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Lasiurus cinereus

Hoary Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Hoary bats are found from northern Canada all the way to Guatemala, and also in South America and Hawaii. They are solitary and roost in trees. Their frosted, or hoary, look comes from a tinge of white over their grayish-brown fur. Their flight is distinctively fast and direct and can be used as an identifying trait. Hoary bats eat moths, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, and dragonflies.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Females are larger than males.

Length:

Average: 80.5 mm males; 83.6 mm females
Range: 77-87 mm

Weight:

Range: 20-35 g

References:

Palisot de Beauvois, A.M.F.J., 1796.  A scientific and descriptive catalogue of Peales museum, p. 18.  S.H. Smith, Philadelphia, 205 pp.

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Distribution of Lasiurus cinereus

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Bones and Teeth

Bones of Lasiurus cinereus
Lower left cheek teeth, with last premolar to the right. Click to enlarge. (11kb)

Bones of Lasiurus cinereus
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