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Coelops frithii Blyth, 1848
East Asian Tail-less Leaf-nosed Bat
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Coelops frithii frithii Blyth, 1848
This is a medium-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia characterized by a rudimentary tail about 2.0 mm long and a poorly developed interfemoral membrane. The forearm length averages 40.3 mm (37.8 - 42.0 mm). Ears are characteristically short and broad and have a rounded appearance to them with a large antitragus. The noseleaf is characteristic: the anterior leaf is divided into two parts by a deep median emargination and also has forwardly projecting supplementary lappets; the posterior leaf does not possess vertical septa, but has a median process on its upper edge. Wings and interfemoral membranes are naked uniform dark brown. Pelage is soft, very long about 9.0 mm long and variable in colour. Dorsal surface is dull chestnut brown to dark brown. Ventral surface usually paler.
There is no other species of Hipposiderid that looks like this species. It can be at a single glance identified as this species basing on its characteristically rounded forwardly pointed ears.
A rare species of South Asia found in tropical evergreen to semi-evergreen forests at high altitudes of 1370 m asl. Colonial roosts in small colonies in hollow trees and caves. Nothing else is known about the species in South Asia.
Bangladesh - Khulna
India - Meghalaya and West Bengal
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