Black-bearded tomb bat
|black-bearded tomb bat|
|Black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon), male with prominent black beard|
|Black-bearded Tomb Bat range|
Taphozous solifer Hollister, 1913
The black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon) is a species of sac-winged bat in the family Emballonuridae. It is found in South and South East Asia across the territories of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
Head and body length is 9-10cm. Forearm 6cm. Wingspan 37-40cm.
Tip of the tail is conspicuous and free. Grayish brown above with a grizzled appearance. Lighter on the shoulders, hind neck, and underside. Fur short and dense. Body appears rather flattened above and below. Hairy chin. In older males, at about 5-6 months, a blackish beard can be seen. Claws purplish with whitish tip. Young are grayer and darker. No gular sacs as in Taphozous longimanus. It has only small pores.
Known as රැවුල කලු කෙපුලුම් වවුලා in Sinhala, which means same as English word.
- Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996. Taphozous melanopogon. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.
- Simmons, N. B. (2005). "Order Chiroptera". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 312–529. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
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