Rhinolophus hilli

Rhinolophus hilli

Rhinolophus hilli, Hill's horseshoe bat

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Rhinolophus hilli

Rhinolophus hilli, Hill's horseshoe bat, is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae. It is endemic to Rwanda. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, caves, and subterranean habitats (other than caves). In 2013, Bat Conservation International listed this species as one of the 35 species of its worldwide priority list of conservation. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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Rhinolophus hilli habitat map
Rhinolophus hilli
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The first two individuals of this species were encountered in 1964 and 1981. The locations of the two individuals were only 8 km (5 mi) apart. It is unknown where this species roosts during the day. The IUCN lists this species as critically endangered, due to a small range of occurrence of less than 100 km2 (39 sq mi), habitat destruction, a small number of subpopulations, and over-harvesting for bushmeat. In 2019, Hill's horseshoe bat was documented again for the first time since 1981. A single individual was found in Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda.

References

1. Rhinolophus hilli Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinolophus_hilli
2. Rhinolophus hilli on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/44781/10937550

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