The Western Small-footed Myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum) is the smallest bat in British Columbia. Its distribution within the province is restricted to arid low elevation valleys in the dry interior of southern and south central B.C. It is one of the least studied bats in the province and little is known of its basic biology or specific habitat requirements. M. ciliolabrum is an uncommon species, rarely caught in abundance (six bats is the largest congregation that has been found). Several winter hibernacula have recently been identified in the Okanagan and Cariboo regions. Based on its limited distribution, apparent rarity, and the poor understanding of its habitat requirements, it is recommended that M. ciliolabrum continue to be designated as a Blue List species (a sensitive or vulnerable species). Recommendations for further research and management options to protect this species are outlined.
Garcia, P.F.J., Rasheed, S.A.; Holroyd, S.L.. 1995. Status of Western Small-footed Myotis in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR74
Topic: Species status
Keywords: western small-footed myotis, myotis ciliolabrum, species, status
Scientific Name: Myotis ciliolabrum
English Name: Western Small-footed Myotis
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