Blasius's horseshoe bat

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Blasius's horseshoe bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Rhinolophidae
Genus: Rhinolophus
Species: R. blasii
Binomial name
Rhinolophus blasii
Peters, 1866
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Blasius's horseshoe bat range

Blasius's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus blasii) is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae found throughout large parts of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Northern Africa.

Description[edit]

R. blasii is a medium-sized horsehoe bat, with a length of between 46.5 and 56 mm (1.83 and 2.20 in), and a weight of between 12 and 15 g (0.42 and 0.53 oz). The fur is fluffy, with the base of hairs almost white. Dorsal side hair is grey brown, sometimes with a lilac tinge, while the hair on the ventral side is almost white.[citation needed]

Habitat[edit]

Blasius's horseshoe bat lives in warm limestone-based areas with fairly open covers of shrubs and trees. Summer and winter roosts are in caves, with the bats hanging freely and not in contact with other bats.

Echolocation[edit]

The constant frequency signal is 93–98 kHz, with a short drop in frequency at the end of each signal, which normally lasts 40-50 milliseconds.

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