Friday, 7 September 2007

Daubenton's Bat (Myotis daubentonii)

Adult Daubenton's Bat (M. d. nathalindae) at Arrocampo, Spain - April 2016

OTHER NAMES: Daubenton's Myotis, Water Bat
Local Name (Spain): MurciĆ©lago Ratonero RibereƱo ("Waterside Buzzard Bat")
Featured Subspecies: Myotis daubentonii nathalinae
Weight: 7-15g
Length: 45-55mm
Wingspan: 240-275mm
IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A fairly large bat (by European standards anyway) the Daubenton's bat is found across temperate Europe and Asia in a band that stretches from Spain to Hokkaido. It is strongly associated with water, and hunts over water - I've quite possibly seen this species in the UK when I've seen bats hunting over water, but I've never managed to identify them successfully.  The species is named after Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, a French naturalist .  This single individual was seen in Arrocampo in Spain in fairly decent light, though the species was identified by a picture taken by my guide Luis

Related Species:
ORDER: Chiroptera
FAMILY: Vespertilionidae
GENUS: Myotis
SUBSPECIES: M. d. daubentoni, M. d. volgensis, M. d. ussuriensis, M. d. nathalinae

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - A fairly common resident.
 - SPAIN 2016 TRIP: A single individual at Arrocampo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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