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Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus
2012-05-03 12:32:22

The little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) is also known as the little brown myotis. It is a species in the Myotis genus, or mouse-eared bats. It is one of the most common North American bats, and is a good species to use when studying bats. This species has been included in the Mammalian Genome Project. The range of this bat includes the northern half of the United States and southern Canada....

Townsends Ground Squirrel Urocitellus townsendii
2012-04-23 07:42:28

The Townsend’s ground squirrel, or Urocitellus townsendii, can be found in many areas of the United States. The range of this squirrel includes south-central Washington, western Utah, east Oregon, southern Idaho, and most of Nevada. They can also be found in the eastern extremities of California. There are seven subspecies of this type of squirrel including Merriam’s ground squirrel and...

Daubentons Bat
2008-05-02 12:47:20

Daubenton's Bat (Myotis daubentonii), is a Eurasian bat that ranges from Britain to Japan and is considered to be increasing its numbers in many areas. The bat is mostly found in woodlands and always chooses roosts close to water sources such as rivers or canals. Summer colonies are formed in underground caves, tunnels, cellars, mines, and underneath bridges. These colonies are also always near...

Yellow-necked Mouse
2007-10-23 17:40:45

The Yellow-necked Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis), is a close relative of the wood mouse, with which it was long confused, only being recognized as a separate species in 1894. It is found mostly in mountainous areas of southern Europe, but extends north into parts of Scandinavia and Britain. It differs from the wood mouse in that it has a band of yellow fur around the neck and in having...

Barbastelle
2007-08-14 13:42:24

The Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus), also known as the Western Barbastelle, is a European bat. It has a short nose, small eyes and wide ears. It is rare throughout its range. In Britain, only three breeding roosts are known, including Paston Great Barn in Norfolk. The Barbastelle has two main call types used for echolocation. The frequency parameters of call type 1 lie between 30-38...

Whiskered Bats
2007-08-14 04:15:26

Whiskered Bats (Myotis mystacinus), and related species, are small European bats with long fur. M. alcathoe is the smallest among the European whiskered bats and uses the highest-frequency echolocation calls of all the European Myotis species. It prefers to hunt in small valleys with deciduous trees and flowing water. Initial records from Greece and Hungary indicate a distribution range in...

Common House Mouse
2007-08-10 16:14:02

The Common House Mouse (Mus musculus), is the most numerous species of the genus Mus. It is the most common and populous mammalian species on earth, besides humans. House mice almost always live in close proximity to humans. Laboratory mice belong to strains of house mice and are some of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine. They are by far the most commonly used...

Parti-colored Bat Rearmouse
2007-06-25 08:52:34

The Parti-colored Bat or Rearmouse, Vespertilio murinus, is a species of bat in the family of Vesper bats known as Vespertilionidae. It is a medium sized bat with a body size of 2.5 inches and a wingspan from 10.5 to 13 inches. The average weight is 0.4 to 0.8 ounces. Its name is derived from its fur, which has two colors. Its backside is red to dark-brown, with silver-white-frosted hair. The...

Harvest Mouse
2007-06-25 08:30:05

The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. They are typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats. They are also found in long grass and hedgerows. They have reddish-brown fur with white under parts and a naked tail. The tail is highly prehensile (good at grasping). An adult has a head and body between 2 and 2.8 inches, with a...

Common Pipistrelle
2007-06-25 08:29:12

The Common Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus Pipistrellus, is a species of small bat that ranges across most of Europe, North Africa, southwestern Asia, and into Korea. It is one of the most common species in the British Isles. Its brown fur is variable in tone. It is common in woodland and farmland but is also found in towns, where it roosts in lofts and buildings. The Common Pipistrelle is 1.4 to...

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