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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Eutheria
Cohort: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Laurasiatheria
Ordo: Chiroptera
Subordo: Microchiroptera
Superfamilia: Vespertilionoidea

Familia: Vespertilionidae
Subfamilia: Vespertilioninae
Tribus: Vespertilionini
Genus: Vespadelus
Species (9): V. baverstocki – V. caurinus – V. darlingtoni – V. douglasorum – V. finlaysoni – V. pumilus – V. regulus – V. troughtoni – V. vulturnus

Vespadelus Troughton, 1943

Type Species: Scotophilus pumilus Gray, 1841

Troughton, 1943. Furred animals of Australia, 1st ed., Sydney: Angus and Robertson: 349.
Vespadelus in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (Editors) 2005. Mammal Species of the World – A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4.

Vernacular names
English: Forest Bats

Vespadelus is a genus of bats in the family Vespertilionidae.

The genus name was first published by Ellis Le Geyt Troughton and Tom Iredale in 1934, but without an adequate description; the type was cited as Scotophilus pumilus Gray, 1841.[2] The 1934 review included taxa previously ascribed to other generas and placed these with the proposed arrangement, the type species was assigned to a new combination as Vespadelus pumilus.[2][1] Troughton later provided a diagnosis for the genus in 1943, making this name available. Other circumscriptions have assigned these species to genera Pipistrellus and Eptesicus.

An earlier treatment of populations had placed them as the sole species of Eptesicus (E. pumilus). The separation to this genus followed comparative studies that recognised its diversity and nominated new species (Kitchener, 1987; Queale.). Subsequent authors recognition of the arrangement published as Vespadelus by Troughton in 1943 saw the name of this genus reëstablished.[3][4]

The following nine species are currently recognised.[1][5]

genus Vespadelus Troughton 1943. Reëlevated to genus with new combinations (Queale, 1997 et al).[4] Also known as: forest bats, cave bats. little brown bats
species Vespadelus baverstocki (Kitchener et al, 1987).[3] aka: Baverstock's or inland forest bat
sp. Vespadelus caurinus (Thomas, 1914).[6] northern cave bat
sp. Vespadelus darlingtoni. (Allen, 1933).[7] large forest bat
sp. Vespadelus douglasorum (Kitchener, 1976).[8] yellow-lipped bat
sp. Vespadelus finlaysoni. (Kitchener et al, 1987).[3] Finlayson's cave bat
sp. Vespadelus pumilus (Gray, 1841). eastern forest bat
sp. Vespadelus regulus (Thomas, 1906).[9] southern forest bat
sp. Vespadelus troughtoni. eastern cave bat
sp. Vespadelus vulturnus. little forest bat


Simmons, N.B. (2005). "Genus Vespadelus". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 312–529. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
Iredale, T.; Troughton, Ellis Le G. (4 May 1934). "A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia". Australian Museum Memoir. 6: 1–122. doi:10.3853/j.0067-1967.6.1934.516.
Kitchener, D.J.; Jones, B.; Caputi, N. (1987). "Revision of Australian Eptesicus (Microchiroptera: Vespertilionidae)". Records of the Western Australian Museum. 13: 427–500. ISSN 0312-3162.
Queale, L.F. (1997). "Field identification of female little brown bats Vespadelus Spp. (Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae) in South Australia". Records of the South Australian Museum. 30 (1997–1998): 28–33.
Jackson, S.M.; Groves, C. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Csiro Publishing. p. 460. ISBN 9781486300136.
Thomas, O. (1914). "New Asiatic and Australasian bats and a new bandicoot". The Annals and Magazine of Natural History; Zoology, Botany, and Geology. 13 (76): 439–444. doi:10.1080/00222931408693506. ISSN 0374-5481.
Allen, Glover M. (May 1933). "Two New Bats from Australia". Journal of Mammalogy. 14 (2): 149–151. doi:10.2307/1374021. JSTOR 1374021.
Kitchener, D.J. (1976). "Eptesicus douglasi, a new vespertilionid bat from Kimberley, Western Australia". Records of the Western Australian Museum. 4 (3): 295–301. ISSN 0312-3162.
Thomas, O. (1906). "On mammals collected in south-west Australia for Mr. W.E. Balston". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1906: 468–478. ISSN 0370-2774.

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