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Some faunistic data on the bats of Italy


ŘEHÁK Zdeněk

Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Vespertilio
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Zoology
Keywords Ultrasound detection; mist netting; flight activity of bats
Description During a spring trip across Italy in 1998, bats were surveyed using a bat detector and mist nets. The bats were recorded at seven localities, flying and foraging in various habitats or roosting in a shelter. In total, 6 bat species were netted, i.e. Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, Nyctalus leisleri, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, Pipistrellus nathusii, Barbastella barbastellus, and Plecotus auritus. At least 11 bat species were identified using the bat detector, i. e. Myotis daubentonii, Vespertilio murinus, Eptesicus serotinus, Nyctalus leisleri, Hypsugo savii, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, P. pygmaeus, P. nathusii, P. kuhlii, Barbastella barbastellus, and Plecotus sp. P. kuhlii seems to be a common species preferring lower elevations, in contrast with another common species H. savii which was mostly recorded at higher altitudes. The latter two species along with E. serotinus were often found foraging around street lamps. At the time of the survey, records of five species were new to the Gargano National Park. Data concerning V. murinus remain very rare for the whole Italy until now.
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