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Barcode data: Myotis blythii
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Myotis blythii
Public Records: 19
Specimens with Barcodes: 20
Species With Barcodes: 1
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In South Asia the population is considered stable (Molur et al. 2002).
It often occurs in mixed colonies with Myotis myotis and identification is sometimes problematic.
In some caves used by speleologists in Spain, the disturbance affects more than 90% of the population and some large historical colonies in southern Spain have disappeared as a result. The Andalucian population decreased from 30,000 individuals to 14,000 between 1994 and 2002 (unpublished report submitted to Junta Andalucia government).
In Turkey and Syria caves are often used by herders and their livestock; the herders light fires in the cave entrances which disturb the bats.
Lesser mouse-eared bat
Lesser mouse-eared bats can be found in the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
The species is decreasing in population due to the pollution and changes in land management. Construction noise has disturbed populations in southern Spain; the population in Andalusia decreased from 30,000 to 14,000 between 1994 and 2002. Herders in Syria and Turkey light fires at cave mouths for their livestock disturbing the bats.
It is protected in most areas of Europe by Bonn and Bern Convention. The species are required special measures which includes construction of designated areas, which are provided by Special Areas for Conservation. Natura 2000 is also protecting the species. In some European countries the caves are closed with fences so that the visitors won't disturb them.
These large-sized bats are around 62–70 millimetres (2.4–2.8 in) long and weigh around 16–26 grams (0.56–0.92 oz).
Lesser Mouse-eared Bat
The Lesser Mouse-eared Bat can be found in the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
These large-sized bats are around 62 to 70 mm long. They weigh around 16 to 26 grams.
- Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996.
- Myotis blythii.
- 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 09 July 2007.
- Images at www.naturlichter.de
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