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Includes more than 400 species of insectivorous bats with wide distribution in Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania. Muzzle simple and lacks the noseleaf. Ears separate from each other, however in a few species they are joined over the forehead.
Tragus is well developed. The shape of antitragus can also be diagnostic. There is a considerable variation in the number of teeth among the genera. The long tail is completely enclosed in the interfemoral membrane or the extreme tip protrudes out.
As of yet, about sixty species belonging to twenty three genera are reported from South Asia.
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