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Hipposideros cineraceus Blyth, 1853
Ashy Leaf-nosed Bat
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Hipposideros cineraceus cineraceus Blyth, 1853
This small-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia is characterized by a long tail completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane except for the extreme tip which projects to a length of 1.0 - 2.0 mm. The forearm length averages 34.7 mm (33.0 - 36.3 mm). The noseleaf is simple without any supplementary leaflets. Ears short, breadth subequal to length, with broadly rounded off tips. Tragus absent, anti-tragus well defined. Wings are broad. Wings and interfemoral membranes are naked and uniform dark brown or black. Pelage is soft, dense and short and variable in colour. Dorsal surface ranging from dull mid brown to ginger or orange. Ventral surface uniformly pale, almost white in some.
This species can be separated from similar looking H. ater, H. durgadasi, H. nicobarulae, H. fulvus and H. pomona basing on its smaller size (FA 33.0 - 36.3 mm vs. 34.7 - 38.2 mm, 36.0 - 37.8 mm, 39.5 - 42.3 mm, 38.4 - 44.0 mm and 38.1 - 43.2 mm).
An uncommon species found in the forested tracts of the Himalayas in an altitude ranging between 62 m to 1477 mm asl. Nothing is known about its biology, one record of its presence in a tree hollow.
India - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Uttarakhand and West Bengal
Nepal - Central Nepal
Pakistan - Punjab
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