New records of pigmentation disorders in molossid and phyllostomid (Chiroptera) bats from Peru

Tello, C., Streicker, D. G. , Gomez, J. and Velazco, P. M. (2013) New records of pigmentation disorders in molossid and phyllostomid (Chiroptera) bats from Peru. Mammalia, 78(2), (doi:10.1515/mammalia-2013-0019)

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Abstract

Pigmentation disorders, either from the complete absence (albinism), partial (leucism), or excess (melanism) of melanin, are rare in vertebrates. Worldwide, only a few records of these disorders had been reported for bats. Thanks to recent fieldwork and examination of museum specimens of the collections of the AMNH and MUSM, we report five species with those conditions in Peru. In this study, we report the first cases of leucism in Artibeus anderseni, Chiroderma trinitatum, and Desmodus rotundus and partial melanism in Carollia perspicillata. Additionally, we report the first record of an albino bat (Molossus molossus) for Peru.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Streicker, Dr Daniel
Authors: Tello, C., Streicker, D. G., Gomez, J., and Velazco, P. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Mammalia
Publisher:de Gruyter
ISSN:0025-1461
ISSN (Online):1864-1547
Published Online:04 September 2013

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