Species of Thailand
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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- Taphozous melanopogon
- Taphozous solifer, Hollister (1913)
- Taphozous phillipenensis, Waterhouse (1845)
- Taphozous bicolor, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1841)
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Buriram
- Khao Sok National Park
- Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
Range map of Taphozous melanopogon in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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