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Tylonycteris robustula Thomas, 1915
Greater Bamboo Bat
No subspecies, known only by nominate form.
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A small bat with a long tail. The forearm length averages 27.5 mm (26.6 - 28.1 mm). Ears triangular with broadly rounded tips; tragus is short and broad. Head characteristically flattened. Nostrils projecting outwards and slightly downwards. The soles of feet and base of the first digits have broad fleshy circular pads. The pelage fine and dense. Dorsal pelage golden brown on the head and upper back, dark brown on the lower back. Ventral surface dull grey-brown. Interfemoral membrane and wings dark brown.
It is distinguished from Tylonycteris pachypus by its relatively larger size and pelage.
This bat is found heavy tropical forest, especially those associated with extensive areas of bamboo. It roosts in parties of ten to twenty individuals in the hollow internodal regions of bamboo stalks, and in hollow trees. They gain access to the bamboo through vertical slits in the stems which are made by stem-boring larvae of the chrysomelid beetle.
India - Mizoram
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