Myotis planiceps Baker, 1955:165

Flat-headed myotis, Mexican flat-headed bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1970

Rediscovered in 2004

IUCN RedList status: Endangered















Original scientific description:

Baker, R. H. (1955). A new species of bat (genus Myotis) from Coahuila, México. Proc. Bio. Soc. Washington 68: 165-166.


Other references:

Anonymous. (2006). Rediscovering an ‘Extinct’ Mexican Bat. (publication title?) 4(8): (pagination?)

Arroyo-Cabrales, J.; E.K.V. Kalko; R.K. LaVal; L. Lopez; J.E. Maldonado; R.A. Medellin; O.J. Polaco and B. Rodriguez-Herrera. (2005). Rediscovery of the Flat-headed Myotis, Myotis planiceps, and Preliminary Observations on its Natural History. Bat Research News.

Arroyo-Cabrales, J., R.K. La Val, J. E. Maldonado, R. A. Medellin, O. J. Polaco, and B. Rodriquez-Herrera. (2004). Rediscovery of the flat-headed bat Myotis planiceps (Vespertilionidae). Pp.98, in Bat Research News.

Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Kalko, E. K. V., LaVal, R. K., Maldonado, J. E., Medellin, R. A., Polaco, O. J. and Rodriguez-Herrera, B. (2005). Rediscovery of the Mexican flat-headed bat Myotis planiceps (Vespertilionidae). Acta Chiropterologica 7(2): 309-318.

Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Rodrigo A. Medellín and Oscar J. Polaco. (2006). The Flat-Headed Myotis is Alive & Well: ‘Extinct’ bat is rediscovered in northern Mexico. BATS 26(3): 7-8.

Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., S., Cuarón, A.D. and de Grammont, P.C. (2008). Myotis planiceps. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 24 February 2013.

Fisher, Diana O. (2011). Trajectories from extinction: where are missing mammals rediscovered? Global Ecology & Biogeography 20: 415-425. [Appendix S1]

Haynie, Michelle L. et al. (2016). Placement of the rediscovered Myotis planiceps (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) within the Myotis phylogeny. Journal of Mammalogy 97(3): 701-712. [Abstract]

Jimenez, G. A. (1968). Nuevos registros de murciélagos para Nuevo León, México. An. Inst. Biol., Nac. Univ. Autónoma México, Ser. Zool. 39: 133-144.

Matson, John O. (1975). Myotis planiceps. Mammalian Species 60: 1-2, 3 figs.

Matson, John O. and Patten, D. R. (1975). Notes on some bats from the state of Zacatecas, México. Contrib. Sci., Los Angeles Co. Mus. Nat. Hist. 263: 1-12.

Sandra M. Ospina-Garcés, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, and Rodrigo A. Medellín. (2021). Cranial Morphology of the Flat-Headed Bat Myotis planiceps (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in the Context of American Myotis. Acta Chiropterologica 23(1): 45-58.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Simmons, N.B. and A.L. Cirranello. 2023. Bat Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic database. Version 1.3. Accessed on 06/18/2023.


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