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Myotis volans

Long-legged Myotis

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Long-legged myotis typically occupy mountainous or relatively rugged areas. They often live in coniferous forest, although they are sometimes found in oak or streamside woodlands, and even deserts. They feed mostly on moths, but are opportunistic, eating whatever soft-bodied insects are most abundant. When several long-legged myotis are feeding in the same area, and two bats seem to be on a collision course, they alter their echolocation calls, adding a lower-frequency "honk."

Also known as:
Hairy-winged Myotis

Range: 76-106 mm

Average: 7.5 g
Range: 5-10 g


Allen, H., 1866.  Notes on the Vespertilionidae of tropical America, p. 282.  Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 18:279-288.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Myotis volans

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