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Re-discovery of Pouch bearing sheath tailed bat Saccolaimus saccolaimus Temminck (Chiroptera: Emballonuridae) from Sri Lanka after 75 years

Author(s): Ranil P. Nanayakkara | Nilantha Vishvanath | T. G. Tharaka Kusuminda

Journal: Asian Journal of Conservation Biology
ISSN 2278-7666

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 134;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Emballonuridae | bats | Insectivorous | Radio metacarpal pouch | Gular sac

Saccolaimus saccolaimus Temminck, 1838, was first collected by the Museum of Natural History of Sri Lanka in the year 1919 and the first published record of this bat was in 1935 by W.W.A. Philips, though specimens were collected at various times for the collection of the Natural History Museum of Sri Lanka. However, after 1936 there were no records of the species, though, several surveys were conducted on the bat fauna of the island. The species had not been reported since, and was considered as Data Deficient according to latest literature. Here we report on its re-discovery.
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