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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Mammals

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bar Don Wilson
    Don E. Wilson
    Curator Emeritus

  • Phone: (202)633-1265
  • Fax: (202)633-0182
  • E-mail: wilsond[at]

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    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 108
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Ph.D.: University of New Mexico, 1970
M.S.: University of New Mexico, 1967
B.S.: University of Arizona, 1965

Research Interests

I am interested in mammalian evolution and classification in general, spurred primarily by 2 decades of shepherding "Mammal Species of the World" through 2 editions. A career-long fascination with bats continues unabated, and a smattering of my research time is devoted to various aspects of chiropteran biology. My current major project involves the production of an 8-volume treatise entitled "Handbook of Mammals of the World." The first volume, covering Carnivores, was published by Lynx Edicions in 2009. The second volume, on hoofed mammals, appeared in 2011. I also retain an interest in the mammals of North America, which began with "The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals," and continued through 2 editions of the Princeton Field Guide to North American Mammals. Using text and photos from those 2 publications, we spun off a website devoted to North American Mammals and there is now an I-phone application as well.

Recent Publications

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. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-127.4.533

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

Wilson, Don E. and Mittermeier, Russell A. (eds.) 2014. Handbook of Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. 614 pages.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2014. A new species of Myotis from Bolivia (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae). Journal of Mammalogy, 95(4): E17-E25. doi:10.1644/14-MAMM-149

Ceballos, Gerardo and Wilson, Don E. 2013. Family Sciuridae. In: Ceballos, Gerardo, Mammals of Mexico. Mexico City: UNAM, pp.1-1016.

Wilson, Don E. 2013. Palabras de Don E. Wilson, distinguido con del premio Zotz por la Red Latinoamericana para la Conservación de los Murciélagos (RELCOM). In: Bernal Rodriguez, 16th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC). San Jose: RELCOM, pp.3

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

Wilson, Don E. 2013. Chiroptera. In: Smith, A. T. and Xie, Y., Pocket guide to Mammals of China. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, pp.217-274.

Helgen, Kristofer M., Pinto, Miguel, Kays, Roland, Helgen, Lauren, Tsuchiya, Mirian, Quinn, Aleta, Wilson, Don E. and Maldonado, Jesús E. 2013. Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito. ZooKeys, 324: 1-83. doi:10.3897/zookeys.324.5827

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

Mittermeier, Russell A., Rylands, Anthony B. and Wilson, Don E.. 2013. Handbook of Mammals of the World: Primates. Barcelona: LYNX.

Larsen, Roxanne J., Knapp, Michelle C., Genoways, Hugh H., Khan, Faisal Ali Anwarali, Larsen, Peter A., Wilson, Don E. and Baker, Robert J. 2012. Genetic Diversity of Neotropical Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with an Emphasis on South American Species. Plos One, 7(10): 1-9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046578

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2011. A new species of Myotis Kaup, 1829 (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Ecuador. Mammalian Biology, 76(5): 608-614. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2010.10.003

Wilson, Don E. and Timm, Robert M. 2011. Robert S. Hoffmann: 1929–2010. Journal of Mammalogy, 92(2): 460-473. doi:10.1644/10-MAMM-O-421.1

Wilson, Don E., Young, Richard and Amori, Giovanni 2011. Formation of the Small Mammal Specialist Group. Species, 53: 30

Wilson, Don E. and Murariu, Dumitru T. 2011. Review of: The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Journal of mammalogy, 92(2): 474-475.

Moratelli, Ricardo and Wilson, Don E. 2011. The identity of Myotis punensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Zoologia, 28(1): 115-121. doi:10.1590/S1984-46702011000100016

Complete List of Wilson's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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