Common name:  Tricolored bat

Previously known as the eastern pipistrelle

Scientific namePerimyotis subflavus

Previously classified as Pipistrellus subflavus

Family: Vespertilionidae

Photo by Jerry L. Gingerich, D.V.M.


Description:  The tricolored bat is Florida's smallest bat species.  Its fur varies in color from silvery-gray to grayish-yellow to light brown.  The pinkish color of the skin on its forearms contrast sharply with the dark, nearly black, color of the wing membranes.  The ears are relatively long. 

Wingspan:         8-10 inches

Body length:     1.4-2.0 inches

Weight:               0.2-0.3 ounces

Florida roosting preferences:  Colonial/Solitary.  Usually roosts singly or in small groups.  Roost habitat includes caves, tree foliage, tree cavities, rock crevices, Spanish moss, and occasionally buildings. 

Food preferences:  Insectivorous.  Feeds on small moths, flies, mosquitoes, leafhoppers, flying ants, and small beetles.

Reproduction:  Females usually give birth to two pups during May or June.

Florida status: Uncommon.

Florida range:  Although not considered abundant, they are found throughout Florida, except the Florida Keys.


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