Family: Vespertilionidae

Scientific name: Murina hilgendorfi

Common name: Hilgendorf’s tube-nosed bat

IUCN status: Least Concern (LC)

MSJ Red list status: R


General morphology: Face is slender; tubular nostrils; fur consists of silky straight hairs and soft curly hairs; guard hairs are silvery and glossy (Yoshiyuki, 1989).


Diet: Diet under natural conditions have not been reported.


Habitat: Roosts under various structural objects, foliage, tree branches, bat boxes, nest boxes, houses, abandoned mines, caves, and tunnels (Bat Research Group of Centennial Woods Fan Club, 2001; Yamasaki, 2007).


Echolocation calls: Short and broadband FM calls; FMaxE=51.2 kHz (Hokkaido population), FMaxE=49.6 kHz (Miyazaki population) (Fukui et al.,2004; Funakoshi, 2010)



Yoshiyuki, M. (1989). A systematic study of the Japanese Chiroptera. 242pp. National Science Museum: Tokyo.

Bat Research Group of Centennial Woods Fan Club. (2001). Bats in Mt. Yotei and Niseko Range, Hokkaido, Japan, No. 1.–Report on 1997∼ 2000 Faunal Survey–. Bulletin of the Otaru Museum, 14, 127-132.

Fukui, D., Agetsuma, N., & Hill, D. A. (2004). Acoustic identification of eight species of bat (Mammalia: Chiroptera) inhabiting forests of southern Hokkaido, Japan: potential for conservation monitoring. Zoological Science, 21(9), 947-955.

Yamasaki, M. (2007). The greater tube-nosed bat, Murina leucogaster, captured in the west foot of the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Bulletin Akiyoshi-dai Museum Natural History, 42, 65-69.

Funakoshi, K. (2010). Acoustic identification of thirteen insectivorous bat species from the Kyushu District, Japan. Mammalian Science, 50(2), 165-175.


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