Within a CADI biodiversity expedition in October 2019, 13 bat species were recorded in Turkmenistan either by the direct sighting of bats in roosts, by the capture of bats by mist-nets or by the acoustic recording of echolocation calls. The bat diversity and its distribution in this region were poorly studied in the past. It was nearly the first survey of bats in Turkmenistan for many years.

The aim of the study was two-fold: First, to search for cryptic species diversity and second, to get a better understanding of the distribution of all bat species.

Next year another expedition is planned to deepen the research results. These will also serve to update the Red Book of Turkmenistan.

The study expedition was initiated and accompanied by the CADI project.

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