Greater Hairy-Winged Bat (Harpiocephalus mordax)


HB: 55-57; T: 37-55; FA:40-54.

The colouration above is chestnut, orange red or rusty, usually mixed with grey, the underparts are greyish buffy. The fur is thick and woolly. The legs, tail membrane and occasional parts of the wings are covered in hair.


Very little is known about the habitats and history of these bats, but they have been observed in hilly countryside and roost most probably in vegetation. Beetle remains have been found in the stomach contents which indicate they feed on chitinous insects.

Range Description:

This species appears to range from South Asia, to mainland Southeast Asia and the island of Borneo. In South Asia, some specimens earlier identified as H. mordax were reassigned as H. harpia, and it is not currently possible to clearly identify the distribution range of this species in India (Molur et al. 2002). In Southeast Asia, the species has been patchily recorded from Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR,    Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia (reported from Taman Negara [Aik and Akbar 2002] and from Temengor Forest Reserve, Perak by [Francis 1995]) and Borneo (Sabah [Malaysia]).
Countries: Native:
India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
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There is little information available on the population of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

 Habitat and Ecology:

There appears to be little information available on the natural history of this species. It appears to be a species of mature forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

The threats to this species are not known, but probably include degradation of forested areas.

Conservation Actions:

Taxonomy and field surveys are needed for this species throughout its range. It has been recorded from some protected areas in Malaysia.