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Any of various widely distributed insect-eating bats of the family Vespertilionidae, characterized by a long tail.

[From New Latin Vespertiliōnidae, family name, from Vespertiliō, Vespertiliōn-, type genus, from Latin vespertiliō, bat, from vesper, evening; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.]

ves′per·til′i·nid adj.
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Noun1.vespertilionid - a variety of carnivorous batvespertilionid - a variety of carnivorous bat  
carnivorous bat, microbat - typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution
family Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionidae - the majority of common bats of temperate regions of the world
frosted bat, Vespertilio murinus - common Eurasian bat with white-tipped hairs in its coat
Lasiurus borealis, red bat - North American bat of a brick or rusty red color with hairs tipped with white
little brown bat, little brown myotis, Myotis leucifugus - the small common North American bat; widely distributed
cave myotis, Myotis velifer - small bat of southwest United States that lives in caves etc.
big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus - rather large North American brown bat; widely distributed
Eptesicus serotinus, European brown bat, serotine - common brown bat of Europe
Antrozous pallidus, cave bat, pallid bat - drab yellowish big-eared bat that lives in caves
pipistrel, pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pipistrellus - small European brown bat
eastern pipistrel, Pipistrellus subflavus - one of the smallest bats of eastern North America
SPipistrellus hesperus, western pipistrel - of western North America
Euderma maculata, jackass bat, spotted bat - a large bat of the southwestern United States having spots and enormous ears
long-eared bat - any of various Old or New World bats having very long ears
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Evaporative water loss in two sympatric species of vespertilionid bat, Plecotus auritus and Myotis daubentoni: relation to foraging mode and implications for roost site selection.
Activity following arousal in winter in North American vespertilionid bats.
Distributional data have been generated for several vespertilionid species and some molossids, the two most important families of insectivorous bats.
Well-known examples of such a discrepancy are the Palaearctic vespertilionid bats of the Myotis mystacinus morphogroup (Ruedi & Mayer 2001, von Helversen et al.
Scotoecus pallidus Dobson, 1876 is a relatively small vespertilionid bat with an average forearm length of 36.
Foraging habitat preferences of vespertilionid bats in Britain.
The physiological ecology of hibernation in vespertilionid bats.
2009), 24 species consumed by two mormoopid bats in Puerto Rico (Rolfe, 2011), and 21 species eaten by three vespertilionid bats in England (Zeale et al.
2006: Activity following arousal in winter in North American vespertilionid bats.
Winter utilization of box culverts by vespertilionid bats in southeast Texas.