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Greater mouse-tailed bat

Binomial name: Rhinopoma microphyllum, Morten Thrane BrĂ¼nnich, 1792

The Greater Mouse-tailed Bat (Rhinopoma microphyllum) is a species of bat in the Rhinopomatidae family. It is found in Algeria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia, the Western Sahara and Yemen. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. They mate at the beginning of spring.

According to a recent research published in Royal Society of London, the specie Rhinopoma microphyllum is found to be hibernating at the unusually warm and constant temperature of 68°F in caves in Israel's Great Rift Valley. From October to February, these bats were discovered semi-conscious, breathing only once every 15-30 minutes, with extremely low energy expenditures.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Rhinopomatidae
Genus
Rhinopoma
Species
Rhinopoma microphyllum

Synonyms

  • Rhinopoma hadithaensis, Khajuria (1988)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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