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Here we propose to post our web page updates and provide information on events happening in Russian bat research not directly connected with this site (conferences, symposia, new publications etc.), which may be of interest to our visitors.

This page consists of the following topics: MAIN NEWS, NEW PUBLIC EVENTS (Conferences etc.), BAT RESEARCH NEWS, information on NEW PUBLICATIONS,
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25.03.21 — The issue of Plecotus et al. number 23 (2020) has beeb published. Electronis forms of articles are available on the site.
07.03.18 — Dear colleagues, 20th volume of the Russian chiropterological journal, Plecotus et al., is published.
24.11.17 — Colleagues from the Moscow Zoo informed us about official establishment of the Bat reabilitation center, primarily working on bats foung in buildings in Moscow and adjacent areas.
11.07.17 — Article by Ksenia Kravchenko et al. about year-long monitoring of bats on urban territory (in Kharkiv as a model) was added to a "Library". Also, some updates are made in the taxonomic list of the Vietnamese bats.
02.03.17 — The issue of Plecotus et al. number 19 (2016) is now published. Electronis forms of articles are available on the site.
11.02.16 — Despite low activity in its English part, RBRG web-site still active and regularly updating. Unfortunately, we have not enough resourses to represent all our activity in English. Excuse us for that!
On February 1-5, 2016, Conference "Theriofauna of Russia and adjacent territories" (X Congress of the Theriological Society of RAS) took place on the Biological faculty of Moscow University. 21 communication concerning bat natural history were submitted.

03.04.14 — All articles from the issue 15-16 of Plecotus et al. are now available in pdf. Also two articles from the issue 11-12 (by Vasenkov and Sidorchuk about bats in Darvinovskiy Reserve and by Albov et al. about bats of Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve), which were absent on website for the technical reasons, are now available in pdf.

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On October, 3-4, 2019 in Hujand (Tadjikistan Republic) VIII International conference Ecological features of the Biological Diversity took place, dedicated to biological diversity in Central Asia. Within the framework of the conference, a round table and a short field school on bats were held.

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New book is published:

TiunovM.P., KruskopS.V., OrlovaM.V.2021. Bats of the Russian Far East and their ectoparasites. Moscow, "Pero". 191 p. [in Russian]

New book is published:

Panyutina A.A., Korzun L.P., Kuznetsov A.N. 2015.
Flight of Mammals:
From Terrestrial Limbs to Wings.
Springer, 332 p.



Absence of significant discrimitative features between Bobrinskii's and Gobi serotines were shown on the basis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequencing and skull morphometrics. Thus the first one should be treated as a smaller subspecies of the latter, Eptesicus gobiensis bobrinskoi (Artyushin et al., 2012; Acta Chiropt., 14(2))

Recently two bats were found hibernating between the window frames of the local comprehensive school in Kashira. Bat were found to be subadult females of Pipistrellus kuhlii, representing second record of the species in the Moscow region (about 40 km eastward from the previous one). Paper on this subject is in the preparation (E.I. Kozhurina, pers. comm.)

Resuts of DNA Barcoding of bats from russia and adjacent territories have been published. Occurence of previously reported phylogenetic splits between West and East Palaearctic bats was supposrted. Contrary, genetic diversity between accepted subspecies in Myotis blythii, Vespertilio murinus and Murina hilgendorfi was not found. Suggestions about species level of the Siberian mouse-eared bat and its valid name were made (Kruskop et al., 2012; Acta Chiropterologica, 14(1))

On the basis of mtDNA analysis traces of ancient hyybridisation between Eptesicus nilssonii and E. serotinus in Europe were revealed. Specific status of E. isabellinus and E. gobiensis were confirmed and specific identity between E. serotinus s.str. and E. s. turcomanus was supported. (Artyushin et al., 2009; Zootaxa, 2262)

Trophic relations between Far East bats and owls were investigated. Surprisingly, large percentage of bats eaten by owls is composed by Murina species, including rarely seen M. ussuriensis. (Shohrin, Rossina, 2009; [Animals of the mountain territories], ., : 513-518)

Distribution of the poorly known alpine long-eared bat was first time investigated on the Russian territory. Plecotus macrobullaris occurs only in Central and Eastern Caucasus at elevations over 500 m ASL, with breading area up to 1700 m - higher than any other Caucasian bats. (Gazaryan, 2009; [Animals of the mountain territories], ., : 259-263)



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