Yuma Myotis

Myotis yumanensis

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Vespertilionidae

Call characteristics:

High frequency caller (~50 kHz range)


1 1/2 - 1 7/8

(3.9 - 4.8 cm)



  1/4 oz

(6 g)


The yuma myotis is a smaller bat with black to reddish-brown or light brown fur. Habitat for this species includes a variety of forested areas, such as juniper woodlands, thorny scrub, and deserts. Habitats with a water source are crucial. Roosts are commonly located in buildings and underneath bridges, however, yuma myotis will also roost in caves and mines. Maternity roosts have been found in tree cavities, where single males have been observed roosting in abandoned cliff swallow nests. The yuma myotis prefers foraging over water and will eat a variety of insects, such as moths, froghoppers, beetles, midges, mosquitos, and muscid flies. The loss of critical habitat and white-nose syndrome threaten the health of this species.

Conservation Status

U.S. FWS - not listed
Mexico - not listed
Image by Jim Witkowski


The yuma myotis occurs throughout western North America, from British Columbia into Washington, Idaho, and western Montana, then into southern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas and down to the southern half of Mexico 





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Information used to populate this page was obtained from the following sources:


NatureServe Explorer

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Conservation Online System 

Bat Conservation International Bat Profiles

Taylor, M. 2019. Bats: an illustrated guide to all species. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.