Resolving the mystery of Paracoelops megalotis

From Vin Dinh Thong

Paracoelops megalotis was only known from the original description of the single holotype. Over the past decades, the species was treated as a monotypic genus endemic to Vietnam, and received much attention from bat specialists worldwide. Particularly, it had appeared as a mammal mystery. In fact, Paracoelops and P. megalotis were named from a misclassification of an incomplete specimen of Pomona Leaf-nosed Bat (Hipposideros pomona). Vu Dinh Thong from Vietnam together with his colleagues from England, France, Germany and Ireland have resolved this mystery in a paper recently published in the journal Zootaxa.

Vu Dinh Thong, Christian Dietz, Annette Denzinger, Paul J.J. Bates, Sebastien J. Puechmaille, Cecile Callou, and Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler. 2012. Resolving a mammal mystery: the identity of Paracoelops megalotis (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae). Zootaxa 3505: 75–85.

For a copy of the paper, please contact the corresponding author Vu Dinh Thong: thong(at)