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Barbastella darjelingensis (Hodgson, 1855)
No subspecies, known only by nominate form.
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A small bat with a long tail, completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane. The forearm length averages 40.5 mm (38.7 - 42.1 mm). Ears broad, forward facing, rather square and joined across the forehead, blackish brown with ill-defined transverse ridges; tragus triangular in shape, more than half the height of the pinna. The muzzle is short, flat and wide, with prominent glandular swelling; upper lip densely fringed with hairs; nostrils are crescent-shaped and open upwards and outwards. The pelage is long, fine and soft on the dorsum, short on the venter. Dorsal pelage is dark blackish brown. Ventral surface is lighter brown. Ears, interfemoral membrane and wings are uniformly dark brown.
This species occurs in montane forests in the Himalayas (also recently reported from the Southern Western Ghats) and roosts in tree hollows and under bark, cave hollows, and occasionally in a bungalow.
Afghanistan - Konarha, Nangarhar and Paktia Provinces
Bhutan - No exact location
India - Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal
Nepal - Central, Eastern, Mid-Western and Western Nepal
Pakistan - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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