Rafinesque's big-eared bat

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

Plecotus rafinesquii

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.

Description[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

  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.