Check List 12(2): e19456, doi: 10.15560/12.2.1854
First record of Chiroderma improvisum Baker & Genoways, 1976 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Saint Kitts, Lesser Antilles
expand article infoJason D. Beck, Amanda D. Loftis§, Jennifer L. Daly§, Will K. Reeves, Maria V. Orlova|
‡ Idaho Department of Fish and Game, United States of America§ Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Saint Kitts and Nevis| National Research Tomsk State University, Russia
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Chiroderma improvisum is a rare bat previously known only on the Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe and Montserrat. We report the first recorded capture of C. improvisum on the island of Saint Kitts, 80 km northwest of Montserrat. Cytochrome b (cytB) gene analysis of the single captured specimen confirmed the identity of the bat as C. improvisum; however, there is enough difference to indicate some population divergence, and possibly differentiation at the subspecific level among islands. We also report the first records of an ectoparasite, Periglischrus iheringi (Acarina: Spinturnicidae), from this bat.
Chiroptera; Phyllostomidae; Caribbean; Lesser Antilles; vulnerable species; Periglischrus iheringi, Spinturnicidae