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Macroglossus sobrinus Andersen, 1911
Hill Long-tongued Fruit Bat
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Macroglossus sobrinus sobrinus Andersen, 1911
Small-sized fruit bat with a long and thin muzzle, large eyes and long tongue. The forearm is short, its length 47.3 mm (44-52 mm). Wings are brown, with fine hairs on the inner part of the membrane. The tail is either rudimentary or absent. The interfemoral membrane, reduced and narrow, is thickly covered with short hair on either side. Muzzle is naked and slender, showing adaptation to nectar feeding. Ears are of medium size, with narrowly rounded tips. Pelage is soft and fine, clay-brown with paler hair-bases on the dorsum, paler buffy brown on the ventrum.
Found in evergreen forests from sea-level to 2000m ASL. Some have been reported to roost in palm trees, banana plants and under branches of other trees. It feeds on pollen and nectar of wild bananas mostly, and sometimes soft fruit. Nothing is known about the reproductive ecology of this species, except a presumed breeding cycle of once a year.
India - Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal
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