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Rhinolophus mehelyi Matschie, 1901
Mehely's Horseshoe Bat
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Rhinolophus mehelyi mehelyi Matschie, 1901
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 parallel-sided and widely rounded at the top. The connecting process is an elongated triangle with more or less pointed tip. The lancet is abruptly narrowed to a linear tip. The forearm length ranges between 47.0 – 53.0 mm. The pelage is pale brown in colour. The dorsal surface is light brown with dark brown tipped hairs. There are well marked dark brown patches under each eye. The ventral surface is lighter greyish-brown or sometimes pure white.
An uncommon species of South Asia found in montane forests. Diurnal roosts include caves wherein it forms tight clusters of males and females separately during parturition and lactation.
Nothing else is known about the species.
Afghanistan - No exact location
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