Chinese noctule

The Chinese noctule (Nyctalus plancyi) is a common and widespread species of bat belonging to the family Vespertilionidae.

Chinese noctule
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Nyctalus
N. plancyi
Binomial name
Nyctalus plancyi
Gerbe, 1880 [1]

N. p. plancyi
N. p. velutinus

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Distribution map of the Chinese Noctule

Distribution and habitatEdit

The Chinese noctule is endemic to China and occurs in most of its provinces, plus Hong Kong and Taiwan.[1] They typically inhabit forests, but also commonly appear within rural communities. The bats are often found roosting under buildings, hollow trees, ruins, caves, and rock crevices.[1][2]


The Chinese noctule are distinguished by their golden brown fur. The length of their forearm averages to about 49 to 53 mm (1.9 to 2.1 in) and the bat weighs around 21 to 26 grams (0.74 to 0.92 oz).[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Shi, H.Y.; Yu, W.; Wu, Y. (2020). "Nyctalus plancyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T136828A22044480. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T136828A22044480.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Nyctalus plancyi". University of Bristol. Retrieved 12 July 2011.