New records of Nyctalus leisleri (Kuhl, 1817) and Myotis nattereri (Kuhl, 1817) (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from National Park “Smolny” and its surroundings, Republic of Mordovia

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Dmitry Smirnov
Nadezhda Kirillova
Alexander Kirillov
Alexander Ruchin
Vladimir Vekhnik


Protected areas in the Republic of Mordovia are still poorly studied in relation to bats. Our research of the bat fauna in the National Park “Smolny”, Republic of Mordovia was conducted in 2018‒2020. A total of 573 bats of nine species belonging to the family Vespertilionidae were captured and studied. Nyctalus leisleri and Myotis nattereri were caught here for the first time. Three new sites of two rare bat species were discovered. The list of bats in the National Park “Smolny” currently includes 10 species.

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