Tadarida plicata

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Wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Molossidae
Genus: Tadarida
Species: T. plicata
Binomial name
Tadarida plicata
(Buchanan., 1800)

The Wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat (Tadarida plicata) is a species of bat in the family Molossidae. It is distributed through most of Borneo, Indonesia, Philippines, China, and Hong-Kong to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.


Head and body length is 6–7 cm. Forearms 4 cm.Ears are connected across the forehead. General color is dark, slightly reddish brown above, lighter below. Distinct whitish band on sides of neck. Wings are long and the membrane is blackish brown. Fur sift, dense, and short.


There are concerns about the effects of hunting on this species, as it is a popular bushmeat species. Thousands of individual bats are sold every day in markets in Laos.[1]


Known as පොදු දිව් රැළි-තොල් වවුලා (meaning "common wrinkled-lipped bat") in Sinhala.


  1. ^ Mickleburgh, S., Waylen, K., & Racey, P. (2009). Bats as bushmeat: a global review. Oryx, 43(02), 217-234.

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