OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Club-footed bat, lesser flat-headed bat.

TAXONOMY

Tylonycteris pachypus (Temminck, 1840), Java, Indonesia.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Adults vary from 1.6 to 2.Four in (4–6 cm) in size, 0.09–0.21 oz (2.5–6 g) in weight, and 0.8–1.2 in (2–three cm) in forearm size. One of the smallest bats, the bamboo bat is brown to reddish dorsally, barely lighter ventrally, and has a flattened head.

DISTRIBUTION

Southeast Asia from India to southern China and into Indonesia.

HABITAT

Bamboo forests.

BEHAVIOR

Most notably, these bats are in a position to climb into and truly roost in internodal hollows of the big bamboo, Gigantochloa scortechinii. Their flattened skulls mixed with small general physique dimension present entry to the tiny openings within the hole stem joints, and pads on their thumbs and toes assist them cling to the edges of the stems. Males might journey alone, with a couple of different males, or in transient harems of 1 male, a number of females, and quite a few younger.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Termites seems to be a most well-liked food merchandise.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Young are born in February to May. Gestation lasts about three months. Litter dimension is usually two altricial younger per feminine. The younger are weaned at a couple of month-and-a-half. Females and males turn into ####ually mature their first 12 months. Most possible polygynous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Assist in controlling termite populations.


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