Australian Museum Journal An interim guide to identification of insectivorous bats of south-eastern Australia

Shortform:
Parnaby, 1999, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. 8: 1–33
Author(s):
Parnaby, Harry
Year published:
1999
Title:
An interim guide to identification of insectivorous bats of south-eastern Australia
Serial title:
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum
Volume:
8
Start page:
1
End page:
33
DOI:
10.3853/j.1031-8062.8.1999.1528
Language:
English
Plates:
second reprint
Date published:
22 September 1999
Cover date:
22 September 1999
ISSN:
1031-8062
CODEN:
TRAMEU
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: CHIROPTERA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
18 June 2009
Reference number:
1528
Comments:
second reprint
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (101kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (5013kb PDF)

Abstract

[This is the second of two reprints (1994 and 1999) of the 1992 Australian Museum publication] Species keys using external characters are given for the 33 microchiropteran bat species recorded from south-eastern Australia, except for the five species of the taxonomically chaotic genus Mormopterus, and female Eptesicus. The key is designed for use by non-specialists. Identification criteria, synonyms and broad distributional limits are summarised in individual species accounts. Substantial taxonomic uncertainty affects two thirds of the species in south-eastern Australia. Field identification of a significant proportion of species remains problematical because reliable external, diagnostic characters are not known. Consequently, easy or accurate field identification is not possible for many species. The need to retain voucher specimens to confirm identifications is emphasised.

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