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Dusky leaf-nosed bat

Binomial name: Hipposideros ater, Robert Templeton, 1848

The dusky leaf-nosed bat or dusky roundleaf bat (Hipposideros ater) is a species of bat in the family Hipposideridae. It is found in Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Description

Head and body length is 6-7cm. Forearms 4cm. Wingspan 23-25cm.

Females are slightly larger than males. Reddish brown above and lighter brown to yellowish brown below. Two thirds of each hair is white, only the tip is colored, usually bicolored in nature. Wing membrane translucent and brown. Large ears grayish brown and ridged, feet and thumbs flesh colored. Young are dark brown in color. Three small nose-leaf flaps present. Frontal sac behind posterior leaf is prominent in males. Long tail is enclosed by a membrane, only the tip protrudes.

In culture

Known as දෙපැහැ පත්-නාස් වවුලා in Sinhala meaning bicolored leaf-nosed bat.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Hipposideridae
Genus
Hipposideros
Species
Hipposideros ater

Common names

  • English:
    • Bi-coloured leaf-nosed bat
    • Dusky leaf-nosed bat
    • Dusky roundleaf bat

Synonyms

  • Hipposideros wrighti, Edward Harrison Taylor (1934)
  • Hipposideros bicolor, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr (1902)
  • Hipposideros nicobarulae, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr (1902)
  • Hipposideros atratus, Edward Frederick Kelaart (1850)
  • Hipposideros bicolor, Robert Templeton (1848)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)