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phylogeography of pipistrelle-like bats within the canary islands, based on mtdna sequences.evolution of three canary island vespertilionid bat species, pipistrellus kuhlii, pipistrellus maderensis, and hypsugo savii was studied by comparison of approximately 1 kbp of mtdna (from cytochrome b and 16s rrna genes) between islands. mtdna reveals that both p. kuhlii and p. maderensis exist in sympatry on tenerife (and possibly other islands). their morphological similarity explains why their co-occurrence had not been detected previously. levels of sequence divergence are quite low within ...200312470938
seroprevalence dynamics of european bat lyssavirus type 1 in a multispecies bat colony.we report an active surveillance study of the occurrence of specific antibodies to european bat lyssavirus type 1 (eblv-1) in bat species, scarcely studied hitherto, that share the same refuge. from 2004 to 2012, 406 sera were obtained from nine bat species. blood samples were subjected to a modified fluorescent antibody virus neutralization test to determine the antibody titer. eblv-1-neutralizing antibodies were detected in six of the nine species analyzed (pipistrellus pipistrellus, p. kuhlii ...201425192547
notoedres (bakeracarus) coreanus sp. n. (acari: sarcoptidae), a new intranasal sarcoptid mite from pipistrellus savii (ognev) from korea.notoedres (bakeracarus) coreanus sp. n. from the mucosa of the nasal cavity of the swift bat, pipistrellus savii (ognev), is described. this sarcoptid mite is the third species of the subgenus bakeracarus and is distinguished from other previously recognized species in having markedly reduced terminal setae on legs iii and iv and in the presence of the sclerotized anal area. unlike other members of this genus and the family sarcoptidae, which are characteristically skin parasites, the new specie ...19751165556
detection of diverse novel bat astrovirus sequences in the czech republic.astroviruses are a major cause of gastroenteritis in humans and animals. recently, novel groups of astroviruses were identified in apparently healthy insectivorous bats. we report the detection of diverse novel astrovirus sequences in nine different european bat species: eptesicus serotinus, hypsugo savii, myotis emarginatus, m. mystacinus, nyctalus noctula, pipistrellus nathusii or p. pygmaeus, p. pipistrellus, vespertilio murinus, and rhinolophus hipposideros. in six bat species, astrovirus se ...201526273815
detection of coronaviruses in bats of various species in italy.bats are natural reservoirs for many mammalian coronaviruses, which have received renewed interest after the discovery of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) and the middle east respiratory syndrome (mers) cov in humans. this study describes the identification and molecular characterization of alphacoronaviruses and betacoronaviruses in bats in italy, from 2010 to 2012. sixty-nine faecal samples and 126 carcasses were tested using pan-coronavirus rt-pcr. coronavirus rnas were detected i ...201324184965
detection and full genome characterization of two beta cov viruses related to middle east respiratory syndrome from bats in italy.middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (mers-cov), which belongs to beta group of coronavirus, can infect multiple host species and causes severe diseases in humans. multiple surveillance and phylogenetic studies suggest a bat origin. in this study, we describe the detection and full genome characterization of two covs closely related to mers-cov from two italian bats, pipistrellus kuhlii and hypsugo savii.201729258555
mitigating the negative impacts of tall wind turbines on bats: vertical activity profiles and relationships to wind speed.wind turbines represent a source of hazard for bats, especially through collision with rotor blades. with increasing technical development, tall turbines (rotor-swept zone 50-150 m above ground level) are becoming widespread, yet we lack quantitative information about species active at these heights, which impedes proposing targeted mitigation recommendations for bat-friendly turbine operation. we investigated vertical activity profiles of a bat assemblage, and their relationships to wind speed, ...201829561851
hypsugopoxvirus: a novel poxvirus isolated from hypsugo savii in italy.interest in bat-related viruses has increased considerably during the last decade, leading to the discovery of a rising number of new viruses in several bat species. poxviridae are a large, diverse family of dna viruses that can infect a wide range of vertebrates and invertebrates. to date, only a few documented detections of poxviruses have been described in bat populations on three different continents (america, africa, and australia). these viruses are phylogenetically dissimilar and have div ...201931248065
wing membrane and fur samples as reliable biological matrices to measure bioaccumulation of metals and metalloids in bats.there is a growing conservation concern about the possible consequences of environmental contamination in the health of bat communities. most studies on the effects of contaminants in bats have been focused on organic contaminants, and the consequences of bat exposure to metals and metalloids remain largely unknown. the aim of this study was to evaluate the suitability of external biological matrices (fur and wing membrane) for the assessment of exposure and bioaccumulation of metals in bats. th ...201931310870
discovery and characterization of novel bat coronavirus lineages from kazakhstan.coronaviruses are positive-stranded rna viruses that infect a variety of hosts, resulting in a range of symptoms from gastrointestinal illness to respiratory distress. bats are reservoirs for a high diversity of coronaviruses, and focused surveillance detected several strains genetically similar to mers-coronavirus, sars-coronavirus, and the human coronaviruses 229e and nl63. the bat fauna of central asia, which link china to eastern europe, are relatively less studied than other regions of the ...201930999711
what is driving range expansion in a common bat? hints from thermoregulation and habitat selection.human-induced alterations of ecosystems and environmental conditions often lead to changes in the geographical range of plants and animals. while modelling exercises may contribute to understanding such dynamics at large spatial scales, they rarely offer insights into the mechanisms that prompt the process at a local scale. savi's pipistrelle (hypsugo savii) is a vespertilionid bat widespread throughout the mediterranean region. the species' recent range expansion towards northeastern europe is ...201829870799
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