Vietnam leaf-nosed bat

The Vietnam leaf-nosed bat (Paracoelops megalotis) is known thanks to just one specimen, and only God knows if man would chance upon a second one anytime in the future. They are recognized by their very big ears, rounded in the top area. A lot of scholars/experts assert that they may be extinct by now, but that is just speculation at best.

Vietnam leaf-nosed bats belong to Hipposiderinae, and this in turn has eighty-one species. These bats are unique, as they are the singular representatives of Paracoelops, a genus. Going back to the physical attributes, the Vietnam leaf-nosed bat's muzzle is characterized by a leaf-like extension of skin, and this is speculated to be of sensory functions for them. Head's top is a shiny yellow, but its ears are brown, of the light shade.

The Vietnam leaf-nosed bat has not been analyzed at depth, and as such, almost everything falls under the realm of guesses and speculations. Chances are though, experts cannot be wrong when they say that the Vietnam leaf-nosed bat is nocturnal. These bats capture insects (at flight) via echolocation, and this means ultrasonic sounds given out from the nose or mouth.

There are those that live in the woodlands, but aquatic environments are not impossible, for there exist so many kinds of insects in there. That is about it, let us go through the salient points (rather, what should be the salient points if the data are there)- population trend is unknown. Mating processes: basically unknown too.
It is sad to think that this would remain to be one of the "grand mysteries" of the animal world, but who knows...somebody might just discover something, somewhere?

However, there is a relative that is known, the Riversleigh Leaf-nosed Bat, which frequents limestone dwellings. This is a rare creature that is still present in Riversleigh territory.

Interesting fact: Generally, bats' fossils records are scant, and to date, there is no fossil of this particular bat.

The Vietnam leaf-nosed bat is listed as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Vietnam leafnosed bat
A young / baby of a Vietnam leafnosed bat is called a 'pup'. A Vietnam leafnosed bat group is called a 'colony or cloud'.

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