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