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


DESCRIPTION: A smaller version of the Greater Mouse-tailed Bat, the Lesser Mouse-tailed Bat has a relatively longer tail and a distinct grey belly. Its feet are also more delicate than its larger cousin’s.

BEHAVIOUR: The colonies of both these bats are characterized by a very strong, pungent odour. This late-evening bat, too, has a weak flight.

DISTRIBUTION: This species has a wider distribution than R. microphyllum, which is more adapted to desert conditions, but the two have a range that overlaps. Recorded from the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal.

HABITAT: It lives in caves, tunnels, disused buildings, and crevices in semi-arid regions (108-923 m).

Size: 5.5–7.3 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern 


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