Pipistrellus subflavus (F. Cuvier)

Eastern Pipistrelle Bat

Don Linzey & Christy Brecht
Wytheville Community College
Wytheville, Virginia 24382


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ipistrellus subflavus -- Eastern Pipistrelle Bat

Last updated: 26 November, 2005

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Species Description

left lateral view of
skull and mandible
dorsal view of skull ventral view of skull

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Pipistrellus subflavus Pipistrellus subflavus

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Phylogeny

Taxonomic Category Scientific Name Common Name
Phylum Chordata Chordates
Class Mammalia Mammals
Order Chiroptera Bats
Family Vespertilionidae Bats

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Geographic distribution

The eastern pipistrelle ranges throughout the eastern states west to central Minnesota, western Oklahoma, and central Texas. The range extends south through eastern Mexico to Guatemala and Belize.

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Habitat

All of the park's caves provide critically important habitats for bats. During the summer, these bats roost mostly in trees. Hibernation sites include caves, abandoned mines, and rock crevices with individuals usually hanging singly in warmer parts of the cave (Harvey et al., 1999). A bat may shift from one spot to another in the cave during the winter. Blowhole Cave contains one of the largest known winter colonies of the eastern pipistrelle in the United States. Rabinowitz (1979) reported that eastern pipistrelles selected hibernating roosts in relatively remote areas of Park caves containing little or no air flow. Over 80% of the bats in these areas hibernated in places where the ambient temperature was 8-11C. Most bats avoided both highest and lowest temperature extremes.

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Natural History

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Conservation Biology

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Acknowledgements

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References

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