Black-bearded tomb bat

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black-bearded tomb bat
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Black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon), male with prominent black beard
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae
Genus: Taphozous
Species: T. melanopogon
Binomial name
Taphozous melanopogon
Temminck, 1841
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Black-bearded Tomb Bat range

Taphozous solifer Hollister, 1913

The black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon) is a species of sac-winged bat in the family Emballonuridae.

It is found in South and South East Asia across the territories of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.


Head and body length is 9–10 cm. Forearm 6 cm. Wingspan 37–40 cm.

Tip of the tail is conspicuous and free. Grayish brown above with a grizzled appearance. Lighter on the shoulders, hind neck, and underside. Fur short and dense. Body appears rather flattened above and below. Hairy chin. In older males, at about 5–6 months, a blackish beard can be seen. Claws purplish with whitish tip. Young are grayer and darker. No gular sacs as in Taphozous longimanus. It has only small pores.

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