Rhinolophus microglobosus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Rhinolophus microglobosus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Rhinolophidae
Genus: Rhinolophus
R. microglobosus
Binomial name
Rhinolophus microglobosus
Csorba and Jenkins, 1998

Rhinolophus microglobosus is a species of horseshoe bat found in Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

It was described as a subspecies of the lesser brown horseshoe bat in 1998, with the trinomen Rhinolophus stheno microglobosus. The holotype was collected in Na Hang Nature Reserve in Vietnam in 1996.[2] In 2008, Soisook et al. published that R. s. microglobosus should be considered a full species based on distinct morphology and echolocation characteristics.[3] The species name "microglobosus" "refers to the size and shape of the median anterior rostral swellings which are considerably smaller than those of [R. stheno]."[2]


Relative to other horseshoe bats, it is medium-sized. Its forearm length is 43.8–47.2 mm (1.72–1.86 in). Individuals weigh 9–9.5 g (0.32–0.34 oz). Its dorsal fur is bicolored, with the basal portions of the hairs yellowish-brown and the distal portions cinnamon-brown. Its ventral fur is paler in color. Its flight membranes are all dark brown.[2]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.[1]


As of 2017, it is evaluated as a least-concern species by the IUCN. It met the criteria for this classification because it has a wide geographic range and it is relatively common within its range.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Soisook, P. (2017). "Rhinolophus microglobosus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T84384558A84384597. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T84384558A84384597.en.
  2. ^ a b c Csorba, G.; Jenkins, P. (1998). "First records and a new subspecies of Rhinolophus stheno (Chiroptera, Rhinolophidae) from Vietnam" (PDF). Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, Zoology Series. 64 (2): 207–211.
  3. ^ Soisook, Pipat; Bumrungsri, Sara; Satasook, Chutamas; Thong, Vu Dinh; Bu, Si Si Hla; Harrison, David L; Bates, Paul J. J (2008). "A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus stheno and R. Malayanus (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from continental Southeast Asia: An evaluation of echolocation call frequency in discriminating between cryptic species". Acta Chiropterologica. 10 (2): 221–242. doi:10.3161/150811008X414818.