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Albinism in the striped spear-nosed bat Gardnerycteris crenulatum (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) with an updated list of albino bats in the World

Marlon Zortéa
  • Programa de Pós-graduação em Biodiversidade Animal, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Regional Jataí, Br. 364 Km 195, Jataí, Goiás, 75801-615, Brazil
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/ Michelly Cristina Silva
  • Biota Projetos e Consultoria, Rua 86-C, Setor Sul, Goiânia, Goiás, 74083-360, Brazil
Published Online: 2017-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0080


Albinism is a pigmentation anomaly present in all of the main vertebrate groups, including about 4% of bat species. In this article, we described a new case in a Neotropical bat Gardnerycteris crenulatum collected in a savanna of northern Brazil. This bat is an adult male with white and pale yellow fur, red eyes, and white skin on its entire body. We perform a review of the world list of bat species with albinism, which totals 60 species in six continents to this date.

Keywords: albinism; bats; Brazil; Mammalia; Neotropical

Received: 2016-06-15

Accepted: 2016-12-13

Published Online: 2017-01-20

Citation Information: Mammalia. 20160080, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0080, January 2017

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