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Microchiroptera  Dobson, 1875
Taxonomic Serial No.: 552302

 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Suborder  
  Common Name(s):    
  Valid Name: Chiroptera Blumenbach, 1779
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - other, see comments   
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: unknown   
  Latest Record Review: 2014   

  Expert: Alfred L. Gardner  
  Notes: Curator of North American mammals and Chief of Mammal Section, National Biological Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA   
  Reference for: Microchiroptera    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Springer, Mark S.  
  Publication Date: 2013   
  Article/Chapter Title: Phylogenetics: Bats United, Microbats Divided   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Current Biology, vol. 23, no. 22   
  Page(s): 999-1001   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0960-9822   
  Notes: DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.09.053; available online at   
  Reference for: Microchiroptera   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Microchiroptera   

 Geographic Information
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  Comment: 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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