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Volume 68, Issue 4


Postnatal growth in Myotis blythii (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae)

Mozafar Sharifi
Published Online: 2007-07-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mamm.2004.027

The length of the forearm, the body mass and the length of the total gap of the fourth metacarpal-phalangeal joint were measured in order to develop empirical growth curves for a free-ranging population of the lesser mouseeared bat Myotis blythii in a maternity colony in western Iran. Length of forearm and body mass followed a linear pattern of growth until day 14 (at mean rates of 1.44 mm/day and 0.43 g/day respectively), and subsequently decreased to reach a stable level. The length of the total gap of the metacarpalphalangeal joint increased up to 10 days and decreased when it closed at over 70 days. Initiation of flight occurred 3-4 weeks after birth. A method of estimation of age was derived from values of length of forearm and the total gap of the fourth metacarpal-phalangeal joint during the preflight and post flight periods.

Key Words: Myotis blythii,; Chiroptera,; growth,; body mass,; forearm,; metacarpal-phalangeal joint

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Published Online: 2007-07-13

Published in Print: 2004-12-01

Citation Information: Mammalia mamm, Volume 68, Issue 4, Pages 283–289, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mamm.2004.027.

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