Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Jerry R. Choate
The taxonomic status of the Arizona myotis (Myotis occultus) is uncertain. Although the taxon was described as a distinct species and currently regarded as such by some authors, others have noted what they interpreted as intergradation with the little brown bat (M. lucifugus carissima) near the Colorado-New Mexico state line. In this study, I used protein electrophoresis to compare bats of these nominal taxa. Results of this analysis indicated that the two nominal taxa represent only one species and that M. occultus should be regarded as a subspecies of M. lucifugus.
Copyright 1997 Ernest Valdez
Valdez, Ernest, "Taxonomic Status of Myotis Occultus Hollister" (1997). Master's Theses. 2658.