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Two new genera and nine new subspecies of Recent mammal

The two new genera are both bats.  The ten new subspecies include one sheep, two hares and seven bats. In addition, there are a number of taxa (also listed below) that have been named but are not currently recognised as taxonomically distinct.

 

Two new genera of Recent bats


1987 - Arielulus
Type species: Vespertilio circumdatus Temminck, 1840.

Reference: Hill, J. E. and D. L. Harrison. 1987. The baculum in the Vespertilioninae (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with a systematic review, a synopsis of Pipistrellus and Eptesicus and the description of a new genus and subgenus. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Zoology Series, 52(7): 225-305. [PDF available]

Named as a subgenerus but promoted to genus by Csorba and Lee (1999).

 

1987 - Nycticeinops
Type species: Nycticejus schlieffenii Peters, 1860.

Reference: Hill, J. E. and D. L. Harrison. 1987. The baculum in the Vespertilioninae (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with a systematic review, a synopsis of Pipistrellus and Eptesicus and the description of a new genus and subgenus. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Zoology Series, 52(7): 225-305. [PDF available]

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Ten new subspecies of Recent mammal

2013 - Murina guilleni nicobarensis ssp. nov. (Nicobar tube-nosed bat)
Type locality: Great Nicobar Island, Nicobar Islands, India (7°8’N, 3°55E).

Soisook, P., S. Karapan, C. Satasook, V. D. Thong, F. A. A. Khan, I. Maryanto, G. Csorba, N. Furey, B. Aul, and  P. J. J. Bates.  A review of the Murina cyclotis complex (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with descriptions of a new species and subspecies. Acta Chiropterologica, 15(2): 271-292. [PDF available]

 

2011 - Hipposideros alongensis sungi ssp. nov. (Sung's leaf-nosed bat)
Type locality: Cuc Phuong National Park (CPNP), Ninh Binh Province, north-eastern Vietnam, 20°21'N, 105°36'E, 523 metres above sea level.

Thong, V.D., S.J. Puechmaille, A. Denzinger, P.J.J. Bates, C. Dietz, G. Csorba, P. Soisook, E.C. Teeling, S. Matsumura, N.M. Furey and H-U. Schnitzler. 2012. Systematics of the Hipposideros turpis complex and a description of a new subspecies from Vietnam. Mammal Review, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2011.00202.x [PDF available]

 

1995 – Rhinolophus macrotis topali (Topal’s horseshoe bat)
Type locality: Kakul Phosphate Mine, Abbotabad, Pakistan.

Type specimen: HZM.5.16522 (in the Harrison Institute collection).

Reference: Csorba, G. and P. J. J. Bates. 1995. A new subspecies of the horseshoe bat Rhinolophus macrotis from Pakistan (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 41(3): 285-293. [PDF available]

 

1986 – Ovis vignei arabica (Oman wild sheep)
Type locality: Wadi Kharbora, 35 km due West of Kharbora, Oman, approx. 23°50'N, 57°05'E.
Holotype specimen: HZM.1.4951 (in the Harrison Institute collection).

Reference: Sopin, L. V. and D. L. Harrison, 1986. On the taxonomic position of the Oman Wild Sheep (Ovis; Artiodactyla: Bovidae). Zool. Zhurnal Moscow 65 (6): 952-955. (In Russian). [PDF available]

 

1980 Lepus capensis jefferyi ­(Jefferyi’s hare)
Type locality: Masirah Island, Oman, 20°35'N, 58°50'E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.35.10029 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1980. A new subspecies of Hare (Lagomorpha: Leporidae) from the Sultanate of Oman. Mammalia Paris, 44(4): 596-598. [PDF available]

 

1975 - Eptesicus bottae omanensis (Oman Botta’s serotine)
Type locality: Masjid Ma’illah, Jebel al Akhdar, Oman, 6100 feet [1830 metres].

Holotype specimen: HZM.11.8074 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1975. Scientific Results of the Oman Flora and fauna Survey, 1975. Description of a new subspecies of Botta’s Serotine (Eptesicus bottae Peters, 1869, Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Oman. Mammalia (Paris), 39(3): 415-418. [PDF available]

 

1972 – Lepus capensis atallahi (Sana Atallah’s hare)
Type locality: Bahrain Island, Arabian Gulf.

Holotype specimen: HZM.25.6189 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Page 386. In: Harrison, D. L. 1972. The Mammals of Arabia. 3. Lagomorpha and Rodentia. pp.382-670. Benn, London. [PDF available]

 

1968 - Eptesicus nasutus batinensis (Batinah sind bat)
Type locality: Harmul, 10 miles North of Sohar, Oman.

Holotype specimen: HZM.7.4594 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1968. On three Mammals new to the fauna of Oman, Arabia, with the description of a new subspecies of bat. Mammalia, Paris 32(3): 317-325. [PDF available]

 

1962 - Nyctalus noctula lebanoticus (Lebanese noctule)
Type locality: Natural Bridge, Faraya, Lebanon.

Holotype specimen: BMNH.61.406 (in The Natural History Museum, London collection).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1962. A new subspecies of the Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula Schreber, 1774) from Lebanon. Proceedings of the Zoological Society 139 (2): 337- 339. [PDF available]

 

1961 - Myotis myotis macrocephalicus (Large skulled myotis)
Type locality: 2 km East of Amchite, Lebanon.

Holotype specimen: ‘Collector’s Number V6048’ (in The Natural History Museum, London collection).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. and R.E Lewis, 1961. The Large Mouse-eared Bats of the Middle East, with description of a new subspecies. Journal of Mammalogy: 42 (3): 372-380. [PDF available]

 

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Nine new taxa that were described but are not now generally considered to be taxonomically distinct

 

1968 – Gerbillus nanus setonbrownei
Type locality: Suwera, Batinah Coast of Oman.

Holotype specimen: HZM.19.4559 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1968. A new race of Baluchistan Gerbil, Gerbillus nanus Blanford, 1875 (Rodentia: Cricetidae) from Oman, with remarks on the Arabian forms of the species. Mammalia (Paris), 32(1): 60-63. [PDF available]

 

1964 - Myotis nattereri hoveli
Type locality: Aqua Bella, near Jerusalem, Israel.

Holotype specimen: HZM.11.3393 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1964. A new subspecies of Natterer’s Bat, Myotis nattereri Kuhl (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Israel. Zeitschrift fur Saugetierkunde 29(1): 58-60. [PDF available]

 

1964 - Taphozous perforatus rhodesiae
The taxon rhodesiae Harrison, 1964 is a replacement name for australis which was preoccupied by Taphozous australis Gould, 1854 – see below.

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1964. Notes on some Southern Rhodesian Microchiroptera. Arnoldia 1 (3): 1-3. [PDF available]

 

1962 - Taphozous perforatus australis
Type locality: Junction of the Limpopo and Shashi Rivers, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia).

Holotype specimen: ‘No.9932’ (in the Bulawayo Natural History Museum, Zimbabwe collection).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1962. On bats collected on the Limpopo River, with the description of a new race of the Tomb Bat , Taphozous sudani Thomas, 1915. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia, 26 b: 755- 766. [PDF available]

Originally referred to Taphozous sudani, it was subsequently included in T. perforatus and since the name australis was preoccupied a new name rhodesiae was proposed in 1964 (see above).

 

1960 - Platymops setiger parkeri
Type locality: Lualeni Borehole, Maktau, southern Kenya Colony. 3°25’S, 38°10’E

Holotype specimen: ‘Adult female No 2’ (in the Natural History Museum, London collection).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. and J. D. L. Fleetwood. 1960. A new race of the Flat-headed Bat Platymops barbatogularis Harrison from Kenya Colony, with observations on the anatomy of the gular sac and genitalia. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (20): 269-284. [PDF available]

Originally included in P. barbatogularis but subsequently referred to P. setiger.

 

1958 - Taphozous perforatus swirae
Type locality: Sokoto, north-western Nigeria. 13°02’N, 5°16’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.12.2690 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1958. A new Race of the Tomb Bat Taphozous perforatus E.Geoffroy, 1818 from Northern Nigeria. Durban Museum Novitates, 5(11): 143-149. [PDF available]

 

1956 – Platymops barbatogularis
Type locality: Lokomarinyang Marsh, Ilemi Triangle, South-East Sudan. 5°02’N, 35°33’E.

Holotype specimen: HZM.2.1897 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1956. A new Flat-headed Bat of the genus Platymops Thomas from S.E Sudan. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 12 (9): 549-552. [PDF available]

Currently included in P. setiger.

 

1956 - Miniopterus schreibersii pulcher
Type locality: Ser’Amadia, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.

Holotype specimen: HZM.1.1609 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D.L. 1956. Mammals from Kurdistan, Iraq, with description of a new bat. Journal of Mammalogy, 37: (2): 257- 263. [PDF available]

 

1947 – Apodemus sylvaticus clanceyi
Type locality: Bagnacavallo, near Lugo, Emilia, North Italy.

Holotype specimen: HZM.104.405 (original Harrison Institute reference number, subsequently donated to The Natural History Museum, London).

Reference: Harrison, D. L. 1947. A new Central Mediterranean subspecies of Field Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus Linn.) and notes on Surrounding Forms. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 117 (4): 650- 652. [PDF available]