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Nyctalus

 

a genus of mammals of the family of common bats (Vespertilionidae). There are six species, inhabiting leaf-bearing forests of Eurasia (in the south, including the Malay Peninsula). They live in colonies in the hollows of trees and fly out to feed soon after sunrise, feeding mainly on beetles (the cockchafer and others). The females usually give birth to two young. There are three species found in the USSR—the hairy-armed bat or lesser noctule (N. leisleri), in the central and southern part of the European USSR and in the Caucasus; the giant noctule (N. lasiopterus), in the central and southern regions of the European USSR and in the northeastern Caucasus; and the common noctule (N. noctula), which lives in the European USSR, the Caucasus, the Tien-Shan, and east to the Altai.

REFERENCES

Kuziakin, A. P. Letuchie myshi. Moscow, 1950.
Mlekopitaiushchie fauny SSSR, part 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1963.
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There are currently five species of bat; Soprano Pipistrelle, Common Pipistrelle, Nathusius' Pipistrelle, Noctule and Serotine, the last two being new visitors to Heathrow.
There are 17 breeding species of bat in the UK, including the Common Pipistrelle (our commonest species), the Noctule (the largest British bat, although it would still fit into the palm of your hand!), Daubenton's (which scoops insects off the surface of water with their feet or tail), Bechstein's (one of our rarest bats) and the Alcathoe bat, which was only identified as a new species in 2010.
There are 18 species of bat in the UK ranging from the tiny pipistrelle to the noctule, which is still smaller than your hand.
Council officers claim three species of bat found foraging on the site - the common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and noctule - would be harmed by the development, as would slow worms found on the land.
The evidence came in the form of fossils of the Greater Noctule found in the excavation site at Abric Romani in Barcelona.
European scientists concluded that greater noctule bats eat migrating songbirds, and new evidence suggested that ancient chimpanzees used stone tools.
In 2000, two researchers in Italy reported that droppings from the giant noctule bat (Nyctalus lasiopterus) contained bits of bird feathers.
(24) In Montesquiou's words: "j'avais fait imprimer [mes "Chauves-Souris"] a petit nombre, sur un beau papier Van Gelder, commande par moi dans cette celebre maison hollandaise, avec une noctule comme filigrane, et une sorte de brochage en deux tons, au meme decor" (Pas 2:196).