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Bat Fauna of Genus Pipistrellus from Wheat-Rice based Agro-Ecosystem of Punjab, Pakistan

Bat Fauna of Genus Pipistrellus from Wheat-Rice based Agro-Ecosystem of Punjab, Pakistan

Muhammad Shahbaz1,*, Muhammad Anwar Iqbal1, Arshad Javid2, Abu ul Hassan Faiz1, Irfan3 and Muhammad Irshad Arshad4

1Department of Zoology, Women University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Bagh
2Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
3Department of Zoology, Government College University, Lahore
4Department of Forestry, Range and Wildlife, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan

ABSTRACT

Three rice producing districts viz. Gujranwala, Hafizabad and Mandi Bhauddinin, Pakistan were surveyed to explore bat fauna of genus Pipistrellus in central Punjab from January 2015 to December 2016. A total of 172 specimens of genus Pipistrellus belonging to six species i.e. P. pipistrellus (n = 43), P. paterculus (n = 12), P. javanicus (n = 39), P. tenuis (n = 18), P. cylonicus (n = 40) and P. dormeri (n = 20) were captured. Out of these six species, four are reported for the first time from the study area, whereas, P. pipistrellus and P. paterculus has already been reported from other districts of Punjab province. The shape and length of baculum were the characters that help in clear cut identification of various Pipistrellus species. The external body, cranial and bacular features of the species were compared with available literature.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 50, Iss. 4, Pages 1199-1600

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