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First records of the bats Eumops bonariensis (Chiroptera: Molossidae) and Pteronotus fuscus (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae) in Peru

  • Dennisse Ruelas ORCID logo EMAIL logo and Cristian Soria ORCID logo
From the journal Mammalia


Herein, based on molecular and morphological evidence, we report the first record of Eumops bonariensis (Peters 1874) and Pteronotus fuscus (Allen 1911) for Peru, representing a range extension of at least 1580 km (to Ucayali department) and 1860 km (to San Martín department) from the nearest records, respectively; and confirm that Pteronotus rubiginosus (Wagner 1843) is absent in Peru. We also provide comments on the taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of these species. This study highlights the importance of exploring unsampled localities and doing detailed morphological studies and extensive use of molecular methods.

Corresponding author: Dennisse Ruelas, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Av. Arenales 1256, Lima 15072, Peru; and Instituto de Ciencias Biológicas “Antonio Raimondi”, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima 15081, Peru, E-mail:


We thank Concesión para Conservación Río La Novia, Asociación de Conservación y Protección Ecológica “El Bosque del Futuro Ojos de Agua” (ABOFOA), and Asociación de Protección Ambiental del Bosque “El Quinillal” for their help with the fieldwork and for valuable comments on this manuscript. We thank Víctor Pacheco for his help with the fieldwork in Purús and his valuable and constructive comments and suggestions on the manuscript. We also thank Renato Gregorin (Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil) and Brandy Coyner (Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, United States) for sharing some photos of Eumops bonariensis, E. delticus, and E. patagonicus. Finally, we thank the editor and three anonymous reviewers for their comments that allowed us to improve the manuscript. This study was made under the objectives of the DIMAPA research group of the Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Posgrado of the UNMSM.

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

  2. Research funding: We thank World Wildlife Fund Peru (WWF) and Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana (IIAP) for funding the fieldwork in Ucayali and San Martín, respectively.

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


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Received: 2020-08-16
Accepted: 2021-05-04
Published Online: 2021-07-12
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