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A recent inventory of the bats of mozambique with documentation of seven new species for the country

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The bat fauna of Mozambique is poorly documented. We conducted a series of inventories across the country between 2005 and 2009, resulting in the identification of 50 species from 41 sites. Of these, seven species represent new national records that increase the country total to 67 species. These data include results from the first detailed surveys across northern Mozambique, over an area representing almost 50% of the country. We detail information on new distribution records and measurements of these specimens. Special attention is paid to the Rhinolophidae, because these include several taxa that are currently in a state of taxonomic confusion. Furthermore, we also present some notes on taxonomy, ecology and echolocation calls. Finally, we combine modelled distributions to present predicted species richness across the country. Species richness was lowest across the coastal plain, to the east and far north, and is predicted to increase in association with rising altitude and higher topographic unevenness of the landscape.

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  • A11 Out Africa Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Swaziland, Private Bag 4, Kwaluseni, Swaziland
  • School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, Republic of South Africa
  • All Out Africa, P.O. Box 153, Lobamba, Swaziland
  • Département d'Ecologie et Evolution, Université de Lausanne, Biophore 1015, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Evolutionary Genomics Group, Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland, Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa
  • Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT), P.O. Box 139, Mulanje, Malawi
  • Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • AEON — Africa Earth Observatory Network, Departments of Geological Sciences, and Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, Republic of South Africa
  • Institute of Biogeography, University of Basel, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 10, CH-4056, Switzerland
  • Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, HIF C 13, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 15, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Institute of Biogeography, University of Basel, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 10, CH-4056, Switzerland
  • Durban Natural Science Museum, P. O. Box 4085, Durban, Republic of South Africa
  • Department of Ecology and Resource Management, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Venda, Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, Republic of South Africa


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