First record of Platyrrhinus fusciventris (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae) for the Caatinga biome

Patrício A. Rocha 1 , Mônica A. Pedroso 2  and Paúl M. Velazco 3
  • 1 Graduate Program in Biological Science (Zoology), Department of Systematics and Ecology, Federal University of Paraiba, Cidade Universitária, Paraíba, Brazil
  • 2 Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil
  • 3 American Museum of Natural History, Division of Paleontology, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, USA
Patrício A. Rocha
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, Mônica A. Pedroso
  • Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil
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and Paúl M. Velazco
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Abstract

The Neotropical genus Platyrrhinus includes 21 small- to medium-sized bat species. Until recently, the known distribution of Platyrrhinus fusciventris in Brazil was restricted to the Amazon and Cerrado biomes. Herein, we report the easternmost record of this species, extending its distribution to the Caatinga biome, in Northeastern Brazil, Sergipe state. The specimen reported extends the known eastern limit of the species distribution by more than 800 km, suggesting that this species, although preferring rainforest habitats, also possesses the plasticity to exploit resources of the seasonal dry forests, as the Caatinga.

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