The spotted bat (Euderma maculatum) is an elusive and rarely captured species in western North America. In the United States, it is known from 12 western states. In New Mexico, few individuals have been reported in recent years, and multiple individuals are known from 9 of 12 capture sites. This study reports on additional captures of E. maculatum from Mt. Taylor (Cibola County) for 2 consecutive summers and includes evidence of a reproducing population in the area. On 30 June/1 July 2006, I captured 4 individuals of E. maculatum, including a lactating female, and on 5 June 2007, I captured a nonreproductive female. The flight of this species was directional and deliberate; I captured 5 of 6 spotted bats that came low over the earthen pond. This study demonstrates how human-made sources of water in an arid region provide opportunities for many species of bats to drink.
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Vol. 68 • No. 1