Fulvus Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros fulvus)



HB: 41-43; T31; FA: 38-44.

There are 2 colour phase,chesnut brown above and below and dark brown above  with underparts paler. The skull is elongated, rather slender, with a low sagittal crest, the zygomata are broader than in ater. The first lower premolar is smaller than in bicolor, less than half the height of the second lower premolar. The first upper premolar is minute  and opposite the tooth row so that the canine and upper premolar are in contact. the nose leaf is simple. The anterior leaf is small, well separated from the upper lip. The internarial septum is markedly swollen, and there are low lateral narial lappets. The intermediate nose leaf as not special characters, and the posterior nose leaf is indistinctly divided by  three vertical septa.

Range Description:

This species is very widely distributed in South Asia in Afghanistan (Laghman and Nangarhar provinces), India (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh), Nepal (Central Nepal), Pakistan (Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind) and Sri Lanka (Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces) (Molur et al. 2002). It has been recorded from sea level to an elevation of 2,600 m asl. It has been recorded from western Yunnan in China (Smith and Xie 2008). Records of this species from Vietnam and Thailand  are probably erroneous, based on misidentified Hipposideros pomona (Borissenko and Kruskop 2003).
Countries: Native:
Afghanistan; Bangladesh; China; India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka


This species is widespread and common throughout its range and the population seems to be stable and doing well.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology:

This species can be found in a variety of habitats from arid regions to thick forests. It roosts in colonies of a few to large number of individuals in old dilapidated buildings, temples, cellars, caves and old wells. It is a late flyer with a slow, fluttering and low flight and feeds on cockroaches and coleopterans. A single young is born after a gestation period of 150-160 days (Bates and Harrison 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

 Some populations of this species are affected by habitat loss largely due to tourism related developmental activities such as fumigation and cave sealing in the Ajanta-Ellora Cave Complex, and from stone mining and quarrying (Molur et al. 2002).

 Conservation Actions:

 There are no direct conservation measures in place. The species has been recorded from protected areas in India including the Bhimashakar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra and is very likely to be found in other protected areas too in the range. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, breeding biology and general ecology of this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.