Kerivoula oreias Temminck, 1840:270
Singapore whiskered bat, Singaporese whiskered myotis
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Myotis oreias Temminck, 1840:270; Vespertilio oreias Temminck, 1840:270
The holotype is too damaged to assess its taxonomic validity, despite a redescription by (Francis & Hill, 1998) (Csorba et al., 2016a,b)
Unresolved (nomen nudum?)
Last record: 1840 or prior
IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient
This species is only known from the holotype, which is unfortunately damaged, hampering efforts to evaluate it's true taxonomic status. It was officially redescribed by (Francis & Hill, 1998). Surveys have been carried out (Pottie et. al. 2005) which have failed to relocate the species, leading to suggestions that it may in fact be extinct. However, some doubt has previously been expressed about the country of origin of the holotype.
Singapore? (see Francis & Hill, 1998)
Biology & Ecology
Only known from the holotype.
Original scientific description:
Temminck. (1840). [description of Myotis oreias]. Monogr. Mamm., 2: 270.
Csorba, Gábor & Bates, P. (2008). Myotis oreias. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. (http://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 18 October 2011.
Csorba, Gábor, Bates, P., Lee, B. and Soisook, P. (2016a). Myotis oreias. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T14186A22067080. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T14186A22067080.en. Accessed on 10 May 2023.
Csorba, Gábor, Smeenk, Chris and Lee, Benjamin P. Y.-H. (2016b). The identity of Vespertilio oreias Temminck, 1840—solving a taxonomic puzzle. Zootaxa 4205(6): 564-570.
Flower, S. S. (1900). On the mammalia of Siam and the Malay Peninsula. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 1900: 306–379.
Francis, C. M. and Hill, J. E. (1998). New records and a new species of Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Malaysia. Mammalia 62(2): 241-252. [Summary]
Pottie, Shirley A., David J. W. Lane, Tigga Kingston and Benjamin P. Y. H. Lee. (2005). The microchiropteran bat fauna of Singapore. Acta Chiropterologica 7(2): 237–247.