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Azores noctule, Nyctalus azoreum

This species is a red listed endangered species. The Azores noctule bat lives in the dry forests of the Portugal islands known as the Azores. The endangerment of this species is directly connected to the loss of their habitat caused my human growth. The three primary habitats are haollow trees, caves, and buildings. The Azores noctule bat is a subspecies to the lesser noctule and the genetic differences are very minimal. The Azores bat is smaller in weight as well as length. The Azores also emits a signal that has a different frequency than the lesser noctule.

The Azores bat is unique in the fact that it hunts insects by day rather than at night. The reason for this is the fact that there are no flight predators present on the islands. The Azores build their roosts in groups so that the non-flight predators are less likely to have a chance at snatching the young.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Family: Vespertilionidae

Image Caption: Adult specimen of Azores noctule. Credit: Filipe Lopes/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Azores noctule Nyctalus azoreum