DUSKY LEAF-NOSED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

DESCRIPTION: A small bat with small forearms, brownish black, naked wings and body fur varying from golden to dark brown to grey, the Dusky Leaf-nosed Bat has a nose leaf with no supplementary leaflets. The anterior leaf is hairy and has a triangular septum between the nostrils. The intermediate leaf is simple, with a convex upper border, and the posterior leaf is divided into four cells.

BEHAVIOUR: Males often live singly while females live in small unisex colonies. This late evening bat flies low with rapid wing beats.

DISTRIBUTION: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha.

HABITAT: Deep wells, wall crevices, abandoned buildings, thatch roofs, tree hollows, seashore caves and abandoned mines.

Size: 3.8–4.8 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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