SCHREIBER’S LONG-FINGERED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: A small evening bat with long, dense fur varying from russet to dark brown, the Long-fingered Bat has long limbs and a highly enlarged third digit. Its ears are small, rounded and set apart, and do not rise above the head, which has a highly domed forehead. Its tragus is slender, tall and slightly curled at the tip, and its tail is enclosed almost fully in a membrane. It is most easily recognized by its characteristic position at rest, with its wings folded back, giving it the alternate name of Bent-winged Bat.

BEHAVIOUR: Lives in huge colonies, but hunts solitarily. An enormous colony of these bats emerging from a cave can be a spectacular sight.

DISTRIBUTION: Recorded from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

HABITAT: Caves in hilly and forested areas.

Size: 4.4–6.5 cm,

IUCN Status: Near Threatened


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