Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Vespertilionidae
Species : Scotophilus kuhlii
Forearm Length : up to 5.2 cm
Weight : up to 22 grams
In natural habitats the
Asiatic Lesser Yellow Bat (or Yellow House Bat) roosts communally in hollow
trees, but the species has adapted well to urbanisation and frequently
roosts in large numbers in attics or abandoned buildings.
The face is dog-like with
a blunt muzzle and large, pointed ears. The tail is long and enclosed in the
membrane between the hind legs. The light brown to yellowish fur is
extremely soft to the touch.
This adaptable species is
wide-ranging from Pakistan and throughout the Indian Subcontinent to Burma,
Thailand, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (Sumatra,
Java, Bali, Borneo) to the Philippines.
Fig 1 : Searching for flying insects in a
residential suburb, Singapore.
Fig 2 : Specimen from a lightly wooded area,
Figs 3 and 4: Two specimens which emerged from a roost in the roof space of
an old building in Changi, Singapore. Access to the roof space was through
small gaps beneath the roof tiles.
References : M2, M3