Advanced search
Start date

Systematics and taxonomy of family Mormoopidae (Chiroptera)

Grant number: 15/02132-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Alexandre Reis Percequillo
Grantee:Ana Carolina D'Oliveira Pavan
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/23565-1 - Taxonomy and morphological evolution in Mormoopidae: a geometric morphometric approach including fossil data., BE.EP.PD


The Neotropical bat family Mormoopidae has currently eight described species within two genera, Pteronotus and Mormoops. Recent works investigating the genetic variation within this group points to the existence of divergent lineages in several taxa of Mormoopidae. During my PhD thesis, I used different approaches to study the systematics and describe the evolutionary history of genus Pteronotus. The results suggest that diversity in Mormoopidae exceeds 20 species, and new questions on the systematics and taxonomy of this group of lineages remains unsolved. This project proposal aims to develop a deeper study regarding some aspects of evolution of Mormoopidae, with research lines on the taxonomy, biogeography, cranial evolution and ontogeny of the group. In the taxonomy approach, molecular data, morphometics and morphology will be used in order to elucidate the diversity and phylogenetic relationships within Mormoopidae. As a result, a complete and updated taxonomic arrangement of this neotropical bat family will be produced, which will provide a working hypothesis for several related areas. A biogeographical study based on this new hypothesis will be performed, estimating dates of origin and proposing past geographic and ecological factors that influenced in the group diversification. Finally, additional investigations on the Mormoopidae species cranial modularity and its consequences for the evolution of this phenotype will be addressed. A study on the cranial anatomy and ontogeny in a Pteronotus species is also proposed. In a broad perspective, this project aims to contribute significantly to the current knowledge we have about the Neotropical bat diversity and evolution. (AU)

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PAVAN, ANA CAROLINA; CADENILLAS, RICHARD; CENTTY, OSCAR; PACHECO, VICTOR; VELAZCO, PAUL M.. On the taxonomic identity of Pteronotus davyi incae Smith, 1972 (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae). American Museum Novitates, n. 3966, p. 1-23, . (16/23565-1, 15/02132-7)
LOPEZ-BAUCELLS, ADRIA; TORRENT, LAURA; ROCHA, RICARDO; PAVAN, ANA CAROLINA; BOBROWIEC, PAULO ESTEFANO D.; MEYER, CHRISTOPH F. J.. Geographical variation in the high-duty cycle echolocation of the cryptic common mustached bat Pteronotus cf. rubiginosus (Mormoopidae). BIOACOUSTICS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SOUND AND ITS RECORDING, v. 27, n. 4, p. 341-357, . (15/02132-7)
PAVAN, ANA C.; BOBROWIEC, PAULO E. D.; PERCEQUILLO, ALEXANDRE R.. Geographic variation in a South American clade of mormoopid bats, Pteronotus (Phyllodia), with description of a new species. JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY, v. 99, n. 3, p. 624-645, . (16/23565-1, 15/02132-7, 09/16009-1)

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: