Silver-haired bat

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Silver-haired bat
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Scientific classification
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Lasionycteris
Binomial name
Lasionycteris noctivagans

The silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans) is a species of bat. It is the only member of the genus Lasionycteris.[2]

The bat is found in Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. They are the most common bat in forested areas in the United States. Silver-haired bats are also called Silverwings.[3]

Description[change | change source]

Silver-haired bats are nearly black. They have silvery-tipped hairs on their back. It's a medium-sized, heavily furred bat. It weighs around 8-12 grams. Its total length is around 100 mm on average, its tail being 40 mm.[4]

In Fiction[change | change source]

Shade is the name of the main character in the novel Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. He is a young silver-haired bat runt.

References[change | change source]

  1. Arroyo-Cabrales J.; et al. (2008). "Lasionycteris noctivagans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 February 2010. Explicit use of et al. in: |last1= (help)
  2. Simmons N.B. (2005), "Order Chiroptera", in Wilson D.E. & Reeder D.M. (ed.), Mammal species of the world (3rd ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 499, ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0, OCLC 62265494
  3. "The silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)". Organization for Bat Conservation.
  4. "Silver-haired Bat". The Mammals of Texas - Online Edition.