New records of pigmentation disorders in molossid and phyllostomid (Chiroptera) bats from Peru

Carlos Tello 1 , Daniel G. Streicker 2 , Jorge Gomez 3  and Paúl M. Velazco 4
  • 1 Programa de Investigación, Yunkawasi, Av. Mariscal Castilla 582, Lima 33, Perú; and Programa de Conservación de Murciélagos del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • 2 Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
  • 3 Dirección General de Epidemiología, Ministerio de Salud, Lima, Peru
  • 4 Department of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA
Carlos Tello, Daniel G. Streicker, Jorge Gomez and Paúl M. Velazco

Abstract

Pigmentation disorders, either from the complete absence (albinism), partial (leucism), or excess (melanism) of melanin, are rare in vertebrates. Worldwide, only a few records of these disorders had been reported for bats. Thanks to recent fieldwork and examination of museum specimens of the collections of the AMNH and MUSM, we report five species with those conditions in Peru. In this study, we report the first cases of leucism in Artibeus anderseni, Chiroderma trinitatum, and Desmodus rotundus and partial melanism in Carollia perspicillata. Additionally, we report the first record of an albino bat (Molossus molossus) for Peru.

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