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Volume 11, Number 12—December 2005
Etymologia

Etymologia: Eptesicus fuscus

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[ep´tes-ə-kəs fəs-kəs]

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Thumbnail of Photograph courtesy of Ivan Kuzmin.

Figure. Photograph courtesy of Ivan Kuzmin.

The big brown bat (Figure). From the Greek epten, "I fly," plus oikos, "house," and the Latin fuscus, "dusk." A nocturnal, insectivorous bat, Eptesicus fuscus females separate after mating into maternity colonies that are frequently found in attics of buildings or other manmade locations, since they prefer warmer temperatures in which to raise their young.

Sources: McElhinny T. A mammalian lexicon. [cited 2005 Oct 13]. Available from http://www.msu.edu/~mcelhinn/zoology/mammalwords.htm; Webster's Third New International Dictionary (unabridged). Springfield (MA), 1993; and wikipedia.org.

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Suggested Citation: Etymologia: Eptesicus fuscus. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2005, Dec [date cited].http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1112.ET1112

DOI: 10.3201/eid1112.et1112

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