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Rhinolophus bocharicus Kastchenko & Akimov, 1917
Central Asian Horseshoe Bat
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No subspecies, known only from nominate form.
This is a medium-sized horseshoe bat with a noseleaf that has a narrow horseshoe that does not cover the whole of the muzzle. The sella is narrow and constricted in the middle. The connecting process is tall and distinctively rounded in lateral view. The lancet is narrow and triangular in shape. The forearm length ranges between 47.5 – 53.0 mm. The pelage is pale in colour. The dorsal surface is smoky grey brown, is darker around the shoulders and has whitish hair bases. The ventral surface is whitish-grey through the entire length of the hair.
This species can be separated from R. ferrumequinum basing on its smaller size (FA: 47.5 – 53.0 mm vs 53.0 – 62.50 mm).
An uncommon species of South Asia found in montane forests. Diurnal roosts include caves.
Nothing else is known about the species.
Afghanistan - Balkh Province
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