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Blyth's (Glossy) Horseshoe Bat
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2


Fig 3
 

 

Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Rhinolophidae
Species : Rhinolophus lepidus refulgens

Forearm Length : up to 4.1 cm

Blyth's Horseshoe Bat, or Glossy Horseshoe Bat, roosts in caves and houses near forest. In semi-urban areas it is known to have adapted to roost in man-made tunnels and drain culverts.

This is a small bat species with two colour phases - one reddish-brown, the other grey. In all forms the fur is quite glossy, and the underparts are pale.

The noseleaf is elaborate and comprises a typically shaped anterior horseshoe structure, a pointed bifurcated stella, and a high, pointed lancet.

Formerly Rhinolophus refulgens (Glossy Horseshoe Bat), was considered a separate species to Rhinolophus lepidus (Blyth's Horseshoe Bat), the latter ranging from the Indian Subcontinent and Burma to southern China and northern Thailand.  R. refulgens is now relegated to the subspecies R. lepidus refulgens, which has a complimentary geographical range from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Sumatra.
 

Fig 1 : Exiting a roost amongst granite boulders.

Fig 2 : A handsome reddish-brown specimen from Singapore.

Fig 3 : Greyish colour phase, Singapore.


References : M3