Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Hipposideridae
Species : Hipposideros larvatus
Forearm Length : up to 6.5cm
Weight : up to 10 grams
This species roosts in
caves, abandoned mines and rock crevices, sometimes in large numbers. It is
similar to, though smaller than, the Great
Roundleaf Bat Hipposideros armiger.
The diagnostic feature of the Intermediate
Roundleaf Bat is the three lateral accessory leaflets on each side of the
noseleaf (see fig 3).
The fur colour is dark
grey-brown or reddish brown, and the ears and noseleaf dark grey or brown.
The ears are broad and roughly triangular in shape.
The species is widely
distributed from southern China through Burma, Thailand and Indochina to
Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Java. It has not been recorded in
Fig 1 : A dark grey-brown specimen in a cave at
Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Fig 2 : Dorsal view of another specimen from the same roost.
Fig 3 : Close-up of the head, showing the three lateral accessory
leaflets on the noseleaf.
References : M2, M3