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Correlations Between Hardness of Food and Craniodental Traits in Nine Myotis Species (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae)

M. Ghazali
  • Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
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/ I. Dzeverin
  • Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
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Published Online: 2013-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/vzoo-2013-0006

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We studied 8 skull and 42 dental characters in nine Myotis species (M. myotis, M. blythii, M. bechsteinii, M. dasycneme, M. emarginatus, M. nattereri, M. daubentonii, M. brandtii, M. mystacinus) to analyze correlations between hardness of food and skull and dental traits. Contrary to the common bat pattern, Myotis that are specialized on hard-shelled dietary items tend to have relatively narrow skull and long tooth rows. The dentition of durophagous Myotis is composed by relatively enlarged second and reduced third molars.

Для анализа связи между твердостью пищи и значениями черепных и зубных признаков исследовано 8 черепных и 42 зубных промера у девяти видов ночниц (Myotis myotis, M. blythii, M. bechsteinii, M. dasycneme, M. emarginatus, M. nattereri, M. daubentonii, M. brandtii, M. mystacinus). Вопреки общим для летучих мышей закономерностям у ночниц, специализированных к поеданию объектов питания с твердыми покровами, выявлена тенденция к сужению черепа и удлинению зубных рядов. В зубном аппарате такие ночницы имеют относительно увеличенные вторые и редуцированные третьи моляры

Keywords : Myotis; hardness of food; skull; teeth

Ключевые слова: Myotis; твердость пищи; череп; зубы

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Published Online: 2013-03-01

Published in Print: 2013-02-01


Citation Information: Vestnik Zoologii. Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 67–76, ISSN (Online) 2073-2333, ISSN (Print) 0084-5604, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/vzoo-2013-0006, March 2013

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