Myotis insularum (Dobson, 1878)

Insular myotis



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Vespertilio insularum Dobson, 1878


Considered a synonym of Emballonura semicaudata by (Flannery, 1995), but placed in Myotis with possible affinities to M. muricola (Wilson & Mittermeier, 2019:959).


Conservation Status

Missing or invalid (synonym)

Last record: 1878 (Martin et al., 2023)



Samoa? (uncertain)


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Cardillo, M., Jones, K.E., MacPhee, R.D.E., Beck, R.M.D., Grenyer, R., Price, S.A., Vos, R.A., Gittleman, J.L. & Purvis, A. 2007 The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 446, 507-512.

Flannery, T. F. (1995). Mammals of the South-West Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Comstock/Cornell, Ithaca, Ny, USA.

Helgen, K. and Bonaccorso, F. J. (2020). Myotis insularum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T14169A22055968. Accessed on 03 June 2023.

Helgen, K.M., Helgen, L.E., Wilson, D.E. 2009. Pacific Flying Foxes (Mammalia: Chiroptera): Two New Species of Pteropus from Samoa, Probably Extinct. American Museum Novitates 3646: 1-37.

Jones, K.E. et al. 2009 PanTHERIA: A species-level database of life-history, ecology and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals. Ecology 90, 2648.

Koopman, K.F. 1984. Taxonomic and distributional notes on tropical Australian bats. American Museum Novitates 277(8): 1-48.

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

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