Acuminate horseshoe bat

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Acuminate Horseshoe Bat
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Rhinolophidae
Genus: Rhinolophus
R. acuminatus
Binomial name
Rhinolophus acuminatus
Peters, 1871
Acuminate Horseshoe Bat range

The acuminate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus acuminatus) is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae. It is found in Southeast Asia. It lives in forests and urban areas.[1]

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

It was described as a new species in 1871 by German naturalist Wilhelm Peters.[2] Its species name "acuminatus" is Latin for "pointed." The inspiration for this name was perhaps its "sharply upwards pointed sella."[3]


Its forearm length is 48–50 mm (1.9–2.0 in); its tail length is 21–31 mm (0.83–1.22 in); its ear length is 20–21 mm (0.79–0.83 in). It weighs 11.5–13.5 g (0.41–0.48 oz).[3]

Biology and ecology[edit]

It is nocturnal, roosting in sheltered places during the day such as inside caves or on the undersides of palm leaves.[3] It roosts in small colonies.[1]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.[1]


It is currently evaluated as least concern by the IUCN—its lowest conservation priority. Its range includes protected areas. It lacks major threats, although cave disturbance by humans is a local threat.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Thong, V.D.; Thanh, H.T.; Soisook, P.; Csorba, G. (2019). "Rhinolophus acuminatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T19520A21974227. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T19520A21974227.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ Peters, W. (1871). "Über die Gattungen und Arten der Hufeisennasen, Rhinolophi". Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussische Akademie des Wissenschaften zu Berlin. 1871: 308–309.
  3. ^ a b c Phillipps, Q.; Phillipps, K. (2016). Phillipps' Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo and Their Ecology: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan. Princeton University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0691169415.