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MORATELLI, Ricardo  and  WILSON, Don E. The identity of Myotis punensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Zoologia (Curitiba, Impr.) [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.1, pp.115-121. ISSN 1984-4670.

Currently twelve species of Myotis Kaup, 1829 (Vespertilionidae: Myotinae) are recognized from South America, with several other named taxa regarded as synonyms, among them Myotis punensis J.A. Allen, 1914. This name was first regarded as a junior synonym of Myotis albescens (É. Geoffroy, 1806) and subsequently of Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821). To address the taxonomic status of the holotype of M. punensis, we compared it to all South American species in the genus. The fringe of hairs on the trailing edge of the uropatagium, the fur color, and external and skull dimensions all suggest M. punensis should be treated as a junior synonym of M. albescens

Keywords : Ecuador; Myotinae; Myotis albescens; Myotis esmeraldae; synonymy.

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