Miniopterus griffithsi

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Miniopterus griffithsi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Miniopteridae
Genus: Miniopterus
Species: M. griffithsi
Binomial name
Miniopterus griffithsi
Goodman et al., 2010

Miniopterus griffithsi is a bat in the genus Miniopterus which occurs in southern Madagascar.[1] M. griffithsi was previously a part of the largest family of bats, the Vespertilionidae, which consist of 5 subfamilies.[2] The bat family Miniopteridae is widely distributed, ranging from the majority of sub-Sahara Africa to north Africa and Eurasia, as well as southern and southeastern Asia and Australia.[2] Typical features of these bats include elongated third fingers, long narrow wings giving them a pointed shape when in flight, and a bent shape when folded, adding to the common name of bent-wing bats. M. griffithsi is similar to its sister species Miniopterus gleni, which lives north of the Onilahy River, while M. giffithsi lives south of it.[1] Researchers first discovered that M. griffithsi was separate from M. gleni based on phylogeographic studies of M. gleni.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Patterns of morphological and genetic variation in the endemic Malagasy bat Miniopterus gleni (Chiroptera: Miniopteridae), with the description of a new species, M. griffithsi. S. M. Goodman, C. P. Maminirina, H. M. Bradman, L. Christidis, B. R. Appleton.
  2. ^ a b A Family Matter: Conclusive Resolution of the Taxonomic Position of the Long-Fingered Bats, Miniopterus, Cassandra M. Miller-Butterworth*, William J. Murphy†, Stephen J. O'Brien‡, David S. Jacobs§, Mark S. Springer‖ and Emma C. Teeling¶