Lesser mouse-eared bat

Lesser mouse-eared bat

Lesser mouse-eared bat

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Myotis blythii

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

Appearance

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).

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Lesser mouse-eared bat
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Habits and Lifestyle

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Diet and Nutrition

Population

Population 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. Herders in Syria and Turkey light fires at cave mouths for their livestock disturbing the bats.

Conservation

It is protected in most of Europe by Bonn and Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. The species requires special measures including 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 visitors do not disturb them.

References

1. Lesser mouse-eared bat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_mouse-eared_bat
2. Lesser mouse-eared bat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/14124/22053297

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