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Hipposideros larvatus (Horsfield, 1823)
Intermediate Leaf-nosed Bat
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Hipposideros larvatus leptophyllus (Dobson, 1874)
This large-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia is characterized by large ears that have narrowly rounded off tips. A long tail completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane except for the extreme tip. The forearm length averages 62.5 mm (61.2 - 64.8 mm). The noseleaf is simple with three pairs of well developed supplementary leaflets. Tragus absent, anti-tragus well defined. The fifth metacarpal is shorter than the fourth and the third metacarpals. Wings and interfemoral membranes are naked and uniform dark brown or black. Pelage is very soft, dense, of medium length and uniform in colour. Dorsal surface is uniform cinnamon brown with the shoulders and the nape of the neck being pale throughout. Ventral surface usually paler.
This species can be separated from similar looking H. speoris 1. basing on large size (FA 61.2 - 64.8 mm vs 45.6 - 54.0 mm) and 2. larger ears (E 23.0 - 26.0 mm vs 12.5 - 19.0 mm).
An uncommon species of South Asia found in tropical evergreen to semi-evergreen forests. Roosts in caves at altitudes varying between 0m asl to 369 m asl. Nothing is known about the species in India.
Bangladesh - Chittagong and Sylhet
India - Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya
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