Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

The bat family Rhinolophidae consists of horseshoe bats and is represented by a single extant genus; Rhinolophus. They are closely related to the bat family Hipposideridae. Horseshoe bats are considered small or medium-sized microbats with head-body lengths ranging from 35 to 110 mm. In Japan, there are four species of horseshoe bats. 


Below are the species in the Rhinolophidae family that can be found in Kyoto and Shiga.

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