22 March 2021

Greater Mouse-tailed Bat – Dhee Ayn

Whilst visiting Dhee Ayn historical village my daughter found some Greater Mouse-tailed Bat Rhinopoma microphyllum in old and dark parts of the village. This is a species of bat in the Rhinopomatidae family that occurs in Algeria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia, the Western Sahara and Yemen. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. The Greater Mouse-tailed Bat hibernates at the unusually warm and constant temperature of 18 °C. The species eats exclusively insects and they mate at the beginning of spring.