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Observed: 27th September 2013 By: pf339
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Bat a
Bat b

Dead bat found on roadside. Possibly common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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It's ears look too long for a pip

I appreciate it's in an advanced state of decomposition, but it's ears look a bit long for a pip. Did you turn it over? Did you notice if the belly fur was the same colour as the back?

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Thanks for considering possible identity.
Underside had already been eaten by maggots. There didn't seem to be any fur left underneath. (Maggots were definitely white!)
Interested to learn of possible identities although realise that clear identification is unlikely.
Many thanks

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Shaggy fur and longer ears

Sometimes Soprano pips can have slightly shaggier fur, but as I've said I think the ears are too long. It could maybe be a Brandt's bat or even a Serotine. But I'm really not sure.
Don't suppose you measured the forearm? Or noticed if it had a post calcarial lobe?
Sorry I can't be more help.

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Thanks for help. All new and interesting for me. Much appreciated.