A new bat species confirmed for Europe: Plecotus gaisleri


Plecotus gaisleri is among the last species to have been recognized among long-eared bats of the Mediterranean basin. The availability of unconfirmed records only had led Eurobats to exclude it from the latest checklist of European bat.

New evidence based on field surveys, molecular analysis and modelling confirmed the species occurs in Italy (Pantelleria), Malta and Gozo. Insular European populations show a higher haplotype diversity than those of North African ones and constitute important conservation units.

Ancillotto, L., Bosso, L., Smeraldo, S., Mori, E., Mazza, G., Herkt, M., Galimberti, A., Ramazzotti, F., & Russo, D. (2020). An African bat in Europe: Plecotus gaisleri: Biogeographic and ecological insights from molecular taxonomy and Species Distribution Models. Ecology & Evolution, 00, 1-16.

Batsleer, F., Portelli, E., Borg, J. J., Kiefer, A., Veith, M., & Dekeuleire, D. (2019). Maltese bats show phylogeographic affiliation with North-Africa: Implications for conservation. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 30, 172–177.

Mifsud, C. M., & Vella, A. (2019). Mitochondrial Genetic Diversity of Bat Species from the Maltese Islands and Applications for their Conservation. Natural and Engineering Sciences4(3), 276-292.



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