Rafinesque's big-eared bat

species of mammal

Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) is a type of vesper bat. It is sometimes called the southeastern big-eared bat. It is native to the southeastern United States.

Rafinesque's big-eared bat
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Corynorhinus
C. rafinesquii
Binomial name
Corynorhinus rafinesquii
Lesson, 1827
Species distribution (in the southeastern United States) based on data from the IUCN.

Plecotus rafinesquii

Description Edit

Rafinesque's big-eared bat is around 7.5–10 cm (3.0–3.9 in) long. It has a wingspan of 25–30 cm (10–12 in). They weigh from 6–13 g (0.21–0.46 oz). The bat is gray on the dorsal side and white on the underside. The ears and face are a pinkish-brown color, while the arm and wing are dark brown.[2]

Distribution and Habitat Edit

It is found in the southeastern United States. It lives in many habitats from coastal plains and riparian areas to mountainous areas such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.[3]

Feeding Edit

Rafinesque's big-eared bats are insectivorous. They are nocturnal animals. They find food mainly by echolocation. They eat lots of different kinds of insects.[4]

References Edit

  1. Arroyo-Cabrales, J. & Ticul Alvarez Castaneda, S (2008). "Corynorhinus rafinesquii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  2. Titus, Keifer. "Corynorhinus rafinesquii (Rafinesque's big-eared bat)". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  3. Noroeste), Sergio Ticul Álvarez-Castañeda (Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del; Arroyo-Cabrales, J. (2016-08-26). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Corynorhinus rafinesquii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  4. J, Lacki Michael; Ladeur, Kristina M. (2001). "Seasonal Use of Lepidopteran Prey by Rafinesque's Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)". The American Midland Naturalist. 145 (1): 213–217. doi:10.1674/0003-0031(2001)145[0213:SUOLPB]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0003-0031. S2CID 85723602.