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Otonycteris hemprichii

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Ahmet Karatsh
Otonycteris hemprichii
Species authority: 
Peters, 1859
(EN) Hemprich's Long-eared Bat; (FR) Oreillard d'Hemprich; (DE) Wüsten-Großohr;
Class: 
MAMMALIA
Order: 
CHIROPTERA
Family: 
Vespertilionidae
 
Species details: 

Charaterized by its large, individual ears, the Hemprich's Long-eared bat has a wingspan of 420mm and a fluffy light-grey fur.

The species is adapted to arid habitats with little vegetation. It tends to inhabit wadies and roosts in both crevices and cracks in buildings. A rather solitary species perhaps due to habitat conditions.
 
O. Hemprichii forages close to the ground and locates and identifies its prey (scarabeid beetles, spiders, scorpions and chafers) not only through echolocation but also by closely listening to its sounds.
IUCN status: 
Least concem
Population Trend: 

Unknown according to the IUCN Redlist.

Distribution map of Otonycteris hemprichii
Geographic Range: 

This species is scattered throughout North Africa along the Sahara and across the Arabian Peninsula.

Threats: 

Unknown to a large extent.

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