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  Taphozous melanopogon Temminck, 1841
  Family Name : Emballonuridae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Mammal)

  Common Names : Black-bearded Tomb Bat

Black-bearded Tomb Bat
  • Description
    • Description :
      Upperparts vary from grey-brown to buff-brown. Underparts usually paler, sometimes almost white. Chin covered with fur, lacking a throat pouch. Wings pale, appearing whitish in flight.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      This nocturnal, insectivorous bat roosts on the surface of walls or large boulders in forest, as well as in urban areas. At rest, it props itself on its wrists with the body away from the substrate.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Terrestrial, Urban
      Distribution :
      This species shares its roost with the common White-winged Tomb Bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus), but in much smaller numbers. A roost was known in a basement of a building near Orchard Road, and another in a high-rise building along Crawford Street.
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Disturbance to roost sites.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Insect control.
      Conservation Notes :
      Protection of known roosts.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Conservation Status :
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 
      Francis, C.M. 2008. A field guide to the mammals of South-east Asia. United Kingdom: New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd. 392pp 

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