Greater false vampire bat

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Greater false vampire bat

Order : Chiroptera
Family : Megadermatidae
Species : Megaderma lyra


The Greater false vampire bat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the greater false vampire bat
A young / baby of a greater false vampire bat is called a 'pup'. A greater false vampire bat group is called a 'colony or cloud'.
Some facts about the
Greater false vampire bat

Adult weight : 0.039 kg (0.0858 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 14 years

Female maturity :540 days

Male maturity : 450 days

Gestation : 150 days

Litter size : 1

Weight at birth : 0.008 kg (0.0176 lbs)

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Facts about the greater false vampire bat

Geographic RangeMegaderma lyra is found from eastern Pakistan and Sri Lanka to southeastern China and the northern Malay Peninsula Native: Oriental Physical Description

The “Indian false vampire” (Megaderma lyra) is dark ashgry with nose leaf truncated in appearance.

The False Vampire Bat (Daini Badur), Megaderma lyra is possibly the largest of the insect bats in the country; head and body 9 cm, tail is absent; feeds on small vertebrates and insects, and is the most common bat after sundown.

The greater false vampire bat (Megaderma lyra) is among the very few carnivorous bat species.

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