Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing
xviii + 1207
Smithsonian Institution Press
Washington, DC, USA
Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing
Bats were traditionally divided into two suborders, Microchiroptera and Megachiroptera, based on morphological cladistics. However, molecular studies suggested that rhinolophoid microbats are more closely related to the megabat family Pteropodidae than to other microbats, rendering Microchiroptera paraphyletic. A new taxonomy divides bats into Yangochiroptera, including 12 microbat families, and Yinpterochiroptera, including four microbat families in Rhinolophoidea plus Old World fruit bats (Springer, 2013)
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