Confirmation of the presence of Plecotus macrobullaris Kuzyakin, 1965 in Liguria (North-West Italy) (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)
Mara Calvini, Roberto Toffoli
Abstract: We present the second confirmed record of the Alpine Long-eared Bat, Plecotus macrobullaris in Liguria, province of Imperia (NW Italy) on the basis of a male Plecotus found dead in Sanremo. The specific attribution of the specimen was based on the morphological characters and subsequently confirmed through genetic analysis of the mitochondrial COI DNA barcoding sequence. This record suggests the tendency of the species to occupy areas at lower altitudes in coastal areas close to the mountains, as well as confirms the presence of the species in this part of the region after 45 years. This new report extends the distribution range of P. macrobullaris further eastward than it was previously known. In order to know the real distribution of this species and acquire enough data to assess its conservation status, it would be essential to conduct more research targeting this species in future projects.