Australian Museum Journal A new species of Pteralopex (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from Montane Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Shortform:
Flannery, 1991, Rec. Aust. Mus. 43(2): 123–129
Author(s):
Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1991
Title:
A new species of Pteralopex (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from Montane Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
43
Issue:
2
Start page:
123
End page:
129
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.43.1991.44
Language:
English
Date published:
22 November 1991
Cover date:
22 November 1991
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: CHIROPTERA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
24 November 2008
Available online:
18 December 2008
Reference number:
44
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Abstract

Pteralopex pulchra n.sp. is described. It is known from a single specimen collected at 1,230 m on the south slopes of Mount Makarakomburu, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. It is probably restricted to altitudes in excess of 1,200 m, where it possibly replaces Pteralopex atrata which is restricted to lower elevations. This species pair possibly forms the only example among Solomon Islands mammals of altitudinal replacement. The morphology of P. pulchra n.sp. is intermediate in some respects between that of the two previously known Solomon Islands species (P. anceps and P. atrata), and the Fijian P. acrodonta. Pteralopex pulchra n.sp. is unique however in the possession of extensively black and white mottled wings, bright red eyes and a yellowish venter which contrasts strongly with the blackish back.