Rafinesque's big-eared bat

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Rafinesque's big-eared bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Corynorhinus
Species: C. rafinesquii
Binomial name
Corynorhinus rafinesquii
Lesson, 1827

Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) is a species of vesper bat.

Physical description[edit]

Rafinesque's big eared bat is a medium sized bat with a length of 3.2-4.3" and a wingspan of 10-12". As its name implies, C. rafinesquii has large ears that are over an inch long. Color is gray on back and white on its belly. Similar to the Townsend's big-eared bat, it has two lumps on either side of its nose. This specie can live 10 years or longer.


C. rafinesquii most commonly roosts in abandoned buildings in heavily forested areas, hanging in the open. Males can be found roosting under bark and in hollow trees. Nursery colonies are rarely in caves.


Rafinesque's big eared bat occurs in the southeastern United States, including the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.[1] C. rafinesquii is uncommon throughout its range.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Arroyo-Cabrales, J. & Ticul Alvarez Castaneda, S (2008). "Corynorhinus rafinesquii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  • "Stokes Beginner's Guide to Bats" by Kim Williams, Rob Mies Donald and Lillian Stokes.