Australian Museum Journal Occasional notes. IV. Uronycteris cephalotes, Pallas

Shortform:
Waite, 1901, Rec. Aust. Mus. 4(3): 144
Author(s):
Waite, Edgar R.
Year published:
1901
Title:
Occasional notes. IV. Uronycteris cephalotes, Pallas
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
4
Issue:
3
Start page:
144
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.4.1901.1091
Language:
English
Date published:
29 July 1901
Cover date:
29 July 1901
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
31 October 2008
Available online:
09 March 2009
Reference number:
1091
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Complete work:
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Abstract

On the mainland of Australia this peculiar and unmistakeable Bat has been recorded only from Cape York, and the evidence of its occurrence on the Continent rests apparently on a specimen in the British Museum. It is pleasing therefore to record further examples, one from Queensland, received from Mr. George Hislop, who secured it on the Bloomfield River, near Cooktown, in 1897, and another within the limits of our own State, which was obtained under rather curious circumstances. On the 6th April last Mr. Henry R. Elvery forwarded the Bat from Alstonville on the Richmond River, remarking that he had never observed anything like it before, and that it was taken by Mr. A. O. Ponton who caught it on a barbed wire fence.

In his catalogue, Dobson used the name Harpyia, Illiger (1811), for this genus, but Ogilby pointed out that it had been bestowed by Ochsenheimer, the preceding year, in Insecta; he therefore reverted to Uronycteris, Gray (1862). Two years ago Trouessart again used Harpyia, but later adopted Cephalotes, Geoff. (1810), preoccupied by Dumeril in Fishes (1806). I do not see that any name other than Uronycteris can be used for this bat.

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