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Otomops wroughtoni (Thomas, 1913)
Wroughton's Giant Mastiff Bat
No subspecies, known only by nominate form.
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The large-sized free-tailed bat of South Asia with large ears joined above the forehead by a membrane and a stout tail that projects conspicuously beyond the narrow and thickened interfemoral membrane. The forearm length averages 64.9 mm (63.0-67.0 mm). Snout and face is naked, and nostrils open on to a pad, upper lip is wrinkled. Ears large, broadly round-tipped, joined on the forehead, anterior margin of the ears dotted with a number of small points. Tragus very minute and triangular in shape, antitragus is lacking. Wings are long and narrow. Wing membranes and interfemoral membranes are naked. Feet are dark, hairy; external borders of first and fifth digits with white hairs. Pelage characteristically coloured. Dorsal surface glossy dark chocolate brown on the crown of the head, back and rump, flanked y thin white bands on either side extending from the axila to groin. Shoulders and nape pale greyish white. Ventral surface dull brown, collar extending from chin to upper chest grey. Hair on the underside of the wings along the elbow to mid-thigh dark. Small shallow gular sac present in both sexes.
Specimens from India have been collected from large caves in forested tracts. Colonial; colony size remains unknown. The bats have been seen roosting in the crevices in high roofs of the caves. As other molossids these are also insectivorous and give birth to a single pup every year.
India - Karnataka and Meghalaya
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