Chinese Pipistrelle (Hypsugo pulveratus)



HB: 44-47; T:37-38; FA: 35-36; E:12-14; HF:7-8.

The upperparts are dark brown with a scattering of pale tipped hairs; on the underparts, the pale tips are longer and more abundant, evenly frosting the lower surface. The fur of the body does not extend to the membranes. The ears are rather large, the tragus is short, broad and bluntly rounded. In the skull, the upper incisors' are about equal in length, but the inner one is distinctly bifid, with the secondary cusp on the our side and directed slightly backwards. The second upper premolar is internal to the tooth row but visible between the first and third upper premolars, which is nearly in contact.

Range Description:

This species is found in China (Anhui, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Hainan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hunan, Guizhou, and Jiangsu), extending to Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Thailand (Smith et al. 2008). It is also found in Myanmar (Bates et al. 2005).
Countries: Native:
China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam

Population: This species is widespread, never abundant but not rare (P. Bates pers. comm.) and can be locally abundant (C. Francis pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

 Habitat and Ecology:

 In Myanmar and Thailand the species is found in limestone outcrops surrounded by semi-evergreen rainforest and disturbed remnants of forests. It roosts in caves, but has also been found roosting in houses. Also found in Myanmar in dry deciduous forest and known from sea level up to 1,080 m asl (Bates et al. 2005). In Vietnam it also inhabits limestone areas.  Has been found roosting in houses (Smith & Xie 2008).

Echolocation calls

Broadband sweeps ending in a narrowband tail around 32-35 kHz (unpublished).

 Major Threat(s):

 There are no major threats to this species.

 Conservation Actions:

This species occurs in protected areas throughout its range.