Yuma Myotis

Myotis yumanensis

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Vespertilionidae

Call characteristics:

High frequency caller (~50 kHz range)

Body Length

1 1/2 - 1 7/8 in

(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 includes a variety of forested areas, thorny scrub, and deserts. Roosts are commonly located in buildings and underneath bridges, however, yuma Myotis also roosts in caves and abandoned mines. Maternity roosts have been found in tree cavities, and single males have been observed in abandoned cliff swallow nests. The yuma Myotis prefers to forage over water and will consume a variety of insects, including moths, froghoppers, beetles, midges, mosquitos, and muscid flies. The loss of critical habitat and the fungal disease white-nose syndrome threaten the health of this species.

Conservation Status

U.S. FWS - not listed
Canada - not listed
Mexico - not listed


There are various sources for bat species range maps including IUCN, NatureServe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ECOS, and the National Atlas of the United States (left). 




NABat utilizes monitoring data provided by a broad network of partners to support regional and range-wide inferences about changes in the distributions and abundances of bat populations facing current and emerging threats.

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

National Atlas of the United States. (2011). North American Bat Ranges, 1830-2008. National Atlas of the United States. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/pz329xp4277.

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