New distribution records and echolocation call information of the Mehely's Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus mehelyi, (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in Iran

Document Type : Research articles


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University


We present a review of earlier records of distribution of the Mehely's horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus mehelyi, in Iran together with new distribution records of this bat obtain during recent years (2014–2017). Until 2012, R. mehelyi had been recorded from 14 localities in Iran. Records of new localities, updated distribution maps and new echolocation-call information are important contributions of this rarely species. This contribution, reports ten new locality records for R. mehelyi in Iran that increases the species known range mainly over Zagros Mts. Here, we also report echolocation-call parameters for 42 individuals caught in six caves which represent the first record of this species in Iran.


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