On the Water Bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Turkey

Abstract : Of 5416 mammal species in the world, 1116 are bat species. Bats belong to the order Chiroptera, which has the meaning of hand winged. Bats feed on insects, fruits, nectar, blood, some invertebrate and vertebrate. It is determined that 36 bat species live in Turkey, one of which is frugivorous and others insectivorous. Water bat, Myotis daubentonii which was recorded first time from Bolu province generally feeds on water insects. Water bat is often located near bodies of water, because they hunt insects flying over water. It can be said that the distribution areas of this species changes with existing of water. This species was encountered inside small cracks and hollows on cave wall and ceiling, located adjacent to a small waterfall. Diagnostic characters, habitat, fur colour, morphometric data and distribution of this species in Turkey are given depending on one female and five male specimens. Bats feeding on insects, laying their eggs on water are affected adversely because of irregularity of water regimen
Keyword : Water bat, Myotis daubentonii, bioecology, distribution, Turkey
Author(s) : , İ. Albayrak
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