The Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) is a relatively large bat (102 to 135 mm body length) with long, prominent ears and large eyes. The dorsal fur is usually cream-coloured with light grey or light brown tips, ventral fur is ivory or white, and wing membranes are grey or pinkish brown. It has scroll-shaped nostrils and small glands on its muzzle that secrete a musky, skunk-like scent. These bats have been detected in Canada from late May to mid October in cliff, shrub-steppe and open ponderosa pine habitats below 800 meters in the south Okanagan valley of British Columbia.
Pallid Bats are designated as Threatened in Canada due to their small population (200 to 500), restricted distribution, and habitat loss estimated at over 60% of their foraging habitat, due mainly to agricultural development. Potential impacts from pesticide use, wildfire control, intensive grazing and disturbance may also be significant threats but are poorly understood and require additional research.
Pallid Bat Recovery Team. 2008. Recovery Strategy for the Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Recovery Plan
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: sara, bc, recovery planning, species at risk
Scientific Name: Antrozous pallidus
English Name: Pallid Bat
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