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Lesser horseshoe bat
Order : Chiroptera
Family : Rhinolophidae
Subfamily : Rhinolophinae
Species : Rhinolophus hipposideros
The Lesser horseshoe bat is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the lesser horseshoe batA young / baby of a lesser horseshoe bat is called a 'pup'. A lesser horseshoe bat group is called a 'colony or cloud'.
CountriesAfghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan
Lesser horseshoe bat habitatsCaves, Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic), Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation, Other Subterranean Habitats, Shrubland, Subtropical / Tropical Dry Shrubland and Subtropical / Tropical High Altitude Shrubland
Facts about the lesser horseshoe bat
A lesser horseshoe bat is flying around in a barn.
Description The lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest British bats.
hipposideros) The lesser horseshoe bat is an endangered species, and it is seen very rarely in Wales.
Lesser horseshoe batRhinolophus hipposiderosThe lesser horseshoe bat is one of our smallest British species.
Lesser horseshoe bats are found in a variety of habitats, ranging from the British Isles to the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia, and from Morocco to Sudan.
Lesser horseshoe bats are particularly sensitive to disturbance especially of their nursery and winter roosts.
Lesser horseshoe bats are sensitive to disturbance and twist their bodies as they scan their surroundings before flying off.
Lesser horseshoe bats are very similar in appearance to greater horseshoes, but they are smaller, and the fur is relatively longer and does not have a red hue.
Of the two species, only the lesser horseshoe bat is found in Ireland where a population of 12,000 individuals is restricted to the mid-west and south-west of the country.
The call of Rhinolophus hipposideros is often described as a continuous warble.
The lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is among species being systematically counted in the United Kingdom by the National Bat Monitoring Program.
The lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is now restricted to Wales, the west midlands and south-west England, but in the early 1900s it was found as far north as Yorkshire and east along the south coast of England to Kent.
The Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is one of the smallest British bats.
The Lesser horseshoe bat is one of the rarest bats in the UK and Ireland.
The lesser horseshoe bat is rare in the British Isles and is confined to Wales, western England and western Ireland.
The Lesser Horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros is one of the smallest bats in the UK.
Rhinolophus hipposideros is declining rapidly due to habitat pressures including disturbance, vandalism and practices resulting in a loss of large prey insects. (Full text)
De Kleine hoefijzerneus (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is een vleermuis uit het geslacht der hoefijzerneuzen. (Wiki)
Lesser horseshoe bats are common in Clare, due to the presence of caves and large houses with suitable attics. (Full text)
Text & photograph © Conor Kelleher Lesser horseshoe bat The lesser horseshoe bat is confined to the western seaboard of Ireland. (Full text)
Lesser Horseshoe bats are particularly sensitive to disturbance especially of their nursery and winter roosts. (Full text)
The Lesser Horseshoe bat is rare in the British Isles and is confined mainly to Wales, western England and western Ireland. (Full text)
Rhinolophus hipposideros is an internationally endangered species and the old tunnel complex under the hotel (reputed to have been used to store treasures from the National Gallery during the war) is a nursery roost in summer and hibernaculum in winter. (Full text)More animals beginning with L