Bats of the United States
- Canyon bat Parastrellus hesperus
- Eastern Pipistrelle Parastrellus subflavus
- Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus
- Evening Bat Nycticeius humeralis
- Western Red Bat Lasiurus blossevillii
- Eastern Red Bat Lasiurus borealis
- Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus
- Southern Yellow Bat Lasiurus ega
- Seminole Bat Lasiurus seminolus
- Allen's Big-eared Bat Idionycteris phyllotis
- Spotted Bat Euderma maculatum
- Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat Corynorhinus rafinesquii
- Townsend's Big-eared Bat Corynorhinus townsendii
- Southwestern Myotis Myotis auriculus
- Southeastern myotis Myotis austroriparius
- California Myotis Myotis californicus
- Western Small-footed Myotis Myotis ciliolabrum
- Long-eared Myotis Myotis evotis
- Gray Myotis Myotis griseus
- Keen's Myotis Myotis keenii
- Eastern small-footed myotis Myotis leibii
- Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus
- Northern Long-eared Myotis Myotis septentrionalis
- Indiana bat Myotis sodalis
- Fringed Myotis Myotis thysanodes
- Cave Myotis Myotis velifer
- Long-legged Myotis Myotis volans
- Yuma Myotis Myotis yumanensis
- Silver-haired Bat Lasionycteris noctivagans
- Wagner's Mastiff Bat Eumops glaucinis
- Western Mastiff Bat Eumops perotis
- Underwood's Mastiff Bat Eumops underwoodi
- Pallas's Mastiff Bat Molossus molossus
- Pocketed Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops femorosaccus
- Big Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops macrotis
- Brazilian Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis
- Pallid Bat Antrozous pallidus
- Ghost-faced Bat Mormoops megalophylla
- Mexican Long-tongued Bat Choeronycteris mexicana
- Hairy-legged Vampire Bat Diphylla ecaudata
- Mexican Long-nosed Bat Leptonycteris nivalis
- Southern Long-nosed Bat Leptonycteris curasoe
- California Leaf-nosed Bat Macrotus californicus
- Common Vampire Bat Desmodus rotundus
Notable bat roosts
The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, which crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, is the world largest urban bat colony.
Seventeen species of bats live in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, including a large number of Mexican Free-tailed Bats. It has been estimated that the population of Mexican Free-tailed Bats once numbered in the millions but has declined drastically in modern times. The cause of this decline is unknown but the pesticide DDT is often listed as a primary cause.
As of February 2011, at least three states had an official bat. The general assembly of North Carolina considered a bill in 2007 that would have made Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat as its state bat. The bill passed 92-15, but died in the state senate.
|State||State bat||Scientific name||Image||Year adopted|
|Oklahoma||Mexican free-tailed bat||Tadarida brasiliensis||2006|
|Virginia||Virginia Big-eared Bat||Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus||2005|
The Bat People is a 1974 film in which a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat creature after being bitten by a bat in Carlsbad Cavern.
- "Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Bats". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- "House Bill 1683 Official State Bat (2007-2008 session)". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Senate Selects Bat as State’s Flying Mammal". Oklahoma State Senate: Communications Division. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 95, 74th Legislature, Regular Session (1995)". Texas State Legislature. 1995. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "HB 2579 Bat, big-eared; designating as official emblem of State.". Virginia State Legislature. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
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