Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

Jerry R. Choate

Abstract

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.

Rights

Copyright 1997 Ernest Valdez

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