Significance to humans

The folklore, superstitions, and legends that surround bats in general also apply to the Rhinolophidae, but without any specific reference to any species in this family. Horseshoe bats have no significance to humans in terms of public health, or nuisance factors, and relatively few species roost extensively in human-made structures such as occupied buildings.

A close-up of Dobson's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus yunanensis) on a cave wall in Southeast Asia. (Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

1. Lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros); 2. Blasius's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus blasii); 3. Mediterranean horseshoe bat (Rhinolo-phus euryale); 4. Dent's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus denti). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)


1. Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum); 2. Cape horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus capensis); 3. Rufous horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus rouxii); 4. Lesser woolly horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus beddomei); 5. Eastern horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus megaphyllus). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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