SALIM ALI’S FRUIT BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

SALIM ALI’S FRUIT BAT

NAME: SALIM ALI’S FRUIT BAT

DESCRIPTION: The Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat has short, soft and dark brown dorsal fur. The fur is sparse on the belly and throat. There is a marked grizzling on the shoulders, back, and between the eyes and cheek. The lower back, elbows and forearms are chestnut. Its ears are brown ovals without a hairy or pale fringe. It is tailless externally, thus distinguishing it from the more common Greater Short- nosed Fruit Bat.

BEHAVIOUR: Partial to eating Ficus racemosa figs.

DISTRIBUTION: Periyar TR, Kerala, and Kalakkad–Mundanthurai TR and Kardana Coffee Estate, High Wavy Mountains, in Tamil Nadu.

HABITAT: Cave dwelling in montane, broadleaved forests interspersed with plantations.

Size: 10–11 cm,

IUCN Status: Endangered 

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