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Range DescriptionRhinolophus blasii has a large range in the Palaearctic and the Afrotropics, throughout which it is widely but patchily distributed. Its range extends marginally into the Indomalayan region.
In Africa, it occurs from northeastern South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, through south Malawi, to East African, Ethiopia and Somalia, and in North Africa. Follow Taylor (2000) for southern African distribution. In North African it is only present in Morocco and Algeria (it may occur in Tunisia but there are no confirmed records as yet, and likewise for Egypt). Altitude range is from sea level to 1,200 m.
In Asia, it has a patchy distribution extending from Turkey in the west to Pakistan in the east, and from the Caucasus in the north to Yemen in the south (Wilson and Reeder 2005). It was confirmed in Georgia in 2006 (Z. Nagy pers. obs.).
In European, it is extinct in northeastern Italy and has not been recorded in Slovenia during the last 50 years (Krystufek and Dulic 2001). Also recorded from western Anatolia and from the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel). It is now restricted to the Balkan peninsula and to some Mediterranean islands including Crete and Cyprus. There are no recent records in Romania and northern Bulgaria despite intensive work by Christian Dietz (Z. Nagy pers. comm. 2006). Past records from this area are disputed: no specimen has been found in museums in Romania, and the presence of R. euryale in the same area might have caused confusion (Z. Nagy pers. comm. 2006).
It occurs from sea level to 2,215 m in Yemen.