Japanese long-eared bat

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Japanese Long-eared Bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Suborder: Microchiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Plecotus
Species: P. sacrimontis
Binomial name
Plecotus sacrimontis
(G. M. Allen, 1908)

The Japanese Long-eared Bat (Plecotus sacrimontis) is endemic to Japan, where it is found in Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku. It has distinctive, long ears, hence its Japanese name, the 'rabbit bat'. Formerly included as a subspecies of the European bat Plecotus auritus, genetic studies now indicate Plecotus sacrimontis is a separate species.[2]


Japanese Long-eared Bats may be of two types, either dark or pale, but in each case predominantly grey. The ears are considerably larger than the head.


The bats roost in caves, tunnels and buildings. Maternity colonies are found from April to August.


  1. ^ Maeda, K. & Sano, A. (2008). "Plecotus sacrimontis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T136664A4324871. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136664A4324871.en.
  2. ^ Ohdachi, Satoshi D. I; Ishibashi, Yasuyuki; Iwasa, Masahiro A.; Saitoh, Takashi (2009): The Wild Mammals of Japan, Shoukadoh, Kyoto, ISBN 978-4-87974-626-9 C0645