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Eptesicus fuscus, Big Brown Bat
Dr. Nancy Simmons - American Museum of Natural History
Eptesicus fuscus
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University of Washington (UW238)

Image processing: Dr. Jessie Maisano
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2002

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Eptesicus fuscus, the Big brown bat, is one of the most common bats in North America. The species range extends from Canada to Brazil. It is an aerial insectivore that uses echolocation (sonar) to detect, locate, and identify insect prey before catching them in the air. Their favorite prey are small beetles, but they eat a wide variety of flying insects.

About the Species

This specimen, a female, was born in captivity and died at approximately six months of age (it has a bird band around its left wrist). It was made available to the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility for scanning courtesy of Dr. Winston Lancaster of Pikeville College and Dr. Timothy Rowe of The University of Texas at Austin. Funding for scanning and image processing was provided by a National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative grant to Dr. Rowe.

A photo of the frozen specimen before scanning.

About this Specimen

The specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 23 January 2002 perpendicular to its long axis for a total of 721 slices (of which the anterior 208 slices are shown here), each slice 0.11 mm thick with an interslice spacing of 0.11 mm. The dataset displayed was reduced for optimal Web delivery from the original, much higher resolution CT data.

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Mammalian Species account of Eptesicus fuscus (American Society of Mammalogists)

Eptesicus fuscus on The Animal Diversity Web (The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology)

Eptesicus fuscus on The Mammals of Texas Online Edition

Eptesicus fuscus species account from Bat Conservation International

Big brown bats on Walker's Mammals of the World Online

Eptesicus fuscus species account from DiscoverLife.org

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To cite this page: Dr. Nancy Simmons, 2002, "Eptesicus fuscus" (On-line), Digital Morphology. Accessed July 25, 2024 at http://digimorph.org/specimens/Eptesicus_fuscus/head/.

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