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First record of the Small Bamboo Bat Tylonycteris fulvida (Peters, 1872) (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Nepal

Basant Sharma1, Anoj Subedi2, Bandana Subedi3, Shristee Panthee4 and Pushpa Raj Acharya5

1,4 Bat Friends Pokhara, Hariyokharka-15 Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal.

1,5 Nepal Bat Research and Conservation Union (NeBRCU), Batulechour-16 Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal.

1–4 Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Hariyokharka-15 Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal.

5 Central Campus of Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, Mid-western University, Birendranagar, Surkhet, Nepal.

corresponding author: b.s.sharma237@gmail.com

 

Abstract

A bamboo bat of the genus Tylonycteris was captured near Gupteshore Cave of Kushma in Parbat, Nepal.  Traditionally, two species of Tylonycteris (of T. pachypus complex and T. robustula complex) are known from the Indian subcontinent.  Due to inconsistency in taxonomic classification, several changes were recently made within the genus TylonycterisT. pachypus was corrected to T. fulvida and T. robustula to T. malayana.  The occurrence of Tylonycteris from Nepal’s diversified zoogeography, however, was never mentioned.  This note provides a new record of Tylonycteris from Nepal.  Based on morphological characteristics and species distribution range, this note confirms the captured species as T. fulvida.

Keywords: Gupteshore Cave, Kushma, new record, Parbat, Tylonycteris

 

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