Use the Virtual Key to identify your British bat specimen to species level.

The links on the left take you directly to species information pages. These pages also contain echolocation calls as wav files.

The DNA Sequences link provides links to the NCBI database.

Photograph of greater horseshoe bats

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Barbastella barbastellus
Bechstein's Bat
Myotis bechsteinii
Brandt's Bat
Myotis brandtii
Brown Long-Eared Bat
Plecotus auritus
Common Pipistrelle
Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Daubenton's Bat
Myotis daubentonii
Greater Horseshoe Bat
Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
Grey Long-Eared Bat
Plecotus austriacus
Leisler's Bat
Nyctalus leisleri
Lesser Horseshoe Bat
Rhinolophus hipposideros
Nathusius' Pipistrelle
Pipistrellus nathusii
Natterer's Bat
Myotis nattereri
Nyctalus noctula
Eptesicus serotinus
Soprano Pipistrelle
Pipistrellus pygmaeus
Whiskered Bat
Myotis mystacinus



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