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Sébastien Puechmaille



I am an evolutionary biologist with a strong background in ecology, population genetics and phylogenetics. However, my research is founded on an integrative approach combining molecular, morphological, ecological and behavioural data with modelling techniques, and aims to disentangle factors involved in speciation as well as those shaping species distributions through time and space. My work ranges from: - elucidating the proximate and ultimate causes of speciation and the interplay between natural and sexual selection - studies on species distributions and population dynamics (e.g. range shifts/contractions/expansions) - investigations into current population structure in relation to habitat and climatic environment - predictions about the impact that current/future change (e.g. climate change, invasive species, habitat change) will have on species ranges, genetic diversity, connectivity between populations and diseases - studies on host-pathogen interactions with particular attention to pathogen's reservoirs, modes of infection, and transmission and their impact on host fitness


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Population genetics as a tool to elucidate pathogen reservoirs: Lessons from Pseudogymnoascus destructans , the causative agent of White‐Nose disease in bats

Nicola M. Fischer , Andrea Altewischer , Surendra Ranpal , Serena Dool , Gerald Kerth
Molecular Ecology, 2022, 31 (2), pp.675-690. ⟨10.1111/mec.16249⟩
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Bat Overpasses Help Bats to Cross Roads Safely by Increasing Their Flight Height

Fabien Claireau , Christian Kerbiriou , Flavien Charton , Cédric de Almeida Braga , Thibaut Ferraille
Acta Chiropterologica, 2021, 23 (1), pp.189-198. ⟨10.3161/15081109acc2021.23.1.015⟩
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Genetic diversity in a long‐lived mammal is explained by the past’s demographic shadow and current connectivity

Lisa Lehnen , Pierre-Loup Jan , Anne-Laure Besnard , Damien Fourcy , Gerald Kerth
Molecular Ecology, 2021, 30 (20), pp.5048-5063. ⟨10.1111/mec.16123⟩
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Drivers of longitudinal telomere dynamics in a long‐lived bat species, Myotis myotis

Nicole Foley , Eric Petit , Thomas Brazier , John Finarelli , Graham Hughes
Molecular Ecology, 2020, 29 (16), pp.2963-2977. ⟨10.1111/mec.15395⟩
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Integrating population genetics to define conservation units from the core to the edge of Rhinolophus ferrumequinum western range

Orianne Tournayre , Jean-Baptiste Pons , Maxime Leuchtmann , Raphaël Leblois , Sylvain Piry
Ecology and Evolution, 2019, 9, pp.2272-12290. ⟨10.1002/ece3.5714⟩
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Major roads have important negative effects on insectivorous bat activity

Fabien Claireau , Yves Bas , Julie Pauwels , Kévin Barré , Nathalie Machon
Biological Conservation, 2019, 235, pp.53-62. ⟨10.1016/j.biocon.2019.04.002⟩
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Longitudinal comparative transcriptomics reveals unique mechanisms underlying extended healthspan in bats

Zixia Huang , Conor V. Whelan , N. M. Foley , D. Jebb , Frédéric Touzalin
Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2019, 3 (7), pp.1110-1120. ⟨10.1038/s41559-019-0913-3⟩
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Range expansion is associated with increased survival and fecundity in a long-lived bat species

P-L Jan , L. Lehnen , Anne-Laure Besnard , G. Kerth , M. Biedermann
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2019, 286 (1906), 9 p. ⟨10.1098/rspb.2019.0384⟩
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Considering adaptive genetic variation in climate change vulnerability assessment reduces species range loss projections

Orly Razgour , Brenna Forester , John Taggart , Michaël Bekaert , Javier Juste
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2019, 116 (21), pp.10418-10423. ⟨10.1073/pnas.1820663116⟩
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Screening and Biosecurity for White-Nose Fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Ascomycota: Pseudeurotiaceae) in Hawai‘i1

Violeta Zhelyazkova , Nia Toshkova , Serena E. Dool , Frank Bonaccorso , Corinna Pinzari
Pacific Science, 2019, 73 (3), pp.357-365. ⟨10.2984/73.3.4⟩
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Bat overpasses as an alternative solution to restore habitat connectivity in the context of road requalification

Fabien Claireau , Yves Bas , Jean-François Julien , Nathalie Machon , Benjamin Allegrini
Ecological Engineering, 2019, 131, pp.34-38. ⟨10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.02.011⟩
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Population level mitogenomics of long-lived bats reveals dynamic heteroplasmy and challenges the Free Radical Theory of Ageing

David Jebb , Nicole M Foley , Conor V Whelan , Frédéric Touzalin , Sébastien Puechmaille
Scientific Reports, 2018, 8 (1), pp.13634. ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-31093-2⟩
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Male-biased dispersal and the potential impact of human-induced habitat modifications on the Neotropical bat Trachops cirrhosus

Tanja K Halczok , Stefan D Brändel , Victoria Flores , Marco Tschapka , Rachel A Page
Ecology and Evolution, 2018, 8 (12), pp.6065-6080. ⟨10.1002/ece3.4161⟩
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Mycobiomes of sympatric Amorphophallus albispathus (Araceae) and Camellia sinensis (Theaceae) – a case study reveals clear tissue preferences and differences in diversity and composition

Martin Unterseher , Samantha C Karunarathna , García Roberto Cruz , Nikki H Dagamac , Mathilde B Dahl
Mycological Progress, 2018, 17 (4), pp.489-500. ⟨10.1007/s11557-018-1375-8⟩
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SARS-CoV related Betacoronavirus and diverse Alphacoronavirus members found in western old-world

Meriadeg Ar Gouilh , Sébastien Puechmaille , Laure Diancourt , Mathias Vandenbogaert , Jordi Serra-Cobo
Virology, 2018, 517, pp.88 - 97. ⟨10.1016/j.virol.2018.01.014⟩
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Bat overpasses: An insufficient solution to restore habitat connectivity across roads

Fabien Claireau , Yves Bas , Sébastien Puechmaille , Jean-François Julien , Benjamin Allegrini
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2018, ⟨10.1111/1365-2664.13288⟩
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Two New Cryptic Bat Species within the Myotis nattereri Species Complex (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera) from the Western Palaearctic

Javier Juste , Manuel Ruedi , Sébastien Puechmaille , Irene Salicini , Carlos Ibáñez
Acta Chiropterologica, 2018, 20 (2), pp.285-300. ⟨10.3161/15081109ACC2018.20.2.001⟩
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Identifying unusual mortality events in bats: a baseline for bat hibernation monitoring and white-nose syndrome research

Marcus Fritze , Sébastien Puechmaille
Mammal Review, 2018, 48 (3), pp.224 - 228. ⟨10.1111/mam.12122⟩
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Growing old, yet staying young: The role of telomeres in bats' exceptional longevity

Nicole M Foley , Graham O Hughes , Zixia Huang , Michael Clarke , David Jebb
Science Advances , 2018, 4 (2), pp.eaao0926. ⟨10.1126/sciadv.aao0926⟩
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Bat Biology, Genomes, and the Bat1K Project: To Generate Chromosome-Level Genomes for All Living Bat Species

Emma Teeling , Sonja C. Vernes , Liliana Dávalos , David Ray , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, 2018, 6 (1), pp.23 - 46. ⟨10.1146/annurev-animal-022516-022811⟩
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Combining noninvasive genetics and a new mammalian sex-linked marker provides new tools to investigate population size, structure and individual behaviour An application to bats

Diane Zarzoso-Lacoste , Pierre-Loup Jan , Lisa Lehnen , Thomas Girard , Anne-Laure Besnard
Molecular Ecology Resources, 2018, 18 (2), pp.217-228. ⟨10.1111/1755-0998.12727⟩
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Mating type determination within a microsatellite multiplex for the fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of white-nose disease in bats

Serena E Dool , Andrea Altewischer , Nicola Fischer , Kevin Drees , Jeffrey Foster
Conservation Genetics Resources, 2018, ⟨10.1007/s12686-018-1064-6⟩
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Is there a link between aging and microbiome diversity in exceptional mammalian longevity?

Graham O Hughes , John Leech , Sébastien Puechmaille , Jose Lopez , Emma Teeling
PeerJ, 2018, 6, pp.e4174. ⟨10.7717/peerj.4174⟩
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Phenotypic plasticity closely linked to climate at origin and resulting in increased mortality under warming and frost stress in a common grass

Juergen Kreyling , Sébastien Puechmaille , Andrey V Malyshev , Fernando Valladares
Ecology and Evolution, 2018, 9 (3), pp.1344-1352. ⟨10.1002/ece3.4848⟩
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Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to infer sex ratios from acoustic data

Lisa Lehnen , Wigbert Schorcht , Inken Karst , Martin Biedermann , Gerald Kerth
PLoS ONE, 2018, 13 (6), pp.e0199428. ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0199428⟩
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Which temporal resolution to consider when investigating the impact of climatic data on population dynamics? The case of the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros)

Pierre-Loup Jan , Olivier Farcy , Josselin Boireau , Erwan Le Texier , Alice Baudoin
Oecologia, 2017, 184 (4), pp.749-761. ⟨10.1007/s00442-017-3901-9⟩
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Characterization of Microsatellites in Pseudogymnoascus destructans for White-nose Syndrome Genetic Analysis

Kevin Drees , Katy Parise , Stephanie Rivas , Lindsey Felton , Sébastien Puechmaille
Journal of wildlife diseases, 2017, 53 (4), pp.869 - 874. ⟨10.7589/2016-09-217⟩
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Stabilization of a bat-pitcher plant mutualism

Michael G. Schöner , Caroline Schöner , Rebecca Ermisch , Sébastien Puechmaille , T. Ulmar Grafe
Scientific Reports, 2017, 7 (1), pp.13170. ⟨10.1038/s41598-017-13535-5⟩
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Conspecific and heterospecific social groups affect each other's resource use: a study on roost sharing among bat colonies

Veronika Zeus , Sébastien Puechmaille , Gerald Kerth
Animal Behaviour, 2017, 123, pp.329-338. ⟨10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.11.015⟩
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Towards Navigating the Minotaur's Labyrinth: Cryptic Diversity and Taxonomic Revision within the Speciose Genus Hipposideros (Hipposideridae)

Nicole Foley , Steve Goodman , Conor Whelan , Sébastien Puechmaille , Emma Teeling
Acta Chiropterologica, 2017, 19 (1), pp.1 - 18. ⟨10.3161/15081109ACC2017.19.1.001⟩
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Phylogenetics of a Fungal Invasion: Origins and Widespread Dispersal of White-Nose Syndrome

Kevin Drees , Jeffrey Lorch , Sébastien Puechmaille , Katy Parise , Gudrun Wibbelt
mBio, 2017, 8 (6), pp.e01941-17. ⟨10.1128/mBio.01941-17⟩
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A Potent Anti-Inflammatory Response in Bat Macrophages May Be Linked to Extended Longevity and Viral Tolerance

Joanna Kapcprzyk , Graham Hughes , Eva Palsson-Mcdermott , Susan Quinn , Sébastien Puechmaille
Acta Chiropterologica, 2017, 19 (2), pp.219 - 228. ⟨10.3161/15081109ACC2017.19.2.001⟩
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Evidence for genetic variation in Natterer’s bats (Myotis nattereri) across three regions in Germany but no evidence for co-variation with their associated astroviruses

Tanja Halczok , Kerstin Fischer , Robert Gierke , V Zeus , F Meier
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2017, 17 (1), pp.5. ⟨10.1186/s12862-016-0856-0⟩
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The program STRUCTURE does not reliably recover the correct population structure when sampling is uneven: subsampling and new estimators alleviate the problem

Sébastien Puechmaille
Molecular Ecology Resources, 2016, 16 (3), pp.608 - 627. ⟨10.1111/1755-0998.12512⟩
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Circum-Mediterranean phylogeography of a bat coupled with past environmental niche modeling: A new paradigm for the recolonization of Europe?

R Bilgin , K Gürün , H Rebelo , Sébastien Puechmaille , Ö Maraci
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2016, 99, pp.323-336. ⟨10.1016/j.ympev.2016.03.024⟩
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The Effects of Human-Mediated Habitat Fragmentation on a Sedentary Woodland-Associated Species ( Rhinolophus hipposideros ) at Its Range Margin

Serena Dool , Sébastien Puechmaille , C Kelleher , K Mcaney , Emma Teeling
Acta Chiropterologica, 2016, 18 (2), pp.377 - 393. ⟨10.3161/15081109ACC2016.18.2.006⟩
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Acoustic identification of Mexican bats based on taxonomic and ecological constraints on call design

V Zamora-Gutierrez , C Lopez-Gonzalez , M. Cristina Macswiney Gonzalez , B Fenton , G Jones
Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2016, 7 (9), pp.1082-1091. ⟨10.1111/2041-210x.12556⟩
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Patterns of orofacial clefting in the facial morphology of bats: a possible naturally occurring model of cleft palate

David Orr , Emma Teeling , Sébastien Puechmaille , J Finarelli
Journal of Anatomy, 2016, 229 (5), pp.657 - 672. ⟨10.1111/joa.12510⟩
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Phylogeographic-based conservation implications for the New Zealand long-tailed bat, (Chalinolobus tuberculatus): identification of a single ESU and a candidate population for genetic rescue

Serena Dool , Colin F. J. O’donnell , Joanne Monks , Sébastien Puechmaille , Gerald Kerth
Conservation Genetics, 2016, 17 (5), pp.1067-1079. ⟨10.1007/s10592-016-0844-3⟩
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A nonlethal sampling method to obtain, generate and assemble whole blood transcriptomes from small, wild mammals

Z Huang , Aurore Gallot , Nga Lao , Sébastien Puechmaille , Nicole Foley
Molecular Ecology Resources, 2016, 16 (1), pp.150 - 162. ⟨10.1111/1755-0998.12447⟩
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Nuclear introns outperform mitochondrial DNA in inter-specific phylogenetic reconstruction: Lessons from horseshoe bats (Rhinolophidae: Chiroptera)

S Dool , Sébastien Puechmaille , N Foley , B Allegrini , A Bastian
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2016, 97, pp.196 - 212. ⟨10.1016/j.ympev.2016.01.003⟩
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How and Why Overcome the Impediments to Resolution: Lessons from rhinolophid and hipposiderid Bats

N Foley , V Thong , P Soisook , S Goodman , K Armstrong
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2015, 32 (2), pp.313 - 333. ⟨10.1093/molbev/msu329⟩
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White-Nose Syndrome fungus introduced from Europe to North America

Stefania Leopardi , Damer Blake , Sébastien Puechmaille
Current Biology - CB, 2015, 25 (6), pp.R217 - R219. ⟨10.1016/j.cub.2015.01.047⟩
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Disease alters macroecological patterns of North American bats

W Frick , Sébastien Puechmaille , J Hoyt , B Nickel , K Langwig
Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2015, 24 (7), pp.741 - 749. ⟨10.1111/geb.12290⟩
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Will reduced host connectivity curb the spread of a devastating epidemic?

Eric Petit , Sebastien J. Puechmaille
Molecular Ecology, 2015, 24 (22), pp.5491-5494. ⟨10.1111/mec.13406⟩
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Bats Are Acoustically Attracted to Mutualistic Carnivorous Plants

M Schöner , C Schöner , R Simon , U Grafe , Sébastien Puechmaille
Current Biology - CB, 2015, 25 (14), pp.1911 - 1916. ⟨10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.054⟩
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Female Mate Choice Can Drive the Evolution of High Frequency Echolocation in Bats: A Case Study with Rhinolophus mehelyi

Sébastien Puechmaille , I Borissov , S Zsebok , B Allegrini , M Hizem
PLoS ONE, 2014, 9 (7), pp.e103452. ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0103452⟩
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Scale-dependent effects of landscape variables on gene flow and population structure in bats

O Razgour , H Rebelo , Sébastien Puechmaille , J Juste , C Ibáñez
Diversity and Distributions, 2014, 20 (10), pp.1173 - 1185. ⟨10.1111/ddi.12200⟩
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A new species of the Miniopterus schreibersii species complex (Chiroptera: Miniopteridae) from the Maghreb Region, North Africa

Sébastien Puechmaille , B Allegrini , P Benda , K Gürün , J Šrámek
Zootaxa, 2014, 3794 (1), pp.108-124. ⟨10.11646/zootaxa.3794.1.4⟩
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Further Evidence for Cryptic North-Western Refugia in Europe? Mitochondrial Phylogeography of the Sibling Species Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Pipistrellus pygmaeus

E Boston , Sébastien Puechmaille , F Clissmann , E Teeling
Acta Chiropterologica, 2014, 16 (2), pp.263 - 277. ⟨10.3161/150811014X687233⟩
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Non-invasive genetics can help find rare species: a case study with Rhinolophus mehelyi and R. euryale (Rhinolophidae: Chiroptera) in Western Europe

Sébastien Puechmaille , Emma C Teeling
Mammalia, 2014, 78 (2), ⟨10.1515/mammalia-2013-0040⟩
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Phylogeography and postglacial recolonization of Europe by Rhinolophus hipposideros: evidence from multiple genetic markers

Serena E. Dool , Sebastien J. Puechmaille , Christian Dietz , Javier Juste , Carlos Ibanez
Molecular Ecology, 2013, 22 (15), pp.4055-4070. ⟨10.1111/mec.12373⟩
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Resolving a mammal mystery: the identity of Paracoelops megalotis (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae)

Vu Dinh , Christian Dietz , Annette Denzinger , Paul J. Bates , Sébastien Puechmaille
Zootaxa, 2012, 3505, pp.75-85
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The evolution of sensory divergence in the context of limited gene fl ow in the bumblebee bat

Sebastien J. Puechmaille , Meriadeg Ar Gouilh , Piyathip Piyapan , Medhi Yokubol , Khin Mie Mie
Nature Communications, 2011, 2, pp.573. ⟨10.1038/ncomms1582⟩
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Empirical evaluation of noninvasive capture-mark-recapture estimate of population size based on a single sampling session.

Sebastien J. Puechmaille , Eric Petit
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2007, 44 (4), pp.843-852
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Empirical evaluation of non-invasive capture-mark-recapture estimation of population size based on a single sampling session

Sébastien Puechmaille , Eric Petit
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2007, 44 (4), pp.1062-73. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-2664.2007.01321.x⟩
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Good DNA from bat droppings.

Sebastien J. Puechmaille , Eric Petit
Acta Chiropterologica, 2007, 9 (1), pp.269-276
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Characterization of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the lesser horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus hipposideros (Rhinolophidae, Chiroptera)

Sébastien Puechmaille , Grégory Mathy , Eric Petit
Molecular Ecology Notes, 2005, 5 (4), ⟨10.1111/j.1471-8286.2005.01123.x⟩
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White-nose syndrome in bats

Winifred Frick , Sébastien Puechmaille , Craig Willis
Voigt Christian; Kingston Tigga. Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world, Springer, pp.245-262, 2016, 978-3-319-25218-6. ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-25220-9_9⟩
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