Two unusual records of the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) in the Moravian Karst (Czech Republic).
Jiri Gaisler 1  
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Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
Administration of Moravský Kras Protected Landscape Area, Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection, Svitavská 29, 678 01 Blansko, Czech Republic
Publish date: 2011-07-28
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2011;22(1)
During a census of bats hibernating in the Sloupsko-šošůvské Caves in February 2010, a total of 739 R. hipposideros were recorded. Among them, a complete albino was examined and found to be a female born in the previous summer. The cases of partial and complete albinism in R. hipposideros reported so far are reviewed; all records were made in Central Europe in the Czech and Slovak territories. Also a copulating pair of R. hipposideros was documented and photographed. Unlike hibernating individuals, the bats were alert, in dorso-ventral contact with the male biting his mate’s dorsal fur.