[Research Perspectives and Achievements in Taxonomy and Distribution of Bats in China]

Dongwuxue Yanjiu. 2013 Dec;34(6):687-93.
[Article in Chinese]

Abstract

Chinese chiropterologists have made significant improvements into research on bat taxonomy and distribution. Overall, scholars recorded 6 new species of bats, alongside 11 species recorded species in the Chinese Mainland and 4 new bat species of Murina in Taiwan. Chinese chiropterologists intensively cooperated with the international experts on bats, and adopted several new, multidisciplinary methods to carry out their studies. Likewise, in China, an increased awareness of bat conservation has been growing. While publications on Chiroptera are continuing to increase increased in China, the methodology of these studies remains to be further developed in hopes of revealing the new and cryptic bat species. Considering the vast territory of China and the migrational habit of bats, we expect that with more refined methodology, more new species of bats and their distributions may be uncovered in the near future. Concurrently, it is important to reexamine the known species by the new taxonomic methods and fauna analysis through which the distribution and subdivision of bats can be updated. Additionally, an international platform for exchanging information of bats needs to be established to enhance the academic cooperation for bat researches. It is highly possible that China will soon become an important research center on taxonomy, distribution, phylogenetics and diversity evolution of Chiroptera, especially as Chinese researchers continues create new knowledge for bats at the α, β and γ taxonomic levels.

21世纪以来,中国在蝙蝠区系分类、分布及生存现状的调查与研究方面突飞猛进,大陆学者已发表6个新种和11个中国新记录种,台湾学者也发表了4个管鼻蝠新种,区系面貌渐趋明晰;人才队伍逐渐壮大,国内与国际合作日益增多;研究内容与方法日趋深化和综合;物种保护意识明显增强;我国翼手目动物的研究呈现欣欣向荣的景象。然而总体上,中国目前的翼手目动物调查与研究还需进一步深入和精细化,一些隐蔽种仍有待揭示,今后在中国广大区域内特别是边境区域还很有可能发现新种或某些蝙蝠物种新的分布;已知的一些物种可能要进行新的分类修订和新的描述;需要绘制新的分布图和进行新的区划研究,还需尽快建立专门的翼手目物种信息网络交流平台,进一步加强国内外更广泛的学术交流与合作。中国在翼手目动物的区系分类、分布与多样性研究方面可望形成新的强势,在α、β、γ分类研究水平上都将有许多新的作为。

Keywords: China; Chiroptera (bat) fauna; Distribution; Research progress and trend; Taxonomy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Animals
  • China
  • Chiroptera / classification*