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First record of dawn bat Eonycteris spelaea (Dobson, 1871) (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from western Nepal

Basant Sharma 1*, 2,3, Sanjeev Baniya 1,2,3, Anoj Subedi 3, Kritagya Gyawali 1,3 , Shristee Panthee 1,3, Prashant Ghimire 3, Bhuwan singh Bist 3, Milan Budha 3

1 Bat Friends Pokhara
2 Nepal Bat Research and Conservation Union (NeBRCU)
3 Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry (IoF), Pokhara

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This short note aims to document the first record of dawn bat Eonycteris spelaea from western Nepal. A single specimen was captured with a ground level mist net within Banpale forest of the Institute of Forestry (IoF) Pokhara on 1st April 2018. A total of five fruit bat species are now known to occur in Nepal, three of which within western Nepal. This paper presents the fourth record of E. spelaea for Nepal which is first documented occurrence for the Pokhara valley and western Nepal.

Keywords: Banpale forest, Eonycteris spelaea, Fruits bats, Institute of Forestry (IoF), Pokhara

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