Molossus rufus (E. Geoffroy, 1805) (Mammalia, Chiroptera): Geographic distribution and first record for the state of Sergipe, northeastern Brazil

Jane C. S. Souza, Saulo S. Bomfim, Matheus C. S. Mancini, André R. Criscoulo, Juan Manuel Ruiz-Esparza, Raone Beltrão-Mendes, Patrício A. Rocha, Stephen Francis Ferrari


Distributed throughout the world, Molossidae family consists of 18 genera and more than 100 species, 31 of which are found in Brazil. In this country, most of the records of Molossus rufus were taken in the southeast of the Atlantic Forest, with few records in the Cerrado and Caatinga. This study reports the first record of Molossus rufus for the state of Sergipe, northeastern Brazil. One lactating female was captured by mist nets, near buildings, in the Ibura National Forest (FLONA Ibura), in the beginning of the rainy season. This is the third species of molossid recorded to the state of Sergipe; the other two (Molossus molossus and Cynomops planirostris) were also recorded in human buildings.

Keywords: Atlantic Forest, bats, Molossidae.

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