Sardinian long-eared bat

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Sardinian Long-eared Bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Suborder: Microchiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Plecotus
Species: P. sardus
Binomial name
Plecotus sardus
Mucedda, Kiefer ,Pidincedda and Vieth 2002

The Sardinian Long-eared Bat (Plecotus sardus) is a species of bat endemic to Sardinia.

This species was discovered in 2002 in the caves of central Sardinia. It is currently the only bat with very long ears discovered in Europe. The new species was identified by a DNA study.


  • Mucceda, M.; Kiefer, A.; Pidincedda, E.; Veith, M. (2002): A new species of long-eared bat (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) from Sardinia (Italy) - Acta Chiropterologica 4: 121-135.
  • Spitzenberger, F.; Strelkov, P.P.; Winkler, H.; Haring, E. (2006): A preliminary revision of the genus Plecotus (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) based on genetic and morphological results - Zoologica Scripta 35: 187-230.

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