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Tailless fruit bat

Binomial name: Megaerops ecaudatus, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1837

The tailless fruit bat (Megaerops ecaudatus) is a species of megabat.


Individuals have been found in the lowland primary forest at Poring in Sabah and Taleban in Thailand, Bario highland and secondary forest of Balui, both in Sarawak. M. ecaudatus ranges in the primary forest and open habitat from Thailand, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra; Kinabalu, Danum, Tawau, and Tenom in Sabah; Temburong and Tasik Merimbun in Brunei; Bario in Sarawak; to Kapuas and Kutai in Kalimantan.

Biology and ecology

Two males and two females have been captured in various habitats. An adult female was collected in April, 1995, and adult male in April, 1996. A subadult female was taken from the Balui secondary forest in June, 1994, while an immature was collected from the primary forest in Taleban on 28 March 1997. In Cameron Highlands, Peninsula Malaysia, females were pregnant in February and extending to March and June. Females with suckling juveniles were also observed in November. A specimen MTA96004 was collected in the canopy net approximately 30 m above ground level. The specimen BD013 was collected at 1, 100 m elevation in Bario upland. According to Lekagul and McNeely (1977), M. ecaudatus has been recorded both in the lowlands and on mountains up to 3, 000 m in Thailand.

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Scientific classification

Megaerops ecaudatus

Common names

  • English:
    • Tail-less fruit bat
    • Temminck's tailless fruit bat


  • Pachysoma ecaudata, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1837)
  • Pachysoma ecaudatum, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1837)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range map of Megaerops ecaudatus in Thailand

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