH, who were present in the field work, with the collaboration of Lesly Torres, Roger Flores, M. Arzúa (partial monitoring); Adrián Perdomo who was part of the specimen collectors; Ana Chavez and Jonny Miller for English review, and Johan Reyes, Franger García and two anonymous reviewers who kindly made good suggestions to improve the manuscript; INCEBIO, Macaw Mountain, Hotel Clarion, UNAG, MAPANCE for the efforts and logistical support. This research was done under the permit of the Instituto Nacional de Conservación y Desarrollo Forestal, Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre (ICF), Resolución DE-MP-067-2018.

  1. Author contribution: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: None declared.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2019-12-18
Accepted: 2020-06-23
Published Online: 2020-09-14
Published in Print: 2021-01-27

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