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Article Title

Range Extensions of Ten Species of Bats in California

Volume

97

Issue

2

First Page

49

Last Page

75

Abstract

Ten rare or uncommon species were among some 22,000 bats identi- fied after being tested for rabies in California: Macrotus californicus, Choeron- ycteris mexicana, Leptonycteris curasoae, Myotis velifer, Lasionycteris noctiva- gans, Lasiurus blossevillii, Lasiurus xanthinus, Nyctinomops femorosaccus, Nyc- tinomops macrotis, and Eumops perotis. Numerous geographic range extensions were among 194 new localities reported. Perceived range extensions of southerly species may be due to either increased sampling, global warming or other factors. Identification by professional taxonomists of host animals tested for pathogens is encouraged to save valuable data and as prerequisite to disease problem compre- hension and resolution.