Lesser Horseshoe Bat roosting on a branch

Lesser horseshoe bat

Lesser horseshoe bats are named for their fleshy nose-leaf structures. These amplify the ultrasonic calls that the bats emit when searching for food. They fly close to the ground when hunting, using echolocation to detect prey and then accurately picking invertebrates off branches and stones. Lesser horseshoe bats mate in the autumn and move to nurseries to give birth in spring. The nurseries are sometimes shared with other species of bat, including the greater mouse-eared bat and Geoffroy's bat in mainland Europe.

Scientific name: Rhinolophus hipposideros

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Lesser horseshoe bat taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Lesser horseshoe bat can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Lesser horseshoe bat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Bats
  6. Horseshoe bats
  7. Rhinolophus
  8. Lesser horseshoe bat

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