Eptesicus bottae (Peters 1869) Botta’s Serotine
Hebrew name: אפלול נגב, aflul nevev
Global Threat: NE – Not Evaluated
Regional Threat: VU (B) – Vulnerable
Distribution area: The species is distributed along the Syrian-African Rift Valley and its boundaries from Mehola south to Eilat, with penetrations into the central Negev along the edges of Nahal Zin.
Historic distribution: Harrison (1964) reported the species from Yotvata (in Makin 1977). Makin (1977) reported the species as common in the En Gedi area.
Typical Habitat: Inhabits cliff crevices in the desert (Fenton et al. 1999). Forages near water sources, on cliff edges and over deep wadi vegetation; feeds principally on Hymenopterans (Feldman 1998).
Threat and Disturbance Factors: Insecticide use in agricultural areas.
Population Size: Very common in its distribution area. Distribution area size about 4800 km2.
Fluctuations in Population Size: There seem to be no changes in population size.
Isolation between Subpopulations: None.
Necessary Steps for Species Preservation: Reduce insecticide use in agriculture.