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Brief Summary

    Mehely's horseshoe bat: Brief Summary
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    Mehely's horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mehelyi) is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae found in eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East.

Comprehensive Description

Distribution

    Distribution in Egypt
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    Localized (northern part of Western desert, Sakkara).

Size

    Size
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    Body length 81–86 mm, forearm length 46.5 – 54.8 mm, 5th digit 57–67 mm, 3rd digit 71–83 mm, phalange 4.1 = 6.5–9.3 mm, phalange 4.2 = 17.4–21.5 mm.

Habitat

    Habitat
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    Mehely’s horseshoe bat prefer to live in desert humid caves with moderate temperatures (<32° C) and roosts in worm caves.

Behavior

    Behaviour
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    Nocturnal bat. Insectivorous, feeding on moths, beetles and flies. Lives in groups of around 20+ individuals on walls or ceilings and mixed with other species. Mehely’s horseshoe bat uses echolocation (at a constant-frequency calls of 106 to112 kHz) to detect prey by emitting ultrasound from nose-leaf. Little information available on the breeding biology of Mehely’s horseshoe bat except that the breeding season takes place in January and female gives birth to a litter of two young once a year.

Conservation Status

    Status in Egypt
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    Native, resident.