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Rhinolophus trifoliatus Temminck, 1834
Trefoil Horseshoe Bat
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Rhinolophus trifoliatus trifoliatus Temminck, 1834
This is a large-sized horseshoe bat with the noseleaf similar to that of R. beddomei and R. luctus. The forearm length averages 51.3 mm (50.0 – 53.3 mm). The inferior surface of the sella is conspicuously narrow, especially at the apex where it measures 1.4 mm in breadth. The pelage is long, soft and woolly. The dorsal and the ventral surfaces are usually buffy brown in colour.
This species can be separated from R. beddomei and R. luctus based on 1. Its smaller size (FA: 50.0 – 53.3 mm vs 54.9 – 64.3 mm and 70.0 – 80.5 mm), and 2. Fur colour being buffy brown (vs black).
An uncommon species of South Asia found in dense evergreen forests. A pair of individuals were found roosting in thick foliage in dense evergreen forest.
Nothing else is known about this species.
India - Assam and West Bengal
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