Ratanaworabhan's Fruit Bat (Megaerops niphanae)


Range Description:

This species has been recorded from India (Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and West Bengal) at an altitude range of 100 to 2,100 m asl (Molur et al. 2002), from Thailand (Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Sakaerat Environmental Research Station), Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam. Some previous records of Megaerops ecaudatus may actually represent M. niphanae.
Countries: Native:
Cambodia; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand; Vietnam


In Thailand the species is locally rare and is possibly nomadic (S. Bumrungsri pers. comm.). The population size and trends for this species are not known in India (Molur et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology:

In Thailand it is found from 140 to 240 m asl in a variety of habitats including pristine forest and farmland adjacent to forest (S. Bumrungsri pers. comm.). In South Asia, little is known about the habitat and ecology of this species. It is presumably it is found in deciduous forests, coniferous forests, bamboo forests and subtropical mixed forests across the foothills of Himalaya.
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this widespread species as a whole. It may be locally affected by deforestation in Thailand (S. Bumrungsri pers. comm.). Threats to this species not known in India.

Conservation Actions:

This species is present in many protected areas. It is classified as a vermin under Schedule V of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act. There is a debate over the taxonomic status of two species of the genus Megaerops, with additional taxonomy, survey, ecological studies needed (Molur et al. 2002).