Myotis hajastanicus Argyropula, 1939:27

Armenian whiskered bat, Hajastan myotis



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Myotis mystacinus hajastanicus Argyropula, 1939:27


Now considered a synonym of Myotis davidii aurascens (Dietz et al., 2016).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of Myotis davidii aurascens) (Dietz et al., 2016)

Last record: 1989 (Fisher & Blomberg, 2012:65; Lee et al., 2017)

Rediscovered in 2000-2001 (Bukhnikashvili et al., 2009) or 2013 (Dietz et al., 2016)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Sevan Lake basin, Armenia


Biology & Ecology




30 specimens are held in museum collections worldwide (Tsytsulina et. al. 2008).






Benda, P. and Tsytsulina, K. A. (2000). Taxonomic revision of Myotis mystacinus group (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in the western Palearctic. Acta Societatis Zoologicae Bohemoslovenicae, 64: 331-398.

Bukhnikashvili, Alexander et al. (2009). Current Status of Chiroptera Conservation in the Caucasus, pp. 98-105. In: Zazanashvili, N. and Mallon, D. (editors). Status and Protection of Globally Threatened Species in the Caucasus. Tbilisi: CEPF, WWF. Contour Ltd., 232 pp.

Dietz, Christian, Gazaryan, Astghik, Papov, George, Dundarova, Heliana and Mayer, Frieder. (2016). Myotis hajastanicus is a local vicariant of a widespread species rather than a critically endangered endemic of the Sevan lake basin (Armenia). Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 81(5): 518-522.

Fisher, Diana O. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2012). Inferring Extinction of Mammals from Sighting Records, Threats, and Biological Traits. Conservation Biology 26(1): 57-67.

Lee, T. E., Fisher, D. O., Blomberg, S. P. and Wintle, B. A. (2017). Extinct or still out there? Disentangling influences on extinction and rediscovery helps to clarify the fate of species on the edge. Global Change Biology 23(2): 621-634.

Tsytsulina, K., Benda, P., Aulagnier, S. & Hutson, A.M. (2008). Myotis hajastanicus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 18 October 2011.


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