Harpyheaded bat

Harpiocephalus harpia

SUBFAMILY

Murininae

TAXONOMY

Harpiocephalus harpia (Temminck, 1840), Mt. Gede, Java, Indonesia. Two subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Harpy-winged bat, hairy-winged bat.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Average adult body length is 2.2-3.0 in (5.5-7.5 cm), and forearm length is 1.6-2.1 in (4.0-5.4 cm). Reddish orange, furry bat, somewhat mottled with gray, and a lighter underside. It has a tube-shaped nose.

DISTRIBUTION

India through Southeast Asia and Indonesia. HABITAT

Hilly areas and lowland forest. BEHAVIOR

Little known, but are believed to roost in foliage.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Little known, but have been reported to eat beetles.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Nothing is known.

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I Harpiocephalus harpia

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

May help control populations of crop-damaging insects. ♦

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