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Record of Tylonycteris pachypus (Lesser Bamboo Bat) from Andaman Islands

Bandana Aul


There was very limited and fragmented information on the bat fauna in the Andaman Islands before the study initiated in the Islands (2003-2007) and during this survey 25 species of bats were recorded along with the roosts and habitats. Our survey reconfirmed the presence of the bamboo bat after almost 3 decades from its last report by Hill in 1967. Bamboo bats are a group of small bats with unique skull and morphology. This species has been recorded from southern and northeastern South Asia, southern China, and much of Southeast Asia. In South Asia, this species is widely distributed and is presently known from Bangladesh (Chittagong and Sylhet divisions) and India (Andaman Islands, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal (Bates et al., 2008). They roost inside hollow bamboo stems. During survey, we examined 8 specimens of Tylonycteris from Andaman Islands of which six were caught by local inhabitants and 2 were mist netted across fresh water pond in Webi (North Andaman Island). The earlier record of this specimen from this zone was without any proper information regarding its proper distribution and habitats.


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  • DOI:10.21276/ambi.2014.01.1.nn03

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