Scotomanes ornatus


Harlequin bat


Morphological description Life history Distribution Habitat Roost sites and roosting patterns Emergence and flight pattern Foraging behaviour Echolocation calls Status and protection

Scotomanes ornatus

Scotomanes ornatus


Morphological Description

· Unmistakable: orange-brown dorsal pelage has white, meandering streak. White spots elsewhere, e.g. head, shoulders. ventral surface frosty white. Face pink.

· Female caught in Sichuan had forearm length 59.1 mm. Forearm 50-62 mm according to Smith & Xie (2008).

· Dental formula = 30 (Smith & Xie 2008)

Life history

· Little known


Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Anhui, Fuijan, Hunan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan. Extends east to India (Smith & Xie 2008). The Chinese distribution is shown by dots on the map (as given by Zhang et al. (1997).


· Little known. Distinctive patterns may break up nbackground when roosting in foliage.

Roost sites and roosting behaviour

· Roosts in foliage, especially in lowland forest (Smith & Xie 2008).

· Emergence and flight pattern

· Little known.

Foraging behaviour

· Not known.

Echolocation calls

· Not known.

Status and protection

· There is no estimation of population size for China.

·Listed as RL-LC in China. IUCN RL-TR/nt (1994).

· Lowland forest should be protected as their habitats.

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