Ratanaworabhan's Fruit Bat (Megaerops niphanae)
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
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.
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.
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).