Mouse-tailed bats are a group of insectivorous bats of the family Rhinopomatidae with only three to six species, all contained in the single genus Rhinopoma. They are found in the Old World, from North Africa to Thailand and Sumatra, in arid and semiarid regions, roosting in caves, houses and even the Egyptian pyramids. They are relatively small, with a body length of just 5 to 6 cm. They weigh between 6 and 14 g.
Mouse-tailed bats get their name from their long tails, which are almost entirely free of the wing membrane. Uniquely among living insectivorous bats, these tails are nearly as long as their entire bodies. They also possess a small, rounded nose-leaf, and a band of skin across the forehead, joining their ears. They feed on insects, such as flies and beetles.
- Genus Rhinopoma
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