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Title: Molecular Identification of Italian Mouse-eared Bats (genus Myotis)
Authors: Galimberti, Andrea
Martinoli, Adriano
Russo, Danilo
Mucedda, Mauro
Casiraghi, Maurizio
Keywords: cryptic speciesDNA barcodingintegrated taxonomyVespertilionidae
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Andrea Galimberti [et al.], Molecular Identification of Italian Mouse-eared Bats (genus Myotis), in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 289-294.
Abstract: Despite the fact that the genus Myotis (Mouse-Eared bats) is one of the most investigated microchiropteran groups, recent molecular studies highlighted the presence of several cryptic species with substantial implications for ecological and conservation issues. Our dataset includes 55 coxI sequences from 11 morphologically-identified Italian Mouse-Eared bats species. We applied an integrated approach comparing data from a traditional morphological identification and molecular variability in a fragment of the mitochondrial coxI gene (DNA barcoding). Our results clearly show a strong coherence between the two identification approaches for almost all of the examined species, and revealed interesting patterns of intraspecific variability within the species M. nattereri. Finally, we successfully tested the efficacy of our identification method on undetermined individuals sampled in the field.
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
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