The common pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, is a small bat with a very large range across most of Europe, North Africa, southwestern Asia, and possibly into Korea. It is one of the most common bat species in the British Isles.
In 1999 the common pipistrelle was split into two species on the basis of different-frequency echolocation calls. The common pipistrelle uses a call of 45 kHz, while the soprano pipistrelle echo-locates at 55 kHz. Since then other differences, in appearance, habitat and food, have also been found.
Echolocation[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Parsons S. and Jones G. 2000. Acoustic identification of twelve species of echolocating bat by discriminant function analysis and artificial neural networks. J Exp Biol., 203: 2641–2656.
- Obrist M.K., Boesch R. and Flückiger P.F. 2004. Variability in echolocation call design of 26 Swiss bat species: consequences, limits and options for automated field identification with a synergic pattern recognition approach. Mammalia., 68 (4): 307–332
- Aulagnier & Benda (2004). Pipistrellus pipistrellus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
Other websites[change | change source]
- ARKive Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Pipistrellus pygmaeus Photographs and videos.