Asian particolored bat

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Asian parti colored bat
Vespertilio sinensis.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Vespertilio
Species: V. sinensis
Binomial name
Vespertilio sinensis
Peters, 1899
  • Vesperus sinensis Peters, 1880
  • Vespertilio superans Thomas, 1899

The Asian parti-colored bat (Vespertilio sinensis) is a species of parti-coloured bat. An adult Asian parti-colored bat has a body length of 6–7 cm, a tail of 4.3-4.5 cm, and a wing length of 5 cm. Asian parti-colored bats are distributed across East Asia, from Taiwan through eastern China, eastern Mongolia and Russia (Siberia) to the Korean Peninsula and Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu).

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

It was described as a new species in 1880 by German naturalist Wilhelm Peters. Peters named it Vesperus sinensis. Its species name "sinensis" comes from Latin Sinae, meaning "China." The holotype was collected in Beijing.[2] The species was known as V. superans until 1997 when it was demonstrated that V. sinensis should be used under the nomenclature rule known as the Principle of Priority.[3]


Its forearm length is 43–55 mm (1.7–2.2 in). Its hairs are bicolored, with the basal portions blackish brown and the distal portions off-white.[4]

Range and habitat[edit]

Its range includes several countries and regions in eastern Asia, such as China and Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongolia, and Siberia.[1]


As of 2008, it is evaluated as a least-concern species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this classification because it has a wide geographic range; it tolerates a variety of habitats, including human-disturbed areas; and there are no known threats to its continued existence.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Stubbe, M.; Samiya, R.; Ariunbold, J.; Buuveibaatar, V.; Dorjderem, S.; Monkhzul, Ts.; Otgonbaatar, M. & Tsogbadrakh, M. (2008). "Vespertilio sinensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T22949A9401797. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T22949A9401797.en. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ Peters, W. (1880). "Hr. W. Peters machte eine Mitteilung über neue Flederthiere". Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussische Akademie des Wissenschaften zu Berlin: 258–259.
  3. ^ HORÁČEK, I. (1997). "Status of Vesperus sinensis Peters, 1880 and remarks on the genus Vespertilio" (PDF). Vespertilio (2): 59–72.
  4. ^ Smith, Andrew T.; Xie, Yan; Hoffmann, Robert S.; Lunde, Darrin; MacKinnon, John; Wilson, Don E.; Wozencraft, W. Chris, eds. (2010). A Guide to the Mammals of China. Princeton University Press. p. 371. ISBN 1400834112.