Florida bonneted bat
The Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) is endemic to Florida and is one of the rarest mammals in North America. It has one of the most restrictive ranges of any bat species in the United States, which has made it difficult for biologists to collect important data on this imperiled species. In January 2014, the FWC and University of Florida began a study to better understand the roosting and reproduction patterns of the Florida bonneted bat. Specifically, researchers are trying to determine the size and composition of roosting colonies, environmental factors affecting roosting activity, breeding season dates and patterns of movements of bats between roosts.
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