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Bat What is a Tragus?

Bat Tragus (circled) - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Find out about all the UK bat species with the fold out ID chart called "A Guide to British Bats" in the Nature Shop - click here

A tragus is literally a fleshy projection which covers the entrance of the ear.

Because each species of bat has a different shaped tragus, this is a good way to identify them.

The photo above has a red circle drawn around the tragus of a brown long-eared bat.

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Bat Identification Charts
Bat Calls on CD - Learn to Identify Different Species
Bat Detectors
UK Safari Bat Section
What is a bat?
What is Echolocation?
What does a bat sound like?

Bat Conservation Trust national (UK) helpline: 0845 130 0228
(9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm Mon - Fri except Bank Holidays.

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