Thick-eared Bat (Eptesicus pachyotis)
HB:55-56; T:40-41; FA: 38-39; E:13-14;HF; 8-9.
The pelage is dark brown above, slightly lighter below. The head is rather flat, the muzzle broad. The ears are triangular, with rounded tips: the tragus is short, expanding above and curved inwards. The ear from below the tip of the tragus to the termination of the outer margin near the angle of the mouth is very thick and fleshy. The teeth are very small, with the outer incisor half or less the height of the inner incisor. The minute upper premolar is lacking.
This species ranges from north-eastern South Asia, through much
of Central China, with some records from northern parts of Southeast Asia. In
South Asia, this species is presently known from Bangladesh (Sylhet division)
and India (Meghalaya and Mizoram) in South Asia (Molur et al. 2002). In China,
it ranges throughout much of the central part of the country, being recorded as
far north as Gansu and Ningxia. In Southeast Asia, it is limited to records from
northern Myanmar and Northern Thailand.
Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar; Thailand
The abundance, population size and trends for this
species are not known (Molur et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Unknown
Habitat and Ecology:
In South Asia, little is known about the habitat or ecology of
this species (Molur et al. 2002) except that it is reported from Khasi Hills in
Meghalaya where the vegetation is tropical moist deciduous forest (Bates and
Harrison 1997). There appears to be nothing recorded on the natural history of
this species from other regions of its range.
The threats to this species remain unknown.
In South Asia, there are no conservation measures in place. This species has not been recorded from any protected areas. It is not known if it is present in protected areas in other parts of the species range. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species. Populations should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution (Molur et al. 2002).