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BCI Species Profiles

There are forty-seven kinds of bats living in the United States, representing four distinct groups, including the ghost-faced, leaf-nosed, vesper bat, and free-tailed families. Since common names can change between regions, scientists have given each bat a distinct two-part Latin name, designating the genus and species. Below, you can sort and show North American bats by State/Province or Family Group. The common names are also listed for your convenience.


Species Common Name  
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Antrozous pallidus pallid bat
Choeronycteris mexicana Mexican long-tongued bat
Corynorhinus townsendii Townsend’s big-eared bat
Eptesicus fuscus big brown bat
Euderma maculatum spotted bat
Eumops perotis greater bonneted bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans silver-haired bat
Lasiurus blossevillii western red bat
Lasiurus cinereus hoary bat
Lasiurus xanthinus western yellow bat
Macrotus californicus California leaf-nosed bat
Myotis californicus California myotis
Myotis evotis long-eared myotis
Myotis lucifugus little brown myotis
Myotis melanorhinus dark-nosed small-footed myotis
Myotis occultus Arizona myotis
Myotis thysanodes fringed myotis
Myotis volans long-legged myotis
Myotis yumanensis Yuma myotis
Nyctinomops femorosaccus pocketed free-tailed bat
Photos © Merlin D. Tuttle, BCI
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