The spotted bat (Euderma maculatum) is one of North America's most beautiful bats. Its long and silky white fur with large black spots, added to its pink ears and wings, make it distinctive. It is also one of the few bats that use echolocation frequencies audible to humans.
Found in a patchy distribution from southern British Columbia to northern Mexico, spotted bats are elusive and seldom seen. What biologists know of this bat indicates that it lives in crevices on cliffs and specializes on moths for its diet. Although it is a candidate for endangered status, its actual status and conservation needs remain unknown.
This is one of seven bats that you can "adopt" as part of BCI's Adopt-A-Bat campaign (see back cover).
Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle