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Here we are, so close to the very end. I am pleased and surprised to find that we’re now looking at the vesper bats within Vespertilionini – the clade that (in the topology I’m using here: that of Roehrs et al. (2010)) includes the pipistrelles and noctules and their closest relatives. We’ll get to those…

By now (if, that is, you’ve been following this thrilling, roller-coaster ride of a series) we’ve gotten through the better part of vesper bat phylogeny: we’ve climbed ‘up’ the vesper bat cladogram and are now within the youngest major section of the group. Recent phylogenetic studies have recognised a serotine clade (Eptesicini or Nycticeiini), a…

As we’ve seen throughout this series (see links below for previous parts), recent phylogenetic studies have found a number of ‘pipistrelle-like non-pipistrelles’ to form a novel clade previously unsuspected from morphological studies [composite above shows – l to r – Hypsugo cf. joffrei (from Kruskop & Shchinov (2010)), Neoromicia capensis (from Fernloof Nature Reserve), and…

A group of mostly mid-sized pipistrelle-like bats of Africa and the northern continents are known as the serotines (Eptesicus) [species shown here is the one generally known simply as the Serotine E. serotinus: photo by Mnolf, from wikipedia]. Here in Europe this is – along with pipistrelles, noctules and long-eared bats – one of the…

A group of serotine-like bats that occur in North America, Cuba, tropical Africa, Asia and Australasia have often been grouped together in a ‘tribe’ called Nycticeini (or Nycticeiini: both spellings are used in the bat literature and I’m unsure which has proper precedence). Tate (1942) used this name for an assemblage of species grouped together…

Once upon a time, a huge variety of small to very small vesper bats – basically all of those that possess a simple tragus, a shortish face, two pairs of upper incisors and two upper and two lower premolars – were lumped together as the pipistrelles. You don’t have to have a detailed or expert…

Vesper bats. Well done with sticking with it all so far – I have lots of non-bat stuff I want to cover, but (for reasons soon to be explained) I need to get this series finished. With this article – part XI in the series (XI) – we are not at the end. But we…

About 12 species of big-eared Australasian bats are known as the, err, Australian big-eared bats and New Guinean bats. More formally, they are the Nyctophilus species. They’re also known from some of the islands that surround New Guinea (like the Lesser Sundas), and also from New Caledonia (an endemic New Caledonian species, N. nebulosus, was…

Hey, if anyone out there is bored with the bats, just gimme a shout. If you’re loving it, say so, and urge me to post more – there’s still a lot to come! Yes, welcome once again to the vesper bat series: for previous installments see the list of links at the bottom of this…

Now that all the fuss about modern-day sauropod dinosaurs has died down, we can get back to the serious business of vesper bats (incidentally, I do plan to cover the mokele-mbembe – in serious fashion – at some point in history). For previous parts in the vesper bats series, please look at the links below.…