Kos was a strange island! It’s a great place to visit as a tourist but rather lacking on the bat front, despite it being extremely close to Turkey. A possible reason for the absence of many anticipated species is there simply isn’t much in the way of roost sites; the geology of Kos isn’t one that provides numerous caves nor does it seem to have anything worth mining.
Of the 9 confirmed species we only observed 5 species in the hand. We did catch a beauty though – Anatolian Serotine. Below the species list are some photos from the trip with some of the species observed in the hand. Just click on each photo to enlarge it if you wish!
Our species list for Ikaria, from both trapping and sound recordings, included:
|Common Name||Latin Name|
|Common Pipistrelle||Pipistrellus pipistrellus|
|Kuhl’s Pipistrelle||Pipistrellus kuhlii|
|Soprano Pipistrelle||Pipistrellus pygmaeus|
|European Free-tail||Tadarida teniotis|
|Greater Horseshoe||Rhinolophus ferrumequinum|
|Lesser Horseshoe||Rhinolophus hipposideros|
|Mediterranean Horseshoe||Rhinolophus euryale|
|Anatolian Serotine||Eptesicus anatolicus|