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Hipposideros durgadasi Khajuria, 1970
Durga Das's Leaf-nosed Bat
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No subspecies, known only by nominate form.
This small-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia is characterized by a long tail which is to a great extent enclosed in the interfemoral membrane, while 2.0 - 4.0 mm of the tail projects beyond the interfemoral membrane. The forearm length averages 37.0 mm 36.0 - 37.5 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 fawn brown to dark brown. Ventral surface whitish with hair tips being brown on hair on shoulders, chest, throat and flanks.
This species can be separated from similar looking H. ater and H. cineraceus basing on 1. larger size (FA 36.0 - 37.8 mm vs. 34.7 - 38.2 mm and 33.0 - 36.3 mm), and from H. nicobarulae, H. fulvus and H. pomona basing on 1. smaller size (FA 36.0 - 37.8 mm vs. 39.5 - 42.3 mm, 38.4 - 44.0 mm and 38.1 - 39.7 mm).
An uncommon species of South Asia found in subtropical rocky and bouldery habitat. Colonial species, lives in small to large colonies in diurnal roosts located in subterranean caves and in deep gaps between the boulders. Individuals leave their roosts late in the evening. Low flier, flight is moderately fast. Feeds on small beetles, crickets and dipterans. This species breeds once a year, single pup to each female.
Endemic to India
India - Madhya Pradesh
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