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Lesser mouse-eared bat

Lesser mouse-eared bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Myotis
Species: M. blythii
Binomial name
Myotis blythii
Tomes, 1857
Myotis blythii distribution
Synonyms
  • Myotis oxygnathus Monticelli, 1885

The Lesser mouse-eared bat (Myotis blythii) is a species of bat in the Vespertilionidae family.

Distribution

Lesser mouse-eared bats can be found in the following countries: Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Threats

The species is decreasing in population due to the pollution and changes in land management. Construction noise has disturbed populations in southern Spain; the population in Andalusia decreased from 30,000 to 14,000 between 1994 and 2002.[1] Herders in Syria and Turkey light fires at cave mouths for their livestock disturbing the bats.[1]

Conservation

It is protected in most areas of Europe by Bonn and Bern Convention. The species are required special measures which includes construction of designated areas, which are provided by Special Areas for Conservation. Natura 2000 is also protecting the species. In some European countries the caves are closed with fences so that the visitors wont disturb them.[1]

Characteristics

Lesser Mouse-eared Bat flying
These large-sized bats are around 62–70 millimetres (2.4–2.8 in) long and weigh around 16–26 grams (0.56–0.92 oz).[2]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Threats and conservation". IUCN Red List. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Lesser Mouse-Eared Bat

References

  • Images at www.naturlichter.de

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Myotis blythii at Wikispecies


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