Includes about 51 species of insectivorous bats with wide distribution in Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania.


They have strong muzzle, and lack a noseleaf. Ears with simple tragus. The basal part of the tail is enclosed loosely in the interfemoral membrane and the tip pierces the upper surface of the membrane and lies free on the dorsal side.


Wings long and narrow and the second digit of each wing lacks phalanges. Males usually have well-developed glands.


As of yet, six species belonging to two genera are reported from South Asia.


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