Brown long-eared bat

Description
This rather gruesome looking specimen is an excellent example of how insects help dead organisms degrade. The dried flesh has been eaten away by moth larvae to reveal the very fragile skeleton underneath. Museums are very careful to ensure that moths, such as the clothes moth, do not enter their stores as they can destroy costume and taxidermy collections.
Accession Loan No.
116/2008
Collection Class
Mammals
Common Name
brown long-eared bat
Simple Name
mammal: skeleton
Full Name
VESPERTILIONIDAE: Plecotus auritus (Linnaeus): brown or common long-eared bat
Period Classification
Modern (1945-); Modern (1900-)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Parker, Michael
Collection Town
Exeter
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
CHORDATA
Family
VESPERTILIONIDAE
Genus
Plecotus
Species
auritus

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