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Myotis evotis

Long-eared Myotis

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

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Credit: New Mexico Bat Call Library, W. L. Gannon
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Myotis evotis - inset shows trailing edges of tail membranes
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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

With its long, luxurious fur, which can range in color from dark brown to pale yellow, and its large, coal-black ears, the long-eared myotis is a striking animal. Long-eared myotis prefer roosting in rock outcroppings and dead trees. They feed on a variety of insects, and are often seen hunting in dense vegetation or over small bodies of water. They seem to prefer moths and beetles, and it appears these bats "turn off" their echolocation to listen for insects, which they can pluck from trunks and branches by hovering momentarily. Like many bats, but unlike most other small mammals, they have a long life span. Individuals have been known to live for 22 years, although the average is much shorter.

Also known as:

Long-eared Bat, Little Big-eared Bat


Range: 87-100 mm


Range: 5-8 g


Allen, H., 1864.  Monograph of the bats of North America, p. 48. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collection, 7(165):1-85.


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Distribution of Myotis evotis

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