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|Common Name: dark-nosed small-footed myotis|
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Pronunciation: my-oh-tis mel-an-or-eye-nus
The dark-nosed small-footed myotis is a widespread insectivorous bat that ranges across western North America, from central Mexico to British Columbia, Canada. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified it as a distinct species. However, most scientific literature considers this a subspecies of Myotis ciliolabrum. In 1984, some research by Zyll de Jong argued for full species status, but most biologists did not feel the data compelling enough to make the distinction. Nonetheless, when IUCN completed its status review for this species in 2008, species status was designated. There is a lack of scientific consensus on the designation of M. melanorhinus as a distinct species.
These small bats are typically found in conifer forests and other habitats that receive moderate moisture. They hibernate from about November until April in caves and abandoned mines.
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