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Theriologia Ukrainica

ISSN 2616-7379 (print) • ISSN 2617-1120 (online)

2022 • Vol. 23 • Contents of volume >>>

download pdfShpak, A., L. Godlevska, A. Larchanka, M. Savchenko, P. Vorobei, U. Molchan, A. Mikhailau. 2022. Data on the summer bat fauna of Belarus in 2017–2020. Theriologia Ukrainica, 23: 20–30.



Data on the summer bat fauna of Belarus in 2017–2020


Aliaksei Shpak (orcid: 0000-0002-0563-9271)
Lena Godlevska (orcid: 0000-0001-6792-6543)
Aleksandra Larchanka (orcid: 0000-0002-2332-6914)
Maria Savchenko (orcid: 0000-0001-5929-5024)
Pavlo Vorobei (orcid: 0000-0002-8230-6374)
Uladzislau Molchan (orcid: 0000-0003-1070-1938)
Andrei Mikhailau (orcid: 0000-0002-9185-8162)


Scientific and Practical Centre for Bioresources, NAS of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus);
Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine);
Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University (Minsk, Belarus)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2022. Vol. 23: 20–30.




English, with Ukrainian summary, titles of tables, captures to figs


This report presents the results of the bat fauna survey carried out in Belarus during the warm seasons between 2017 and 2020. The presented data were collected in 31 localities in all six administrative regions (voblascs) of Belarus during field studies (mist-netting, searching for roosts and colonies, and acoustic surveys) and in the course of the work of the Minsk bat contact centre. Field data refer to 26 localities; acoustic observations to 14 localities; and netting was carried out in 19 localities (151 ind.). The data on bats collected via the contact centre came from 6 localities (35 ind.). In the course of our survey, we recorded 13 out of the 19 species of the Belarusian bat fauna. They are Barbastella barbastellus, Eptesicus nilssonii, E. serotinus, Myotis dasycneme, M. daubentonii, Nyctalus lasiopterus, N. leisleri, N. noctula, Pipistrellus kuhlii, P. nathusii, P. pygmaeus, Plecotus auritus, and V. murinus. The occurrence of all recorded species was confirmed by direct identification. Data on breeding have been added for all recorded species except for N. lasiopterus and B. barbastellus. Data on breeding have been added for all recorded species, except for N. lasiopterus and B. barbastellus. Maternity colonies were recorded for E. serotinus, M. dasycneme (the second record of a maternity colony of the species for the entire period of research in Belarus) and M. daubentonii. The largest number of individuals recorded by the contact centre represent V. murinus; other species in descending order are E. serotinus, N. noctula, P. auritus, P. nathusii, B. barbastellus, M. daubentonii, P. kuhlii, and E. nilssonii. Among the netted individuals, P. nathusii prevailed; other species in descending order were M. daubentonii, P. pygmaeus, E. nilssonii, P. auritus, N. noctula, E. serotinus, M. dasycneme, N. leisleri, and N. lasiopterus. Three species (V. murinus, B. barbastellus, and P. kuhlii) were presented only among bats reported via the contact centre. During the survey, the species P. pipistrellus, Pl. austriacus, M. brandtii, M. nattereri, M. myotis, and M. mystacinus included in the list of mammal species of Belarus were not recorded. The reasons of the lack of records of these six species are discussed. The collected data contribute to the general knowledge on the distribution, breeding, and status of bat species in Belarus and Eastern Europe.


bats, fauna, distribution, breeding, Belarus, Eastern Europe.



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