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Murin à moustaches in French
Whiskerd Bat in English
The whiskered bats Myotis mystacinus and related species, are small European bats with long fur. Although uncommon, M. mystacinus is often found around human habitation and around water; it is similar to Brandt's bat Myotis brandtii, from which it was distinguished as a separate species only in 1970.
The analysis of morphological, behavioural and especially of genetic characters have since identified further cryptic species of whiskered bats in the genus Myotis. To Myotis mystacinus, Myotis brandtii and Myotis ikonnikovi a new species, Myotis alcathoe, was described in 2001. M. alcathoe is the smallest among the European whiskered bats and uses the highest-frequency echolocation calls of all the European Myotis species. It prefers to hunt in small valleys with deciduous trees and flowing water. Initial records from Greece and Hungary indicate a distribution range in south-eastern Europe.
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- [2007-01-03 12:42]
Very nice close-up hereof bat.Very good POV,fine sharp details.Pretty lights.Very good separate from background.Nicely composed.
Well done,nice work!TFS
wonderful details and perfectly soft natural colours. With very skillful handling of flash you have created a very authentical image, a unique capture of a rare species of bat at rest during winter.
Thank you! Best regards,
- [2007-01-29 16:07]
Peter l'a déjà bien dit, tu as vraiment réussi un coup difficile vu les couleurs sombres , le rocher comme fonds. Et tu as réussi avec un flash à coté. Ton texte est très apprécié. J'aime toujours les images de bêtes qu'on voit rarement . Merci de partager,
Bien à toi, Dietrich
Very nice profile of sleeping bat :) Details are nice and colours warm and natural. I like also the note.
Thank you for showing this interesting species :)
PS. I hope that you will not be angry that I added this picture to the theme "Bats of Europe" :)