Leschenault's rousette

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Leschenault's rousette
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Rousettus
Species: R. leschenaultii
Binomial name
Rousettus leschenaultii
Desmarest, 1820
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Leschenault's rousette range

Leschenault's rousette (Rousettus leschenaultii) is a species of fruit bat. The scientific name of the species was first published by Desmarest in 1820.


Leschenault's rousette is brown to grey-brown in colour with lighter underparts. It has long pale hairs under the chin, an elongated muzzle and large dark eyes. The head and body length measures 9.5–12 cm (3.7–4.7 in), the tail length measures 1–1.8 cm (0.39–0.71 in) and the forearm length is about 7.5–8.5 cm (3.0–3.3 in).[2]

Habits and habitat[edit]

This bat species is found in a variety of habitats ranging from tropical forests to urban environments. It roosts in caves, old abandoned buildings and tunnels, and other such structures. A colony of this animal can contain up to several thousand individuals. It feeds on fruits, nectar and flowers.[2]


Leschenault's rousette is found in southern Asia from Pakistan to Indonesia (Bali, Java and Sumatra).


  1. ^ Bates, P. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Rousettus leschenaultii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T19756A9011055. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T19756A9011055.en. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Shepherd, Chris R.; Shepherd, Loretta Ann (2012). A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia. Wiltshire, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-906780-71-5.