Hawaiian Bat

Posted: Feb 2, 2009

Hawaiian BatHawaiian Name: Opeapea

Scientific Name: Lasiurus cinereus semotus

The Hawaiian Bat is the only endemic land mammal in Hawaii that is extant (surviving). The Hawaiian Bat has been on the federal list of endangered species since the 1970s.

Population size is difficult to determine for the Hawaiian Bat because of their nocturnal and solitary nature.

It is believed that a few thousand of them live in scattered populations across the Hawaiian Islands.

Size: 3-5 inches long with a 13 inch wingspan. Weighs only 0.5 ounces

Diet: Uses echolocation to feed on a broad range of insects.

Habitat: Found from sea level to 13,000 ft elevation on Kauai, Maui, Hawaii and rarely Oahu. They roost singly in trees or crevices in the day. They can often be seen at dusk circling and diving after insects in the air.

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By Gary Andersen on 2011/04/23

You might site Beckwiths ‘Pea’pea Maka Walu and the fact that the bat’s skin heals faster than any other mammal.  Who took the picture

HAWAII FOREST & TRAIL:  Will check that one out, Gary.  Image is courtesy of the Honolulu Zoo.

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