Beijing barbastelle

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Beijing barbastelle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Barbastella
Species: B. beijingensis
Binomial name
Barbastella beijingensis
Zhang et al., 2007[1]

Beijing Wide-Eared Bat

The Beijing barbastelle (Barbastella beijingensis), also known as the Beijing wide-eared bat, is a species of vesper bat endemic to Beijing Municipality, China.[2][3] The species was discovered by Chinese zoology students in 2001 in caves of Fangshan District in southwestern Beijing and was identified as a distinct species by zoologists Zhang Shuyi, Gareth Jones, Zhang Jingshuo and Han Naijian in 2007.[1][4][5]


The Beijing barbastelle is a relatively large member of the genus Barbastella with forearm length of 41.1-46.4 mm and body mass of 10.5-13.9 g.[2] It has dark black dorsal fur with brown-gray tips and lighter ventral fur.[2] The shape of its ear and the frequency of its echolocation calls are distinct from those of its closest relatives, the Asian barbastelle and western barbastelle.[5]

Range and habitat

The Beijing barbastelle has only been found in caves and one abandoned tunnel in Fangshan District, near Yunxiaoling, in a mountainous region with riparian woodland.[2]


The Beijing barbastelle is believed to be rare but as of 2007, there has not been an assessment of the species in the Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN).[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b ZHANG, J.-S.; HAN, N.-J.; JONES, G.; LIN, L.-K.; ZHANG, J.-P.; ZHU, G.-J.; HUANG, D.-W.; ZHANG, S.-Y. (2007). A new species of Barbastella (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from North China. Journal of Mammalogy 88 (6): 1393-1403.
  2. ^ a b c d e Beijing barbastelle The Darwin Initiative Centre for Bat Research Accessed 2013-04-05
  3. ^ (Chinese) "中国哺乳动物新物种:北京宽耳蝠" 《森林与人类》 2012-10-17
  4. ^ (Chinese) "蝙蝠家族首添中国人命名新种"北京宽耳蝠"". 人民网. 2007-12-19.
  5. ^ a b 张劲硕. "中国哺乳动物新物种:北京宽耳蝠". 中国野生动物保护协会. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03.

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