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Black-bearded tomb bat

Binomial name: Taphozous melanopogon, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1841

The black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon) is a species of sac-winged bat in the family Emballonuridae.

It is found in South and South East Asia across the territories of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.


Head and body length is 9-10cm. Forearm 6cm. Wingspan 37-40cm.

Tip of the tail is conspicuous and free. Grayish brown above with a grizzled appearance. Lighter on the shoulders, hind neck, and underside. Fur short and dense. Body appears rather flattened above and below. Hairy chin. In older males, at about 5-6 months, a blackish beard can be seen. Claws purplish with whitish tip. Young are grayer and darker. No gular sacs as in Taphozous longimanus. It has only small pores.


Known as රැවුල කලු කෙපුලුම් වවුලා in Sinhala, which means same as English word.

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Scientific classification

Taphozous melanopogon


  • Taphozous solifer, Hollister (1913)
  • Taphozous phillipenensis, Waterhouse (1845)
  • Taphozous bicolor, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1841)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Black-bearded tomb bat, Taphozous melanopogon in Thailand

Range map of Taphozous melanopogon in Thailand

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