long-legged myotis

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The long-legged myotis (Myotis volans) is a short-eared, medium-bodied myotis (approximately 10 g) of western North America, from Mexico to British Columbia and eastward to the edge of the Great Plains. Typically brown, it is recognized by having fur out to its elbows under the skin membrane, thus being said to have "hairy armpits". In Colorado, this species is known to be found in various habitat types and can be found at higher elevations (up to 11,500 feet). The picture below is of a long-legged myotis being released after having been fitted with a radio transmitter.