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Asellia tridens (E. Geoffroy, 1813)
Geoffroy's Trident Leaf-nosed Bat
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Asellia tridens murriana (Andersen, 1881)
This is a large-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia characterized by a short tail enclosed in a poorly developed interfemoral membrane with the tip projecting for 3.0 - 5.0 mm. The forearm length averages 51.2 mm (50.1 - 52.3 mm). The noseleaf is simple with three sharply pointed vertical processes projecting from the upper part of the noseleaf. Two pairs of supplementary leaflets to the noseleaf. Wings and interfemoral membranes are naked uniform dark brown. Pelage is short and variable in colour. Dorsal surface is light orange brown. Ventral surface usually paler.
This species can be separated from similar looking Triaenops persicus basing on 1. tail not completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane with the tip projecting for 3.0 - 5.0 mm vs tail being completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane, 2. the noseleaf possessing two pairs of supplementary leaflets vs one pair of supplementary leaflets, 3. three vertical projections on the noseleaf vs four vertical projections on the noseleaf, and 4. simple noseleaf vs complex noseleaf.
A rare species of South Asia found in tropical dry deciduous scrub forests to desert habitat at varying altitudes of 0 m to 862 m asl. Colonial roosts in small to large colonies in old tunnels and caves. Low and fast flier. Individuals emerge from the roost late in the evening. Nothing else is known about the species in South Asia.
Afghanistan - Helmand, Kandahar and Nimruz Provinces
Pakistan - Balochistan and Sindh
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