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Keywords:

  • bats;
  • fingerprinting;
  • maternity;
  • minisatellite;
  • pipistrelle;
  • tissue

Abstract

DNA fingerprints were obtained by using Jeffreys' probes 33.6 and 33.15 with DNA extracted from nine mother-young pairs of pipistrelle bats Pipistrellus pipistrellns to investigate the feasibility of this technique for determining relatedness in this species. The bats had mated in the wild and gave birth in captivity. All of nine pairs in which infants were found attached showed band-sharing coefficients higher than those for individuals presumed to be unrelated but run in adjacent lanes of the gels. We therefore conclude that all attached infants were probably true offspring.