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Shield-faced Roundleaf Bat
   
   

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Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Hipposideridae
Species : Hipposideros lylei

Forearm Length : 7.8-8.4 cm

The Shield-faced Roundleaf Bat is a communal cave-dwelling species, commonly inhabiting limestone caves at sea-level as well as caves in forested hills.

Like all Hipposideros species there is a series of complicated noseleafs. In this species there is a shield or bi-lobed structure behind the posterior noseleaf. In males this structure is huge, but in females is much smaller. The fur is brownish or grey in colour. The ears are broad and triangular.

This species occurs in Burma, Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. It is absent from Singapore.


Fig 1 : Photographed in a limestone cave at Tanjong Rhu, Langkawi, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : This group is part of a colony of around 100 individuals


References : M3