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Barry Taylor, PhD

Old World leaf-nosed bats


Class Mammalia Order Chiroptera Suborder Microchiroptera Family Hipposideridae

This large family is characterized by elaborate modifications of the nose and muzzle, forming leaf-like projections that are thought to help focus echolocation signals emitted through the nose

Range in size from small to very large, with head and body lengths of 1.1-4.3 in (28-110 mm), and forearms a similar length

Number of genera, species

9 genera; 66 species


Occupy a variety of habitats, from arid to tropical areas throughout much of the Old World

Critically Endangered: 2 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 15 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 23 species; Data Deficient: 7 species


Old World tropics and subtropics

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