Aláine's picture

Pipistrelle Bat (added via Android)

Observed: 5th January 2013 By: Aláine
Photo 1
Description:

Tiny bat found in an old abandoned structure in Dromoland. Wings black in colour no long ears, brown face barely visible.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Jonathan's picture

Can you give us some idea of

Can you give us some idea of the scale of the structure? I have to say I have difficulty seeing a bat, even at greatest resolution.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Aláine's picture

Sorry for the poor

Sorry for the poor picture...the limestone rocks seen here are roughly 20cm accross the bat is in a hanging position and is only the size of a thumb.

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Jonathan's picture

Thanks.

Thanks.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

tarkamerl's picture

Definitely a horseshoe bat

Definitely a horseshoe bat and size suggests Lesser.

Montgomeryshire mammal recorder and naturalist

Aláine's picture

Thank you very much for that

Thank you very much for that I happened to be talking to a rep from the national parks and wildlife who sugested the same identification. Thanks.

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colhig17's picture

Lesser Horseshoe bat

If it is hanging downwards rather than squeezed into a crack (which most bats do) it sounds like a lesser horseshoe. Rule of thumb is that a lesser horseshooe is plum sized, a Greater horseshoe is pear-sized. Plus the Greater doesn't appear in Ireland!

Colin

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