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Guillen's tube-nosed bat (Murina guilleni).

 

Bala tube-nosed bat (Murina balaensis).



The skull of the Laotian giant flying squirrel (Biswamoyopterus laoensis).

 

Griffin's leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros griffini).

House-dwelling leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros einnaythu).

 


 

Elery's tube-nosed bat (Murina eleryi).

 



 

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Titania’s woolly bat (Kerivoula titania).

 

 

 

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Murina tiensa was described from Vietnam.


 

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Hipposideros boeadii from Sulawesi.

 

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Pipistrellus raceyi, an endemic of Madagascar.

 

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The dentition of Murina harrisoni (left).



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Kerivoula kachinensis, widespread in the forests of mainland SE Asia.

 

 

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Anterior dentition of Pipistrellus arabicus).

 

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Skull of Tadarida gallagheri from Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire).

 

 

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Gerbillus mesopotamiae from Iraq.




Eighteen new species of Recent mammal

In collaboration with colleagues worldwide, staff of the Harrison Institute have helped to describe 35 new taxa. Of these, eighteen are new species, which include thirteen species of bat and three species of murid rodent and one species of flying squirrel.  They are listed below in chronological order, with the most recently described listed first.

2013 - Murina guilleni (Guillen's tube-nosed bat)

Type locality: Rajjaprabha Dam, Ban Takhun District, Surat Thani Province, peninsular Thailand, 8°57’N, 98°47’E, 80 m a.s.l.

Holotype specimen: PSUZC-MM 2010.22 (field number PS100419.2), adult male, body in alcohol, skull and baculum extracted, collected by P. Soisook on 19 April 2010.

Reference: Soisook, P., S. Karapan, C. Satasook, V. D. Thong, F. A. A. Khan, I. Maryanto, G. Csorba, N. Furey, B. Aul, and  P. J. J. Bates.  A review of the Murina cyclotis complex (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with descriptions of a new species and subspecies. Acta Chiropterologica, 15(2): 271-292. [PDF available]

 

2013 - Murina balaensis (Bala tube-nosed bat)

Type locality: Second bridge trail, Bala Forest, Halabala Wildlife Sanctuary, Wang, Narathiwat Province, S. Thailand, approx. 5°48.9’N 101°48.1’E, 370 m a.s.l.

Holotype specimen: PSUZC-MM2012.214, field number PS121013.1, adult male, dry skin with skull and baculum extracted, collected by Abdullah Samoh, Saowaluk Binlasoi and Jirapan Yimkaew on 13 October 2012, on behalf of faunal diversity survey of Halabala Wildlife Research Station.

Reference: Soisook, P., S. Karapan, C. Satasook, and P. J. J. Bates.  2013.  A new species of Murina (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from peninsular Thailand.  Zootaxa, 3746: 567-579. [PDF available]


2013 - Biswamoyopterus laoensis (Laotian giant flying squirrel)

Type locality: Ban Thongnami, Pak Kading District, Bolikhamxai Province, Lao PDR, 18˚10.302'N, 104˚14.115'E.

Holotype specimen: FES.MM.12.163 in National University of Lao collection, Vietianne, Lao PDR - adult female, dry skin, skull extracted. Collected by Daovanh Sanamxay, Sysouphanh Xayavong, and Vilakhan Xayaphet on 25 September, 2012.

Reference: Sanamxay, D., B. Douangboubpha, S. Bumrungsri, S. Xayavong, V. Xayaphet, C. Satasook, and P.J.J. Bates. 2013. Rediscovery of Biswamoyopterus (Mammalia: Rodentia: Sciuridae: Pteromyini) in Asia, with the description of a new species from Lao PDR. Zootaxa. 3686: 471–481. [PDF available]

 

2011 - Hipposideros griffini (Griffin's leaf-nosed bat)

Type locality: Cat Ba National Park, Cat Ba Island, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, 20˚48'N, 107˚01'E, (248 metres above sea level).

Holotype specimen: IEBR-T.200809.12 in IEBR collection, Hanoi, Vietnam - adult male, in alcohol, skull removed. Collected by Vu Dinh Thong on 20 August, 2009.

Reference: Thong, V.D., S.J. Puechmaille, A. Denzinger, C. Dietz, G. Csorba, P.J.J. Bates, E.C. Teeling, and H-U. Schnitzler. 2012. A new species of Hipposideros (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Vietnam. Journal of Mammalogy, 93(1): 1-11. [PDF available]

 

2011 - Hipposideros einnaythu (House-dwelling leaf-nosed bat)

Type locality: Kan Thar Yar Beach, Gwa Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar, 17˚44'00"N, 94˚32'30"E, (sea
level).

Holotype specimen: HZM.5.35011 (Field No: Z36) in Harrison Institute, mature female, in spirit, skull removed. Collected by June Cree, Paul Bates, Malcolm Pearch, Si Si Hla Bu, Khin Maung Swe, Elizabeth Barratt, Lorna McGregor, Janet Leakey, and Ditte Hendrichsen on 15 September, 2000.

Reference: Douangboubpha, B., S. Bumrungsri, C. Satasook, P. Soisook, Si Si Hla Bu, B. Aul, D.L. Harrison, M. Pearch, N.M. Thomas, and P.J.J. Bates. 2011. A new species of small Hipposideros (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Myanmar and a revaluation of the taxon H. nicobarulae Miller, 1902 from the Nicobar Islands. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(1): 61-78. [PDF available]

2009 - Murina eleryi (Eleryi’s tube-nosed bat)

Type locality: Kim Hy Commune, Na Ri district of Kim Hy
Nature Reserve, Bac Kan province, Vietnam,
22˚16.392’N, 106˚03.427’E, 525 m a.s.l. (above sea
level).

Holotype specimen: HNHM.2007.51.1. (collector’s number: NF. 101007.2), in Hungarian Natural History Museum, mature male, in spirit, skull removed.
Collected by N. M. Furey on 10 October, 2007.

Reference: Furey, N.M., V.D. Thong, P.J.J. Bates, and G. Csorba. 2009. Description of a new species belonging to the Murinasuilla-group’ (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Murininae) from north Vietnam. Acta Chiropterologica, 11(2): 225-236. [PDF available]

 

2007 - Kerivoula titania (Titania’s woolly bat)

Type locality: Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area, Mondul Kiri Province, Cambodia, 12°10.49’N, 106°58.55’E, 290 m a.s.l.

Holotype specimen: HNHM.2005.81.58 (in the Hungarian Natural History Museum collection).

Reference: Bates, P.J.J., M. Struebig, B. Hayes, N. Furey, Khin Mya Mya, V.D. Thong, P.D. Tien, C. Francis and G. Csorba. 2007. A new species of Kerivoula (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(2): 323-337. [PDF available]

 

2007 - Murina tiensa (Fairy tube-nosed bat)

Type locality: An Tinh commune, Na Ri district of Kim Hy Nature Reserve, Bac Kan Province, Vietnam, 22°11.725'N, 106°01.638'E, ca. 750 m a.s.l.

Holotype specimen: HZM.2.38178 (in the Harrison Institute collection).

Reference: Csorba, G., V. D. Thong, P. J. J. Bates and N .M. Furey. 2007. Description of a new species of Murina from Vietnam (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Murininae). Museum of Texas Tech University, Occasional Papers No. 268: 1-9. [PDF available]

 

2007 - Hipposideros boeadii (Boeadi’s leaf-nosed bat)

Type locality: Lanowulu, Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park, South-East Sulawesi, 04°22’S, 121°44’E.

Holotype specimen: M. 28253 (in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense collection).

Reference: Bates, P. J. J., S. J. Rossiter, A. Suyanto, and T. Kingston. 2007. A new species of Hipposideros (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Sulawesi. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(1): 13–26. [PDF available]

 

2006 - Pipistrellus raceyi (Racey’s pipistrelle)

Type locality: Kianjavato, Province de Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, 21°22.84’S, 47°51.96’E, 75 m a.s.l.

Holotype specimen: FMNH.185567 (in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago collection).

Reference: Bates, P. J. J., F. H. Ratrimomanarivo, D. L. Harrison, and S. M. Goodman. 2006. A description of a new species of Pipistrellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Madagascar with a review of related Vespertilioninae from the island. Acta Chiropterologica, 8(2): 299–324. [PDF available]

 

2005 - Murina harrisoni (Harrison’s tube-nosed bat)

Type locality: O Tuk Chehn, Kirirom National Park, Kompong Speu Province, Cambodia, 11°29.611’N, 104°12.746’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.36316 (in the Harrison Institute collection).

Reference: Csorba, G. and P. J. J. Bates. 2005. Description of a new species of Murina from Cambodia (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Murininae). Acta Chiropterologica, 7(1): 1–7. [PDF available]

 

2004 - Kerivoula kachinensis (Kachin woolly bat)

Type locality: Namdee Forest, Bhamo Township, Kachin State, Myanmar. 24°34.203’N, 97°07.501’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.35288 (in the Harrison Institute collection).

Reference: Bates, P.J.J., M. Struebig, B. Hayes, N. Furey, Khin Mya Mya, V.D. Thong, P.D. Tien, C. Francis and G. Csorba. 2007. A new species of Kerivoula (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(2): 323-337. [PDF available]

 

1979 - Hypsugo arabicus (Arabian pipistrelle)

Type locality: Wadi Sahtan, Oman. 23°22’N, 57°18’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.2.10052 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1979. A new species of Pipistrelle Bat (Pipistrellus: Vespertilionidae) from Oman, Arabia. Mammalia (Paris), 43(4): 573-576. [PDF available]

 

1975 - Chaerephon gallagheri (Gallagher’s free-tailed bat)

Type locality: Scierie Forest, 30 km South-West of Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). 3°10’N, 25°49’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.7797 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1975. A new species of African Free-tailed Bat (Chiroptera:Molossidae) obtained by the Zaire River Expedition. Mammalia (Paris), 39 (2): 311-318. [PDF available]

 

1967- Gerbillus (Hendecapleura) jamesi (James’s gerbil)

Type locality: near Hammamet, Tunisia.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.4473 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1967. Observations on some rodents from Tunisia, with the description of a new gerbil (Gerbillinae: Rodentia). Mammalia (Paris), 31(3): 382-389. [PDF available]

 

1960 - Hypsugo bodenheimeri (Bodenheimer’s pipistrelle)

Type locality: Yotvata, Wadi Araba, 40 km north of Eilat, Israel.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.2987 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1960. A new species of Pipistrelle Bat (Chiroptera: Pipistrellus) from South Israel. Durban Museum Novitates 5(19): 261-265. [PDF available]

 

1959 - Miniopterus griveaudi (Griveaud’s long-fingered bat)

Type locality: Grande Comore Island, Comoro Islands, Indian Ocean.

Holotype specimen: HZM.3.2803 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London – BMNH.67.1231).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1959. A new subspecies of Lesser Long-winged Bat Miniopterus minor Peters, 1867 from the Comoro Islands. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (15): 191-196.

The taxon griveaudi was originally described as a subspecies in M. minor but was subsequently assigned to M. manavi by Peterson et al. (1995) and has recently been promoted to full species by Goodman et al. (2009). [PDF available]

 

1956 - Gerbillus mesopotamiae (Harrison’s gerbil)

Type locality: near Amariya, on the west bank of the Euphrates, south-west of Faluja, Iraq.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.1737 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D.L. 1956. Gerbils from Iraq, with description of a new Gerbil. Journal of Mammalogy 37 (3): 417- 422.
Originally named as a race of Gerbillus dasyurus.