Species Profile
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Hawaiian Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

Lasiurus cinereus is a large and distinctively marked bat with long narrow wings. Its fur is long and soft, dark brown to black at the base, followed by a broad band of cream color, then a slightly narrower band of mahogany brown, tipped with white. The outer three colors are visible from the surface, giving the fur a hoary appearance. The bat has a distinctive yellowish-brown collar under its chin and yellowish ears edged in black. Dense fur extends to the tip of its tail and just beyond the wrists along the undersides of its wings, with distinctive white patches on the shoulders and wrists. Its forearm measures 50-57 mm and this bat weighs 20-38 g. It can be distinguished from all others by its coloration and size.

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This species is listed wherever it is found, but
    • States/US Territories in which the Hawaiian Hoary bat, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  Hawaii
    • US Counties in which the Hawaiian Hoary bat, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which the Hawaiian Hoary bat, Entire is known to occur:  HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
10/13/1970 Pacific Region (Region 1) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 10: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
11/05/2013 78 FR 66377 66379 Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on a Proposed Incidental Take Permit for the Na Pua Makani Project, Kahuku, Hawaii
12/07/2011 76 FR 76432 76434 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Incidental Take Permit Application; Habitat Conservation Plan and Associated Documents; Meteorological Towers, Lanai, HI
08/24/2011 76 FR 52966 52968 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Incidental Take Permit; Construction and Operation of Kawailoa Wind Energy Generation Facility, Oahu, HI; Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment
02/08/2011 76 FR 6811 6812 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit; Construction and Operation of Kaheawa II Wind Energy Generation Facility, Maui, HI; Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment
11/09/2010 75 FR 68821 68823 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit; Construction and Operation of Kaheawa II Wind Energy Generation Facility, Maui, HI; Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search
Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
05/11/1998 Recovery Plan for the Hawaiian Hoary Bat View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/16/2009 74 FR 11130 11133 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 103 Species in Hawaii
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • Five Year Review
    Date Title
    09/30/2011 Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus), 5-Year Review Summary and Evaluation

    » Critical Habitat

    No critical habitat rules have been published for the Hawaiian Hoary bat, Entire.

    » Conservation Plans

    Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more) (Showing 5 of 6: view all)
    HCP Plan Summaries
    Auwahi Wind Farm - Maui
    Kaheawa Pastures Windfarm (KWPI) - Maui
    Kaheawa Wind Power II (KWPII) - Maui
    Kaheawa Wind Power I (KWPI) - Maui; Amendment for Kaheawa Pastures Windfarm
    Kawailoa Wind Power Facility - Oahu

    » Petitions

    No petition findings have been published for the Hawaiian Hoary bat, Entire.

    » Life History

    No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

    » Other Resources

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    Last updated: October 25, 2014