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Triaenops persicus Dobson, 1871
Persian Trident Bat
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Triaenops persicus persicus Dobson, 1871
This is a large-sized leaf-nosed bat of South Asia. A long well-developed tail completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane. The forearm length averages 51.7 mm (48.3 - 54.0 mm). The noseleaf is complex with three sharply pointed vertical processes projecting from the upper part of the noseleaf. A fourth smaller vertical pointed process is situated mid line at the foot of the central upper projection. Single pair of supplementary leaflets to the noseleaf. Wings and interfemoral membranes are uniform dark brown. Pelage is fine, dense, silky, variable in colour and extends to proximal quarter of the interfemoral membrane both on the dorsal and the ventral surfaces. Dorsal surface is light grey brown to orange or reddish. Ventral surface usually paler.
This species can be separated from similar looking Asellia tridens basing on 1. tail being completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane vs shorter tail not completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane with the tip projecting for 3.0 - 5.0 mm, 2. the noseleaf possessing one pair of supplementary leaflets vs two pairs of supplementary leaflets, 3. four vertical projections on the noseleaf vs three vertical projections on the noseleaf, and 4. complex noseleaf vs simple noseleaf.
A rare species of South Asia found in tropical dry deciduous scrub forests to desert habitat. Nothing is known about the species in South Asia.
Pakistan - Sindh
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