Fringed Myotis Fringed Myotis
Myotis thysanodes


Reddish brown or brown above; slightly paler below. Unique among myotises in having fringe of stiff hairs along edge of interfemoral membrane. L 3 1/8-3 3/4" (80-95 mm); T 1 1/2-1 5/8" (37-42 mm); HF 1/4- 3/8" (8-11 mm); FA 1 1/2-1 3/4" (39-46 mm); E 5/8- 3/4" (16-20 mm); Wt 1/8- 1/4 oz (5-8 g).


Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated. Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid. Never touch or pick up any bat. Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely and report it to animal-control officers. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor for a series of injections; there is no cure once symptoms emerge.

Similar Species

No other myotis has fringe of stiff hairs on interfemoral membrane.


Up to 300 females and young congregate in nursery colonies in caves and buildings. The young are born in June or early July.

Fringed Myotis


Oak, pinyon, and juniper forests; desert scrub. Roosts in caves, mines, buildings, and other protected locations.


Throughout much of western U.S., south from British Columbia to California and east to Montana, Colorado, and Big Bend area of Texas; also in e Wyoming, sw South Dakota, and w Nebraska.


This colonial bat is active from April through September. It roosts by day in protected spots, and may rest between foraging bouts in night roosts in tightly packed clusters. Its diet includes moths, crickets, and daddy longlegs. This bat is known to migrate to a winter roost, but its winter habits are unknown. Mating is in fall, with ovulation occurring between late April and mid-May. As with many bat species, the birth of the young is synchronized within the colony. Nursery colonies, from which males are usually absent, sometimes number in the low hundreds.