Species of Thailand
Acuminate horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus acuminatus, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters, 1871
The acuminate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus acuminatus) is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae. It is found in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It lives in forests and urban areas.
Taxonomy and etymology
It was described as a new species in 1871 by German naturalist Wilhelm Peters. Its species name "" is Latin for "pointed." The inspiration for this name was perhaps its "sharply upwards pointed sella."
Its forearm length is 48-50 mm; its tail length is 21-31 mm; its ear length is 20-21 mm. It weighs 11.5-13.5 g.
Biology and ecology
It is nocturnal, roosting in sheltered places during the day such as inside caves or on the undersides of palm leaves. It roosts in small colonies.
Range and habitat
It is found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
It is currently evaluated as least concern by the IUCN—its lowest conservation priority. It meets the criteria for this assessment because it is a widespread species considered locally common. Its range includes protected areas. It lacks major threats, although cave disturbance by humans is a local threat.
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- Rhinolophus acuminatus