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Whiskered Myotis
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2


Fig 3


 

Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Vespertilionidae
Species : Myotis muricola

Forearm Length : up to 3.8 cm
Weight : up to 5.5 grams

The Whiskered Myotis is a small, insectivorous bat occurring in forested and cultivated areas.  It is well known for roosting by day in young, rolled-up banana leaves. In Thailand large colonies are also reported as roosting in caves.

The fur is dark brown to dark grey on the upperside, and medium to pale grey underneath.  The wing membrane extends to the base of the toes, and almost fully encloses the tail. The ears are moderately long and pointed, the eyes small, and the snout blunt.

The species ranges from eastern India through Burma, Thailand and Indochina to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and most of Indonesia and the Philippines. It is locally common in many parts of its range.


Figs 1 and 2 : Roosting colony inside a rolled-up banana leaf, Bintan Island, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia.

Fig 3 : Clinging to a banana leaf, Singapore.



References : M1, M2, M3