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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Mammals

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bar Ricardo Moratelli
    Ricardo Moratelli
    Research Associate

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Museums: The endangered dead
New Golden Bat Adds to Animals With the Midas Touch (National Geographic 2014)
Bolivian golden bat revealed as 'new species' (BBC Nature 2014)
Bolivia's golden bat: one of six new species… (Smithsonian Science 2014)
New bat species discovered in Brazil leaves another at risk (Mongabay 2013)
New species of bat named from central coastal Ecuador (BBC Earth News 2010)


Ph.D. (Zoology): Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2008
M.S. (Animal Biology): Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, 2003
B.S. (Biology): Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, 2000

Research Interests

I am a taxonomist and wildlife biologist, with Master's and PhD degrees in Zoology, and postdoctoral training in zoological systematics and nomenclature. I work as a scientist for the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), where I created (and have coordinated) the Biodiversity Program of the Atlantic Forest Fiocruz Campus. My research is based on museum collections and fieldwork, and my interest is in mammalogy, extending through different topics in zoology, biogeography, ecology, animal health, and conservation biology. My main projects are focused on (i) the systematics, biogeography, ecology, natural history and conservation of Neotropical bats; (ii) ecology of zoonotic diseases associated with mammals; and (iii) mammalian surveys and conservation in the Rio de Janeiro Atlantic Forest. Results of my research include descriptions of six species of bats from Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and I have new species from other Neotropical localities pending formal descriptions. I have served as reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals and subject editor for four journals. I also served as president of the Brazilian Bat Research Society from 2010 to 2013, and coordinator of its Education Committee from 2011 to 2013, for which I organized trainings in taxonomy and taxidermy for students and professionals from different regions of Brazil.

Recent Publications

Novaes, Roberto L. M., Souza, Renan F., Ribeiro, Edvandro A., Siqueira, André C., Greco, Alexandre V. and Moratelli, Ricardo. 2015. First evidence of frugivory in Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae, Myotinae). Biodiversity Data Journal, 3: e6841. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e6841

Moratelli, Ricardo, Dias, Daniela. 2015. A new species of nectar-feeding bat, genus Lonchophylla, from the Caatinga of Brazil (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae). Zookeys, 514:73–79. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.514.10013

Moratelli, Ricardo, Idárraga, Liu, Wilson, Don. 2015. Range extension of Myotis midastactus (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) to Paraguay. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3:e5708. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5708

Moratelli, Ricardo, Dewynter, Maël, Delaval, Marguerite, Catzeflis François, Ruedi Manuel. 2015. First record of Myotis albescens (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) in French Guiana. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3: e5314. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5314

Moratelli, R. and Calisher, C. H. 2015. Bats and zoonotic viruses: Can we confidently link bats with emerging deadly viruses? Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 110(1):1–22.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2015. A second record of Myotis diminutus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae): its bearing on the taxonomy of the species and discrimination from M. nigricans. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 127(4):533–542.

Moratelli, Ricardo. 2014. Wildlife biologists are on the right track: A mammalogist's view of specimen collection. Zoologia: an international journal for zoology, 31(5):413–417.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2014. A new species of Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Bolivia. Journal of Mammalogy, 95(4):E17–E25.

Nogueira, Marcelo R., Lima, Isaac P., Moratelli, Ricardo, Tavares, Valeria da C., Gregorin, Renato, and Peracchi, Adriano L. 2014. Checklist of Brazilian bats with comments on original records. Check List, 10(4):808–821.

Loretto, Diogo, et al. 2014. On the practice of toe clipping for small mammal studies in Brazil. Boletim da Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia, 66:12–14. (Copyright 2013, published March 2014)

Dias, Daniela, Esberard, Carlos L. and Moratelli, Ricardo. 2013. A new species of Lonchophylla (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae) from the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil, with comments on L. bokermanni. Zootaxa, 3722(3): 347-360.

Moratelli, Ricardo, Gardner, Alfred L., Oliveira, João A. and Wilson, Don E. 2013. Review of Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from northern South America, with the description of a new species. American Museum Novitates, 3780: 1-36.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2013. Distribution and natural history of Myotis lavali (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae). Journal of Mammalogy, 94(3): 650-656. doi:10.1644/12-MAMM-A-257.1

Moratelli, Ricardo. 2013. Review of: Evolutionary History of Bats: Fossils, Molecules and Morphology. Journal of Mammalogy , 94(2): 520-521.

Moratelli, Ricardo. 2012. Myotis simus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Mammalian Species, 44(1): 26-32.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Oliveira, João A. 2011. Morphometric and morphological variation in South American populations of Myotis albescens (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae). Zoologia, 28(6): 789-806. doi: 10.1590/S1984-46702011000600013

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2011. The identity of Myotis punensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Zoologia, 28(1): 115-121.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2011. A new species of Myotis Kaup, 1829 (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Ecuador. Mammalian Biology, 76(5): 608-614.

Moratelli, Ricardo, Andreazzi, Cecília S., Oliveira, João A. and Cordeiro, José Luís P. 2011. Current and potential distribution of Myotis simus (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae). Mammalia, 75: 227-234. doi: 10.1515/mamm.2011.028

Moratelli, Ricardo, Peracchi, Adriano L., Dias, Daniela and Oliveira, João A. 2011. Geographic variation in South American populations of Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821) (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae), with the description of two new species. Mammalian Biology, 76: 592-607.

Moratelli, Ricardo, Peracchi, Adriano L. and Oliveira, João A. 2011. Morphometric and morphological variation in Myotis simus Thomas (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae), with an appraisal of the identity of Myotis guaycuru Proença based on the analysis of the type material. Zootaxa, 2985: 41-54.

Moratelli, Ricardo, Dias, Dias and Bonvicino, Cibele R. 2010. Estrutura e análise zoogeográfica de uma taxocenose de morcegos no norte do Estado do Amazonas, Brasil. Chiroptera Neotropical, 16: 661-671.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Morielle-Versute, Eliana. 2007. Métodos e aplicações da citogenética na taxonomia de morcegos brasileiros. In: Reis, Nélio R., Peracchi, Adriano L., Pedro, Wagner A. and Lima, Isaac P., Morcegos Brasileiros. Londrina: Editora da Universidade Estadual de Londrina, pp. 197-218.

Nogueira, Marcelo R., Peracchi, Adriano L., Moratelli, Ricardo. 2007. Subfamília Phyllostominae. In: Reis, Nélio R., Peracchi, Adriano L., Pedro, Wagner A. and Lima, Isaac P., Morcegos Brasileiros. Londrina: Editora da Universidade Estadual de Londrina, pp. 61-98.

Moratelli, Ricardo, Peracchi, Adriano L. 2007. Morcegos (Mammalia, Chiroptera) do Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos. In: Cronemberger, Cecília and Viveiros-de-Castro, Ernesto B., Ciência e Conservação na Serra dos Órgãos. Brasília: IBAMA, PP. 193-210.

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