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Western Red Bat
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Booklet data last updated on 3/29/2018
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Species ID 050085
Name Western Red Bat
Other Common Names Red Bat;Murcielago Rojo (Hispanic)
Category 05 Mammals
Elcode AMACC05060
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Mammalia
Subclass Theria
Order Chiroptera
SubOrder Microchiroptera
Family Vespertilionidae
Genus Lasiurus
Species blossevillii
Subspecies teliotis
Authority (Muller)
Scientific Name Lasiurus blossevillii
Account Type This account represents the entire species, including any and all subspecies recognized in the Southwest. There are no separate subspecies accounts relating to this species.
Taxonomic References 03, 04, 21, 23, 26, 33, 41
Comments on Taxonomy
** NOTE: This species, Lasiurus blossevillii (the western red bat), was formerly recognized as a subspecies of L.borealis, known as L.borealis teliotis. For information on its former conspecific, L.b.borealis (the eastern red bat), refer to BISON-M account #050087. 1967: The eastern and western red bats were formerly considered subspecies, Lasiurus boreas boreas and L.b.teliotis, respectively (Barbour and Davis, 1967) *07*.

1981: The genus Nycteris is used instead of Lasiuris by some, including E.R. Hall, 1981, in The Mammals of North America (NMDGF, 1990) *26*.

9/23/93 -- Based on electrophoretic data collected by Baker et al. (1988), Jones et al. (1992) has accepted the separation of eastern and western North American populations of Lasiurus borealis into two distinct species -- L. borealis (eastern) and L. blossevilli (western). The western population occurs from Trans-Pecos Texas westward (and also southward throughout much of Latin America (Jones, et al., 1992) *33*.

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