Spindle cell tumor in a brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus)

Alex M. Barlow*, Alex Schock, J. Paul Duff, Harriet W.Brooks Brownlie, George Bemment, Richard M. Irvine

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Most reports of neoplasia in bats are in captive Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyp-tiacus), a megachiropteran species. Only three reports of neoplasia in microchiropteran species have been reported. We report the detection of a tumor in a wild brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus), a microchiropteran species, in England. Histolopathology indicated the mass was a spindle cell tumor, likely of smooth muscle origin, which was confirmed by immunohistochemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-911
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019


  • Bat
  • Histopathology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Neoplasia
  • Surveillance


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