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Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015 v7i4.200 cover 74


Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015
Short Note
ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 10 Sepetmber 2014
Accepted date: 19 March 2015
Published date: 15 August 2015
Pp. 255–257, Pl. 10.

On the roosting and mating of Saccolaimus saccolaimus (Chiroptera) in Bangladesh

H. Al-Razi*, O. Shahadat, A.U. Hasan & S.A. Neha
*Corresponding author. E-mail: chayan1999@yahoo.com

Saccolaimus saccolaimus is an emballonurid bat and the only species from the genus Saccolaimus that occurs in South and Southeast Asia. It is medium-sized (FA 63.0–68.0 mm) and has a body covered with chocolate brown to black fur with whitish speckles on the dorsum. The muzzle of the bat is nearly hairless, ears are of moderate size and fluted, the tragus faces outwards, the tail projects a little from the uropatagium and is stout, and a distinctive feature is the gular sac which is prominent in males and less so in females. A foul odour is often associated with these bats. Khan (2001) recorded 31 species of bats from Bangladesh including S. saccolaimus but did not specify distribution. Srinivasulu & Srinivasulu (2012), however, report 37 species from Bangladesh. No account of roosting or mating behaviour of this species has come from Bangladesh although it has been listed as occurring in the country. Here we report our observations of roosting and mating behaviour in S. saccolaimus, a first for the country.

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