New Species of Bat Found on Santa Cruz Island

During Dr. Pat Brown's mist netting surveys on Santa Cruz Island's central valley in July 2017, she captured Yuma myotis, a new species record for the island. She also captured Yumas near Stanton Ranch at Prisoners, including a post-lactating female and a male roosting in the barn. Catalina is the only other of the Channel Islands that this species has been verified on. 

Also of note, she captured juvenile red bats on 2 nights over the stream near Stanton Ranch, which added another new breeding record for Santa Cruz Island.

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