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Bats

Observed: 6th July 2008 By: Rags
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Difficult to be precise but can anyone hazard a guess at which species of European bat was exiting at dusk from a roof space in northern Corfu. Thanks for looking.

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

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Comments

Jonathan's picture

Sorry I can't help, but great

Sorry I can't help, but great pics.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Rags's picture

Hard

Thought this one may strike out. Thanks anyway.

Jonathan's picture

Don't give up. I will e-mail

Don't give up. I will e-mail a batty friend of mine and see if she can help. Keep and eye on 'changes'in MySpot

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Rags's picture

Thanks

Many thanks Jonathan.

profkatejones's picture

Corfu bats

Hi there - Jonathan passed on the pictures to me. Fantastic shots with some great close ups of distinguishing features! However, bats are quite hard to identify in flight and there are some tiny diagnostic features that you will miss without them being in the hand. I am usually more at home with identifying bats by their echolocation calls but I will give this a go...
Their muzzles are simple and smooth, tail is completely included included in the broad tail membrane, second phalanx of 3rd digit is at most twice as long as first - all of which means they are vesper bats (Family: Vespertilionidae). Their ears are not joined by a fold of skin and they have a distinctive post-calcarial lobe which means that they are either little pipistrelle-like bats or bigger noctule-like bats. I can't tell from the picture their size unfortunately so that is probably as good as you are going to get it! A really good reference source if you are interested is - Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa by Christian Dietz, Otto von Helversen and Dietmar Nill - which has a useful key.
Hope this is useful.
Kate

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Thanks

Hi Kate,

Thanks for your review of the photos. I realise that any ID from photos alone is practically impossible but thank you for the pointers. They were more Pipistrelle size than Noctule. I will look out for the book you mention for future reference.

Cheers, Rags.