They belong to an ancient family of carnivorous bats and are placed in super family Rhinolophoidae along with rhinopomatid and rhinolophid
bats in the Suborder Yinpterochiroptera (Springer et al.
perforatus bats is low compared with that for severe acute respiratory syndrome-like CoV in rhinolophid
bats in China (10%-12.5%) but consistent with CoV prevalence among bats in Mexico (4).
teniotis appears markedly higher than the minimum ambient temperatures recorded in 34 out of 37 species of hibernating vespertilionid and rhinolophid
bats listed by Nagel and Nagel (1991) and Webb et al.
A likely animal reservoir for SARS-CoV was identified in rhinolophid bats (4,5).
Detection of genetically related betacoronaviruses in bats from Africa and Eurasia parallels detection of SARS-CoV in rhinolophid bats from Eurasia and related betacoronaviruses in hipposiderid bats from Africa (9).
Recent studies have suggested that bats are the natural reservoir of a range of coronaviruses (CoVs), and that rhinolophid bats harbor viruses closely related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) CoV, which caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in humans during 20022003.
Rhinolophid bats and their viruses were analyzed at a different taxonomic scale (within genus).
Lack of concordance between phylogenies of rhinolophid bats and their CoVs can be interpreted as evidence for host shifts between bats of the genus Rhinolophus.
First, SARS-like CoVs and other rhinolophid CoVs (RfV1 and RpV1) show evidence of interspecies transmission.
bats are not found in the Western Hemisphere and are phylogenetically far removed from the big brown bat (37,38).