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Species in news: Kolar Leaf-Nosed Bat

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  • January 5, 2021
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Species in news: Kolar Leaf-Nosed Bat

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In news 

  • The Karnataka Forest Department, along with the Bat Conservation India Trust (BCIT), is on a war footing to save the Kolar Leaf-Nosed Bat from extinction.

Important value additions 

  • Common Name: Kolar leaf-nosed bat or leafletted leaf-nosed bat.
  • Scientific Name: Hipposideros hypophyllus.
  • It is a species of bat in the family Hipposideridae.
  • Habitat: Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and caves.
  • It is endemic to India. 
  • It is found only in one cave in Hanumanahalli village in the Kolar district of Karnataka. 
  • Its population is less than 200 individuals.
  • IUCN Red List: critically endangered

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