A new genus of vespertilionid bat from Early Miocene of Jebel Zelten, Libya, with comments on Scotophilus and early history of vespertilionid bats (Chiroptera)
|Citation||FEJFAR, Oldřich, HORÁČEK, Ivan a Pavel, HULVA. A new genus of vespertilionid bat from Early Miocene of Jebel Zelten, Libya, with comments on Scotophilus and early history of vespertilionid bats (Chiroptera). Lynx, new series. Prague: National Museum, 2006, 37(1), 131-150. DOI: https://doi.org/. ISSN 0024-7774 (print), 1804-6460 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/lns/37-1/a-new-genus-of-vespertilionid-bat-from-early-miocene-of-jebel-zelten-libya-with-comments-on-scotophilus-and-early-history-of-vespertilionid-bats-chiroptera|
A well preserved mandible of a vespertilionid bat is described from the MN4–5 site Jebel Zelten MS2, Libya. The bat shows a greatly derived state in most of dental characters, but it differs from the Recent genera with corresponding degree of dental reduction (Eptesicus, Scotomanes, Hesperoptenus), in shape of molars and symphyseal region. In certain respects it reminds the Recent Scotophilus and the Late Paleogene African genus Philisis. A possibility that Philisis and the Jebel Zelten bat, described here as Scotophilisis libycus gen. nov et sp. nov, form a stem line of Scotophilus is discussed in context with recent molecular data on position of the genus.