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Rhinopoma muscatellum Thomas, 1902
Small Mouse-tailed Bat
Rhinopoma muscatellum seianum Thomas, 1913
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The smallest of the mouse-tailed bats found in South Asia with characteristically long and slender tail with its longest part projecting free from the interfemoral membranes. The forearm length is usually less than 54.0 mm. Muzzle simple, with a thickened narial pad at the end surmounted by a poorly developed ridge-like dermal outgrowth. Ears well-developed, joined on the forehead by a connecting membrane, with blunt sickle-shaped tragus. Wings membranes and interfemoral membranes grey in color; membranes, posterior back and lower abdomen naked. Chin is nearly naked. Interfemoral membrane rather small and inserted at about three quarters of the length of the tibia distally. Feet are small and delicate. Pelage pale greyish brown above. Ventral surface is pale grey. The specimens from Pakistan belong to R. m. seianum.
This species can be separated from similar looking R. hardwickii basing on 1. Smaller forearm (46.0-53.2 mm vs. 52.9-64.0 mm) and R. microphyllum basing on 1. Tail longer than forearm (vs. shorter than forearm).
Not much is known about the species in Pakistan. It is known to roost in underground caverns and deserted buildings in small colonies of up to 30 individuals.
Afghanistan - Kandahar and Nimruz Provinces
Pakistan - Balochistan
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