GREATER MOUSE-TAILED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

NAME: GREATER MOUSE-TAILED BAT

DESCRIPTION: Grey–brown in colour, the Greater Mouse-tailed Bat has short fur only on its head and on the upper part of its body. Its face, ears, membranes, wings and the lower part of the body are naked. It has a long tail that is shorter than its forearm, unlike the Lesser Mouse-tailed Bat, which has a tail that is longer than the forearm. Its nose has valves that can close.

BEHAVIOUR: Greater Mouse-tailed Bats live in sexually segregated colonies with a typically strong smell and despite being used to bright light, if disturbed, crawl along the roof in a crab-like fashion before taking flight. A late evening bat, its flights are usually weak and fluttering, with frequent glides. It migrates seasonally.

DISTRIBUTION: Dry, arid parts of India including deserts, predominantly in Gujarat, Rajasthan, parts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Also recorded in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.
HABITAT: It lives in caves, tunnels, disused buildings and crevices.

Size: 6–8.4 cm

IUCN Status: LeastConcern

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