Pomona roundleaf bat

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Pomona roundleaf bat
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Hipposideridae
Genus: Hipposideros
Species: H. pomona
Binomial name
Hipposideros pomona
Andersen, 1918
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Pomona roundleaf bat range

The Pomona roundleaf bat, Pomona leaf-nosed bat, or Andersen's leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros pomona) is a species of bat in the family Hipposideridae.

It is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (southern), India, Laos, Malaysia (Peninsular), Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

It roosts in small colonies, consisting of a few individuals, in caves and crevices. It appears to tolerate modified habitats well, even occurring in urban areas.[1]

The Vietnam leaf-nosed bat, Paracoelops megalotis, formerly known as its own species based on one specimen, is now recognized as synonymous with the pomona roundleaf bat. In 2012, researchers determined that all the features of P. megalotis match the pomona roundleaf bat. Their skulls and teeth were identical, and the P. megalotis specimen is indistinguishable from pomona roundleaf bat individuals.[2] The Integrated Taxonomic Information System, responsible for managing taxonomy of species, no longer recognizes Paracoelops as a valid genus nor P. megalotis as a valid species.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bates, P.; Bumrungsri, S.; Csorba, G.; Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C. (2008). "Hipposideros pomona". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T10154A3176231. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T10154A3176231.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Thong, V. D.; Dietz, C.; Denzinger, A.; Bates, P. J.; Puechmaille, S. J.; Callou, C.; Schnitzler, H. U. (2012). "Resolving a mammal mystery: the identity of Paracoelops megalotis (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3505 (1): 75–85. 
  3. ^ "Paracoelops megalotis Dorst, 1947". itis.gov. ITIS. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.