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Hollow-faced Bat
   
   

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Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Nycteridae
Species : Nycteris tragata

Forearm Length : up to 5.1 cm
Weight : up to 17 grams

The Hollow-faced Bat occurs in lowland rainforest where it feeds on insects such as moths and crickets. It roosts in small groups in hollow trees, caves and road culverts.

Its ears are huge and forward facing, and its simple noseleaf comprises parallel skin flaps extending from the nose to a depressed area between the eyes. The wings are broad, and the fur greyish to reddish-brown. The tail is long, and has a T-shaped end.

The species ranges from Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Borneo and Sumatra. A closely related species N. javanica occurs in Java.


Fig 1 : Photographed at Endau-Rompin National Park, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : M1, M2