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New records of hypopigmentation in two neotropical phyllostomid bat species with different roosting habits (Uroderma bilobatum, Glossophaga soricina)

Andreas Rose
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Published Online: 2017-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0086

Abstract

Hypopigmentation disorders were reported in several bat species roosting in dark and sheltered roosts, but comparable records from open foliage roosts are rare. Here, we present three observations of non-albinistic hypopigmentation in two neotropical bat species. One extensively hypopigmented individual of Uroderma bilobatum was observed roosting among regular pigmented conspecifics in an open foliage roost in Panamá. Two individuals of Glossophaga soricina with a patchy hypopigmentation were incidentally mistnetted during studies in Panamá and Costa Rica. Considering the species-specific roosting habits, we briefly discuss potential implications of pigmentation disorders and aberrant visual appearance for the affected individuals.

Keywords: Chiroptera; hypopigmentation; leucism; piebaldism; pigmentation disorder

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About the article

Received: 2016-06-23

Accepted: 2016-11-08

Published Online: 2017-01-20

Published in Print: 2017-10-26


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 81, Issue 6, Pages 615–619, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0086.

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