Decken's horseshoe bat

Decken's horseshoe bat

Decken's horseshoe bat

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Rhinolophus deckenii

Decken's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus deckenii ) is a species of horseshoe bat. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, moist savanna, caves, and subterranean habitats (other than caves). It is threatened by habitat loss.

Appearance

Decken's horseshoe bat is considered medium-sized for an African horseshoe bat. It has a forearm length of 48–56 mm (1.9–2.2 in), and individuals weigh approximately 15 g (0.53 oz). It can be differentiated from other horseshoe bats in East Africa by the width of the "horseshoe" of its nose-leaf, which is between 9–11 mm (0.35–0.43 in). Additionally, the greatest length of its skull is more than 22 mm (0.87 in), while that of Darling's horseshoe bat is less than 21 mm (0.83 in).

Distribution

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Decken's horseshoe bat is found only in East Africa, where it has been documented in Kenya and Tanzania. Little is known about its habitat preferences, but it is associated with forested land.

Decken's horseshoe bat habitat map
Decken's horseshoe bat habitat map
Decken's horseshoe bat

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Conservation

As of 2008, it is evaluated as a near-threatened species by the IUCN. Threats that it faces included habitat destruction due to deforestation for agricultural clearing, as well as logging. The species is likely experiencing a significant population decline, and is close to qualifying for the vulnerable designation.

References

1. Decken's horseshoe bat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decken's_horseshoe_bat
2. Decken's horseshoe bat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/19537/21979537

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