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Leschenault's rousette

Binomial name: Rousettus leschenaultii, Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest, 1820

Leschenault's Rousette (Rousettus leschenaultii) is a species of fruit bat found in South and Southeast Asia.

Distribution

The distribution range includes Pakistan, India, Nepal, Assam, Myanmar, Indochina, and Java (Lekagul and McNeely, 1977).

Description

Size according to Lekagul and McNeely (1977) as FA = 75 to 85, TL = 10 to 18, HB = 95 to 120, EL = 18 to 24, HF = 19 to 24 and WT = 45 to 106 g

Biology and Ecology

According to a study by Lekagul and McNeely (1977), this bat is a cave dweller and lives in cooler climate but also roosts in wells, mines and artificial caves. Its diet consists of fruit juice and nectar, but it has also been found feeding on molluscs.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Pteropodidae
Genus
Rousettus
Species
Rousettus leschenaultii

Common names

  • English:
    • Leschenault's rousette
    • Leschenault’s rousette
    • Shortridge's rousette

Synonyms

  • Rousettus shortridgei, Michael Rogers Oldfield Thomas & Robert Charles Wroughton (1909)
  • Rousettus infuscata, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters (1873)
  • Rousettus fuliginosa, John Edward Gray (1871)
  • Rousettus fusca, John Edward Gray (1871)
  • Eleutherura fusca, John Edward Gray (1870)
  • Xantharpyia seminuda, John Edward Gray (1870)
  • Rousettus seminudus, Edward Frederick Kelaart (1850)
  • Rousettus affinis, John Edward Gray (1843)
  • Rousettus marginatus, John Edward Gray (1843)
  • Rousettus pirivarus, Brian Houghton Hodgson (1841)
  • Rousettus pyrivorus, Brian Houghton Hodgson (1835)
  • Pteropus leschenaultii, Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest (1820)
  • Rousettus leschenaulti, Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest (1820)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)