Roundleaf bats

Roundleaf bats

Order : Chiroptera
Family : Rhinolophidae
Subfamily : Hipposiderinae
Genus : Hipposideros

 

Facts about the genus Hipposideros, the roundleaf bats

Roundleaf bats are insectivorous bats characterised by a horseshoe-shaped base to the noseleaf but, unlike the Horseshoe Bats, lack a complicated 'lancet' or projection from the top of the noseleaf.

The latter two studies also indicated that Hipposideros is a paraphyletic group, as suggested previously by palaeontologists Hugueney (1965), Sige (1968), and Legendre (1982).

The lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is among species being systematically counted in the United Kingdom by the National Bat Monitoring Program.

The lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is now restricted to Wales, the west midlands and south-west England, but in the early 1900s it was found as far north as Yorkshire and east along the south coast of England to Kent.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is one of the smallest British bats.

The Lesser Horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros is one of the smallest bats in the UK.

Rhinolophus hipposideros is declining rapidly due to habitat pressures including disturbance, vandalism and practices resulting in a loss of large prey insects. (Full text)

The lesser horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros is one of the smallest bats in the UK. (Full text)

Rhinolophus hipposideros is an internationally endangered species and the old tunnel complex under the hotel (reputed to have been used to store treasures from the National Gallery during the war) is a nursery roost in summer and hibernaculum in winter. (Full text)

Occurrence of the greater horshoe bat (Thinolophus ferrumequinum) and the lesser horshoe bat (Rhinolopus hipposideros) is important even from the European point of view. (Full text)

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