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Mystacina tuberculata, New Zealand Short-tailed Bat
Dr. Nancy Simmons - American Museum of Natural History
Mystacina tuberculata
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American Museum of Natural History (AMNH 173919)

Image processing: Mr. Stephen Roberson
Publication Date: 11 Nov 2003

Views: head only | whole specimen | wrist


Mystacina tubecrulata, the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, is the only extant member of the family Mystacinidae. It is found only in New Zealand. It hunts both in the air and on the ground, and is adept at quadrupedal locomotion. Perhaps as a result, the hind limbs are more robust than in most other bats.

About the Species

This whole preserved specimen (AMNH 173919) was made available to the High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility for scanning by Dr. Nancy Simmons of the American Museum of Natural History. Funding for scanning was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (DEB-9873663) to Dr. Simmons, and funding for scanning and image processing was provided by a National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative grant to Dr. Timothy Rowe of The University of Texas at Austin.

Dorsal view of specimen

About this Specimen

The specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 14 February 2003 along the coronal axis for a total of 951 slices, each slice 0.06 mm thick with an interslice spacing of 0.06 mm.

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Mystacina tuberculata on Animal Diversity Web (The University of Michigan)

Bat Conservation International

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To cite this page: Dr. Nancy Simmons, 2003, "Mystacina tuberculata" (On-line), Digital Morphology. Accessed July 25, 2024 at http://digimorph.org/specimens/Mystacina_tuberculata/whole/.

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