Alcathoe bat

Myotis alcathoe

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This bat is very similar to the whiskered and Brandt’s bats and was only confirmed as a separate species in the UK in 2010 after DNA examination. 

How to identify

Very similar to the whiskered and Brandt’s bat species with reddish brown fur and short brown ears.

Where to find it

Little is known about this species so far but it is found in woodland near water.


When to find it

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  • October

How can people help

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Species information

Common name
Alcathoe bat
Latin name
Myotis alcathoe
Weight: <5g
Conservation status
Classified as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List as it has only recently been described and there is currently little information about this species. All bats are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.